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NBA Draft 2000
By Class:
Senior's 1st RD: 11
Senior's 2nd RD: 17
Junior's 1st RD: 2
Junior's 2nd RD: 4
Sophomore's 1st RD: 7
Sophomore's 2nd RD: 2
Freshmen 1st RD: 3
International 1st RD: 4
International 2nd RD: 4
H.S. Seniors 1st RD: 2
Other Draftees 2nd RD: 2
Total Selected: 58
By Position:
Centers: 11
Power Forwards: 10
Small Forwards: 18
Shooting Guards: 9
Point Guards: 11
2000 NBA Draft Review
DATE: June 28, 2000

Site: Target Center, Minnesota
The NBA Draft of 2000 may be viewed as one of the worst in recent history, maybe even in the same class as the drug infested 1986 NBA draft. But during the summer of 2000, as GM's looked to the abundance of youth and potential, many believed this group of prospects had great promise.

The battle for number one remained anything but a mystery although the Nets wouldn't go as far as to announce that they were taking Kenyon Martin. Few thought they would choose anyone else. Stromile Swift, with his dazzling athleticism and potential, was viewed as the only true competitor to Martin for the top spot. Darius Miles was the highest among high schoolers ever taken in the NBA Draft by going to the Los Angeles Clippers with the third pick. Interestingly enough, Miles would only hold this distinction for a year as Kwame Brown would go number one the very next year. Marcus Fizer had an amazing junior year leading Iowa State to the elite eight in the NCAA tournament. Some labeled him a player with Karl Malone’s ability. Unfortunately, this ability was left undeveloped as Fizer never found a true forward position to play in the pros. Dermarr Johnson seriously thought about entering the 1999 NBA Draft out of high school but ended up playing one year in college. This decision didn’t cause his stock to take a hit although it certainty didn't move up either. Johnson has been slowed with immaturity and injury problems. In 2003 he was involved in a serious car accident in which he cracked four vertebras in his neck. Moving on to Mateen Cleaves, hometown hero, he was selected by his home state team the Detroit Pistons. This selection would prove to be one of Joe Dumars worst draft moves as Cleaves lasted only one year. Since then he has been with four teams in the past five seasons.

Talk about a spoiled celebrations. The draft’s second high school draftee DeShawn Stevenson’s was definitely cut short. Hours after the Utah Jazz selected him with the 23rd pick, five young men physically attacked him as he left the gym. One of the men involved was a former high school teammate. Shaking it off, Stevenson called the attack an act of jealously. Unfortunately, this wouldn't be the last of his troubles. Later that summer, Stevenson was accused of statutory rape with a 14-year old girl. To make matters worse he admitted to the mother of the girl that he had sex with her and even served her alcohol. This resulted in him pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge. He was sentenced to two years of probation, including fines and community hours. To Stevenson’s credit, his off court conduct has improved considerably with no legal issues in the past four years.

As an underclassman, Jamaal Magloire declared for the 1999 NBA draft. But despite his solid play, Magloire was still projected as a high to mid second round pick. Not happy with this status, Magloire took the advice of scouts and returned to school to work on his offensive game. On draft night he became the third center selected in the first round, going number nineteen with Charlotte. So far, Jamaal Magloire and Kenyon Martin are the only players out of the 2000 NBA draft to go to the All-Star game. Each went only once in 2004.

Keyon Dooling and Jamal Crawford were in the same boat; many GM's knew they had talent but few were sold on their development. Crawford, who played for Michigan, had his season cut short by the NCAA. He was suspended for declaring for the NBA as a senior in high school and for his connection to a business man who provided certain items for Crawford while he was still in high school. Despite all this Crawford showed solid ball handling and passing skills to match his 6-6 frame. Although he had the look of a combo guard, his shooting was sub par and he lacked experience. Keyon Dooling on the other hand was blessed with explosive athleticism and experience, but didn't possess great court vision or the ability to setup teammates. Through workouts and camp play both prospects found themselves hot commodities on draft night. Crawford went number eight with the Chicago Bulls while Dooling went number ten with the Orlando Magic.

One the biggest slides of draft night was Iakovos Tsakalidis. Despite his great strength and raw potential, he couldn't convince any of the high teams in the draft to select him. When Tsakalidis first declared, his draft status looked pretty good. Most labeled the big center as a top fifteen pick. Then questions arose on how to secure a buyout of his current contract with his Greek team, AEK Athens. There were rumors that the team might be difficult. Tsakalidis’ contract didn't expire until the 2004-2005 season and they weren't happy to part with one of their most promising stars. With these issues, many NBA teams passed over Tsakalidis on draft night, but after finally being selected, Tsakalidis, with mantra like zest said, "I will not return to Greece I am NBA now".

The draft’s biggest steal was without question Michael Redd. Now in his fourth year, he’s already an All-Star and seems well on his way to being a NBA All-Star regular in years to come. On draft night many knew he was a solid scorer, but few were sold on his ability to make consistent jump shots from the perimeter and three point line. By working on his mechanics Redd has become one of the league’s best shooters and top players at his position. Although not the star that Michael Redd is, Marko Jaric and Primoz Brezec are among the top two at their positions in their draft class. With only Craig Claxton and Jamaal Magloire listed higher, both Jaric and Brezec have worked hard to make an impact in the NBA. Brezec in particular has traveled a long road. While with the Indiana Pacers he had trouble gaining confidence and playing time. His disappointing play led Indiana to leave him unprotected for the expansion draft of the newly formed Charlotte Bobcats. Brezec has looked great with the Bobcats playing along side rookie wonder Emeka Okafor at the power forward position. He’s had a career year and at only 26, Brezec is still a work in progress.

Automatically Eligible for Draft: All NCAA seniors, International players born in the year 1978, or players that transfered from a college team to a professional team in the same calendar year are automatically entered.
    Order: 15-29 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 1979-1981 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
First Pick: Kenyon Martin (1st overall)
Naismith Player Of the Year: Kenyon Martin (1st overall)
Last Man Standing: Pete Mickeal (58th Overall)
First Point Guard: Keyon Dooling (10th overall)
First Shooting Guard: DerMarr Johnson (6th overall)
First Small Forward: Darius Miles (3rd overall)
First Power Forward: Kenyon Martin (1st overall)
First Center: Chris Mihm (7th overall)
Dominant Alumni: Foreign Leagues (8)
Hidayet Turkoglu (16th overall)
Dalibor Bagaric (24th overall)
Iakovos Tsakalidis (25th overall)
Primoz Brezec (27th overall)
Marko Jaric (30th overall)
Olumide Oyedeji (42nd overall)
Josip Sesar (47th overall)
Igor Rakocevic (51st overall)
Final Four:
Michigan State: Mateen Cleaves (14th overall), Morris Peterson (21st overall)
Florida: Mike Miller (5th overall), Donnell Harvey (22nd Overall)
Wisconsin: None
North Carolina: None
Total Underclassmen Declared: 56
Oldest Player Drafted: Mamadou N'Diaye (25)
Yougest Player Drafted: Darius Miles (19)

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