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Bored at work, favorite draft class....?

We always talk about favorite players and teams. I was wondering what your favorite draft class was and why?

For me I am a big fan of the 2010 draft class because of Turner, Monroe, George, Bradley, Stephenson and Bledsoe, but will have to see how they pan out in next 5-10years.

My all-time favorite is however the 1998 class as it had 3 of my all-time favorite players and not too mention that none of the top 3 picks even come close to the guys down the list. Carter at #4, Nowitzki at #9 and Pierce at #10 are players I enjoyed watching growing up and still enjoy watching today. Not too mention Antawn Jamison, Rashard Lewis and a kiwi by the name Sean Marks (first New Zealand NBA player.

I also enjoyed the entertainment that was Ricky Davis and the shooting of Cuttino Mobley


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"Sources say" the 2009 dry

"Sources say" the 2009 draft was one of the best in recent memory; full of great young players

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"Sources say" was funny the

"Sources say" was funny the first 25 times, now it's getting a little repetitive.

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I have to agree. It's looking

I have to agree. It's looking trollish now.

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Trolling? But I'm on topic...

Trolling? But I'm on topic...

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According to several media

According to several media outlets, my favorite draft class was the 2008 one. Mainly because I'm a huge Russell Westbrook fan and Kevin love but that's just my bias. You had Rose, Gordon, Mayo, batum.. Too many to list but this is fun draft class

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2008 easy

2008 draft. 7 of the top 10 are at least still relevant and it doesn't stop there.
#1 Derrick Rose has already been an MVP
#3 OJ Mayo finally breaking out of his little shell now that he is starting again
#4 Russel Westbrook has been to the finals and looking to go there again this year with KD
#5 Kevin Love is a double double machine, sadly probably not in a timberwolves uni for much longer.
#6 Danillo Gallinari
#7 Eric Gordon is finally looking back to form after his injury put back on a young Pelicans team
#10 Brook Lopez is finally looking like he isn't a scrub and is getting boards again!

There's more too. Let's not count out Jason Thompson, Robin Lopez, Roy Hibbert, JaVale McGee, JJ Hickson, Ryan Anderson, Courtney Lee, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, George Hill, Mario Chamlers, DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik, and Goran Dragic!

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2008 easy

2008 draft. 7 of the top 10 are at least still relevant and it doesn't stop there.
#1 Derrick Rose has already been an MVP
#3 OJ Mayo finally breaking out of his little shell now that he is starting again
#4 Russel Westbrook has been to the finals and looking to go there again this year with KD
#5 Kevin Love is a double double machine, sadly probably not in a timberwolves uni for much longer.
#6 Danillo Gallinari
#7 Eric Gordon is finally looking back to form after his injury put back on a young Pelicans team
#10 Brook Lopez is finally looking like he isn't a scrub and is getting boards again!

There's more too. Let's not count out Jason Thompson, Robin Lopez, Roy Hibbert, JaVale McGee, JJ Hickson, Ryan Anderson, Courtney Lee, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, George Hill, Mario Chamlers, DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik, and Goran Dragic!

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The last draft class could

The last draft class could very well be my favorite. A pretty large number of them are looking like very prominent players and future Allstars. And we still have the guys that aren't getting any real playing time yet.

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My favorite is the 1996 draft

My favorite is the 1996 draft class, mainly because those are the guys I fell in love with when I first started watching, like Kobe, AI, Ray Allen, Step Marbury, Peja, Antoine Walker, Steve Nash, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Marcus Camby, Abdur-Rahim, Derek Fisher, and even Eric Dampier, lol.

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My favorite was the 2001,

My favorite was the 2001, wait don't neg! Haha Just to be clear its not the best but my favorite. But it produced highflyers in JRich, Gerald wallace, and Richard Jefferson along with exiting guards in Tony Parker, Areans and Jamal Tinsley. Along with Shane Battier one of my favorite players this last decade, and my favorite player alltime in Gerald Wallace

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Almost forgot Scalabrine!

Almost forgot Scalabrine!

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Draft

the best for me it's the 1984 draft- Hakeem, Jordan, Barkley, Stockton, Alvin Robertson, Sam Perkins, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Oscar Schmidt (49,737 career points scored) was drafted with the 131st pick in the sixth round by the New Jersey Nets, Schmidt turned down the offers to play in the NBA and stayed to play in Italy

then the 1996, 2003, 1970 (produced seven Hall of Famers and twelve All-Stars), the 1987 draft was interesting too not bad,

the worst 1986 (first-round selections were unable to make an impact in the league, this draft did feature a number of talented second-round selections, oh and the drug problems), 1989 (this draft produced talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Cliff Robinson, B. J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock, eight of the top ten picks were considered busts, including the first two picks), and the 2000 (K-Mart nº1 pick, Swift nº2 pick xD)

interesting drafts 1969- first girl ever drafted Denise Long- San Francisco Warriors, 1977- Lusia Harris- New Orleans Jazz

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This is going back quite a

This is going back quite a bit, but I've always been a big fan of the 1970 NBA draft class:

Pistol Pete, Bob Lanier, Dave Cowens, Geoff Petrie, Calvin Murphy, Nate Archibald, Charlie Scott, Dan Issel

Issel had a stop in the ABA, but he still counts. This class had a nice combination of slick ball-handlers and undersized but overachieving post players. And Pistol Pete is one of my favourite players of all time.

edit: side note: Charlie Scott has been credited by some as the inventor of the crossover. While I think that's likely either just plain wrong, or the kind of thing a few people developed independently, it's still an interesting tidbit.

