WATCH: 1996 NBA Re-Draft

by Kent Jackson, Respect My Blog

The astonishing depth of talent in the 1996 class easily puts it alongside the 1984 and 2003 draft classes as the best of all-time, but the intrigue in this particular draft lies in how radically different the NBA might have looked had things gone differently. It’s fun to imagine the possibilities had an 18-year-old Kobe Bryant been paired with a 20-year-old Kevin Garnett in Minnesota, as the Timberwolves actually considered taking Bryant with the fifth pick of the lottery in 1996. With all the talent in this draft, the second round didn’t produce any steals.There were many great drafts in NBA history.The 1984 Draft is a perfect example, giving us legends like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Charles Barkley, John Stockton, and other greats.It also was the year of the most controversial draft pick of all time, having Sam Bowie picked second-overall over Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. Believe it or not, the Draft of 1996 had the most talented players to ever appear in one draft. Here is my 1996 NBA Re-Draft.

Lower Merion High School basketball star Kobe Bryant announces that he is foregoing college and will enter the NBA draft at a press conference in the school gym in Ardmore, Pa. Monday, April 29,1996 (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)
Allen Iverson, left, of Georgetown holds up a jersey with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number one pick in the 1996 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday night, June 26, 1996, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
NEW YORK – JUNE 26: The Draftees pose for a group photo with NBA Commissioner David Stern after being selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft on June 26, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – JUNE 26: Shareef Abdur-Rahim holds a jersey after he was selected number three overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies during the 1996 NBA Draft on June 26, 1996 at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Ruthford, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

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