The NBA has had its fair share of dazzling young stars throughout the ages of basketball. Dating back to its first draft in 1947, the NBA became witness to its glorified future through the talents of elite-collegiate athletes. The NBA Draft has always been packed with excitement and the possibility of perhaps witnessing your favorite team select that "once-in-a-generation" type player. Some famous draft classes are comprised of those late round "steals" or, unfortunately, devastating "busts." Players like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant are the kind of players that turned a normal draft night into a night that went down in the history books as a night to remember. At the berth of a new millennium, the 2000 NBA Draft took center stage. Although this time, the draft class would go down as one of the worst of all-time.
Usually when referring to an NBA Draft, I could simply name the first few picks and then you would start to have a better understanding of the draft class. Yet, the infamous NBA Draft of the year 2000 was a little different. Sorry, A LOT different. Just take a look at the first overall pick selected by the New Jersey Nets (today's Brooklyn Nets), Kenyon Martin. One word for Kenyon's NBA career: BUST. The rest of the draft didn't go so well either. Players like Darius Miller, Marcus Fizer, and Stromile Swift were all taken within the first five picks and I can guarantee more than 99.99% of the audience reading this article don't even know who those players are. That is an exact reflection of this entire draft class. My job in this article is to somehow fix-up this abomination of a draft. In this article, I will "re-draft" all 29 picks (the Bobcats were not in existence yet) of the draft's first round. In each pick, I will factor in the team's current needs and the success of the player's NBA career.
29 New Jersey Nets - Michael Redd
Original Pick : Kenyon Martin
Original Slot : 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks (Ohio State University)
Although Michael Redd doesn't have the most career win shares of the draft class, his .134 win shares per 48 minutes leads the pack. Were it not for two ACL and MCL tears suffered to his left knee during his career, he could have led the way in both statistical categories. Anyway, the former second-round pick is one of the lone three guys from the draft class who made an All-Star team during their careers. It was during the season of 2003-04 where Redd was selected to play in the All-Star game. That season he averaged 21.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while starting all 82 games for the Bucks. He averaged more than 20 points per game in six consecutive seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks before injuries unfortunately cut short his career. Although he never played for a contender, the lefty sharpshooter earns the top spot here in my re-draft due to his mighty impressive peak. Also, Redd was a member of the 2008 Olympic team that took home gold medals. The most important thing to take home from this draft class is the fact that the #1 overall pick was originally drafted 43rd overall in the middle of the second round. That alone, should be enough to convey this weak draft class's NBA abilities.
28 Vancouver Grizzlies - Hedo Turkoglu
Original Pick : Stromile Swift
Original Slot : 16th overall by the Sacramento Kings (Turkey)
It may seem extremely hard to believe, but Hedo Turkoglu actually leads the draft class of 2000 in career win shares with a total 63.3 of them. The majority of those derive from his successful stint with the Orlando Magic, primarily from 2006 all the way to 2009 (when Superman Dwight Howard carried the Orlando Magic all the way to the NBA Finals with help from three-point snipers provided around him). Hedo hasn't been able to make much of a contribution in recent years as a result of old age and his quick decline in his athleticism (he was never much of an athletic player to begin with). However, he still carved out a role for the Los Angeles Clippers under head coach Doc Rivers as a respected veteran late in his career. Hedo Turkoglu recently retired after a long 15 season career averaging 11.1 points, 2.8 assists, and 4 rebounds per contest. Hedo was always a well respected player within the NBA and he enjoyed a nice long tenured career in the league. Happy retirement to the Turkish great.
27 Los Angeles Clippers - Mike Miller
Original Pick : Darius Miles
Original Slot : 5th overall by the Orlando Magic (University of Florida)
High school product Darius Miles was a hot commodity in NBA circles when he entered the league as the No. 3 overall pick. He graced the covers of SLAM Magazine and Sports Illustrated and was seen by many as the next big thing. Instead, he was under-developed and saw his career flip over entirely. Miles was out of the league by the time he was 27 years of age. He finished his career with averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
On the other side of things, Mike Miller has had a long and somewhat impressive NBA career as both a No.2 or 3 option and as a veteran role player sparking the bench play. Miller and Hedo Turkoglu are the only two players from this draft class to eclipse a total of 60 win shares, which is another example of how terrible this class really was.
