Top Five NBA Draft Classes of All Time

Steven JCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2008

5. 1970 NBA Draft

The 1970 draft is one of the more underrated draft classes. It has more Hall of Famers than any other draft class. It consists of Bob Lanier (first overall), Pete Maravich (third overall), Dave Cowens (fourth overall), Calvin Murphy (18th overall), Nate "Tiny" Archibald (19th overall), and many other all stars. 

Bob Lanier was a career 20-10 player with eight All-Star selections. Pete Maravich is one of the greatest shooting guards of all time, who averaged a career 24.2 points, 5.5. assists, and 4.2 rebounds. He also won a scoring title and is also known as one of the greatest college basketball players of time.

Dave Cowens is a great center that averaged 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds, and won the MVP in 1973. Calvin Murphy was a career 18-point per game scorer, and one of the greatest free throw shooters of all time, who set the record for the most consecutive free throws made.

4. 1987 NBA Draft

This draft consisted of David Robinson (first overall), Scottie Pippen (fifth overall), Kevin Johnson (seventh overall), Horace Grant (10th overall), Reggie Miller (11th overall), and Mark Jackson (18th overall).

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David Robinson averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds for his career and won the MVP in 1995. He also is one of greatest defensive centers of all time, and won defensive player of the year in 1992.

Scottie Pippen is one of the most gifted all-around offensive players and one of the greatest perimeter defenders of all time. Reggie Miller is the greatest three-point shooter of all time, and a future Hall of Famer.

3. 2003 NBA Draft

Many consider this the best draft class of all time. It consists of LeBron James (first overall), Carmelo Anthony (third overall), Chris Bosh (fourth overall), Dwyane Wade (fifth overall), David West (18th overall), and Josh Howard (29th overall).

LeBron James is one of the best players in game. His career averages are 27.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists. He doesn't have any MVPs or rings yet, but I do expect him to win a couple of MVPs. If he has a healthy career, he will end up as one of the all-time greats.

Carmelo Anthony is a phenomenal scorer. His career averages are 24.4 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Dwyane Wade is one of the best players in the game when healthy. He won his first ring in 2006, and was the Finals MVP.

2. 1996 NBA Draft

This draft consisted of Allen Iverson (first overall), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (third overall), Stephon Marbury (fourth overall), Ray Allen (fifth overall), Antoine Walker (sixth overall), Kobe Bryant (13th overall), Peja Stojakovic (14th overall), Steve Nash (15th overall), Jermaine O'Neal (17th overall), and Ben Wallace, who went undrafted.

Allen Iverson is one of the greatest scorers of all time. His career averages are 27.7 points (third all-time), 6.3 assists, and 2.3 steals. He won the MVP in 2001 and is a nine-time All-Star.

Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game today. His career averages are 25 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 steals. He is one of the greatest offensive players of all time and is a fantastic perimeter defender. He currently has three championships and won his first MVP award last year. He has many more rings and MVPs to come.

1. 1984 NBA Draft

This draft consisted of Hakeem Olajuwon (first overall), Michael Jordan (third overall), Charles Barkley (fifth overall), Alvin Robertson (seventh overall), Otis Thorpe (ninth overall), Kevin Willis (11th overall), and John Stockton (16th overall).

Hakeem Olajuwon is one of the greatest centers of all time. His career averages are 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 1.7 steals. He won two Finals MVPs, and the regular-season MVP in 1993-94. He also won two defensive player of the year awards.

Michael Jordan is one of the top three players of all time. He has every award in the books. He has six championship rings, six Finals MVPs, five MVPs, two All-Star MVPs, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and 10 scoring titles. He is also first all-time in points per game with 30.1.

John Stockton is one of the greatest point guards of all time. He is the greatest passer of all time—and a thief to boot. He is first all time in total assists and total steals.

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