Best of the bunch
As NBA Drafts go, Class of 1984 will be hard to top
Posted: Wednesday June 30, 1999 12:16 AM
Michael Jordan was the jewel of the 1984 Draft. AP
By Desmond M. Wallace, CNN/SI
Since the NBA did away with the territorial selections in 1966, a handful of NBA Drafts stand out, most notably 1970 and 1984.
Between those classes, the 10 marquee players -- names like Jordan, Olajuwon, Barkley, Stockton, Maravich and Cowens -- appeared in 16 NBA Finals and were selected to a combined 68 All-Star Games.
All-time Best NBA Drafts
1984: Hakeem Olajuwon (Hou) 1st; Michael Jordan (Chi) 3rd; Charles Barkley (Phi) 5th; John Stockton (Utah) 16th; Sam Perkins (Dal) 4th; Otis Thorpe (KC) 9th; Jerome Kersey (Por) 46th.
1970: Dave Cowens (Bos) 4th; Pete Maravich (Atl) 3rd; Bob Lanier (Det) 1st; Calvin Murphy (SD) 18th; Geoff Petrie (Por) 8th;
1969: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Mil) 1st; Lucius Allen (Sea) 3rd; Jo Jo White (Bos) 9th; Norm Van Lier (Chi) 33rd; Fred Carter (Bal) 42nd; Bobby Dandridge (Mil) 44th.
1981: Isiah Thomas (Det) 2nd; Mark Aguirre (Dal) 1st; Buck Williams (NJ) 3rd; Tom Chambers (SD) 8th; Rolando Backman (Dal) 9th; Danny Ainge (Bos) 31st; Kelly Tripuka (Det) 12th; Orlando Woolridge (Chi) 6th; Eddie Johnson (KC) 29th.
1976: Alex English (Mil) 23rd; John Lucas (Hou) 1st; Adrian Dantley (Buff) 6th; Robert Parish (GS) 8th; Dennis Johnson (Sea) 29th.
1979: Magic Johnson (LAL) 1st; Sidney Moncrief (Mil) 5th; Bill Laimbeer (Cle) 65th; Vinnie Johnson (Sea) 7th; Bill Cartwright (NY) 3rd.
1987: David Robinson (SA) 1st; Scottie Pippen (Sea) 5th; Reggie Miller (Ind) 11th; Kevin Johnson (Cle) 7th; Mark Jackson (NY) 18th; Reggie Lewis (Bos) 22nd; Muggsy Bogues (Was) 12th.
1992: Shaquille O'Neal (Orl) 1st; Alonzo Mourning (Cha) 2nd; Latrell Sprewell (GS) 24th; Tom Gugliotta (Was) 6th; Robert Horry (Hou) 11th; Christian Laettner (Min) 3rd.
1994: Grant Hill (Det) 3rd; Jason Kidd (Dal) 2nd; Glenn Robinson (Mil) 1st; Juwan Howard (Was) 4th; Brian Grant (Sac) 8th; Jalen Rose (Den) 13th; Howard Eisley (Min) 30th; Charlie Ward (NY) 26th
1967: Earl Monroe (Bal) 2nd; Walt Frazier (NY) 5th; Jimmy Walker (Det) 1st; Lou Dampier (Cin) 38th; Phil Jackson (NY) 17th