26 Chicago Bulls - Jamal Crawford
Original Pick : Marcus Fizer
Original Slot : 8th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers (University of Michigan)
To be fair to the Chicago Bulls, there was not a lot of talent to be gained here (re-draft or not) at this point of time in the draft. Despite this, Marcus Fizer was still a huge miss as a top-five selection. The product out of Iowa State played just over five seasons in the league and underwhelmingly produced a mere 2.7 win shares in that period of time. Looking at Jamal Crawford, who was originally drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 8 overall, he ended up with the Chicago Bulls by trade. The trade was comprised of Chris Mihm who was sent to the Cavs for Crawford. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner Jamal Crawford has had a decent NBA career, especially more recently with the Los Angles Clippers. Crawford's game is made up mostly of his offensive ability including his jaw-dropping handles. Jamal Crawford does not see himself going higher than 4th overall in my re-draft, due solely to his lack of basketball ability outside of his scoring. This lack of ability has established a weak win share total for himself. Crawford's current career averages are 15.5 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game.
25 Orlando Magic - Kenyon Martin
Original Pick : Mike Miller
Original Slot : 1st overall by the New Jersey Nets (University of Cincinnati)
Kenyon Martin, the original No. 1 overall pick of the infamous draft, drops down to the Orlando Magic at No. 5 in my re-draft. "K-Mart" was able to stick around and play parts in 15 different seasons, yet he never lived up to the statures of being a first overall selection in an NBA draft. Even at his peak in 2004 (his lone All-Star selection), Martin still only averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Those numbers are respectable, but it's not like he was ever setting the NBA on fire. Martin never really panned out as the player most thought he would be. Kenyon Martin may be the most remembered player of this draft, due to him being selected first, producing a reflection on the rest of the draft class as he can easily be considered a "bust."
24 Atlanta Hawks - Morris Peterson
Original Pick : DerMarr Johnson
Original Slot : 21st overall by the Toronto Raptors (Michigan State University)
The former Spartan was never really anything more than a consistent role player, yet Peterson did prove he was a pretty solid NBA player. "Mo-Pete" was a 37.3% shooter from beyond the arc. Peterson's sweet stroke made him into a perimeter shooting standout with both the Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Hornets. On March 31st, 2006, Peterson scored a career-high 38 points against the Phoenix Suns, where he sunk 13 out of 19 shots (including 6-of-10 from three land).
Mo-Pete finished his career with averages of 10.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, along with 25.7 win shares. He retired in 2010/11 after a disappointing four game stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
23 Chicago Bulls - Quentin Richardson
Original Pick : Chris Mihm
Original Slot : 18th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers (DePaul University)
Playing for the rock-bottom Clippers and the lowly Knicks during his pro career certainly didn't help Quentin Richardson's win share total. However, "Q" was able to piece together a magical year with the Phoenix Suns after signing as a free agent in the 2004 season. When "Q-Rich" headed off to the desert along with eventual MVP and all-time great Steve Nash, he made 226 three-point attempts (a franchise record that still stands today). The Suns dealt Richardson and first-round pick Nate Robinson the following year to the New York Knicks in exchange for big man Kurt Thomas in a short-timed attempt to replicate the San Antonio Spurs franchise. Richardson ended his solid career with averages of 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
22 Cleveland Cavaliers - Jamaal Magloire
Original Pick : Jamal Crawford
Original Slot : 19th overall by the Charlotte Hornets (University of Kentucky)
No, this is not Jamal Crawford, as he already went fourth overall to the Chicago Bulls. With Jamaal Magloire making an appearance at No. 8 in my re-draft, we see the final player (out of 3) who made at least one All-Star team. The big man out of the University of Kentucky was extremely durable at the beginning of his pro career. Coming out of the Big Blue Nation, Magloire missed just eight games as a rookie. Magloire went on to play in all 82 regular season contests for three straight years, culminating with his lone All-Star season in 2003-04, where he averaged 13.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest for the city of New Orleans. He never managed to be an elite center, but was a productive bench player who'd average 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game for his career.
