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The Draft Review
Draft Flashback: NBA Draft Review of 2003 E-mail
NBA Draft Review of 2003
DATE: June 26, 2003


Site: Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York
DRAFT OBSERVATIONS
Through the years, there have been few NBA drafts with a surefire lock for the number one pick. Lebron James was ranked by most experts and journalists as the number one amateur player in the world. During his senior year, "The Lebron Effect" was tremendous leading up to the draft. His popularity and fame were so high that the demand for his games to grew in epic proportions. Auction websites such as EBay were selling video taped games for $25-$50.00 dollars. ESPN took it a step further and commenced to broadcast nationally televised games during his senior season. Even casual fans were tuning in to catch a glimpse of the next potential Michael Jordan. And unlike many of the Early Entry underclassmen, freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to the NCAA Championship while sophomore sensation Dwyane Wade took Marquette to the final four. For the first time in a long while, the NBA had three stars in Anthony, Wade and Lebron, who had already established fan bases before playing in the NBA. But add to this list the Serbian sensation, Darko Milicic who just turned 18, and had already played two years of professional ball in Yugoslavia's top league. Scouts and GM's were enamored with his height and shooting ability. UNLV's Marcus Banks went from being an early second draft pick to one of the hottest names in the draft. Through private workouts Banks' stock went through the roof.

One of the most interesting stories on draft night was the drama of Maciej Lampe. Although considered by many to be one of the top ten talents in the draft, he unbelievably slid out of the first round before being the first second round selection by the New York Knicks. Lampe's stock plummeted when his overseas team, Complutense, sent memos to all of the NBA informing them that Lampe had a huge buyout and they still maintained his rights. This information made a lot of team's leery about drafting a player in the first round that could have legal problems.

Although both Jason Kapono and Luke Walton didn't perform the way many scouts and GM's hoped and although they weren't marked as definite draft prospects, they did the best job of improving their draft stock. Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic also deserves admiration for coming back from two serious knee injuries that were so devastating, many called it career ending. Had Becirovic come out two years earlier, he quite possibly would have been a top twenty selection. Unfortunately, his injuries kept him out of the game for a year and he had opportunity for only one mediocre workout before the draft. Many will tell you he was probably only at 35-40 percent of his true playing level. Nevertheless, Becirovic's success as a draftee is a testament to his perseverance and ability as a ball player.

This draft also led to a rule change as Sofoklis Schortsanitis and Darko Milicic were allowed to enter the NBA draft despite being age seventeen when they declared. Commissioner David Stern pointed to the league's former rule that stated a player must be eighteen when they declare for the draft. Stern then went on to say that both Schortsanitis and Milicic were eligible if they were eighteen at the time of the draft. This worked out great for Milicic, but would Schortsanitis been better served staying overseas? He dropped out of the first round and was selected in the second round, 34th overall, by the Los Angles Clippers.

Then came the pick that made the most commotion and virtually no one knew about it. The Portland Trailblazer's selection of Nedzad Sinanovic had many wide-eyed and open mouthed. After almost three years with the Bosnian Army, Sinanovic decided he was going to play basketball again. His agent had him signed and on his way to the Spanish club, Unicaja Malaga. Here, the raw prospect would workout, gain experience and training, but would never actually play for the team, giving him extremely low exposure to scouts and GMs. During this time Sinanovic developed tremendous potential, and because of his age, was automatically eligible for the draft. But with a non-English speaking agent and virtually no publicity, the prospect of going undrafted was at the door. This fate, however, was what Sinanovic was hoping for. Going undrafted equated to more dollars for the player. As a free agent, he would have bypassed the rookie pay scale and been able to sign a contract with any NBA team for an unrestricted amount. Needless to say, gone are the days of international surprises!
DRAFT DETAILS
Automatically Eligible for Draft: All NCAA seniors, International players born in the year 1981, or players that transfered from a college team to a professional team in the same calendar year are automatically entered.
Draft Order: 14-29 Order is determined by season records and tiebreakers per team.
Early Entry: High school seniors and International draftees are eligible for the draft if they are in the same year in which they turn 18. All other candidates 18 and over such as H.S. Seniors, Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors, Seniors and Internationals prospects born 1982-1985 can apply.
Irregularities: None.
Lottery Picks: 1-13 Order is detremined by ping pong balls with the team with the worst record getting the most chances.Each team in the lottery is assigned a certain number of combinations, such that teams with worse records are assigned more combinations increasing their odds of landing a top-3 pick. There are a total of 1,000 combinations that are assigned, one of the combinations does not belong to any team and the 4 balls are redrawn if it is encountered. Having 1,000 combinations makes it easier to calculate the probability of receiving the first pick in the draft.
Total Rounds: Two
DRAFT SNIPPETS