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not really

KingoftheOceanCourt that is not correct, Bob Cousy was actually the first player using the crossover dribble, the crossover was actually named the Boston Crossover, Cousy was actually the first guy that introduced a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills that earned him the nicknames "Cooz", "The Houdini of the Hardwood", he revolutionazed the game, another fact Jim Pollard was the first guy dunking from the free throw line during warmups, earning him the nickname "The Kangaroo Kid

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Yeah, I didn't think it was

Yeah, I didn't think it was correct, however, I don't think I was clear in what I meant. I'm aware that Cousy was a great innovator, but I was referring to the between-the-legs crossover. I remember reading in SLAM a few years back an article that credited him has the inventor (does SLAM qualify as a scholarly source for basketball information?) Again, I think it's more than likely untrue, but I just thought I'd mention it, as he is occasionally mentioned as a pioneer.

edit: I decided to look around online, and I couldn't find anything about a SLAM article, but I did find a website claiming Nate Archibald as an advocate for Charlie Scott, inventor.

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hey

well hard to say it i know Cousy started then, the original crossover move has been used by all five positions on the court, but particularly by point and shooting guards. Oscar Robertson was known to do the move as early as the 1960s,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMdGcmHPrRI... the guy was amazing lol

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2004

Not necessarily because of the players(it was a very good year though, lots of starters and contributors) but because it was probably the first year I followed prospects. I also think that was the year I stumbled upon this site.

Anyway, some of the reasons I enjoyed this draft.
1) I am from and lives in Philadelphia at the time. St. Joe's had a great year and 2 of their players were drafted. Jameer Nelson and Delonte West. Delonte is one of my favorite players. Awesome talent that just has mental issues. Maybe Royce White's situation can help future players with similar problems to Delonte. Anyway, he is a tough combo guard that can get to the rim and shoot. Think he could help any team in the league.
Also, being a Sixers fan, we had a bad team and Allen Iverson. We finally drafted him an athletic running mate in Andre Iguodala. I remember watching someone from ESPN break him down and watching his highlights from Arizona and I was really excited. He turned into a good pick if not what some expected. He also provided me with my favorite Alley Oop dunk of all time(YouTube Andre Iguodala Alley Oop VS Pacers, INSANE!!)

2) It was not the first time I watched the HS McDonald's AA game but it was the most memorable for me. So many guys declared for the league from this game, it is probably why we have the 1 year minimum rule now. Anyway what stood out was how athletic some of these guys were. Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, and JR Smith. Dwight was talking about possibly being a 3 in the league and handled the ball on the break and hit a 3. Josh Smith had a chase down block on some one where his head hit the rim. JR Smith was being described as Vince Carter mixed with JJ Redick. He was throwing down windmills and hitting 30 footers. It was real impressive. Also, the hype around Sebastian Telfair. A 6'7" PG with amazing passes in Shaun Livingston. A big bruising PF that averaged 42 a game his senior year(what they said in the game, I've never looked it up) in Al Jefferson. A 7 foot red head kid that was aggressively attacking the rim in Robert Swift. Awesome show those kids put on.

3) I picked UConn to win the Nat' Championship that year in my bracket. They did win. They had an amazing shot blocker and rebounder who many thought would develop an offensive game as well(he didn't) in Emeka Okafor. He was fighting a HS kid for the number 1 pick!! He went second followed by his teammate, Ben Gordon, an athletic undersized 2 that could handle and shoot the ball.

4) Lebron gets a running mate? After a successful rookie year for Lebron, the Cavs draft his complimentary piece in sharp shooting Luke Jackson. Seemed like a good fit, it wasn't. Haha

5) watching David Stern announce the Raptors lottery pick, Rafael Araujo. Haha. He even seemed stunned at the pick. The pick immediately became questioned by everybody. They weren't really knocking Rafael for the player they thought he could be but nobody thought he should have been picked 8th. Turns out he probably shouldn't have been picked in the 1st round.

Anyway, here are the notable players from that draft: Dwight Howard, Emeka Okafor, Ben Gordon, Shaun Livingston, Devin Harris, Josh Childress, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, Sebastian Telfair, Kris Humphries, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, JR Smith, Dorell Wright, Jameer Nelson, Delonte West, Tony Allen, Kevin Martin, Beno Udrih, Anderson Varejao, Chris Duhon & Trevor Ariza.

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