What was the greatest NBA draft year?

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  1. Tim Quam profile image59
    Tim Quamposted 5 years ago

    What was the greatest NBA draft year?

    The 1984 draft famously had Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and John Stockton.  Was that the best class ever?

  2. toptendeals profile image78
    toptendealsposted 5 years ago

    2003.  After winning its second NBA Championship in a row, and third consecutive finals appearance, Miami Heat's big three were all drafted in 2003.  Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.  Other notables from the year include Carmelo Anthony, David West, John Howard, and Kirk Hinrich.

    1. Tim Quam profile image59
      Tim Quamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hart to argue with the champs.

  3. Thief12 profile image91
    Thief12posted 5 years ago

    I'm not as versed on old players and old drafts, but here are some good ones...

    2009 - Blake Griffin, James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson, Taj Gibson, Danny Green

    2008 - Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Danilo Gallinari, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, JaVale McGee, Ryan Anderson, Serge Ibaka, George Hill

    2005 - Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Danny Granger, David Lee, Monta Ellis, Marcin Gortat, Andrew Bogut

    2001 - Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson, Shane Battier, Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas

    1998 - Antawn Jamison, Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Al Harrington

    1996 - Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Peja Stojakovic, Ben Wallace

    1987 - David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Johnson, Horace Grant, Reggie Miller, Mark Jackson

    1985 - Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Detlef Schrempf, Karl Malone, Joe Dumars, AC Green, Terry Porter

    1984 - Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Kevin Willis, John Stockton

    1. Tim Quam profile image59
      Tim Quamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You've done your homework.  2009 is looking good after the recent playoffs.

  4. cprice75 profile image89
    cprice75posted 5 years ago

    In a word, yes. These players were among the top 20 or so players of all time. Of course, there was the bad choice of Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. While Jordan is the best ever, it's hard to argue over a team choosing Olajuwan.

    1. Thief12 profile image91
      Thief12posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The Bowie/Jordan issue has been beaten to death now, but the truth is that the Blazers had just drafted a shooting guard, Clyde Drexler, the past year. So drafting another one would've been, well, silly. Hindsight is 20/20.

    2. Tim Quam profile image59
      Tim Quamposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Portland already had something of a two-guard controversy with Jim Paxson and Drexler.  Funny that Jordan would end up playing with Paxson's brother.  Too bad they didn't decide to take Jordan and let him run the offense, but they needed a center.

 
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