First Pick: Lebron James (1st overall)
Naismith Player Of the Year: T.J. Ford (6th overall)
Last Man Standing: Andreas Glyniadakis (58th Overall)
First Point Guard: T.J. Ford (6th overall)
First Shooting Guard: Lebron James (1st overall)
First Small Forward: Carmelo Anthony (3rd overall)
First Power Forward: Darko Milicic (2nd overall)
First Center: Chris Kaman (6th overall)

Dominant Alumni: Foreign Leagues (20)
Darko Milicic (2nd overall)
Mickael Pietrus (11th overall)
Zarko Cabarkapa (17th overall)
Aleksandar Pavlovic (19th overall)
Boris Diaw (21st overall)
Zoran Planinic (22nd overall)
Carlos Delfino (25th overall)
Leandrinho Barbosa (28th overall)
Maciej Lampe (30th overall)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (34th overall)
Szymon Szewczyk (35th overall)
Slavko Vranes (39th overall)
Zaur Pachulia (42nd overall)
Malick Badiane (44th overall)
Sani Becirovic (46th overall)
Pacellis Morlende (50th overall)
Remon Van De Hare (52nd overall)
Nedzad Sinanovic (54th overall)
Xue Yuyang (57th overall)
Andreas Glyniadakis (58th overall)

Final Four:
Syracuse: Carmelo Anthony (3rd overall)
Kansas: Kirk Hinrich (7th overall), Nick Collison (12th Overall)
Texas: T.J. Ford (8th overall)
Marquette: Dwyane Wade (5th overall)

Total Underclassmen Declared: 74
Oldest Player Drafted: Travis Hansen (25)
Yougest Player Drafted: Sofoklis Schortsanitis (18)

 
Mock Draft Update: 3/30/09 E-mail
The Draft Board has been updated!
 
1997 Undrafted - Fabricio Oberto E-mail
  • Name: Fabricio Oberto
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height: 6-10 (2.08m)
  • Weight: 245 (111kg)
  • INT. Team: Deportiva Atenas
  • Nationality: Argentine
  • Birthplace: Cordoba, Argentina
  • Birthdate: 3/21/1975
  • Drafted: Not drafted by an NBA franchise.
BIOGRAPHY If you have additional information you would like to contribute to any player profile (i.e. missing stats, biography), please click here. Please be aware that you must have a verifiable source.



Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

1995-96 Atenas

57

68.7

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61.0

1.4

1.0

6.3

0.9

13.2

1996-97 Atenas

42

68.8

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51.0

1.1

0.9

6.3

1.0

12.4

Totals

99

68.7

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56.2

1.2

0.9

6.3

0.9

12.8

 
1976 - 1980 3rd-4th Round Rundown E-mail

TDR keeps it rolling with another 5-year release of 3rd & 4th round draft profiles: 1976-1980

1976-1980 Main Highlights:

Bill Laimbeer – You may currently know him now as the fun-loving, former head coach of the WNBL’s Detroit Shock, but Laimbeer was also a feared enforcer on the Detroit Piston championship teams of 1989 and 1990.
Bill Laimbeer Boxing Out!
The four time all star was a huge steal in the third round and a key member of the Piston's “Bad Boys” along with teammates Mark Aguirre, Rick Mahorn and Dennis Rodman. His physical play often made him a target of opposing fans and players, but Laimbeer also brought a great deal of rebounding, perimeter shooting and toughness. Perhaps what made him hard to reconize was that Notre Dame had a philosophy about spreading the minutes and playing a half court offense. Digger Phelps was the head coach at time. He is often cited by Laimbeer himself as someone “he didn’t see eye to eye with”. You have to wonder if the Laimbeer-Phelps rocky relationship created inconsistency in Laimbeer’s playing time.

