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Draftback: 1997 NBA Draft

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My blog is still not dead...getting closer though. But I remembered the NBA Draft was this week so I can get another Draftback entry in. With the NBA Draft I take different approach as I rank the players using the basketball version of Win Shares. I don't know how reliable the statistic is, and I don't quite agree with all the rankings, but at least it's an objective way to compare these player's careers at this point.

 

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1997 NBA Draft per Career Win Shares

 

1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio - 399 Career Win Shares (1st Pick)

2. Chauncey Billups, Boston - 252 (3rd)

3. Tracy McGrady, Toronto - 246 (9th)

4. Antonio Daniels, Vancouver - 131 (4th)

5. Derek Anderson, Cleveland - 120 (13th)

6. Keith Van Horn, Philadelphia (traded to New Jersey) - 115 (2nd)

 

7t. Tim Thomas, New Jersey (traded to Philadelphia) - 94 (7th)

7t. Bobby Jackson, Seattle (traded to Denver) - 94 (23rd)

9. Tony Battie, Denver - 91 (5th)

10t. Kelvin Cato, Dallas (traded to Portland) - 83 (15th)

10t. Brevin Knight, Cleveland - 83 (16th)

12. Austin Croshere, Indiana - 81 (12th)

 

13. Stephen Jackson, Phoenix - 79 (42nd)

14. Scott Pollard, Detroit - 78 (19th)

15. Alvin Williams, Portland - 61 (48th)

16t. Adonal Foyle, Golden State - 60 (8th)

16t. Anthony Johnson, Sacramento - 60 (39th)

18. Danny Fortson, Milwaukee (traded to Denver) - 57 (10th)

 

19. Mark Blount, Seattle - 56 (54th)

20. Jacque Vaughn, Utah - 51 (27th)

21. Marc Jackson, Golden State - 38 (37th)

22t. Maurice Taylor, L.A. Clippers - 37 (14th)

22t. Anthony Parker, New Jersey (traded to Philadelphia) - 37 (21st)

24. Ron Mercer, Boston - 33 (6th)

 

25. Cedric Henderson, Cleveland - 21 (44th)

26. Chris Crawford, Atlanta - 19 (50th)

27. Tariq Abdul-Wahad, Sacramento - 17 (11th)

28. Predrag Drobnjak, Washington - 15 (48th)

29. John Thomas, New York - 9 (25th)

30t. Chris Anstey, Portland (traded to Dallas) - 7 (19th)

 

30t. Charles Smith, Miami - 7 (26th)

32. Ed Gray, Atlanta - 3 (22nd)

33t. Rodrick Rhodes, Houston - 2 (24th)

33t. Keith Booth, Chicago - 2 (28th)

33t. Charles O'Bannon, Detroit - 2 (31st)

33t. Jerald Honeycutt, Milwaukee - 2 (38th)

 

33t. DeJuan Wheat, L.A. Lakers - 2 (51st)

38t. Johnny Taylor, Orlando - 1 (17th)

38t. Marko Milic, Philadelphia - 1 (33rd)

38t. Bubba Wells, Dallas - 1 (34th)

38t. Kebu Stewart, Philadelphia (35th)

38t. Jason Lawson, Denver - 1 (41st)

 

38t. Eric Washington, Orlando - 1 (46th)

 

The Zero Club

 

Paul Grant, Minnesota (20th)

James Cotton, Denver (32nd)

James Collins, Philadelphia (36th)

God Shammgod, Washington (45th)

 

Never Played in the NBA

 

Serge Zwikker, Houston (29th)

Mark Sanford, Miami (30th)

Eddie Elisma, Seattle (40th)

Gordon Malone, Minnesota (43rd)

Alain Digbeu, Atlanta (49th)

C.J. Bruton, Vancouver (52nd)

Paul Rogers, L.A. Lakers (53rd)

Ben Pepper, Boston (55th)

Nate Erdmann, Utah (56th)

Roberto Duenas, Chicago (57th)

 

Most Win Shares with Team they were Drafted by

 

1. Tim Duncan, 399

2. Austin Croshere, 74

3. Keith Van Horn, 60 (draft day trade)

4. Adonal Foyle, 56

5. Brevin Knight, 37

6. Tracy McGrady, 36

7. Cedric Henderson, 21

8. Derek Anderson, 20

9. Chris Crawford, 19

10. Ron Mercer, 15

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