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06-26-2003, 12:48 AM
NBA's 10 greatest drafts
Sustained Impact

By Bryan Williams
With the competition and talent level in the NBA, it is rare for a single draft to produce a solid crop of starters, let alone multiple Hall of Famers.

From 1950 to 1996, NBA.com takes a look back at 10 drafts that made their marks on the history of the game.

Note: Draft orders were not recorded until 1957.

1 9 5 0

Fifty Greatest Players: Paul Arizin, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman
Other Hall of Famers: Ed Macauley, George Yardley
First Round
- Paul Arizin* Philadelphia Villanova
- Bob Cousy Tri-Cities Holy Cross
- Irwin Dambrot New York CCNY
- Larry Foust Chicago La Salle
- Bob Lavoy Indianapolis Western Kentucky
- Don Lofgran Syracuse San Francisco
- Joe McNamee Rochester San Francisco
- Kevin O'Shea Minneapolis Notre Dame
- Don Rehfeldt Baltimore Wisconsin
- Dick Schnittker Washington Ohio State
- Charlie Share Boston Bowling Green
- George Yardley Fort Wayne Stanford

* Territorial choice

1 9 5 6

Fifty Greatest Players: Bill Russell
Other Hall of Famers: Tom Heinsohn, K.C. Jones

First Round
- Tom Heinsohn* Boston Holy Cross
- Sihugo Green Rochester Duquesne
- Joe Holup Syracuse George Washington
- Hal Lear Philadelphia Temple
- Jim Paxson Minneapolis Dayton
- Bill Russell St. Louis San Francisco
- Ronnie Shavlik New York North Carolina State
- Ron Sobieszczyk Fort Wayne DePaul

* Territorial choice

1 9 6 0

Fifty Greatest Players: Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkens

First Round
1 Oscar Robertson* Cincinnati Cincinnati
2 Jerry West Minneapolis West Virginia
3 Darrall Imhoff New York California
4 Jack Moreland Detroit Louisiana Tech
5 Lee Shaffer Syracuse North Carolina
6 Lenny Wilkens St. Louis Providence
7 Al Bunge Philadelphia Maryland
8 Tom Sanders Boston New York University

* Territorial choice

1 9 6 2

Fifty Greatest Players: Dave DeBusschere, John Havlicek, Jerry Lucas

First Round
1 Dave DeBusschere* Detroit Detroit
2 Jerry Lucas* Cincinnati Ohio State
3 Bill McGill Chicago Utah
4 Paul Hogue New York Cincinnati
5 Zelmo Beaty St. Louis Prairie View
6 Len Chappell Syracuse Wake Forest
7 Wayne Hightower Philadelphia Kansas
8 Leroy Ellis L.A. Lakers St. John's
9 John Havlicek Boston Ohio State

* Territorial choice

1 9 6 5

Fifty Greatest Players: Rick Barry, Billy Cunningham
Other Hall of Famers: Bill Bradley, Gail Goodrich

First Round
1 Bill Bradley* New York Princeton
2 Bill Buntin* Detroit Michigan
3 Gail Goodrich* L.A. Lakers UCLA
4 Fred Hetzel San Francisco Davidson
5 Rick Barry San Francisco Miami
6 Dave Stallworth New York Wichita State
7 Billy Cunningham Philadelphia North Carolina
8 Jim Washington St. Louis Villanova
9 Nate Bowman Cincinnati Wichita State
10 Ollie Johnson Boston San Francisco

* Territorial choice

1 9 7 0

Fifty Greatest Players: Nate Archibald, Dave Cowens, Pete Maravich
Other Hall of Famers: Dan Issel, Bob Lanier, Calvin Murphy

First Round
1 Bob Lanier Detroit St. Bonaventure
2 Rudy Tomjanovich San Diego Michigan
3 Pete Maravich Atlanta Louisiana State
4 Dave Cowens Boston Florida State
5 Sam Lacey Cincinnati New Mexico State
6 Jim Ard Seattle Cincinnati
7 John Johnson Cleveland Iowa
8 Geoff Petrie Portland Princeton
9 George Johnson Baltimore Stephen F. Austin
10 Greg Howard Phoenix New Mexico
11 Jimmy Collins Chicago New Mexico State
12 Al Henry Philadelphia Wisconsin
13 Jim McMillian L.A. Lakers Columbia
14 John Vallely Atlanta UCLA
15 John Hummer Buffalo Princeton
16 Gary Freeman Milwaukee Oregon State
17 Mike Price New York Illinois

1 9 7 6

Fifty Greatest Players: Robert Parish
Other Hall of Famers: Alex English
Other Notables: Adrian Dantley, Dennis Johnson, John Lucas

First Round
1 John Lucas Houston Maryland
2 Scott May Chicago Indiana
3 Richard Washington Kansas City UCLA
4 Leon Douglas Detroit Alabama
5 Wally Walker Portland Virginia
6 Adrian Dantley Buffalo Notre Dame
7 Quinn Buckner Milwaukee Indiana
8 Robert Parish Golden State Centenary
9 Armond Hill Atlanta Princeton
10 Ron Lee Phoenix Oregon
11 Bob Wilkerson Seattle Indiana
12 Terry Furlow Philadelphia Michigan State
13 Mitch Kupchak Washington North Carolina
14 Larry Wright Washington Grambling
15 Chuckie Williams Cleveland Kansas State
16 Norman Cook Boston Kansas
17 Sonny Parker Golden State Texas A&M