21 Houston Rockets - Eduardo Najera
Original Pick : Joel Przybilla
Original Slot : 38th overall by the Houston Rockets (University of Oklahoma)
Despite Eduardo Najera eventually be selected by the Rockets during the second round, I have him sliding into the top 10 of the first round to Clutch City. No disrespect to Najera, but he would have no business being drafted in the top 10 of any other draft in NBA history. True NBA fans might recall Eduardo Najera as the reliable role player for Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks in the early 2000s. Although the Mexican forward was a steady rebounder, he rarely saw big minutes. However, to his credit, he was an obvious steal in Round 2, keeping in mind the absence of talent throughout the entire draft class. As a role player, he'd average 4.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for his career.
20 Orlando Magic - Joel Przybilla
Original Pick : Keyon Dooling
Original Slot : 9th overall by the Houston Rockets (University of Minnesota)
Joel Przybilla, through his long 13 year career (making him one of the longer tenured players of this draft), earned the reputation as an enforcer in the league. Przybilla never shied away from getting in the face of other opponents and exchanging a few words. His demeanor towards other players could be viewed as a blessing and a curse at the same time, yet the true positive side to his game is his steady, reliable rebounding and rim protection. Przybilla spent the majority of his NBA career with the Trail Blazers, where the shot blocking big averaged 4.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
The original pick for the Magic, Kevin Dooling, also lasted 13 years in the league, but wasn't as valuable as Pryzbilla.
19 Boston Celtics - Desmond Mason
Original Pick : Jerome Moiso
Original Slot : 17th overall by the Seattle Supersonics (Oklahoma State University)
If you were looking for a talented dunker to add to your roster in your favorite basketball video game, Desmond Mason wasn't a bad choice. As far as making an impact in reality, however, Mason wasn't a great roster add. The athletic high-flyer out of Oklahoma State University never developed an outside shot (career 26% three-point shooter). He was also a lackluster of a rebounder for his size at 6'7" and also vertical leap at roughly 40 inches. For his NBA career, he'd average 12.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game wile playing for four different franchises.
"D-Mase" was a far better player than actual No. 11 pick Jerome Moiso, though. The 6'10" Frenchman played just 145 games in the NBA and produced only 2.1 win shares throughout his extremely disappointing career.
18 Dallas Mavericks - Stromile Swift
Original Pick : Etan Thomas
Original Slot : 2nd overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies (Louisiana State)
Be honest here. Have you ever heard of Stromile Swift? If yes, than you should probably go outside sometime soon. If not, welcome to rest of the basketball world. It's humorous to think in hindsight that Stromile Swift was selected at No. 2 overall. But even when putting his middling career stats against the others taken in 2000, he only drops 10 spots to the Dallas Mavericks. Aside from having a great name, "Stro," he was also a highlight dunker who loved to throw down poster slams—particularly with his left hand while crossing the lane. He was still a huge bust, though, as he only averaged double-digit points twice in a season. His best dunk of all time was perhaps his dunk on Tyrus Thomas of the Chicago Bulls.
17 Orlando Magic - Eddie House
Original Pick : Courtney Alexander
Original Slot : 37th overall by the Miami Heat (Arizona State University)
While playing in college at Arizona State University, Eddie House once erupted for an unforgettable 61-point performance in a double-overtime victory against California. The 61-point performance tied a Pac-10 (now Pac-12) record with some guy named Lew Alcindor (I've heard some people like to call him Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?). The undersized guard never discovered that 61 point heat again in his career, but he did carve a role as a bench spark for the Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns and eventually Boston Celtics. He shot 39% from the three point line during his 11 year NBA tenure. Courtney Alexander, meanwhile, lasted just three uneventful, meaningless seasons in the pros. House's best season statistically was perhaps during the '04-'05 season where he averaged 11.1 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 rebounds coming off of the bench for the Charlotte Hornets.
16 Detroit Pistons - Keyon Dooling
Original Pick : Mateen Cleaves
Original Slot : 10th overall by the Orlando Magic (University of Missouri)
Keyon Dooling would have been a much better pick than Mateen Cleaves had he been available for the Detroit Piston's selection at No. 14 overall. A Michigan State standout, Cleaves played 78 games as a rookie and scored 5.4 points on 40% shooting. From then on, he suited up in just 89 contests and was out of the league by 2006.
