Hakeem over Jordan...
So my friend is tellin me that everyone in the 1984-1985 draft was dumb and Jordan was the clear number one pick, and he said Houston was dumb for takin Hakeem. I keep telling him that your only looking at hindsight.. An that at the time Hakeem was the clear pick.
Do any of you think the rockets were dumb AT THE TIME for taking him?
Give some of your guys input and do you guys think any team woulda took Jordan at number 1?
Side argument: was Carl Malones scoring only due to John Stockton, or was raw in his own right?
Knowing what they knew then, Hakeem and Bowie were both the right picks. I mean, say what you will, Portland was good at SG during most of the Jordan era.
How can any team be dumb for taking a first ballot hall of famer and an MVP? Olajuwan averaged over 5 blocks a game for his sophomore AND junior seasons and never shot below 60%. In the same draft we can talk about how Perkins shouldnt have been picked before Barkley, until we remember Sam Perkins was as highly thought of as Jordan with his complete offensive game (The Antawn Jamison to Jordan's Vince Carter). Hindsight is 20/20. Tell your friend to stop acting smart.
Side argument: Malone was certainly aided by by Stockton (and visa versa). Their pick and roll game was flawless, and Malone's quickness, strength, fundamentals, and soft touch made him a beast of a finisher. He definitely would have been 20 and 10 for his career. Maybe not 25-10 though.
This friend of yours doesn't know basketball and needs to be educated(Stephen A Smith voice). From what I've read, at the time you could've justified choosing Sam Perkins over MJ, it's all hindsight man.
Hakeem is the one players that I like more than Jordan as one of the best. There will never be another Center as versatile as him. I think people don't give him enough credit. He was a defensive beast and could score in a variety of ways. I do understand that guards get more love than big men.
I would always use Akeem at that time over Jordan even knowing what I know now. Hakeem would have caused more problems and had more rings if he played in the East. I wonder why the East continues to be weak when you talk about total team depth.
And as a side note, we're all giving Jordan a boatload of attention for his 50th birthday, Chuck was able to get his hour long show for his 50th, but until I just went to Hakeem's basketball reference I had no clue that Hakeem turned 50 less than a month ago.
The only titles in the 90's that weren't won by Michael Jordan and David Robinson/Duncan were won by...yep: teams led by The Dream. It was absolutely not the wrong choice to pick someone who's in the conversation for all-time best C.
I still kind of think it was right pick. That was a different era, and in that era, you take the sure thing center over the sure thing guard every time. Hakeem was by far the most dominant player in college, and was the clear number one pick. Jordan was an outstanding college player, who probably should have went ahead Bowie, and turned out to be the GOAT. But you can't blame the Rockets for the pick in retrospect.
there is no way that any human being would've known that jordan's competitiveness will to turn him into a legend that he is now, anybody would've drafted hakeem over jordan at that time.
i don't know if had seen this video but this shows how unique hakeem is and we'll never know if there will be any bigman like him