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Old 01-14-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default 1996 Draft lottery REDO! One of the GOAT drafts

The 1996 Draft class was one of those "once in a decade" draft classes and is widely considered one of the GOAT draft classes along with the 03 draft class as well as the coveted 84 draft.
The 96 draft infused a plethera of talent into the league and has produced multiple MVPS, finals apperances and mutiple HOFers.
Lets take a look back at how the ACTUAL draft panned out on draft day.

1. Philadelphia Allen Iverson Georgetown

2. Toronto Marcus Camby Massachusetts

3. Vancouver Shareef Abdur-Rahim California

4. Milwaukee (a) Stephon Marbury Georgia Tech

5. Minnesota (a) Ray Allen Connecticut

6. Boston (from Dallas) Antoine Walker Kentucky

7. LA Clippers Lorenzen Wright Memphis

8. New Jersey Kerry Kittles Villanova

9. Dallas (from Boston) Samaki Walker Louisvile

10. Indiana (from Denver) Erick Dampier Mississippi State

11. Golden State Todd Fuller North Carolina State

12. Cleveland (from Wash.) Vitaly Potapenko Wright State

13. Charlotte Kobe Bryant Lower Merion HS

14. Sacramento Predrag Stojakovic PAOK (Greece)

15. Phoenix Steve Nash Santa Clara

16. Charlotte (from Miami) Tony Delk Kentucky

17. Portland Jermaine O'Neal Eau Claire HS

18. New York (from Detroit) John Wallace Syracuse

19. New York (from Atlanta) Walter McCarty Kentucky

20. Cleveland Zydrunas Ilgauskas Lithuania

21. New York Dontae Jones Mississippi State

22. Vancouver (from Houston) Roy Rogers Alabama

23. Denver (from Indiana) Efthimis Rentzias PAOK

24. LA Lakers Derek Fisher Arkansas-Little Rock

25. Utah (b) Martin Muursepp BC Kalev Tallinn

26. Detroit (from San Antonio) Jerome Williams Georgetown

27. Orlando Brian Evans Indiana

28. Atlanta (from Seattle) Priest Lauderdale Peristeri (Greece)

29. Chicago Travis Knight

Looking back with perfect 20/20 hindsight this is how i personally believe that draft should have went, feel free to agree or disagree.
I would like to get more in depth about the reasons why i feel each team should pick a certain player, however i'm on a time crunch and would just like to get this thread out there for some discussion.
So lettuce begin.

1. Philadelphia- Kobe Bryant. The reasons here are obvious, best player in the draft without question, playing in his home town would have been something special. Even with Stackhouse at the helm and holding down the 2 spot at the time, you pick Kobe and you make it work.

2. Toronto- Allen Iverson. Can you imagine AI in canada? Neither can i, but i gurantee it would have been interesting to watch. Iverson would have had an immediate impact on the Raptors and could have helped captivate the American audience enough to start paying attention to that little team in Toronto.. also, the next year the Raptors would go on to draft T-Mac. Although a Damon Stoudamire back court would have caused some problems when facing taller opposing back courts this pick is still easily Iverson. The Raptors needed a franchise player at the time and Iverson had the potential, Stoudamire didn't.

3. Vancouver- Steve Nash. Who could have ever of fathomed that Steve Nash had 1/4 of the potential that he ended up fufilling, from a small college and relatively unkown to the general public Steve Nashty, would end up being a 2x MVP, and considered one of the best players of his generation. I bet Vancouver and the rest of the NBA would have found that more fathomable at the time. Playing in Vancouver the Canadian Nash would have fit right in.

4. Milwaukee (a) Ray Allen. Milwaukee got this one right the first time. A franchise shooting guard with unlimited range, extremely athletic who will continue to be productive for years to come. Looking back, Ray Allen might have been the safest pick in this entire draft.

5. Minnesota (a) Marcus Camby. Yeah yeah, a lot of people might have Jermaine O'Neal in this spot, but i don't. A Marcus Camby & Kevin Garnett front course is a lot more intriguing IMO than a Jermaine/KG. Can you imagine that front court defense with both Camby and KG patrolling the paint? Would have been an amazing piece to added next to KG

6. Boston (from Dallas) Jermain O'Neal. O'neal. This dude should have gone to college. It took him 5 years before he was ready to do anything in the L and i think he could have lengthened his career by first preparing himself in the college ranks. With that being said, this was not the right pick for Boston at the time, they were horrible and needed some immediate help. However since we have the advantage of living in the future, we reep the benefits of knowing exactly just how he turned out. O'neal along with Pierce (drafted in 98) would both eventually start producing at around the same time and could have made a formidable 1 2 punch. Could have been Shaq/Kobe light.

