As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with the 2000 NBA Draft, this day 12 years ago.
Best Player- Kenyon Martin (1st overall, New Jersey Nets) Yikes, this draft really does live up to its reputation as the worst ever. A couple of years ago you could have made the case for Michael Redd being the best player of this draft, but injury problems have hampered the gunner. Martin, however, came in and made an immediate impact on the strong Nets teams of the early 2000's. Never a star, Martin has been a solid contributor, which is rare among this draft class.
Biggest Bust- Marcus Fizer (4th overall, Chicago Bulls) There are ton of contenders for this award in the 2000 draft class. A strong case could be made for Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, DeMarr Johnson, or Jérome Moïso. But the Iowa State-product wins this award, after failing to live up to the expectations put upon him so spectacularly. Fizer only lasted six seasons in the league before being bounced to the D-League. Perhaps the worst among a bad, bad draft.
Style MVP- Mike Miller (5th overall, Orlando Magic) Miller, like so many other 2000's NBA products, seems to have seen the Godfather a couple too many times with this outfit. This dotted pinstripe suit with the white-on-white looks like a reject from The Untouchables costume department. Congrats on the NBA Championship Mike, but still might have to apologize for this one.