Even with in the best organizations and with the best general managers the draft is still an inexact science. Players that look like can’t miss prospects end up out of the league after a season or two while guys who were almost afterthoughts taken at the bottom of the draft turn into All-Stars. The ’84 draft was 228 picks over 10 rounds with the first round consisting of 24 picks. of the 228 players selected, 58 of them played in the NBA according to Basketball-Reference.com. Of those 58 players, Brian Martin (round nine, 185 overall) was the player taken with the lowest pick to play in the league.
Everyone talks about the ’84 draft because of the huge misses near the top , but the Trail Blazers werent the only team that missed out on a legend of the game early in the draft.
Here is a look at how the first round 1984 draft would have went if we knew then what we know now.
24. Terence Stansbury. Originally taken with the 15th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. Stansbury lasted just three seasons in the NBA and played in 192 games over that stretch for the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics. His best season came ’85-86 when Stansbury averaged 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Pacers in 74 games (17 starts).
For his career, Stansbury averaged 6.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and two assists a contest.
23. Ken Bannister. Originally taken with the 17th pick of the seventh round (157th overall) by the New York Knicks. Bannister played five seasons in the NBA over a seven-year period with the Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came with the Knicks in ’85-86 when Bannister appeared in 70 games (15 starts) and averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing more than 20 minutes a game.
For his career, Bannister averaged 5.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 253 games.
22. Ben Coleman. Originally taken with the 13th pick of the second round (37th overall) by the Chicago Bulls. Coleman played five seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons. It wasnt until two years after Coleman was drafted that he played in his first regular season NBA game as a member of the Nets. His best season in the league came in ’87-88 while with the Nets and the 76ers. During that season, Coleman played in 70 games (24 starts) and averaged 8.5 points and five rebounds a night.
For his career, Coleman averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 227 games.
21. Leon Wood. Originally taken with the 10th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. Wood spent six season in the NBA with the 76ers, Washington Bullets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings. His most productive season came with the Spurs in ’87-88 when he averaged 9.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game.
For his career, Wood averaged 6.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 274 games.