With the 2011 NBA Draft rapidly approaching, this time of year is often a good time to reflect on previous drafts and how various players have stacked historically. SI.com takes a slightly different approach and reviews how the ultimate NBA draft might lay out if every player in NBA history was available. Would Wilt or Kareem be the first center taken? Does Hakeem make the top 10? How about Kobe Bryant. The writers at SI.com reveal what such a draft might look like.
A quick excerpt:
“Imagine you and nine rival general managers are putting together basketball teams from scratch. Every current or former NBA or ABA player is available to draft, each in the prime of his career.
How would you construct a 12-man roster? Would Michael Jordan be the surefire No. 1 player on your draft board? If you had a full list of centers from which to choose, how would you decide among Wilt, Russell, Shaq, Kareem and Hakeem? Where would you slot Kobe and LeBron? Magic and Larry? How would you balance stars and role players, or pioneers versus today’s greats?”