1983 NBA Draft - Rewind

 

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 1983 Draft, this day 29 years ago.

Best Player- Clyde Drexler (14th overall, Portland Trail Blazers) Not even close on this one, as former Phi Slama Jama product Drexler takes the crown. It was a shock when Drexler fell to 14th in the draft, but Drexler made the teams that passed on him pay. The 10x All-Star took two Blazers teams to the NBA Finals, losing both times. But when he teamed up with his old Houston teammate Hakeem Olajuwon in 1995, Drexler and the Rockets were able to take home the NBA Title.The man took home a gold medal with the Dream Team, was on the "NBA at 50" team and is a Hall of Fame inductee. Can't beat that.

Biggest Bust- Russell Cross (6th overall, Golden State Warriors) When people talk about the Warriors being a cursed franchise, look no further than the Russell Cross pick. Arguably the biggest draft bust of all time, the Purdue product played just 45 games in the NBA averaging 3.7 ppg before flaming out of the league after his one season. Hard to top that level of epic failure.

Style MVP- Steve Stipanovich (2nd overall, Indiana Pacers) Stipanovich's NBA career was ended early by knee problems. The Purdue product made the most out of draft night though, rocking this country club outfit. The short tie and hiked-up khakis create a classic look... because the old guys on the senior tees have been wearing this look for 50 years.

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1989 NBA Draft - Rewind

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 1989.

Best Player- Tim Hardaway (14th overall, Golden State Warriors)  Former Michigan legend Glen Rice makes a strong push for the title, and does have an NBA Champion ring, but Hardaway takes the crown. The UTEP product made five All Star Teams, an All NBA-Team and three All NBA-Teams. A part of the legendary Run-TMC trio and a key player for the Heat teams of the late 90's, this gunner prevails.

Biggest Bust- Randy White (8th overall, Dallas Mavericks) This Louisiana Tech product was nicknamed "The Mailkid", predicted to follow in Karl Malone's footsteps. But White was only able to stick five years in the league, averaging just 7.4 ppg. White was able to achieve a solid overseas career, but was never able to match his predicted heights in the NBA.

Style MVP- Vlade Divac (26th overall, Los Angeles Lakers) The future Lakers and Kings star was just a kid out of Prijepolje, Serbia when he was drafted in 1989. And in Yugoslavia, style was clearly 30 years behind with this Grandpa get-up. Got to love the plaid blazer and high wasted pants.

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1996 NBA Draft - Rewind

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 1996, one of the greatest drafts of the '90s. The draft was littered with starst come in the NBA, with the likes of Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal and Zyndrunas Ilgauskas. 


Best Player- Kobe Bryant (13th overall, Charlotte Hornets) As much as this Philadelphia company would want to give the award to Allen Iverson, the title clearly goes to a different son of Philly... Kobe Bryant. Bryant's five NBA titles, 2008 MVP, and 14 All-Star game appearances are unmatched. Already the 5th all time in scoring, don't be surprised if Kobe keeps gunning to top Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39,387 career points.

Biggest Bust- Todd Fuller (11th overall, Golden State Warriors) The Warriors would come to regret taking Fuller ahead of Bryant, Peja Stojakovic, and Steve Nash. The center was a four-year star at NC State, but was unable to equal those heights in the NBA. His five-year NBA career saw him limited to 3.7 ppg, as Fuller turned out to be just another big-man bust.

Style MVP- We first off have to give a honorable mention to both Steve Nash, rocking a crazy tie and an even crazier face:

 

And Erick Dampier, wearing his finest waiter's jacket:

 

But the title has to go to Samaki Walker, with this all-white hat and suit combo that falls somewhere his Easter best and a pimpin' outfit. Stay classy, Samaki.  

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1991 NBA Draft - Rewind

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. So let's get started with the 1991 NBA Draft, on this day 21 years ago.

Best Player- Dikembe Mutombo (4th overall, Denver Nuggets) A tough call, but Mutombo takes the title. An 8x All Star and 4x Defensive Player of the year, Mutombo dominated the glass for 18 years in his long NBA career. The finger-wagging center takes this title.

Biggest Bust- Rich King (14th overall, Seattle Sonics) King, a huge 7'2" center out of Nebraska, goes down as another big-man bust in NBA history. In his four-year NBA career, King appeared in only 72 games while averaging just 1.9 ppg. Injuries limited King after his rookie year, and ultimately knocked him out of the league.

Style MVP- Larry Johnson (1st overall, Charlotte Hornets) "Grandmama" outdid himself as the number one pick, offering up a legendary style duo. First, he rocked this tie when he got drafted:

Then, he went with this eye-blinding shirt in his promotional pictures. 

Got to give it up to the UNLV star, he was the forebearer of some of the Russell Westbrook fashions we're seeing out of today's players.

 

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NBA Draft 2010

How did you feel about the draft last night?  Maybe a little let down?  Not by the picks, that pretty much played out like we figured it would.  We're talking about the fashion. 

No bowties

No white pants

No hats

No questionable color choices

Don't get us wrong, there are a few things to talk about (see Wesley Johnson's pants and Al Farouq-Aminu's glasses), but overall the 2010 draft class was pretty conservativeThe only real trend we saw was guys trying to match their tie and/or shirt to the colors of the team that they thought would draft them (see DeMarcus Cousins, Evan Turner.)

In case you missed it, here are the top ten picks with Commissioner Stern. 

John Wall - Wizards


Evan Turner - Sixers


Derrick Favors - Nets


Wesley Johnson - Timberwolves


DeMarcus Cousins - Kings


Ekpe Udoh - Warriors


Greg Monroe - Pistons


Al Farouq-Aminu - Clippers


Gordon Hayward - Jazz


Paul George - Pacers


Okay readers,  best dressed, worst dressed?  Let's hear it.

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