7. LA Clippers: Ben Wallace. Talent wise, i'd go Marbury here, but would i want to bring Marbury into the mid 90's Clippers? No, that would have gotten ugly fast, instead The Clippers would have been better off taking Ben Wallace. A 4x DPOY and a juggurnaut of a defensive anchor capable of leading a championship defense.

8. New Jersey: Peja Stojavick. This pick is a pretty easy one. Think about those Nets teams that made the finals in the early 2000's, now replace Kerry Kittles with a 20+ ppg scorer with range from the moon.

9. Dallas (from Boston): Stephon Marbury. At the time they still had J-Kid, however he would be gone by years end. Marbury would have taken over where J-Kid left off, albeit with more scoring and a tad less passing. Some forget how much of a talent Stephon really was, and if put in the right situation with the right team, right owner, who knows maybe it would have turned out differently. We know how high Cuban is on keeping his starts happy.

10. Indiana (from Denver): Antoine Walker Go chuck away in Indiana Antoine.

11. Golden State: Shareef Abdur Rahim. A consistently consistent 20 & 10 guy who was stuck on bad teams his whole career. They had just drafted Joe Smith the year before, but once again since we live in the future and know Smith is a bust, it would make sense to draft Rahim & pair him next to Sprewell.

12. Cleveland (from Wash.) Zydrunas Illgauskas. Why wait until the 20th pick? Draft him now.

13. Charlotte: Derek Fisher. The true definition of a role player. And a damn good one at that, there's a reason Fisher was a starting point guard on multiple championship teams, he was consistent, smart, unselfish and clutch as hell.


If i made any notable mistakes in the OP feel free to let me know, like i stated earlier i'm doing this pretty quickly just to get a discussion started.

Would you guys have done it any differently?

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1996 Draft lottery REDO! One of the GOAT drafts

Raptors being an expansion team were excluded from taking the 1st pick. So it went to Philly. AI shouldve been a Raptor.

Still taking Vitaly Potapenko over that chucker Kobe doe

Carried to rings by Shaq/Phil/Fisher. Cant win without em. This season is being exposed as a poor man's Mitch Ritchmond.
heheheheeheheheheh

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Still taking Vitaly Potapenko over that chucker Kobe

Carried to rings by Shaq/Phil/Fisher. Cant win without em. This season is being exposed as a poor man's Mitch Ritchmond.
heheheheeheheheheh


Cool thanks for the input, now if you'd like to take Kobe's d1ck out of your mouth and discuss what this thread is about then that would be wonderful.
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Default Re: 1996 Draft lottery REDO! One of the GOAT drafts

5 future Lakers in that draft...

sorry.




- yeah I remember all those players.....

- Nash at Santa Clara upsetting #1 ranked Zona.....

- Brian Evans bueatiful left handed J at Indiana

- Walta's amazing comeback ( greatest NCAA comeback ever down 32 points)

- Jesus playing at UCONN

- Shareef dominating at Cal...

- AI finally getting to play....he was so fast.


wow what a class...
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I remember there were a lot of Iverson stans in Toronto in the late 90's/early 00's. If he played for Toronto it would of been unbearable
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Who would've guessed that of all these, the white guy will have the most MVP's.

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Who would've guessed that of all these, the white guy will have the most MVP's.

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1. Kobe
2. Nash
3. Iverson
4. Ben Wallace
5. Ray Allen
6. Peja
7. Marbury
8. Camby
9. O'neal
10. Ilgauskas
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im taking O'Neal over Camby 12 times out of 10
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Raptors being an expansion team were excluded from taking the 1st pick. So it went to Philly. AI shouldve been a Raptor.

Still taking Vitaly Potapenko over that chucker Kobe doe

Carried to rings by Shaq/Phil/Fisher. Cant win without em. This season is being exposed as a poor man's Mitch Ritchmond.
heheheheeheheheheh

Kobe told every team but Philly and LA to f.uck off. He wouldn't have played a game for Cleveland
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Kobe told every team but Philly and LA to f.uck off. He wouldn't have played a game for Cleveland
that's y u gotta respect Kobe, a ni99a that knows what he wants
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Kobe told every team but Philly and LA to f.uck off. He wouldn't have played a game for Cleveland
That myth has been disproven so many times that my head is still spinning.
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Kobe told every team but Philly and LA to f.uck off. He wouldn't have played a game for Cleveland
Yeah right

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