NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 18, 2009 / 2:03 pm

Your Favorite NBA Draft Memories

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Althought I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: My favorite day of the year is the day of the NBA Draft. From sleepers to busts, four-year college guys to international players that may never come over (where are you Fran Vasquez), team’s fortunes are changed at the NBA Draft each year.

With that in mind, I was wondering…

What are your favorite NBA Draft memories?

For me, it’s guys showing up and looking like THIS and THIS.

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  • Prof. TX

    Watching a friend get drafted is nice. You want him to be picked high because it is a compliment, but you also know that it means he’s going to a bad team. Either way, it’s cool to see someone you played with walking across that stage.

  • S-SiN

    My favorite moment?

    With the 3rd pick… the Chicago Bulls…Pick.. Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina

    AI going to Phi is at #2

  • S-SiN

    Third!

    KG at #5 in 95 is my personal No.3

  • Kudabeen

    After reading about how much of a hoodlum Iverson was, how he wasn’t going to last in the L and how Marbury was rated higher to see him walk up as Philly’s #1 pick with the support of my all-time favorite coach John Thompson’s support. First time in my life where I studied the draft and got what I wanted in Philly as a young guy…

    I have all the press clipings and scouting mags from then. I was studying the draft more than my SATs…lol…sad but true. I need to stop playing around in get a real job in Pro ball. Good memory.

  • Sheedfan87

    Jalen Rose’s suit was a classic. As a Blazers fan, the night we acquired BRoy and Lamarcus in separate trades was pretty memorable. Looking back on it, I can’t forget how much Stephen A. Smith ripped the franchise for these moves and talked about how he didn’t understand what they were doing. However, drafting Sam Bowie (which I was too young to watch) and Greg Oden were some of the worst nights. Although I was too young to remember it live, Chuck Person’s tuxedo also ranks up there with the best of ‘em.

  • Kudabeen

    2nd was seeing Bo Kimble get drafted in 1990, but that has been tainted since his NBA career never popped. He was the first player I really knew about and followed. His J was nasty and he was the first guy I ever saw initiate his offense off of pump fakes and stutter steps. That pump fake was nasty at the time to me.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    Favorite moment: Philly taking A.I.

    Least Favorite Moment (TIE):

    1. Philly passing on Paul Pierce because we were afraid of hurting Larry Hughes’ feelings.

    2. Philly’s drafting Tim Thomas.

  • Kudabeen

    YO!

    Does this clip remind anyone else of the Scene in Above the Rim in the end?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PWiLkLYkBM&NR=1

    Bo Kimble was the best ever to me as a youngin…(Jordan/Wilt aside of course)

  • http://www.realgm.com Rare Air

    Jalen’s suit and when D Miles got drafted – I was a HUGE D Miles fan back in the day and its a shame he never panned out.

  • McLovin

    with the 8th pick in the 2004 draft…the toronto raptors select…Rafael Araujo!!! oh what a night!

  • Sheedfan87

    @Patrick…Wouldn’t Philly drafting Shawn Bradley and Sharone Wright in back-to-back first rounds be worse moments for a Sixers fan?

  • Patrick Cassidy

    Ha, forgot about Sharone Wright!! I think I just erased that totally from my memory. It’s too painful.

    I have to be honest, I wasn’t totally mad at the Shawn Bradley pick. I was a kid and totally bought into all the stupid hype around him at the time like, “He’s 7-6 but is a super athlete! He batted .400 on his high school baseball team!”

  • einnod

    My favorite is when my boys the Golden State Warriors selected Todd Fuller as their first round pick (11th overall) in 1996.

  • S-SiN

    @4
    i thought with a question like that i was here feelin old by myself, damn! that AI 1st pick was about as good as his 5 game 40+ points stint in the end of that year..

    CROSSING EVERYONE MULTIPLE TIMES ON THE WAY TO THE TIN. AT WILL. ALL WEEK

  • Amsterdam

    Oh man, back when Harold Miner got drafted I was expecting him to be an INCREDIBLE steal by Miami. I had seen the dude play so many times, I knew he had to develop into the next MJ.

    Miami’s Miner jersey’s sold like crazy as well if remember correctly… pity he never panned out like many hoped/expected.

