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Draftback: 1992 NBA Draft

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The NBA Draft is this week so time for a NBA Draftback. Now I've done this twice before for past NBA Drafts (1989 and 1993) but I do them differently from the NFL and MLB ones as I rank the players from the draft by their career totals in the basketball version of Win Shares. As always I have no idea how reliable the basketball version is but it is interesting way to compare the careers of players from an individual draft class.

 

Like when I chose the 1987 MLB Draft this year I picked the 1992 NBA Draft because most of these players careers are over or winding down. Also like the 1987 MLB Draft this draft featured one of the most hyped #1 picks ever and like Ken Griffey Jr. in 1987, Shaquille O'Neal in 1992 would go on to become an all-time great in his sport. Hey it also featured Baby Jordan!

 

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1992 NBA Draft per Career Win Shares

 

1. Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando - 501 Win Shares (1st pick)

2. Alonzo Mourning, Charlotte - 262 (2nd)

3. P.J. Brown, New Jersey - 243 (29th)

4. Robert Horry, Houston - 199 (11th)

5. Christian Laettner, Minnesota - 176 (3rd)

6t. Doug Christie, Seattle - 167 (17th)

 

6t. Latrell Sprewell, Golden State - 167 (24th)

8. Clarence Weatherspoon, Philadelphia - 163 (9th)

9. Tom Gugliotta, Washington - 128 (6th)

10. Jim Jackson, Dallas - 112 (4th)

11. Jon Barry, Boston - 110 (21st)

12. Walt Williams, Sacramento - 97 (7th)

 

13. Anthony Peeler, L.A. Lakers - 94 (15th)

14. LaPhonso Ellis, Denver - 90 (5th)

15. Matt Geiger, Miami - 83 (42nd)

16. Bryant Stith, Denver - 79 (13th)

17. Hubert Davis, New York - 76 (20th)

18. Adam Keefe, Atlanta - 75 (10th)

 

19t. Tracy Murray, San Antonio - 66 (18th)

19t. Oliver Miller, Phoenix - 66 (22nd)

21. Popeye Jones, Houston - 57 (41st)

22. Malik Sealy, Indiana - 50 (14th)

23. Todd Day, Milwaukee - 48 (8th)

24. Sean Rooks, Dallas - 46 (30th)

 

25. Brent Price, Washington - 35 (32nd)

26. Don MacLean, Detroit - 27 (19th)

27. Lee Mayberry, Milwaukee - 21 (23rd)

28. Harold Miner, Miami - 13 (12th)

29. Sasha Donilovic, Golden State - 12 (43rd)

30. Byron Houston, Chicago - 11 (30th)

 

31t. Elmore Spencer, L.A. Clippers - 7 (25th)

31t. Chris Smith, Minnesota - 7 (34th)

33. Marlon Maxey, Minnesota - 6 (28th)

34. Tony Bennett, Charlotte - 5 (35th)

35. Litterial Green, Chicago - 4 (39th)

36t. Randy Woods, L.A. Clippers - 3 (16th)

 

36t. Chris King, Seattle - 3 (45th)

38t. Reggie Smith, Portland - 2 (31st)

38t. Robert Werdann, Denver - 2 (46th)

38t. Matt Fish, Golden State - 2 (50th)

41t. Dave Johnson, Portland - 1 (26th)

41t. Corey Williams, Chicago - 1 (33rd)

 

41t. Duane Cooper, L.A. Lakers - 1 (36th)

41t. Darren Morningstar, Boston - 1 (47th)

41t. Brian Davis, Phoenix - 1 (48th)

 

The Zero Club

 

Isiah Morris, Miami (37th)

Elmer Bennett, Atlanta (38th)

Matt Steigenga, Chicago (52nd)

 

Never Played in the NBA

 

Steve Rogers, New Jersey (40th)

Henry Williams, San Antonio (44th)

Ron Ellis, Phoenix (49th)

Tim Burroughs, Minnesota (51st)

Curtis Blair, Houston (53rd)

Brett Roberts, Sacramento (54th)

 

Most Win Shares with the Team they were Drafted by

 

1. Shaquille O'Neal, 142

2. Latrell Sprewell, 81

3. Alonzo Mourning, 73

4. Clarence Weatherspoon, 72

5. Byrant Stith, 64

6. Robert Horry, 59

7. LaPhonso Ellis, 57

8. Christian Laettner, 48

9. Hubert Davis, 46

10. Jim Jackson, 38

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