Michael Cooper - Cooper never made an all star team, but he left a tremendous legacy in the NBA. Only a handful of defensive players have been more feared. His wiry 6-foot-5 frame made him capable of guarding three different positions (PG, SG and SF). As a key member on five championship Lakers teams’, Cooper’s contributions on the defensive side were widely recognized by the league as witnessed by his five, first team all-defense selections. In his pre-NBA days Cooper was not known for defense, but rather his athletic finishing ability and scoring prowess. It was unbeknownst to the Lakers at the time, but this 60th pick in the third round became one of the best perimeter defenders of all time.

Eddie Johnson - Fast Eddie, as he was called, was a lighting quick guard capable of slashing into traffic with ease. While at Auburn, Johnson’s erratic play and poor attitude often led to inconsistent performances. This definitely affected his draft stock and caused him to drop down to the 49th pick in the third round. As a two time all-star in his first five years in the NBA, Johnson’s career appeared to be on its way up. But Johnson was not only fast on the court. A cocaine addiction was quick to rob him of his mental faculties and talent. By the time he was out of the league he moved up to selling and smoking crack, as well as burglary, battery, robbery and various drug charges. Fast Eddie was just recently sentenced to life in jail for raping an 8-year old girl. His misdeeds appear to be self inflicted. All background checks point to a hard working family and, if his brother, former 10 year pro Frank Johnson, is any indication, it doesn’t lack class or pride. Fast Eddie still has another rape case pending at this time involving a 25 year old woman.

Nick Galis - But who is Nick Galis? If you're about to access your mental library in attempt to recall his the NBA career, I'll spare you the reference check. Galis didn’t play a minute in the league, but he is counted among the notables due to his legendary play in Greece. Galis is to Greece what Sabonis is to Lithuania and what Jordan is to America - the best player ever. He was born in New Jersey to Greek parents, but he was not an overnight prodigy. Galis developed through countless hours of practice. As a senior at Seton Hall he finished third in scoring in the nation, and is considered one of the school's best players. Yet despite his talent, Galis signed with an inexperienced agent who didn’t even have the player workout for any NBA teams. Given the opportunity for workouts, he more than likely would have seen late-first to mid-second round. After being selected by the Celtics, Galis was injured in training camp and limited him for two weeks. Celtics' GM Red Auerbach decided to cut Galis which opened up the opportunity for him to play overseas. The next 14 seasons were spent carving out a tremendous career highlighted by 5 Greek MVP awards, 8 Greek League Championships and 2 medals as a member of the Greek National team. Lastly, one has to take the word of the late Red Auerbach, one the best ever evaluators of talent in the business of basketball. He mentioned cutting Galis as one of his biggest mistakes.

James Donaldson - At the time, Donaldson looked like nothing more than your average big man. Like all NBA teams, the Seattle Supersonics looked long and hard for quality centers. Donaldson was still raw, so the team told the unpolished specimen to go overseas for a year and develop. Donaldson secured a spot on the team one year later, and over the next few years became a dependable rebounder and athletic force around the basket. His rise was culminated in 1988 when he was named to his first and only NBA ALL-star team. Donaldson's career started to slow down due after debilitating injuries forced him out of the league at the age of 37. After basketball, Donaldson became an owner and director of the Donaldson Clinic, which specializes in fitness and physical therapy. Just recently Donaldson ran for Mayor in the city of Seattle, but came in fourth on a non-partisan ticket.

Pat Cummings - Noted for his great shooting touch, Cummings had a very productive pro career - 12 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1991. Cummings was drafted in 1978 by the Milwaukee Bucks as a junior eligible draftee (this was due to the fact that the talented power forward broke his leg in his junior season and had to sit out a year), but Cummings immediately returned to college for his final season. As a pro, nagging leg injuries quickly reduced Cummings effectiveness on the court, but for a span of five years he was one of the league’s most dependable starters.

1976-1980 Research Problems:

Jim Cooper - I didn’t find Cooper until the ninth hour. He is listed wrong on every draft list currently available on the internet. Whomever first copied the list for internet availability copied it wrong, and through further copying by other draft sites, that error became fact. Until now. Yet even the University of Alabama media guide claims Cooper as a draftee of their school! Needless to say, Cooper is a product of Alabama State who, like everyone other school, had no idea who he was. His freshman year and senior year numbers have yet to be uncovered. Thankfully, Cooper’s due at his school can now be recognized.