  • S-SiN

    Get serious people. busts can’t count as a favorite OF ALL TIME…

  • S-SiN

    That one draft where Rad Auerbach had Bill Russell locked up like a year prior was an all time great, they had to invent some REGULATIONS after that one…

  • Shrink This

    Sorry S-SiN but…

    Loudly and drunkly imploring the Raptors to pick Ed O’Bannon in the 1995 draft and then even more obnoxiously booing their selection of Damon Stoudamire.

    Sadly, the highlight of my night was getting Big Country to autograph a bottle of southern comfort…

  • IG

    ….Ernie Johnson more focused on Casey Jacobsen’s (Draft ’02) wife, Brittney Blunt, than actually interviewing the NBA draft pick….

  • hansosword

    Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn…Webber, Bradley or Mashburn……………..Penny Who????????????

  • hansosword

    The Rooster.

  • jclapkus@gmail.com

    sick fran vasquez reference.

  • MODS

    please mod my above comment, messed that one up, dont want my email up there

    this one too haha

  • Ian

    robinson is my alltime fav player but he needed some help asap on that spurs team so my best draft memory is with the first pick in the 1997 nba draft the spurs select tim duncan.

    that 57th pick of the 99 draft for the spurs was my 2.

  • hammer

    draft update…check it out

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FChI443vl6Q

  • a train

    Calbert Cheaney getting drafted by the Bullets was big for me. I am a huge IU fan and he is still one of the smoothest college players I’ve ever seen.

  • Mooks

    Slightly off-topic, but my favourite moment of every draft is when the last “green room” guy finally gets drafted, and the Knicks fans at the Garden give him a good cheer. That’s always a good moment.

  • Mooks

    Close second for me: when the first non-green room guy crawls out of the stands to rush up on stage and shake Stern’s hand.

  • SayItAintSo

    Worst NBA Draft Day Memory:
    With the 6th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select…BRANDON ROY

    I felt SOOO bad for my boy B-Roy having to go to such a god-forsaken abyss. Then my bestst NBA Draft Day Memory occured and his draft rights were traded to the Trail Blazers.

    Go Dawgs!

  • F.L.A.S.H.

    an underrated move is the drafting of bynum and farmar, they may have both sucked ass in the playoffs, but they’re gonna be the reasons the lakers are still going to contend after kobe’s (NO I CAN’T SAY IT DAMMIT) eventual decline

  • WINDYCITYBULL

    @the IVERSON lovers..

    how did the pick pan out? zero chips
    how was that denver trade? zero chips
    how did he do in detriot?
    o yes i love “the cancer” i mean the answer too…

    TIM DUNCAN TO SAN AN. FAR MORE IMPORTANT PICK THEN A.I

  • Dee

    Steve Fransics to Toronto…classic i”m pissed off face

  • mike

    My Fav has gotta be when Antoine Walker gets picked and they have Rick Pitino describing his game as similar to a young Magic Johnson

  • Kudabeen

    WindyShityBull:

    Who cares about the result. The question is draft day memory. Not What is your favorite conclusions to a 10-11 year period for your favorite franchise in relation to one particular players perceived and/or real short-comings as a leader?

    If it was then you would look smart, but it wasn’t so you sound like sour jackass…

    I’m not going to go into what he DID do as a future hall of famer…I’ll just let you exist in your stupidity.

  • F.L.A.S.H.

    @ Dee : u mean vancouver

  • Kudabeen

    Dee:

    That was a good one. He looked like a 4 year old who’s mother just said No…

    Mike:

    Pitino was talking about versatility and skill-set. That is problem with such analysis it doesn’t account for work ethic, tenacity, and team play. Walker was a good ball handler (LOL…immature I know) for his size, but he was a below average worker with above average talent. The result was a ineffective jacker that looked like a gamer early on…

  • Dave

    When everyone in the Salt Palace booed the John Stockton pick….

  • sunni

    its about to be ‘tyler hansborough’ going to the lakers

  • Delonte West

    Two words: Maciej Lampe. Easily the greatest moment in draft history. Down to the final pick in the 1st round…Knicks sitting on the clock…bam…light the Lampe. Helps that he gave the power fist to the crowd and cried during his interview. Like he was destined to be great.

  • Luigi

    Cranking out that Kwame Brown lookin ass.

  • JuiceMode

    Olowokandi, Tractor Traylor and Hughes picked ahead of Nowitzki, Pierce and Rashard.

  • NC

    My favourite NBA Draft memory is when Philly took Allen Iverson. He overcame so much adversity in his life just to make it to the NBA.

