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Tg11
04-29-2017, 08:29 PM
For me I would say the greatest NBA draft class as far as star quality goes definitely has to be 2003 and it is not even close:

LeBron, Melo, Wade, Bosh, Hinrich, Ford, etc. it is not even close because the 2003 draft had depth

However another draft class that I can say was the greatest would be 1996 because of such names like Kobe, Nash, Iverson, etc.

Quinnsanity
04-29-2017, 09:57 PM
1984: MJ, Hakeem, Barkley, Stockton, Alvin Robertson, Otis Thorpe, Sam Perkins, Kevin Willis

If we say MJ and Bron are equal, Hakeem is certainly better than Wade, Barkley is better than Melo and Stockton is better than Bosh, plus there's some really nice depth in there. You forgot some gems from the '03 class later on, most notably David West.

Tg11
04-29-2017, 10:02 PM
2009 draft also comes pretty close because you have Blake Griffin, Curry, Harden, DeRozan, Westbrook, Rubio, etc.

GiantsSwaGG
04-29-2017, 10:04 PM
2000

Tg11
04-29-2017, 10:09 PM
1998 was also a pretty good draft too you had Nowitzki, Vinsanity, Pierce, Jamison, McGrady, etc.

valade16
04-29-2017, 11:45 PM
Drafts that standout are:

1984: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton.

1996: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Allen Iverson.

2003: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony.

2009: Steph Curry, James Harden, Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan.

1987: David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, Kevin Johnson.

1956: Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn.

Drafts that had good top end talent but little depth are:

1997: Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, Chauncey Billups.

1998: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter.

1960: Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkins.

Recent drafts that could become all-time good:

2012: Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Draymond Green, Andre Drummond, Bradley Beal, Jae Crowder.

2011: Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Isiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson.

valade16
04-29-2017, 11:47 PM
2009 draft also comes pretty close because you have Blake Griffin, Curry, Harden, DeRozan, Westbrook, Rubio, etc.

Westbrook wasn't in this draft. He was in the one the year before with K-Love.

Quinnsanity
04-30-2017, 01:52 AM
Westbrook wasn't in this draft. He was in the one the year before with K-Love.

That was a really deep draft too. Had an MVP in Rose who obviously didn't pan out long term for lame reasons, Westbrook, Love, the Lopez twins, Gallo, Eric Gordon, Hibbert, Ibaka, Ryan Anderson, Batum, George Hill, DeAndre and Dragic. That's a really solid group of NBA players with a few stars at the top.

HandsOnTheWheel
04-30-2017, 02:46 AM
I'll never forget all that Miami passed up on by drafting Beasley. Had the best odds of getting the top pick that year too.

KnicksorBust
04-30-2017, 07:51 AM
1984: MJ, Hakeem, Barkley, Stockton, Alvin Robertson, Otis Thorpe, Sam Perkins, Kevin Willis

If we say MJ and Bron are equal, Hakeem is certainly better than Wade, Barkley is better than Melo and Stockton is better than Bosh, plus there's some really nice depth in there. You forgot some gems from the '03 class later on, most notably David West.

Bingo. I feel like we had this debate recently. With Wade, Bosh, and Melo all basically done adding to their legacy it is becoming more obvious 1984 is unbeatable.

Tg11
04-30-2017, 10:55 AM
1985 also had Ewing, Mullin, Dumars, Mailman aka Malone, Green, etc.

1987 The Admiral, Pippen, Kenny The Jet, Horace Grant, Mark Jackson, Reggie Miller,

JasonJohnHorn
04-30-2017, 02:04 PM
It seems like every draft in the 80's was stacked.

84 obviously sticks out, but the second round in 86 alone was amazing: Dennis Rodman, MArk Price, Duckworth, McMillan, Hornecek, Petrovic, Kenny Gattison was not too bad, and Johnny Newman.

The first round had Brad Daugherty. Wish he came out in 2005ish... he's love the league today. Would each it up. PErson. Ron Harper. Dell Curry. John Salley. Buck JOhnson. Scott Skiles. AND Sabonis.

An that's not mentioning the players that drugs took from the league, either through death (Len Bias) or suspension (Roy Tarpley). Kenny Walker and Johnny Dawkins weren't too bad either.


But 84 and 2003 stick out to me the most, with the 96 ranking pretty high up there.

Heediot
04-30-2017, 02:38 PM
It seems like every draft in the 80's was stacked.

84 obviously sticks out, but the second round in 86 alone was amazing: Dennis Rodman, MArk Price, Duckworth, McMillan, Hornecek, Petrovic, Kenny Gattison was not too bad, and Johnny Newman.

The first round had Brad Daugherty. Wish he came out in 2005ish... he's love the league today. Would each it up. PErson. Ron Harper. Dell Curry. John Salley. Buck JOhnson. Scott Skiles. AND Sabonis.

An that's not mentioning the players that drugs took from the league, either through death (Len Bias) or suspension (Roy Tarpley). Kenny Walker and Johnny Dawkins weren't too bad either.


But 84 and 2003 stick out to me the most, with the 96 ranking pretty high up there.

Daughery and Arvydas would be sweet in today's league. Mark Price too.

valade16
04-30-2017, 03:47 PM
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