topnotch1
If Carmelo Anthony finishes this year with the highest scoring average in the league, the 2003 draft class will have had 3 different players top the NBA in that category. Even more impressively, they would do it in three consecutive years.

Does anyone know if any other draft class has had 3 different players lead the league in scoring? I'm guessing not.
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topnotch1
1996 and 2003 are 2nd and 3rd, in whatever order, but the best class of all time was in 1984.

The best player of all time: Michael Jordan
A top 3 PG of all time: John Stockton
The 2nd best center drafted in the last 30 years: Hakeem Olajuwon
A top 5 power forward of all time: Charles Barkely.

3 MVPs in that group as well as the all time leaders in blocks, assists, steals, and career ppg.
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mredd22
Top Notch wrote:


1996 and 2003 are 2nd and 3rd, in whatever order, but the best class of all time was in 1984.

The best player of all time: Michael Jordan
A top 3 PG of all time: John Stockton
The 2nd best center drafted in the last 30 years: Hakeem Olajuwon
A top 5 power forward of all time: Charles Barkely.

3 MVPs in that group as well as the all time leaders in blocks, assists, steals, and career ppg.


You have to take those three with a grain of salt because they were either not recorded or recorded with different standards until more recently. Still an impressive class but pretty top-heavy, not much depth.

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mredd22 wrote:


Top Notch wrote:


1996 and 2003 are 2nd and 3rd, in whatever order, but the best class of all time was in 1984.

The best player of all time: Michael Jordan
A top 3 PG of all time: John Stockton
The 2nd best center drafted in the last 30 years: Hakeem Olajuwon
A top 5 power forward of all time: Charles Barkely.

3 MVPs in that group as well as the all time leaders in blocks, assists, steals, and career ppg.


You have to take those three with a grain of salt because they were either not recorded or recorded with different standards until more recently. Still an impressive class but pretty top-heavy, not much depth.


Assists would have been Stockton's either way, no grain of salt needed. He's so far ahead the people behind can't even see the record. Steals and blocks could reasonably belong to someone else, but it's impressive nonetheless.

And that draft class also contributed Kevin Willis, Alvin Robertson, and Otis Thorpe, all all-stars, and Sam Perkins.
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mstein34
cameroncrazies02 wrote:


Best draft class ever?


I pray to the lord you're not going to put this group up above 1984...

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mstein34 wrote:


cameroncrazies02 wrote:


Best draft class ever?


I pray to the lord you're not going to put this group up above 1984...


If it had better depth, I could make the argument. Lebron, Wade, Melo and Bosh will all be top 50 when their careers are over. But outside of that, there's not much so there's no way those four match up with Jordan, Stockton, Olajuwon, Barkley.
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:


mstein34 wrote:


cameroncrazies02 wrote:


Best draft class ever?


I pray to the lord you're not going to put this group up above 1984...


If it had better depth, I could make the argument. Lebron, Wade, Melo and Bosh will all be top 50 when their careers are over. But outside of that, there's not much so there's no way those four match up with Jordan, Stockton, Olajuwon, Barkley.


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mredd22 wrote:


Top Notch wrote:


1996 and 2003 are 2nd and 3rd, in whatever order, but the best class of all time was in 1984.

The best player of all time: Michael Jordan
A top 3 PG of all time: John Stockton
The 2nd best center drafted in the last 30 years: Hakeem Olajuwon
A top 5 power forward of all time: Charles Barkely.

3 MVPs in that group as well as the all time leaders in blocks, assists, steals, and career ppg.


You have to take those three with a grain of salt because they were either not recorded or recorded with different standards until more recently. Still an impressive class but pretty top-heavy, not much depth.


But they're relevant in comparison to all of the classes listed here, which are younger and therefore also have these stats recorded.
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2003 and 1996 drafts are 2 of the bests for sure.
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mredd22
cameroncrazies02 wrote:


Best draft class ever?


'96 had three players win MVPs (Nash, Kobe, Iverson) and Ben Wallace (undrafted but a 4-time Dpoy). Also Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ray Allen, ?ydr?nas Ilgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojakovi?, and Marcus Camby who won another Dpoy.

For now, I would go with these guys, but I think '03 has a great chance at being the best ever when all is said and done.

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mredd22
BB21 wrote:


mredd22 wrote:


Top Notch wrote:


1996 and 2003 are 2nd and 3rd, in whatever order, but the best class of all time was in 1984.

The best player of all time: Michael Jordan
A top 3 PG of all time: John Stockton
The 2nd best center drafted in the last 30 years: Hakeem Olajuwon
A top 5 power forward of all time: Charles Barkely.

3 MVPs in that group as well as the all time leaders in blocks, assists, steals, and career ppg.


You have to take those three with a grain of salt because they were either not recorded or recorded with different standards until more recently. Still an impressive class but pretty top-heavy, not much depth.


But they're relevant in comparison to all of the classes listed here, which are younger and therefore also have these stats recorded.


I never said they weren't. His original post wasn't comparing them to the more recent draft class but rather to the all-time greats so in that sense it can be misleading.

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The 1996 Draft class was pretty deep. The #1 pick Iverson is something like #6 all-time in scoring average and #2 all-time in playoff career scoring average and steals per game, yet he won't even go down in history as the best player at his position out of the '96 Draft Class. Steve Nash joins Kareem, Russell, Moses Malone, Bird, Magic, Jordan, and Duncan as the only players to win back-to-back MVPs, and he also won't even go down as the best player out of this draft class. The 1994 class is kind of underrated as well, one of the rare drafts where all three top picks had respectable careers and that's taking into account that Robinson & Hill had their careers shortend and derailed because of injuries.
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