1994 NBA Draft Remix
A Kidd, a Big Dog and “The Next Jordan” enter the League.
This draft class shoulda coulda been so much more. Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson was one of the greatest players to ever play for Purdue, a scoring and rebounding machine. Jason Kidd was schooling NBA stars on the regular back when he was still in high school. And Grant Hill was going to be “The Next Jordan.” Add to the mix college standouts such as Donyell Marshall and Juwan Howard and the 1994 draft class looked like it was going to be something special.
Things didn’t quite play out like they were supposed to, however. Other than Jason Kidd, none of the other big names really quite reached their potential in the NBA, due to injuries or other issues. But any draft class with Jason Kidd in it is still a pretty special class. That said, its no surprise who ends up no. 1 on this remix.
1994 NBA Draft
All-Stars: 5 (Glenn Robinson, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, Eddie Jones)
Biggest Bust: Sharone Wright, Philadelphia, pick No. 6
Second Round Steal: Vashon Lenard, Milwaukee, pick No. 46
Winning Team (in the long run): New Jersey (Jason Kidd)
Career Scoring Leader: Juwan Howard
Career Rebounding Leader: Jason Kidd
Career Assist Leader: Jason Kidd
Pick No. 1 | Milwaukee Bucks
Actual Selection: Glenn Robinson
Draft 365 Remix: Jason Kidd (2)
Jason Kidd is only 202 points shy of leading this draft class in career points, assists and rebounds. And early in this upcoming season, he’ll move ahead of Mark Jackson into second place on the NBA’s all-time assists list. With nine All-Star and All-Defensive team appearances and six All-NBA selections, Kidd is truly one of the best point guards of all-time. And, surprisingly for a guy who supposedly can’t shoot, he is also top-10 all-time in threes made.
Pick No. 2 | Dallas Mavericks
Actual Selection: Jason Kidd
Draft 365 Remix: Grant Hill (3)
Oh, what could have been. If Grant Hill hadn’t been decimated with injuries, he very well could have been No. 1 on this remix. Before his body betrayed him, Hill was a devastating player for the Pistons. Is his seven All-Star and five All-NBA appearances enough to get him in the Hall of Fame?
Pick No. 3 | Detroit Pistons
Actual Selection: Grant Hill
Draft 365 Remix: Eddie Jones (10)
Shaq might bristle at this selection, but Eddie Jones was a terrific two-way player in his heyday. The lithe wing player had his best year in 2000 with Charlotte, leading the League in steals while also putting up 20-5-5 per night. His resume also boasts three All-Star and All-Defensive Team appearances and All-NBA honors for his big 2000 season.
Pick No. 4 | Minnesota Timberwolves
Actual Selection: Donyell Marshall
Draft 365 Remix: Glenn Robinson (1)
While it is easy now to say that Milwaukee blew it by taking Glen Robinson first overall instead of Jason Kidd, you can’t really fault them for doing so. Big Dog helped them get to 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, was good for 20 and 6 a night and made two All-Star teams. And the only player to score more points while wearing a Bucks jersey is some guy named Kareem.
Pick No. 5 | Washington Bullets
Actual Selection: Juwan Howard
Draft 365 Remix: Juwan Howard (5)
Juwan Howard wouldn’t exactly be your first guess when asked who is the leading scorer from the 1994 draft class, but lo and behold, Howard’s longevity has paid off. While he has never come close to topping his second season in the NBA, when he was an All-Star and All-NBA player, he was a consistently solid player for a decade.
Pick No. 6 | Philadelphia 76ers
Actual Selection: Sharone Wright
Draft 365 Remix: Jalen Rose (13)
Howard’s Fab Five Michigan teammate Jalen Rose also had himself a solid, if unspectacular, NBA career. Rose is another one of those players who you are surprised to hear never made an All-Star team. But his draft night suit was All-World.
Pick No. 7 | Los Angeles Clippers
Actual Selection: Lamond Murray
Draft 365 Remix: Donyell Marshall (4)
Never a star, Donyell Marshall was still a solid player, able to knock down the three, crash the boards and block shots. And Raptors fans will never forget March 13, 2005 when Marshall went 12-19 from long-range versus Philly.
Pick No. 8 | Sacramento Kings
Actual Selection: Brian Grant
Draft 365 Remix: Brian Grant (8)
Brian Grant was a tough, solid post player capable of getting you a double-double most nights. Best known for his long dreadlocks, sadly Grant is now bravely battling Parkinson’s Disease.
Pick No. 9 | Boston Celtics
Actual Selection: Eric Montross
Draft 365 Remix: Lamond Murray (7)
The lucky recipient of most of Jason Kidd’s passes while playing for the Cal Bears, Lamond Murray found scoring in the NBA a bit more difficult. The Celtics were widely criticized for selecting Eric Montross with pick No. 9 — sometimes the critics are right.
Pick No. 10 | Los Angeles Lakers
Actual Selection: Eddie Jones
Draft 365 Remix: Wesley Person (23)
Wesley Person was a chip off the old block, as he was a long-range gunner just like his big brother Chuck (both brothers hit more than 1000 three-pointers for their careers). Little brother led the League in threes in 1997.
Barely missed the Top 10 Remix: Aaron McKie, Voshon Lenard, Eric Piatkowski, Howard Eisley.
Next on the Remix: So Mayce, Penny and a 7-6 Mormon walk into a bar…
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