Ricardo Brown - He was a mystery man until I was able to track down his sophomore year at Yavapai Junior college. Before that, Brown started his career at Centenary where he played his freshman year with first round draftee Robert Parish. Unfortunately, Centenary has no reference to Brown playing, as he isn’t even listed as a letterman in the school’s media guide.

Larry Rogers - He was drafted out of the U.S. Army, but the NBA erroneously listed him at SE Missouri State. Rogers did spend his freshman year at the school, but his academics soon forced him out. Rogers spent the next three years in the Army, but it is unknown if he played the AAU team his first two years. It is fact, however, that he played AAU for the Army during what would be the 1978-79 season. Needless to say, his stats are extremely limited.

Richie Allen - Allen moved around more than a “Hip-Hop ABS” workout. Four years at four different schools made him incredibly hard to track down. His stats during his two seasons at junior colleges Santa Barbara and Ambassador have yet to be found. His senior year season at Dominguez Hills are scattered and limited.

Roy Smith - Smith started his career at the HCBU, Lincoln University of Missouri, but it appears that some time in his freshman year he transferred to Kentucky State. I have yet to uncover the information listing his Lincoln stats, but every indication that I have received from former players is that Smith played 8-10 games at the school. Unfortunately, what he averaged has yet to be found.

There is more great stuff coming out of my historical vault. Dig into this latest release as I move on to make ready the 3rd and 4th round draft picks, 1976 through 1980.

Enjoy!
Matthew Maurer
 
Dick Vitale? Hall of Lame with a capital "L" E-mail
By Mark Goldman

Anyone who contends that sports, and in particular, basketball, is not political is out of their mind. These blind purists must have been asleep when the Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony took place this past weekend. As I sat in my Lazy Boy man chair I tuned in to witness a host of greats get their due.

Two of the best centers in basketball history, Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing. Check. NBA scoring guru Adrian Dantley. Check. Super coaches Pat Riley and Cathy Rush. Check. Innovator and world class Detroit Pistons owner Bill Davidson. Check. Annoying big mouth college basketball announcer Dick Vitale. Huh?

Dick Vitale. What in the hell is going on? Surely this must be wrong. As I halfway calmed myself down, I thought maybe it’s a typo or he’s there to present Bill Davidson (who once hired Vitale as a head coach before quickly firing him). This was my reaction because no Hall of Fame committee with half a brain would choose Dick Vitale over basketball greats Artis Gilmore, Chris Mullin, Bernard King and Don Nelson who are still waiting for their call. The only Hall of Fame Dick Vitale should be hallowed in is Duke's or the American Sportscaster Hall of Fame.

Vitale has been enshrined as a contributor to the game, which is a load of crap when you consider this title is also held by Bill Mokray, Pete Newell, John McLendon and James Naismith to name a few. Not only is Vitale not on par with past Inductees who have been deemed contributors, but his election raises more questions than answers.

For example, how is Howard Cosell not in the football or boxing Hall of Fame? He was every bit revered in his day, but the difference between the two is that Cosell, when he spoke, made sense even if you didn’t like what he had to say. Vitale on the other hand is like my 4 year-old grandson who screams and yells to gain attention. And when Vitale does gain my attention his trademark phrases, ”Awesome babeeey” and “PTPer” are comparable to my grandson’s world famous, “I farted”. But in the end I suppose it’s not really Vitale’s fault - it’s ours. We've allowed shady dealings to take place without action while forgotten players from our segregated and troubled past like Dick Barnett, Travis Grant, Bob Hopkins, and countless others from historically black colleges who will never be honored.

These fading legends don't have the backing of the powerhouse ESPN product, who showboat nationally recognized ex-coaches and players, to pitch for them. They have no friends in high places, like Coach K, to use their pull and influence. In the end those much deserving players will remain hardly noticed before disappearing forever. All while Dick Vitale is immortalized. Yeah, life is hard and mostly unfair, but the politics that gave Vitale a free pass into the Hall of Fame just plain SUCKS.

 
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