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Player Pick Year Team
1. Kobe Bryant 13 1996 Charlotte (to Lakers)
Why: Todd Fuller went 11th, Vitaly Potapenko went 12th
2. Dirk Nowitzki 9 1998 Milwaukee (to Dallas)
Why: This pick started the Mavs in the right direction
3. Kevin Garnett 5 1995 Minnesota
Why: Began the influx of high-schoolers into the draft
4. Scottie Pippen 5 1987 Seattle (to Chicago)
Why: Bulls got him for Polynice and a pick - really!
5. Chris Mullin 7 1985 Golden State
Why: Too small? Too slow? Tell it to the Dream Team
6. LeBron James 1 2003 Cleveland
Why: Already has turned around a franchise
7. Brad Daugherty 1 1986 Cleveland
Why: Got ability, character in infamous drug draft
8. Shaquille O'Neal 1 1992 Orlando
Why: A no-brainer in a horribly weak draft, but still . . .
9. Mitch Richmond 5 1988 Golden State
Why: The Warriors stole the best player in this draft
10. Dwyane Wade 5 2003 Miami
Why: He might be more Jordan-esque than Kobe