Archive for the NBA Draft Category

2001 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 19, 2009 by Andrew

Though the 2001 NBA draft will always be defined by the Kwame Brown debacle, it has actually turned out to be a very talented class. Though the four high schoolers that were taken in the lottery – three in the top four – have failed to live up to expectations, the class has produced five All-Stars and multiple others who’ve turned out to be better than most expected. The class also produced some absolute gems in the late first (Tony Parker and Gerald Wallace) and second round (Gilbert Arenas and Mehmet Okur).

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2002 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 17, 2009 by Andrew

The 2002 NBA draft was arguably the worst draft for guards in league history. First of all, the only two guards taken in the lottery were Jay Williams (No. 2 overall) and DeJuan Wagner (No. 5), and neither of them last more than a few seasons in the league. Surprisingly, there also weren’t any sleeper guards in the class, other than John Salmons (No. 26), that would have snuck into the lottery in a do-over.

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2003 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 15, 2009 by Andrew

When we think of the 2003 NBA draft, we think of the names LeBron, D-Wade, Melo, Bosh … and even the infamous Darko. Draft enthusiasts generally regard the ‘03 draft class as the group with the most star power over in the last decade. And according to EWA, it was the best rookie class we’ve had over the past 20 years.

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2004 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 14, 2009 by Andrew

Evidence shows that the 2004 NBA draft was one of the most successful in recent league history. Some of the league’s best young talents came from this class, and there are strengths at nearly every position. At the time, there was much debate over whether the Orlando Magic should go with a savvy college veteran – Emeka Okafor – or a high school phenom – Dwight Howard – with the first overall selection. Ultimately, the Magic decided to go with Howard, though Okafor went on to win NBA Rookie of the Year honors. But looking back, there’s little doubt which player has turned out to be the premier player in the class.

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2005 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 8, 2009 by Andrew

The 2005 NBA draft featured two point guards that two teams regret passing on, some big men with upside and a few sleepers that should’ve went in the lottery. Four years later, its easy to see why some of the lottery teams in this draft are still in the lottery, while others have become title contenders.

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2006 NBA Draft Redux

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 7, 2009 by Andrew

The 2006 NBA draft was filled with trades and regrets. Five teams passed on the best player from the class, Brandon Roy, and two other teams missed out on a chance to build a team around the young star. The draft was also filled with second round sleepers and lottery busts, exposing some seriously poor scouting around the league.

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Final Top 25 for 2009

Posted in Andrew's Posts, NBA, NBA Draft on July 2, 2009 by Andrew

Now that the 2009 NBA draft has come and gone, let’s take one final look at our Top 25 as we make our final judgment based on where each player was selected and which system they’ll be playing in. It’s of course incredibly difficult to project which players will have productive careers and which players will be out of the league within a few short years. It’s a tough call. But this final Top 25 is our best guess at which players are the most likely to excel in the NBA.

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