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1984 Nba Draft

1984 Nba Draft

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The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to pick former Oklahoma Sooners star Blake Griffin Thursday with the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden.However, there is not a consensus projection for the No.

2 pick, and basketball analysts remain largely uncertain who the Memphis Grizzlies will choose tomorrow in Gotham.In recognition of the NBA Draft, I have decided to rank the five most accomplished players selected second overall in the past quarter century.


Jason KiddKidd, 36, attended the University of California and helped resurrect the Golden Bears' dormant basketball program with his stellar play at the point guard position.After being honored as a First-Team All-American as a sophomore, Kidd declared for the NBA Draft and was selected second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1994.Unfortunately, the Bay Area native's initial stint with the Mavericks didn't materialize as most anticipated it would.According to legend, singer Toni Braxton went to the Mavs' team hotel to meet Kidd for a date after a game.However, instead of rendezvousing with Kidd, Braxton instead left with his Dallas teammate Jimmy Jackson, and the two purportedly fornicated until the wee hours.Subsequently, Kidd loathed Jackson, and he demanded an escape from "Big D."Kidd, a nine-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA nomination, was traded to the Phoenix Suns at the conclusion of the 1996 season, and his career began to truly ascend in the desert.After he played five remarkable years in "The Valley of the Sun," Kidd was shipped to the swamps of New Jersey in 2001.The tremendous playmaker immediately energized the Nets franchise, and he was the vital ingredient that propelled New Jersey to consecutive NBA Finals appearances in both the 2002 and 2003 seasons.Kidd became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason in 2007, and he's the only player in the annals of the league to record at least 15,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists in his career.He has never been a child on the hardwood.


Gary PaytonAfter he was named a consensus All-American and featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the nation's best college basketball player for Oregon State University in 1990, Payton was picked No.

2 in the NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics."The Glove," a nine-time NBA All-Star and nine-time All-NBA selection, is widely considered one of the greatest point guards in the history of basketball.Payton, 40, was nominated to the NBA All-Defensive Team nine times, and he is the only point guard to ever win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.The product of Oakland once said on FSN's Best Damn Sports Show Period that he would accept $100 million to undergo a sex change and dominate the ranks of the WNBA.The former Beavers standout was a spectacular talent that many basketball fans would pay to see again perform on any level or as either gender.


Alonzo MourningThe 6'10" Mourning literally and figuratively dwarfed his foes on the collegiate hardwood at Georgetown University before the Charlotte Hornets selected the powerful center with the second overall pick in the 1992 NBA Draft."Zo," a seven-time All-Star and two-time All-NBA selection, used to be an overpowering presence in the paint.

He deservedly was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in both the 1990 and 2000 seasons.Mourning, 39, was forced to retire prematurely from the sport of basketball at the age of 33 when he was diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease in 2003."Zo" made a comeback after he underwent a kidney transplant and was an important contributor to the Miami Heat's 2006 championship team.Mourning is a rugged warrior, and it was a pleasure to watch a man of his stature compete on the basketball court.4.

Kevin DurantAs an 18-year-old at the University of Texas, Durant overwhelmed his peers on the hardwood and became the first freshman to receive the Naismith Award and the John R.

Wooden Award.After his sensational freshman year, Durant, 20, declared himself eligible for the 2007 NBA Draft.

He was chosen second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.Durant promptly won the 2007-08 Rookie of the Year Award, and this past February he scored the most points (46) in the brief history of the Rookie vs.

Sophomore Challenge.Additionally, the basketball prodigy won the H-O-R-S-E competition at this year's All-Star break.It is fitting that Durant won the H-O-R-S-E competition, because the native of D.C.

may eventually trounce the competition in his field the way Secretariat once did his.


Marcus CambyThis pick may ultimately prove to be as popular as Perez Hilton at a Black Eyed Peas concert.Nevertheless, despite the rampant injuries that have plagued his career, Marcus Camby has been a terrific professional basketball player.After he captured the John R.

Wooden Award and the Naismith College Player of the Year Award in 1995-96, the Toronto Raptors picked Camby with the second overall selection in the vaunted 1996 NBA Draft.The native of Hartford, Connecticut made the NBA All-Rookie First Team, and he was twice named to the NBA All-Defensive Team.Camby, 35, has been a force in the paint playing both the center and power forward positions, and his tenacity was justifiably rewarded when he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2006-07."The Camby Man" has been a defensive nightmare since he made his debut, and he deserves to complete this list.

* Honorable Mention: Sam BowieBowie was selected second overall in the 1984 NBA Draft ahead of Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and John Stockton.A little levity, huh?! Needless to say, this article is based on opinion, and I am confident that many will dispute my selections and rankings.Nevertheless, I look forward to receiving feedback and the thoughts of my readers.
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