Dooling hung his hat beyond the three-point arc. He was not very consistent from the deep land until later in his career, which is usual for most, though, so it's somewhat surprising he lasted as long as he did in the pros. Dooling played for the Clippers, Heat, Magic, Nets, Bucks, Celtics, and Grizzlies. Dooling finished his career in Memphis respectively, while averaging 7 points, 2.2 assists, and 1.3 rebounds per game throughout his 13-year career in the NBA.
15 Milwaukee Bucks - Brian Cardinal
Original Pick : Jason Collier
Original Slot : 44th overall by the Detroit Pistons (Purdue University)
Brian Cardinal, otherwise known as "The Custodian" for his tendency to do the dirty work out on the court, is actually the second-best player from this draft class when looking at win shares per 48 minutes (.114, tied with Sac-Town draftee Hedo Turkoglu and one behind Michael Redd). But because the former Boilermaker only got to play in 456 games throughout 12 seasons (38 games per season), he tumbled down the standings substantially. That shouldn't hinder how fans remember the gritty big man, though. He was a team guy who always did what the coaching staff asked of him and that's an important part of the game. And hey, he even knocked down three-pointers at an underrated 37.2% clip. In the end, he averaged 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for his NBA career.
14 Sacramento Kings - Etan Thomas
Original Pick : Hedo Turkoglu
Original Slot : 12th overall by the Dallas Mavericks (Syracuse University)
The Kings encounter the biggest downgrade in the 2000 re-draft (not that that's saying much), by going from Hedo Turkoglu (the class's win share leader) to Etan Thomas. Although Thomas was a steady backup center during his time in the pros, he didn't do any one thing particularly well. He'd last nine seasons in the NBA, playing for the Washington Wizards, Olkahoma City Thunder and Atlanta Hawks. In that time, he'd average 5.7 points and 4.7 rebound per game as a steady bench presence on which team he'd play for. The big man actually had the sixth best win share per 48 minutes of the entire draft at .101, which further demonstrates the weakness of this draft.
He now spends his time as an activist, philanthropist and motivational speaker.
13 Seattle SuperSonics - Speedy Claxton
Original Pick : Desmond Mason
Original Slot : 20th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers (Hofstra University)
If only Desmond Mason turned out the same as another Supersonic draftee who attended the University of Texas by the name of Kevin Durant. At 17th overall, I have the Seattle SuperSonics selecting Speedy Claxton, stealing him from the 76ers. Speedy finds himself as yet another guy from this draft with a great name, Speedy Claxton (born Craig Claxton). Claxton slides up three spots to the now extinct Seattle SuperSonics. Seattle most definitely did not need a point guard at the time, since Hall of Famer Gary Payton was currently holding the point guard position on the roster, but Claxton could have provided "The Glove" with much needed additional rest. Claxton was at his best while he suited up for the Golden State Warriors. That probably due to the fact that he was getting to start and play a lot of minutes, but it's also still worth keeping in mind that he averaged 13.1 points, 6.2 assists and 1.9 steals per game for Dub Nation in the 2004-05 season.
12 Los Angeles Clippers - Chris Mihm
Original Pick : Quentin Richardson
Original Slot : 7th overall by the Chicago Bulls (University of Texas)
Selecting a lesser player in the year 2000 wouldn't have mattered for the previously hopeless Clippers. On the other hand, swapping Richardson for the mediocrity of Mihm still wouldn't please LAC fans if this re-draft were real. Mihm eventually found his way to Los Angeles during his NBA career, though it was with the Lakers, not the Clippers. During the 2005-06 season (with the purple and gold) he actually posted decent numbers at 9.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in a total of 75 starts. Unfortunately as far as the outlook on his career, that was far from the normal. Mihm finished his 8 year career in the league posting 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1 block per game.
