20 years after: Redrafting the fabled class of 1996
The story of the fabled 1996 draft class began with Allen Iverson being selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Almost two decades after, the fitting exclamation was made by Kobe Bryant back in April when he retired at Staples Center.
As good as that crop was, and like any other drafts, there were hits and misses. From the Cleveland Cavaliers selecting Vitaly Potapenko over Bryant, to the 76ers deciding to roll the dice on the character that was Iverson. Close to 20 colorful years have passed since this group of players first entered the NBA. As such, a redraft of the top 20 picks is only fitting as we recognize those who truly stood out.
An array of factors were considered here, such as the accolades, winning, longevity of competitiveness, and whatnot. So, it didn’t necessarily boil down to who had the better career or stats, but a combination of everything that was mentioned earlier. Each one of them compensated for the others, and the results are below. The list is in the order of where they should have been drafted.
Note: Ben Wallace isn’t included in the list, even though he started his career in the same year. The only caveat in his case was the fact that he went undrafted.
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