The NBA Draft's Five Best Second Overall Picks Since 1984
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 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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.
1) Jason Kidd
Kidd, 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 2nd 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 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 9-time All-Star and 6-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.Continue reading "The NBA Draft's Five Best Second ..."