11 Charlotte Hornets - DeShawn Stevenson
Original Pick : Jamaal Magloire
Original Slot : 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz (Washington Union HS, California)
Draymond Green might have a DeShawn Stevenson poster in his room, or he might not. Either way, you could say him and Draymond have one thing in common - they both shared a fued with one of the greatest players of all-time in LeBron James. DeShawn Stevenson is perhaps best remembered for his pointless feud with four-time MVP LeBron James. The tatted up wingman peaked in his 2006-07 season with the Washington Wizards when he started all 82 games and scored 11.2 points per game on a respectable field goal percentage of 51%, while shooting 40.4% from beyond the arc. Stevenson tried to silence his beef with King James in 2013 by tweeting that he wanted to join up with Miami, yet he never got an NBA job with the Heat or anywhere else. I guess that's what you get for messing with the King. See trash-talking Draymond Green for example, as he sits in his house wondering what he could have done differently this past Finals, as he watches LeBron hoist the trophy in Cleveland.
10 Philadelphia 76ers - Marko Jaric
Original Pick : Speedy Claxton
Original Slot : 30th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers (Serbia)
As a Philadelphia fan, this selection was a bit more personable. In the seven seasons he spent with the Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies, Marko Jaric averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Those aren't fantastic numbers, but keep in mind he was a backup point guard, so those numbers are more respectable in that aspect. He's best remembered for marrying Victoria's Secret supermodel Adriana Lima. Yes, he actually dated Adrianna Lima. There's photo evidence of it. Despite the two having split since then, Marko Jaric is currently rumored to be dating 23-year-old Serbian model Dusica Savic. It seems retirement suits him just fine.
The original pick for the 76ers, Speedy Claxton, is already off the board in this re-draft.
9 Toronto Raptors - Jake Voskuhl
Original Pick : Morris Peterson
Original Slot : 33rd overall by the Chicago Bulls (University of Connecticut)
Sadly, the Ray Allen shooting touch doesn't seem to run in the UConn blood. Former Husky Jake Voskuhl suited up for the Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats, Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors throughout his nine-year career. The journeyman center had issues with foul trouble throughout his entire NBA tenure. Voskuhl averaged 6.5 fouls per 36 minutes in his career—yet he was a decent contributor in his time with the Phoenix Suns. That said, it's quite alarming that he's the 21st-best player from this draft class when looking at a win-shares basis. He'd finish his NBA career with averages of 4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
The Raptors had selected Mo-Pete here, but he's long gone in this re-draft.
8 New York Knicks - Primoz Brezec
Original Pick : Donnell Harvey
Original Slot : 27th overall by the Indiana Pacers (Slovenia)
Former No. 27 overall pick Primoz Brezec, a 7'2" center from Slovenia, played just 62 games in three seasons with the Pacers before Charlotte snatched him up in the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft. From there, he became the Bobcats' starting center for two-plus seasons and actually posted some respectable stats. In his two year peak with the Bobcats, Brezec posted 12.7 PPG and 6.5 RPG. When he was traded to Detroit along with teammate Walter Hermann in exchange for Nazr Mohammed, his career hit bottom rather quickly. He'd end his career with averages of 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game, having his last season in Milwaukee in 2009/10.
New York's original pick, Donnell Harvey, managed five seasons in the NBA, averaging 5.6 points per game.
7 Utah Jazz - Jake Tsakalidis
Original Pick : DeShawn Stevenson
Original Slot : 25th overall by the Phoenix Suns (Georgia, Europe)
Back in 2000, the Phoenix Suns snagged Greek center Iakovos "Jake" Tsakalidis with the 25th overall pick. He boasted a massive NBA-ready frame at 7'2.5", 285 pounds, but he had bricks for hands and was hopeless when shooting from mid-range. In the re-draft, I have the Utah Jazz nabbing him two spots higher at No. 23. Frankly, even Tsakalidis would have been as effective as Greg Ostertag for Utah. Over his career, he'd average 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in just 15.9 minutes per game. He'd only last seven years in the NBA.
Their original pick, DeShawn Stevenson, went earlier in this re-draft.
6 Chicago Bulls - Darius Miles
Original Pick : Dalibor Bagaric
Original Slot : 3rd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers (East St. Louis HS, Illinois)
Another notorious bust from this infamous draft - Darius Miles. Darius Miles was yet another player who seemed promising entering the NBA despite not playing at the college level. Miles takes a significant tumble from his original spot at No. 3 overall, but he doesn't fall completely out of the first round in my re-draft. He still would not have made a major impact for the Chicago Bulls as a late-first-round pick, but he definitely would have been better than the Bulls' original pick with 7'1" center Dalibor Bagaric. Dalibor lasted just three seasons in the league (95 games played) and compiled a weak -0.9 win shares, so Bagaric was actually a net negative to his team, not something that you are searching for on draft night.
