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TannerOwnsDevin
09-21-2009, 04:32 PM
a few years ago, people were claiming that the 96 draft class was quite possibly the second best in league history (2nd to the 84 draft).


it had a collection of perennial all stars and all nba quality type players. kobe,iverson,marbury, ray allen,antoine walker,jermaine o'neal,shareef abdur rahim,camby,steve nash,peja stojakovic,zydrunas ilgauskas.


looking now, it seems like the class has fallen from its once undeniable grace. some ended early due to injuries, others are not fielding offers because of their attitude.


marbury- dude turned out to become a cuckoo. after signing his 100 million+ cotract, he was unable to perform on whats expected from him and was known as new york knicks biggest failure of the decade (right next to isiah)


antoine walker-another former all star. after his career in miami, the guy became just another overweight, underperforming tub of lard. just this summer, walker was underinvestigated for writing bad checks at las vegas casino's.

iverson-guy is all heart, but he's probably one of the biggest cancer of the decade. i do believe he just wanst to win but after signing with memphis, it seems like his motives are all about him. he'd rather play for an expansion team that does'nt have a shot than accept a bench role from a contender. its pretty sad, that this former mvp never had any real offer from elite teams.


peja-great guy,great shooter but injury plagued.


jermaine o'neal- 100 million dollar man who had frustrating stints in tornto,miami and indiana due to injuries.

zydrunas ilgauskas-former all star, again, often injured and even when healthy became a shell of his former self.

abdur rahim-20 and 10 player who never had any impact to any of the team he played for. retired early due to injuries.


kerry kittles-former net stud who was an exciting player. again, retired early after a microfracture surgery.


samaki walker-9th pick of the draft. famous for being kobe' bryant's punching bag in practice.


lorenzen wright #7th pick-bust
todd fuller-10thpick-bust
vitaly potapenko-12th pick-bust



it seems like the only success story of this draft are kobe,nash,ray allen and derek fisher.


so, do you guys still believe the 96 class is the second best draft in history?

JNA17
09-21-2009, 04:42 PM
yea, still 2nd best draft class in history

Draco
09-21-2009, 04:46 PM
Someone from ESPN made a ranking.. not sure how it goes, I don't have insider. Personally I'd rank 2003 over 1996. I'm not sure how other draft years went.. the topic doesn't interest me enough to research.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2009/insider/news/story?id=4278018&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnba %2fdraft2009%2finsider%2fnews%2fstory%3fid%3d42780 18

BkOriginalOne
09-21-2009, 04:56 PM
1996 is the best.
Iverson.
Kobe.
Ray Allen.

29$JerZ
09-21-2009, 05:03 PM
96

Kobe Bryant
Steve Nash
Ray Allen
Jermaine O;Neal
Big Z
Derrick Fisher
Peja
Camby

Those are the noticeables
96 had no good talent in the 2nd round

Now compared that to 2003

LeBron James
Carmelo Anthony
Dwayne Wade
Chris Bosh
Chris Kaman
T.J. Ford
Kirk Hinrich
Pietrus
David West
Boris Diaw
Kendrick Perkins
Leandro Barbosa
Josh Howard
Mo Williams

2003 > 96 imo

mitch91
09-21-2009, 05:29 PM
i went with its still the 2nd best thought 03 is close!

AIMelo=KillaDUO
09-21-2009, 05:42 PM
a few years ago, people were claiming that the 96 draft class was quite possibly the second best in league history (2nd to the 84 draft).


it had a collection of perennial all stars and all nba quality type players. kobe,iverson,marbury, ray allen,antoine walker,jermaine o'neal,shareef abdur rahim,camby,steve nash,peja stojakovic,zydrunas ilgauskas.


looking now, it seems like the class has fallen from its once undeniable grace. some ended early due to injuries, others are not fielding offers because of their attitude.


marbury- dude turned out to become a cuckoo. after signing his 100 million+ cotract, he was unable to perform on whats expected from him and was known as new york knicks biggest failure of the decade (right next to isiah)


antoine walker-another former all star. after his career in miami, the guy became just another overweight, underperforming tub of lard. just this summer, walker was underinvestigated for writing bad checks at las vegas casino's.

iverson-guy is all heart, but he's probably one of the biggest cancer of the decade. i do believe he just wanst to win but after signing with memphis, it seems like his motives are all about him. he'd rather play for an expansion team that does'nt have a shot than accept a bench role from a contender. its pretty sad, that this former mvp never had any real offer from elite teams.


peja-great guy,great shooter but injury plagued.


jermaine o'neal- 100 million dollar man who had frustrating stints in tornto,miami and indiana due to injuries.

zydrunas ilgauskas-former all star, again, often injured and even when healthy became a shell of his former self.

abdur rahim-20 and 10 player who never had any impact to any of the team he played for. retired early due to injuries.


kerry kittles-former net stud who was an exciting player. again, retired early after a microfracture surgery.


samaki walker-9th pick of the draft. famous for being kobe' bryant's punching bag in practice.


lorenzen wright #7th pick-bust
todd fuller-10thpick-bust
vitaly potapenko-12th pick-bust



it seems like the only success story of this draft are kobe,nash,ray allen and derek fisher.

so, do you guys still believe the 96 class is the second best draft in history?


Your an idiot and i respected you opinion till you said this... You really beleive allen iverson's career was un-successful??

do your homework man.

bbcmillionaire
09-21-2009, 06:20 PM
when its all said and done, i think 03 will be the best

I like you
09-21-2009, 06:44 PM
when its all said and done, i think 03 will be the best

agreed, but right now kobe, iverson, nash and ray's careers are better than Lebron wade bosh and melo's

Hellcrooner
09-21-2009, 07:17 PM
someone shoud take a look at 81 class

TannerOwnsDevin
09-21-2009, 07:39 PM
Your an idiot and i respected you opinion till you said this... You really beleive allen iverson's career was un-successful??

do your homework man.

i never said his career was unsuccessful. but looking at how his career has played out last year and this offseason. its not looking good for someone his status.



iverson is a former mvp. a perennial all star and a winnner of multiple scoring titles. he's not washed up and yet no contender wants to take him.



you're comprehension is pretty bad. but ill give you a break and wont call you any names to make myself feel better.:facepalm:

AIMelo=KillaDUO
09-23-2009, 03:33 PM
i never said his career was unsuccessful. but looking at how his career has played out last year and this offseason. its not looking good for someone his status.



iverson is a former mvp. a perennial all star and a winnner of multiple scoring titles. he's not washed up and yet no contender wants to take him.



you're comprehension is pretty bad. but ill give you a break and wont call you any names to make myself feel better.:facepalm:


Good.

but your still not makin any sense... yea he's not washed up, he is a former MVP, he's still an all-star, and no contendors wanna take him... so what???

you said the only success stories were kobe, Dfish... and someone else... AI should be in your orignal post is all im sayin... just cuz he had 1 bad, year due to bad coaching, and injuries, doesnt make his career un sucessful...