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Hindsight is 20/20

You can always look back, and think about what could have been. I was perusing the web site http://www.nbahoopsonline.com/History/Leagues/NBA/drafts/index.html and looking at our draft picks since we entered the league and wondered what could have been. Now don’t get me wrong. I love our team, and have enjoyed the many years of NBA ball that they have given us. And I know that the reason that we did not pick some of these guys is because we already had guys at their position, or no one knew just how good they would turn out to be. And some were just a whiff, swing and a miss. A lot were great picks, and the people after them would not have necessarily been better, they were just available. I have made a list of “What could have been”. This is just who we picked, and who was still available when we picked them, it does not include trades (example: we picked Ty Thomas, traded for L-Train). This goes all the way back, so if I missed someone that was good, please list them.

 

Year/ Player(s) Picked (players that were still available)

 

1972/ LaRue Martin/ Dave Twardzik (Bob McAdoo, Julius Erving)

 

1973/ Barry Parkhill (Caldwell Jones)

 

1974/ Bill Walton (Maurice Lucas)

 

1975/ Lionel Holins (Lloyd Free)

 

1976/ Wally Walker/ John Davis (Adrian Dantley, Robert Parish, Alex English)

 

1977/ Rich Laurel (T.R. Dunn, James Edwards)

 

1978/ Mychal Thompson (Larry Bird)

 

1979/ Jim Paxon (Good choice)

 

1980/ Ronnie Lester (Kiki Vandeweghe, Rick Mahorn)

 

1981/ Jeff Lamp/ Darnell Valentine (Larry Nance, Danny Ainge)

 

1982/ Lafayette Lever (Sleepy Floyd)

 

1983/ Clyde Drexler

 

1984/ Sam Bowie (The guy from “Space Jam”, Sam Perkins, Sir Charles Barkley, Otis Thorpe, Kevin Willis, Michael Cage, John Stockton, ouch…)

 

1985/ Terry Porter

 

1986/ Walter Berry/ Arvidas Sabonis/ Drazen Petrovic (Scott Skyles, Mark Price, Dennis Rodman, Nate McMillan, Kevin Duckworth, Jeff Hornacek)

 

1987/ Ronnie Murphat (Mark Jackson)

 

1988/ Mark Bryant (Steve Kerr)

 

1989/ Byron Irvin/ Cliff Robinson ( “Sir Flop” Vlade Divak)

 

1990/ Alaa Abdelnaby (Elden Campbell, Toni Kukoc, Kevin Pritchard, Antonio Davis, Cedric Ceballos)

 

1991/ 2nd round Keith Hughes (Isaac Austin)

 

1992/ Tracy Murray (Latrell “Feed Your Family” Spreewell, P. J. Brown, Popey Jones)

 

1993/ James “Hollywood” Robinson (Sam Cassell, Nick VanExel, Bryon Russell)

 

1994/ Aaron Mckie (Wes Person, Voshon Lenard)

 

1995/ Shawn Respert (Kurt Thomas, Brent Barry, Theo Ratliff, Michael Finley, Donny Marshal)

 

1996/ Jermaine O’Neal (Z. Ilgauskas, Derek Fisher, Travis Knight)

 

1997/ Chris Anstey/Alvin Williams (Stephen Jackson)

 

1998/ No Picks

 

1999/ Roberto Bergerseen (Manu Ginobili)

 

2000/ Erick Barkley (Mark Madsen, Eduardo Najera, Michael Redd)

 

2001/ Zach Randolph (Tony Parker, Gilbert Arenas, Mehmet Okur)

 

2002/ Quintell Woods (Tayshaun Prince, John Salmons, Carlos Boozer, Matt Barnes, Luis Scola)

 

 

2003/ Travis Outlaw (L. Barbosa, Josh Howard, Jason Kapono, Luke Walton, Steve Blake, James Jones, Kyle Korver)

 

2004/ Sebastian Telfair/ Viktor Khryapa/ Sergi Monia/ Ha Seung-Jin (Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, Jameer Nelson, Kevin Martin, Anderson Varejao, Chris Duhon)

 

2005/ Martell Webster (Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Andrew Bynum, Danny Granger, Nate Robinson, David Lee, Brandon Bass, Monta “Moped” Ellis)

 

 2006/ Tyrus Thomas (Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo, Daniel Gibson, Paul Millsap, Leon Powe)

 

 

 2007/ Greg Oden (Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Rodney Stuckey)

 

 2008 Brandon Rush (Too early to tell)

 

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