    My most memorable moment, would be when then Raptors took Andrea Bargnani in 2006 with the first pick. I was sitting at home swearing at the television and wondering why the hell we didn’t take Brandon Roy. Three years later, I’m pretty sure you can see my point.

  • Heckler…formerly ‘yallallreadyknow’

    I gotta co-sign on #1 with Professor X.

    thes best draft moment is watching someone you know personally, either balling with/against them, or going to school with them or just being from the same neighborhood.

    that is a bright moment you feel like you share with them (even though we all know you/we dont). but still. seeing your boy get drafted….damn; thats an unforgettable draft moment. even if he aint the big name star of the draft class.

    i never got to play college ball (height and attitude the main reason), but i did get my chance to ball against my fair share who got drafted including (bobby sura, terrell brandon, lavor postell, erick barkley, luke walton, mike dunleavy jr, randy foye etc)

    you feel like your a part of their journey. its fulfilling and refreashing to see anyone you know on a personal level get drafted

  • Heckler…formerly ‘yallallreadyknow’

    I gotta co-sign on #1 with Professor X.

    thes best draft moment is watching someone you know personally, either balling with/against them, or going to school with them or just being from the same neighborhood.

    that is a bright moment you feel like you share with them (even though we all know you/we dont). but still. seeing your boy get drafted….damn; thats an unforgettable draft moment. even if he aint the big name star of the draft class.

    i never got to play college ball (height and attitude the main reason), but i did get my chance to ball against my fair share who got drafted including (bobby sura, terrell brandon, lavor postell, erick barkley, luke walton, mike dunleavy jr, randy foye etc)

    you feel like your a part of their journey. its fulfilling and refreashing to see anyone you know on a personal level get drafted

  • doc

    I just loved it when the Sixers picked Willie Green.

  • MSkittle

    Horace Jenkins not getting drafted- worst draft moment

  • MSkittle

    Best draft moment- Marbury’s tears

  • http://www.diznuts.blogspot.com Darkness

    http://www.diznuts.blogspot.com

    My favorite part is when they do the interviews after each player gets drafted. I know I shouldn’t be, but year after year I’m shocked at how poor of a grasp of English these cats have, especially the ones coming from college.

    Capitalism > education

  • HISTORY LESSON

    Rashad Lewis crying with his sister seated next to him after he got drafted way way lower than expected as a youngster i remember thinking in my head one day hes gonna show the teams that fronted on him made a mistake

  • Justin Solomon

    @Patrick Cassidy
    If I am not mistaken, the sixers actually picked van horn #2 in the draft and traded him to NJ for Tim Thomas who was picked #7

  • jzsmoove

    …when the Raptors and GS picked Antawn Jamison and Vince 4th and 5th then switched. The Raptors fleeced GS on that trade with some cash to boot going T.O.’s way. Financially the Raps made more money out of Vince than Jamison for GS. And the trade also rooted the Raptors here in Canaduh and in a profitable market (T.O. is a Top 5 market in North America).

    I remember skipping my part time job fron HS just to see Vince whenevr they are playing.

  • Patrick Cassidy

    @ Justin Solomon,

    That is how it went down, but it happened pretty quickly if I remember correctly. KVH was making a big deal about how he didn’t want to play in Philly/with Iverson heading into the Draft so they dealt him right away for Thomas.

  • Kevin Nostradamus Love

    Barkley’s burgundy suit

    Karl Malone’s short tie

    Shaq being an a** and going what me, pretending to be in shock!

  • Kevin Nostradamus Love

    Funny how the Warriors got ridiculed for the trade after the first few years, but Jamison has had the better career.

  • t. knight

    Favorite draft moments of the year 1996.

    -the steal the lakers received in kobe for vlade which happened a bit later.

    -marbury crying and not addressing craig sager’s questions. ” I waited 20 long years…imma get my momma that green house”

    -had to be walter mccarty singing during his interview with craig sager. And Craig with the WTF face.

    -Samaki walkers suit in 96 draft ( playas club revisited)

    -the pop(ovation) john wallace received from the crowd that nite.

    -nash, stojakovic, and ilgauskas’ hairdo at the time.

    …and last but not least Priest Lauderdale starting the trend of guys crashing the draft party out of the stands because they were not invited to the green room. Classic!

    t knight( last pick of the 1st round in one of the best drafts ever in 1996 and a champion on the lakers)

  • Joaquin

    Clippers Drafting Micheal “The Candy-Man” Olowakandi!!! A selection that defines the worst-franchise ever!!!! LoL…