5 Phoenix Suns - Ime Udoka
Original Pick : Jake Tsakalidis
Original Slot : Undrafted (Portland State University)
Ime Udoka was born in Portland, went to high school in Portland and attended Portland State University, so you could pretty much say he was a "home-town" kinda guy. At Portland State University, he averaged 14.5 points per game in his lone season in his collegiate career. It makes the most sense that Udoka first truly latched on with an NBA team and flourished in Portland when he started all 75 games for the Trail Blazers in 2006-07. From there, the swingman, keep in mind, whom went undrafted, produced a mutual liking with the San Antonio Spurs. He now serves as an assistant coach with the franchise under the legend - Gregg Popovich.
He'd finish his career with 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
4 Denver Nuggets - Jason Hart
Original Pick : Mamadou N'Diaye
Original Slot : 49th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks (Syracuse University)
The original draftee at this pick is not the 7'6'' giant you might be thinking of, Mamadou N'Diaye, that attended college at UC Irvine this past year. Although Jason Hart would eventually play for the Denver Nuggets during the 8th year of his career, I like him going 26th to them in the draft. As a Syracuse product, Jason Hart averaged 11.4 PPG, 5.4 APG and 3.3 RPG throughout his three years sporting the orange. Hart, originally drafted 49th overall, surprised many with his NBA performance. His play was surprising due solely on the fact that he was drafted late in the second round of a terrible draft class. Hart enjoyed his NBA career though, playing for a variety of teams including Milwaukee, San Antonio, the Bobcats, Sacramento, the Clippers, Utah, the Nuggets, New Orleans, and the Timberwolves. Jason Hart was out of the NBA by 2010.
3 Indiana Pacers - Mark Madsen
Original Pick : Primoz Brezec
Original Slot : 29th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers (Stanford University)
Originally, Mark Madsen was selected 29th overall by the Los Angles Lakers. Although this time, I have Madsen moving up two slots due to the fact that the Pacers have the upper-hand with a higher draft-pick selection. Madsen disappointed many with his NBA career, despite his incredible dance moves. "Mad Dog" played most of his career with the Timberwolves and finished his underwhelming 9 year career averaging just 2.2 points and 2.6 blocks per game. On the other hand, Madsen will always be remembered for stealing the show at the Lakers championship parade in 2001-2002 with his unique dance moves.
2 Portland Trail Blazers - DerMarr Johnson
Original Pick : Erick Barkley
Original Slot : 6th overall by the Atlanta Hawks (University of Cincinnati)
Moving on to Portland, Oregon, the TrailBlazers took a leap of faith and hoped Erick Barkley from the University of St. John's could eventually pan out as solid NBA performer night in and night out. The Blazers got the exact opposite in that. Barkley was just another bust in this nightmare of a draft.
Speaking of busts, no. 6 overall DerMarr Johnson is a prime victim of this draft. Johnson was "hyped up" far too great for his under-developed talents at the time. In 52 games in the NBA D-League, DerMarr averaged 15.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Keeping in mind that DeMarr was once a top-six pick of an NBA draft, that is anything but impressive. The saddest part is, Johnson was out of the NBA by age 27. Johnson finished his short tenured NBA career averaging 6.2 PPG, 0.9 APG, and 2.2 RPG.
1 Los Angles Lakers - Donnell Harvey
Original Pick : Mark Madsen
Original Slot : 22nd overall by the New York Knicks (University of Florida)
Let's just say Donnell Harvey wasn't anything special. Harvey's longest tenure with an NBA team only lasted two years with the Dallas Mavericks. At 29th overall, Donnell Harvey would have been just fine for the last selection in the first round of the worst draft in NBA history. Harvey, coming out of Florida, seemed to be a promising NBA player averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds per game, respectively. Harvey, like many players selected in 2000, failed to perform consistently. Harvey finished his nine year NBA career averaging just 5.6 points and 4 rebounds per game. Goodbye Mark Madsen, hello Donnell Harvey.