The 1998 NBA draft redone: Busts, second-round steals and hall of famers

The 1998 NBA draft was one that was full of stars and busts. There were a handful of legendary selections as well as plenty of players who failed to reach their potential. There were five players to make all-star appearances and at least two players who look like locks for the hall of fame.

The draft consisted of 58 players being taken over two rounds with 56 of those selections appearing in the NBA. The player drafted the lowest to play was Maceo Baston who was the last overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. He lasted four seasons and averaged 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 105 games.

Here is a look at how the draft would have gone if it were done today.

29. Brian Skinner, Baylor

Skinner was the was the 22nd overall pick by the Los Angles Clippers. He played 14 seasons for the Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies. His best year came with the Bucks in 2003-04 when he averaged 10.5 points on 49.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 28.2 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 4.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds in 608 games.

28. Pat Garrity, Notre Dame

Garrity was the 19th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks and traded twice before he landed with the Phoenix Suns. He played 10 seasons for the Suns and the Orlando Magic. His best season came with the Magic in 2001-02 when he averaged 11.1 points on 42.6 prcent shooting from the floor, including 42.7 percent from 3-point land. He added 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 30.1 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 7.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds in 552 games.

27. Keon Clark, UNLV

Clark was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Orlando Magic and traded to the Denver Nuggets before he played a game. He played six years for the Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings and the Utah Jazz. His best season came with the Raptors in 2001-02 when he averaged 11.3 points on 49 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.1 assists  in 27 minutes a contest.

For his career, he averaged 8.2 points, on 50 percent shooting with 5.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 353 games.

26. Greg Buckner, Clemson

Buckner was the 24th pick of the second round (53rd overall), by the Dallas Mavericks. He played 10 seasons for the Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Memphis Grizzlies. One of his best seasons came with the Nuggets in 2004-05 when he averaged 6.2 points on 52.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.5 percent from 3-point range. He added 3.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals in 21.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 5.0 points on 45 percent shooting with 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 570 games.

25. Anthony Carter, Hawaii

Although he didn’t get drafted, Carter earned a roster spot with the Miami Heat in 1999. He played 12 seasons for the Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks and the Toronto Raptors. His best season came with the Nuggets in 2007-08 when he averaged 7.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 5.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 28 minutes a game.

For his career, he averaged 4.8 points on 40.4 percent shooting with 3.8 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 623 games.

24. Nazr Mohammed, Kentucky

Mohammed was drafted with the last pick in the first round by the Utah Jazz and then traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He has played 18 seasons for the 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls. One of his best seasons came with the Atlanta Hawks in 2001-02 when he averaged 9.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.9 rebounds in 26.4 minutes a night.

to this point in his career, he has averaged 5.8 points on 48.6 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds in 1,005 games.

23. Tyronn Lue, Nebraska

Lue was drafted by the Denver Nuggets with the 23rd overall pick and traded to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the package for Nick Van Exel. Lue played 11 seasons for the Lakers, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings. One of his best years came in 2004-05 when he averaged 11.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 28.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 8.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting with 3.1 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 554 games.

22. Earl Boykins, Eastern Michigan

Boykins wasn’t drafted, but signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Nets in early 1999. He played 13 seasons for the Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Los Angles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. One of his best seasons came in 2006-07 when he averaged 14.6 points on 42 percent shooting from the floor, including 39.7 percent from 3-point range. He added 4.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 30.8 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 8.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting with 3.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 652 games.

21. Mike James, Duquesne

James went undrafted out of college, but managed to earn a roster spot the Miami Heat in 2001. He played 12 seasons for the Heat, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks. His best season came with the Raptors in 2005-06 when he averaged 20.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting, including 44.2 percent from beyond the arc. He added 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 37 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 9.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting with 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 595 games.

20. Rasho Nesterovic

Nesterovic was the 17th overall selection by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played 12 seasons for the Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. His best season came in Minnesota in 2002-03 when he averaged 11.2 points on 52.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 assists in 30.4 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 6.8 points on 50.2 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists in 811 games.

