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OutletPass
06-24-2003, 11:08 AM
This just happened to be on NBA TV last night....I'm wondering if any other draft produced such LONGEVITY in the NBA....over the first 11 picks, especially.

1. Akeem Olajuwon Houston Houston (18 years)
3. Michael Jordan North Carolina Chicago (15 years)
4. Sam Perkins North Carolina Dallas (18 years)
5. Charles Barkley Auburn Philadelphia (16 years)
7. Alvin Robertson Arkansas San Antonio (10 years)
11. Kevin Willis Michigan State Atlanta (19 years and counting)
17. John Stockton Gonzaga Utah (19 years)

As a footnote....some others drafted in later rounds...

Rick Carlisle and Matt Doherty

Just another tidbit for draft week.

Enjoy.

Mandyahl
06-24-2003, 11:15 AM
wow, that was a good draft for sure.

WayOutWest
06-24-2003, 12:14 PM
1985 seemed to be a great year as well.

1. Patrick Ewing
2. Wayman Tisdale
3. Benoit Benjamin
4. Xavier McDaniel
5. Jon Koncak
6. Joe Kleine
7. Chris Mullin
8. Detlef Schrempf
9. Charles Oakley
10. Ed Pinckney
13. Karl Malone
16. Bill Wennington
18. Joe Dumars
23. A.C. Green
24. Terry Porter

DNNF
06-24-2003, 02:33 PM
1998 draft

1. L.A. Clippers
Michael Olowokandi
Pacific C

2. Vancouver Grizzlies
Mike Bibby
Arizona PG

3. Denver Nuggets
Raef LaFrentz
Kansas PF

4. Golden State
Antawn Jamison
UNC SF/PF

5. Toronto Raptors
Vince Carter
UNC 2G

6. Dallas Mavericks
Robert Traylor
Michigan F

7. Sacramento Kings
Jason Williams
Florida PG

8. Philadelphia 76ers
Larry Hughes
St. Louis 2G

9. Milwaukee Bucks
Dirk Nowitzki
Djk Wurzburg SF

10. Boston Celtics
Paul Pierce
Kansas 2G

OutletPass
06-24-2003, 03:06 PM
Those may well be great drafts...but I was getting at the LONGEVITY issue, not the "quality" issue. For the players I the 84 draft that I cited, we have:

19 years and counting, 19 years, 18 years, 18 years, 16 years, 15 years (Jordan:should be 18 or 19) and 10 years...

That was the meaning of my post. Sorry if I didn't make it clear.

OutletPass
06-26-2003, 10:07 AM
But 84 was voted the greatest draft ever on nba.com

Mandyahl
06-26-2003, 10:33 AM
some of the more recent drafts could end up overtaking that one though. it just depends on how some of the players continue developing and what they end up doing in their careers.