I do a whole lot of perusing on Basketball-Reference.com. So in an attempt to parlay all that time into something a little less pointless, I’ll be turning my observations into an every-Thursday column on something I found interesting.
Holy shit, the 2000 NBA draft really, really, really sucked. Here are a few stats that back such a claim:
The Rookie of the Year: Mike Freakin’ Miller
The All-Stars: Kenyon Martin (once), Jamaal Magloire (once), Michael Redd (Once)
Players who were the first, second, third, fourth, or fifth best players on a championship team: ZERO!
As far as I can tell (I’m sure I’m missing one or two), the only players with titles are Mike Freakin’ Miller, Brian Cardinal (AKA The Custodian), DeShawn Stevenson, and Eddie House. All four were bench players who launched three-pointers.
The best player: This is a complete tossup between Kenyon Martin, Jamal Crawford and Hedo Turkoglu.
Here is the complete first round:
- Kenyon Martin had a solid career as an enforcer/energy guy. By no means a first overall type of guy.
- Stromile Swift had a few decent years as a role player. Never averaged more than 12 a game.
- Darius Miles (AKA ‘Baby KG’) was supposed to be the next big thing but never went to college and got way too much money way too soon. He flamed out almost immediately, and only played 446 career games. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this video of him dropping 47 on Denver.
- Marcus Fizer: Who the hell is that?
- Mike Freakin’ Miller: Mike Freakin’ Miller
- DerMarr Johnson: Who the hell is that?
- Chris Mihm: C’mon, you remember Chris Mihm. He’s the guy who hung on long enough to play on a few of those Lakers teams that made the finals from ’08-10. He played 23 games in ’08, and 18 in ’09.
- Jamal Crawford: One of the most entertaining players of the last 15 years, a great NBA oddity, but a career 40% shooter and a one-dimensional role player.
- Joel Przybilla: Who the hell is that?
- Keyon Dooling: I do love me some Keyon Dooling, particularly when he resurfaced and hit some big shots for the Celtics in the 2012 playoffs, but he fit the bill as completely forgettable his entire career.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2000 NBA draft top 10!
If you were to re-pick, who would you take? Stick with Martin? I guess so. But it doesn’t really matter. None of them stayed with the team that drafted them for very long. K-Mart’s seven seasons with the Nuggets is the second longest run. Turkoglu’s eight with the Magic is the longest.
A few lowlights:
- Mateen Cleaves ongoing sexual assult case
- This awesome compilation video some guy threw together of people ‘smashing on’ Chris Mihm:
- This player profile of Darius Miles
- Hedo’s frosted tips:
I’ll stop there.
For comedy’s sake, here is a screen grab of the 2003 NBA draft.
2003: Nine All-Stars, four HOFers, three of the best 30 players of all time.
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