19. Michael Olowokandi, Pacific

Olowokandi was the first overall choice by the Los Angles Clippers. He played nine seasons for the Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics. His best year came with Los Angeles in 2001-02 when he averaged 11.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 blocks  and 1.1 assists in 32.1 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 8.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting with 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 500 games.

18. Michael Dickerson, Arizona

Dickerson was the 14th overall pick by the Houston Rockets. He played five seasons for the Rockets and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies before he retired. His best year came with the Grizzlies in 1999-2000 when he averaged 18.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. He added 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 37.8 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 15.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting with 2.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 212 games.

17. Rafer Alston, Fresno State

Alston was the 10th pick in the second round (39th overall), by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played 11 seasons for the Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and the New Jersey Nets. One of his most productive seasons came with the Raptors in 2004-05 when he averaged 14.2 points on 41.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 35.7 percent from 3-point land. He added 6.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34 minutes a night.

For his career, he averaged 10.1 points on 38.3 percent shooting with 4.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 671 games.

16. Ricky Davis, Iowa

Davis was the 21st overall selection by the Charlotte Hornets. He played 12 seasons for the Hornets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Los Angeles Clippers. One of his best seasons came with the Cavaliers in 2002-03 when he averaged a career-high 20.6 points on 41 percent shooting from the floor, including 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. He added 5.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 39.6 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 13.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting with 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.0 steals in 736 games.

15. Matt Harpring, Georgia Tech

Harpring landed with the Orlando Magic with the 15th overall pick. He played 11 seasons with the Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and the Utah Jazz. His best season came with the Jazz in 2002-03 when he averaged a career-high 17.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.3 percet from 3-point land. He added 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.8 minutes a night.

For his career, he averaged 11.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 665 games.

14. Ruben Patterson, Cincinnati

Patterson was the second pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 10 seasons for the Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came with the Bucks in 2006-07 when he averaged a career-high 14.7 points on 54.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 5.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 10.7 points on 51.7 percent shooting with 4.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 649 games.

13. Bonzi Wells, Ball State

Wells was the taken with the 11th overall choice by the Detroit Pistons and traded to the Portland Trail Blazers before he ever played a game. He played 10 seasons for the Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Hornets. One of best season came in Portland in 2001-02 when he averaged 17 points on 46.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 12.1 points on 46 percent shooting with 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 591 games.

12. Al Harrington, Saint Patrick High School

Harrington was selected with the 25th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers. He played 16 seasons for the Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards. One of his best seasons came with the Hawks in 2005-06, when he averaged 18.6 points on 45.2 percent from the floor. He added 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 36.6 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 13.5 points on 44.4 percent with 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 981 games.

11. Larry Hughes, Saint Louis

Hughes was taken with the eighth overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 13 seasons for the 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Charlotte Hornets and the Orlando Magic. He was at his peak while playing in Washington where he made a big impact on both ends of the floor. His best year came in 2004-05 when he averaged 22 points on 43 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.3 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.9 steals in 38.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 14.1 points on 40.6 percent shooting with 4.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 727 games.

10. Raef LaFrentz, Kansas

Even though he didn’t live up to the hype created after being a two-time First-Team All-American at Kansas, LaFrentz still had a solid NBA career.

He was taken with the third overall pick by the Denver Nuggets and played 11 years with the Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, and Portland Trail Blazers. ONe of his best seasons came with Denver in 2000-01 when he averaged 12.9 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.8 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.4 assists in 31.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 10.1 points on 46.6 percent with 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 assists in 563 games.

9. Jason Williams, Marshall

While he never put up huge numbers, Williams was one of the most flashy and exciting point guards ever play in the NBA. He had a great handle and the ability to make even the most difficult pass look routine.

He was the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. He played 12 seasons for the Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. One of his most productive seasons came with Memphis in 2001-02 when he averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 34.4 minutes a night.

For his career, he averaged 10.5 points on 39.8 percent shooting with 5.9 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 788 games.

