In the NBA, competition rages between players in all areas. Including when it comes to determining the best draft in history! A former player dropped a bombshell on the subject, explaining that his was better than those of 1984 and 2003, with respectively… Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
Self-confidence, Allen Iverson has never lacked during his NBA career. This was very necessary for him to dominate on the floors, despite his small size including among the leaders (1m83). And yet, this physical deficit did not prevent him from becoming a true icon of the orange ball, proof of the unwavering determination of the former Sixer.
Retired for a few years now, The Answer hasn’t really changed his mindset. This was particularly seen during his visit to Shay Shay Club, Shannon Sharpe’s show. Asked about the prestigious drafts of 1984, 1996 and 2003, the four-time best scorer brought out the heavy artillery, putting his own far ahead of the others:
– Club Shay Shay (@ClubShayShay) August 23, 2021
Mine was the best. Look how many players there were in there. Kobe, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Stephon Marbury, Jermanie O’Neal… We had so many good All-Star players in this draft. I don’t take anything away from guys like Wade or Melo, because I love them on the pitch, or Olajuwon and Barkley. But they were a bit overshadowed by James and Mike. This was not the case with us.
We can dispute AI on this last point, because the class of 1996 still saw the arrival of Kobe Bryant in the big league. To say that he was by far the greatest player of his vintage is nothing fundamentally exaggerated, either statistically or above all, on the Mamba record, much more fleshed out than that of his comrades. Iverson’s ego probably won’t admit this!
On the other hand, it’s not without reason that this draft is considered one of the best of all time, given the bewildering roster of stars that have emerged from it. It is perhaps the deepest in terms of quality, failing to agree on the best period. Above all, she has massively contributed to changing the game in the NBA, bringing a very strong flavor of streetball with her. The league probably wouldn’t be where it is today without it.
1984? 1996? 2003? Everyone will have their opinion on the subject, and Allen Iverson has logically defended his vintage. And you, which draft do you consider to be the best all-time?