Re: Knowing what we know now from the '96 draft...
Knowing what we know now kills the whole point of drafting. Kobe would go 1st.
Back then, I'm still drafting AI.
Roy Williams who coached MJ as an assistant at UNC and saw AI during his coaching years at Georgetown said AI might be the best guard he's ever seen.
AI had unreal potential. He was a great defensive player too playing tenacious full court pressure defense and stripping players straight up. John Thompson really committed on that end until Brown and Croce gave him the green light to chuck. He was also more of a team oriented player in college.
AI is one of the most underachieving players ever despite having a great career.