8. Cuttino Mobley, Rhode Island

Mobley was one of the steals of the draft when he was taken with the 12th pick of the second round (41st overall) by the Houston Rockets. He was a go-to scorer who  played 11 years for the Rockets, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and the Los Angles Clippers. He was at the top of his game with in Houston where he and Steve Francis formed one of the elite scoring back courts in the game. One of his best seasons came in 2001-02 when he averaged 21.7 points in 43.8 percent shooting from the floor, including 39.5 percent from 3-point territory. He added 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 42.1 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 16 points on 43.3 percent shooting with 3.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 747 games.

7. Brad Miller, Purdue

Even though he didn’t hear his name called in the draft, Miller was one of the most productive players that entered the NBA in 1998 and turned out to be one of the elite undrafted players in league history.

He made the Charlotte Hornets as a rookie and would go on to have a 14-year career with the Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was a two-time all-star selection who made his biggest contributions with the Sacramento Kings. One of his best seasons came in 2004-05 when he averaged 15.6 points on 52.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 37.3 minutes.

For his career. he averaged 11.2 points on 48 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 868 games.

6. Mike Bibby, Arizona

While he never made an all-star game, Bibby was one of the top point guards in the NBA for more than a decade and ran the show for some of the top teams in the West.

Bibby was the second overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played 14 seasons for the Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. One of his best seasons came with Sacramento came in 2005-06 when he averaged 21.1 points on 43.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. He added 5.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 38.6 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 14.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting with 5.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 1,001 games.

5. Rashard Lewis, Alief Elsik High School

Lewis was at his best in Seattle where he paired with Ray Allen to e one of the best one-two scoring punches in the league.

He was the third pick of the second round (32nd overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics. He played 16 seasons for the SuperSonics, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and the Miami Heat. One of his best seasons came in 2006-07 when he averaged a career-high 22.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 39 percent from 3-point land. He added 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 39.1 minutes.

For his career, the two-time all-star averaged 14.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting with 5.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 1,049 games.

4. Antawn Jamison, North Carolina

Jamison is one of the most underrated scorers the league has ever seen. He managed to reach the 20,000-point plateau even though he was just a two-time all-star.

He was taken with the fourth pick by the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Golden State Warriors for college teammate Vince Carter. He played 16 years for the Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. One of his best seasons came with Washington in 2007-08 when he averaged 21.4 points on 43.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 10.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 38.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 18.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting with 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 1,083 games.

3. Vince Carter, North Carolina

Carter became an instant hero for Canadian basketball fans thanks to his scoring ability and his amazing and often improbable dunks.

He was taken with the fifth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors and then Traded to the Toronto Raptors for Antawn Jamison. He has played 18 seasons for the Raptors, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies. He was an eight-time all-star and a two-time Al-NBA honoree. One of his best season came in 2000-01 when he was named All-NBA Second_team after he averaged 27.6 points on 46 percent shooting from the floor. He added 5.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 39.7 minutes.

So far in his career, he is averaging 18.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting with 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 1,274 games.

2. Paul Pierce, Kansas

It is almost shocking to think that the best two players in this draft had to wait until the last two picks of the top 10 to hear their names called.

Pierce was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He has played 18 seasons for the Celtics. Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers. While he has been productive with the other teams, it was in Boston where Pierce was at his best. He made 10 all-star games in an 11-year stretch and was an All-NBA performer in four of those years. One of his best years came in 2005-06 when he averaged 26.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.4 steals in 39 minutes a game.

So far in his career, he is averaging 20 points on 44.5 percent shooting to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 1,318 games.

1. Dirk Nowitzki

Nowitzki has been the cornerstone of the Mavericks organization for nearly two decades and one of the legendary scorers in league history.

He was the ninth overall selection by the Milwaukee Bucks and then traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Robert Traylor. He has played his entire 18-year career with the Mavericks and has been a 13-time all-star, a 12-time All-NBA selection and the league MVP in 2006-07. That season, he averaged 24.6 points while shooting 50.2 percent from the floor, including 41.6 percent from beyond the arc. He added 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 36.2 minutes.

To this point in his career, he is averaging 22 points on 47.4 percent shooting with 7.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 1,340 games.

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