1 9 8 4

Fifty Greatest Players: Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton

First Round
1 Akeem Olajuwon Houston Houston
2 Sam Bowie Portland Kentucky
3 Michael Jordan Chicago North Carolina
4 Sam Perkins Dallas North Carolina
5 Charles Barkley Philadelphia Auburn
6 Mel Turpin Washington Kentucky
7 Alvin Robertson San Antonio Arkansas
8 Lancaster Gordon L.A. Clippers Louisville
9 Otis Thorpe Kansas City Providence
10 Leon Wood Philadelphia Cal State-Fullerton
11 Kevin Willis Atlanta Michigan State
12 Tim McCormick Cleveland Michigan
13 Jay Humphries Phoenix Colorado
14 Michael Cage L.A. Clippers San Diego State
15 Terence Stansbury Dallas Temple
16 John Stockton Utah Gonzaga
17 Jeff Turner New Jersey Vanderbilt
18 Vern Fleming Indiana Georgia
19 Bernard Thompson Portland Fresno State
20 Tony Campbell Detroit Ohio State
21 Kenny Fields Milwaukee UCLA
22 Tom Sewell Philadelphia Lamar
23 Earl Jones L.A. Lakers District of Columbia
24 Michael Young Boston Houston

1 9 8 7

Fifty Greatest Players: Scottie Pippen, David Robinson
Other Notables: Mark Jackson, Kevin Johnson, Reggie Miller

First Round
1 David Robinson San Antonio Navy
2 Armon Gilliam Phoenix UNLV
3 Dennis Hopson New Jersey Ohio State
4 Reggie Williams L.A. Clippers Georgetown
5 Scottie Pippen Seattle Central Arkansas
6 Kenny Smith Sacramento North Carolina
7 Kevin Johnson Cleveland California
8 Olden Polynice Chicago Virginia
9 Derrick McKey Seattle Alabama
10 Horace Grant Chicago Clemson
11 Reggie Miller Indiana UCLA
12 Muggsy Bogues Washington Wake Forest
13 Joe Wolf L.A. Clippers North Carolina
14 Tellis Frank Golden State Western Kentucky
15 Jose Ortiz Utah Oregon State
16 Christian Welp Philadelphia Washington
17 Ronnie Murphy Portland Jacksonville
18 Mark Jackson New York St. John's
19 Ken Norman L.A. Clippers Illinois
20 Jim Farmer Dallas Alabama
21 Dallas Comegys Atlanta DePaul
22 Reggie Lewis Boston Northeastern
23 Greg Anderson San Antonio Houston

1 9 9 6

All-NBA Teams: Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal
Other Notables: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Peja Stojakovic, Antoine Walker

First Round
1 Allen Iverson Georgetown Philadelphia
2 Marcus Camby Toronto Massachusetts
3 Shareef Abdur-Rahim Vancouver California
4 Stephon Marbury Milwaukee Georgia Tech
5 Ray Allen Minnesota Connecticut
6 Antoine Walker Boston Kentucky
7 Lorenzen Wright L.A. Clippers Memphis
8 Kerry Kittles New Jersey Villanova
9 Samaki Walker Dallas Louisville
10 Erick Dampier Indiana Mississippi State
11 Todd Fuller Golden State North Carolina State
12 Vitaly Potapenko Cleveland Wright State
13 Kobe Bryant Charlotte Lower Merion HS
14 Peja Stojakovic Sacramento Serbia-Montenegro
15 Steve Nash Phoenix Santa Clara
16 Tony Delk Charlotte Kentucky
17 Jermaine O'Neal Portland Eau Claire HS
18 John Wallace New York Syracuse
19 Walter McCarty New York Kentucky
20 Zydrunas Ilgauskas Cleveland Lithuania
21 Dontae' Jones New York Mississippi State
22 Roy Rogers Vancouver Alabama
23 Efthimios Rentzias Denver Greece
24 Derek Fisher L.A. Lakers Arkansas-Little Rock
25 Martin Muursepp Utah Estonia
26 Jerome Williams Detroit Georgetown
27 Brian Evans Orlando Indiana
28 Priest Lauderdale Atlanta Central State
29 Travis Knight Chicago Connecticut

SO Which year produced the best NBA Draft?

Vote and Argue !

(I'll release the results from this poll on down the line....hint: The winner had more than 50% of the vote)

06-26-2003, 01:00 AM
the 1984 draft obviously has the best players at the top...you can't go wrong with mj, hakeem, stockton, and barkley. but there's not much there after that. i'd still probably have to go with the 1984 draft though.

06-26-2003, 09:32 AM
1984 won....

now here's the real test.

the 2nd place club had over 40% of the vote.

see if you can get that one miss mandy !

(and please do not dis, by omission, Sam Perkins , Alvin Robertson and Otis Thorpe next time around....sheesh)

06-26-2003, 09:35 AM
I would think it was probably close between 87 and 96. I will go with 87, because if my counting is correct, it has produced more rings (so far).

06-26-2003, 10:31 AM
i would probably go with the 1996 next because it has a lot of stars even into the mid-teens with kobe, nash, o'neal. that said, it could just be that i recognize more of the names on that list just because it is more recent, but it's still probably the draft i would pick next.