Apart from the All Star Game and the playoffs, the Draft is the moment not to be missed in an NBA season. The perfect opportunity for franchises to strengthen their workforce with the most promising nuggets. And history has also shown us that some teams have a flair for finding stars when they weren’t meant to be. The 10 Sport looks back on the biggest blows in the history of the Draft.
Just after the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics, will take place the Draft annually, June 23. An event eagerly awaited by all franchises, especially those who inherited the first picks. As always, each franchise will try to pull off the big bang and bolster their roster.
Kobe Bryant makes the Hornets lie
Very big blows, the NBA has known, and it does not date from yesterday. the Jazz is the proof. In 1984, the franchise of theUtah opt for John Stockton, drafted in 16th position. The name is not high-sounding but it will allow the Jazz to play in two NBA Finals. same for me Karl Malone, chosen in 13th position the following year. Despite his two MVP titles, he will never win an NBA ring. A huge disappointment but a huge blow for the Jazz. But next to the year 1996, it seems almost feverish. That summer, we find Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant to the Draft. The first appears in 15th position and joins the Suns. First booed by supporters of phoenix, Nash only two short seasons before returning in 2004 and winning two MVP titles. For Kobe Bryant, the story is different. Drafted by Hornets in 13th position, it is sent directly to the Lakers in exchange for Vlade Divac. And the story, everyone knows it… The late Black Mamba will become one of the greatest players in history and will win 5 NBA championship titles. A career far superior to that of Vlade Divac which, at the time, had been favored by Charlotte.
Ginobili and Parker: symbols of Spurs reign
At the beginning of the 21st century, around the San Antonio Spurs to chain the big blows. Within two years, the Texas franchise will choose Manu Ginobili (57th) and Tony Parker (28th). At that time, it was still very difficult to win in the NBA for a foreign player. Gregg Popovich knew this and decided to take them under his wing. The record is remarkable: four league titles and an exceptional trio with Tim Duncan who ruled the NBA for more than a decade.
Marc Gasol, almost like his brother
Even if they will not mark their time as much, Lou Williamschosen in 45th position by the 76ersand Paul Millsap47th in the Draft 2006 where he finished at Jazzare the perfect definition of a good move. Marc Gasol take the same path. In 2007, the Spaniard is only ranked 48th. The Los Angeles Lakers smell the blow but will not keep it. Six years after his big brother, Pau, finished third, Marc is taking a different path. Still, the career will be worth it. Even if he only wins “one” NBA championship title with the Raptors in 2019, Marc Gasol explode with Grizzlies and continues the high-flying seasons.
The huge Antetokounmpo blow
Six years later, the bucks achieve one of the greatest blows in history. In 15th position of the Draft 2013, we find a certain Giannis Antetokounmpo. He is only 18 years old, comes from Greece, but looks like a grown-up. The Greek Freak will only need two seasons to confirm the expectations placed on him. His stats are impressive and in 2021 he leads the bucks to the title of NBA champion. Next to that, Giannis Antetokounmpo was voted MVP of the regular season twice. And the Greek is still far from finished…
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world. Unanimously.On an All-Time great Celtics defense without his 2nd best player (All-Star-HOF) he still did this.34 PPG • 14.7 RPG • 7 APG • 1 SPG • 1 BPGAlso games 3, 4, 5 and 6 he averaged 40 PPG • 15 RPG • 5 APG pic.twitter.com/TmaEekWIAZ
— 𝘑𝘢 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘵 (@AllSmokeGrizz) June 6, 2022
Green and Gobert the safe bets, Jokic the boycotted
Finally, we find the quadruple NBA champion Draymond Green. In 2012, the Warriors choose him when he is only in 35th place. While hardly anyone is expecting it, Green will be one of the strong men of Golden State during their years of reign. As Rudy Gobertdrafted in 27th position in 2013, will be the boss of the Jazz. If the Frenchman has still not won a championship ring, he has already been voted best defender of the season three times. And how to talk about the big shots of the Draft while forgetting Nikola Jokic ? Chosen in 41st position by the nuggetsthe Serb even saw this great moment being cut by… an advertisement. jokic will have everyone lying a few years later. Double reigning MVP, Nikola Jokic will have handed over denver in the front of the scene. He only lacks the Grail: a championship title. At only 27 years old, Nikola Jokic still has many great years ahead of it.