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.