The one with Jordan (84), Kobe (96) or LeBron (03): the best draft?

Iverson claimed in his day that the '96 was the best draft ever. It is difficult to choose one among the three that we propose. We go over the numbers.


"It is the best. There can be no debate around it. Ask anyone who knows about basketball. There are too many hall of famers in it." These are Allen Iverson's words spoken earlier this week. The Answer is referring to the draft of its generation, the 1996 one, as the best in NBA history. Based on this statement, we propose a review of what the vast majority of experts consider to be the most decisive of all time: that of 1984 (Jordan's), the aforementioned of '96 (in which Kobe was directly elected from the institute) and 2003 (LeBron James). We do not intend to deny Iverson, but to provide a series of data so that each one can draw their own conclusions (understanding the enormous difficulty that always involves comparing different historical periods). That cleared up, let's get started.

Draft 1984

At a time when the Magic Lakers and Bird's Celtics were beginning to forge a historic rivalry that forever changed the NBA, a string of young talents landed in the League. They grew and matured under the yoke of the two most successful franchises to end up ruling the 90s with an iron fist: when his majesty Air Jordan took his first breather, no one could overshadow the Olajuwon Rockets. Also belonging to this class are two myths that, although they could never celebrate a ring, will be part of the collective imagination for the times of time: Charles Barkley and a John Stockton who continues to lead the historical classification of assists. The big flop in this draft was Sam Bowie's pick at number two ahead of Jordan! We also found two curiosities: seeing the Son of the Wind (Carl Lewis) selected by the Bulls despite the fact that he did not play a single game of basketball in his university period and one of the best players who never stepped on an NBA parquet, the Brazilian Oscar Schmidt.

MVP's: 8 (6 by Michael Jordan, 1 by Charles Barkley and 1 by Hakeem Olajuwon)

MVP's of the Finals: 8 (6 from Jordan and 2 from Olajuwon)

All Star Players: 7 (Olajuwon, Jordan, Barkley, Alvin Robertson, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis and John Stockton)

Players in some All NBA quintet: 6 (Olajuwon, Jordan, Barkley, Robertson, Willis and Stockton)

Hall of Famers: 5 (Olajuwon, Jordan, Barkley, Stockton, and Oscar Schmidt)

Draft 1996

A draft full of talented players who left us on more than one occasion with their mouths open in front of the television, which even left a 4-time all-star and many other Best Defenders in the League like Ben Wallace undrafted. It is curious that, as we have seen in the class of 1984, some of its main exponents are part of the little reputed club of the best players without a ring: Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Jermaine 'The Other' O'Neal, Stephon Marbury ... Although others like Kobe Bryant (and his fellow Lakers like Derek Fisher or Samaki Walker), Ray Allen (the man who has scored the most triples in history ... at the moment: Stephen Curry reason) or Pedja Stojakovic if They enjoyed the champagne of the champions. The vast majority of them are already retired, or enjoying a first retirement as in the case of Allen, and others are giving their last hits this season.

MVP's: 4 (1 by Allen Iverson, 2 by Steve Nash and 1 by Kobe Bryant)

Finals MVP's: 2 (Kobe's 2)

All Star Players: 10 (Iverson, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker, Kobe, Pedja Stojakovic, Nash, Jermaine O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas)

Players in some quintet All NBA: 7 (Iverson, Marbury, Allen, Kobe, Stojakovic, Nash and O'Neal)

Hall of Famers: Allen Iverson could be the first if he is chosen on April 4. At the moment it is among the nominees to be part of the class 2016

Draft 200

How many rings would the LeBron, Wade, Bosh and Co. now have if there hadn't been a team called San Antonio Spurs and a certain Curry wouldn't have had the biggest bang in decades? Perhaps, even the good of Carmelo Anthony could have one, or at least have played some Finals. However, this generation of players still has a lot of pages to write. And we many hours to see them enjoy. In addition to the four men already mentioned (only LeBron was chosen before the great fiasco that Darko Milicic supposed), one reviews the 2003 list and meets a superclass like David West, one of the greatest assassins from long distance ( Kyle Korver), authentic foreign discoveries who already know the glory as Boris Diaw and Leandro Barbosa and even the technician - as interim - who in 2016 signed the best start of all time at the helm of the Warriors: Luke Walton. By the way, José Manuel Calderón was not elected in this 2003, delaying his landing in the NBA for two years.

MVP's: 4 (LeBron James 4)

Finals MVP's: 3 (2 by LeBron and 1 by Wade)

All Star Players: 9 (LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Wade, Chris Kaman, David West, Josh Howard, Mo Williams and Kyle Korver)

Players in some All NBA quintet: 4 (LeBron, Carmelo, Bosh and Wade)

Hall of Famers: For obvious reasons, we will have to wait a few years to find out who ends up entering the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield



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