All-Time NBA Mega-Draft: Rounds Three and Four

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I have a prediction to make, these are the last two rounds that anyone will actually care about. The NBA is a relatively new league with far fewer players than say the MLB or NFL. That means there aren’t nearly as many all-time great players in the history of the NBA. Once you get around 100-150 the names begin to drop off from hall of famers to guys who were pretty good for like three years very quickly. That being said, there are still a lot of interesting decisions to be made. Do you value modern players with fewer accolades over old school guys who maybe won a few championships but missed out on the personal glory? Do you value guards over bigs? Which position will dry up first? and so on. One trigger warning I’ll make, this isn’t a list of the best players ever, it’s a draft where dozens of variables are taken into consideration to try to build the best teams. Your favorite point guard may fall 20 spots because all of the other teams already have point guards. Not to say we (John) didn’t make some huge reaches for guys who maybe wouldn’t have been picked this high, but that’s what happens in drafts and that’s why they’re fun. Without further ado, here are rounds three and four of our mega-draft.

Round 3: The Guys You Have Still Heard Of

Pick 61: Indiana Pacers (Phil): Damian Lillard

Stats: 6x All-Star, 6x All-Pro, 2012-13 ROY

Teammates: Michael Jordan, Robert Parish

It’s Dame time in Indianapolis. This team is going to mow everyone else down in the playoffs.

Pick 62: Miami Heat (John): Vince Carter

Stats: 8x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1998-99 ROY

Teammates: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dennis Johnson

It’s been about 15 years since Vince Carter was a relevant NBA player, which is insane to think about because he just retired a year ago. Most people know him as the greatest dunker ever and It’s hard to remember how good Vinsanity really was during his prime in the early 2000’s.

Pick 63: Denver Nuggets (Phil): Earl Monroe

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1967-68 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning

Earl Monroe has the coolest nicknames in NBA history. A smattering of the best on Basketball Reference include: The Pearl, Black Jesus, The Lord’s Prayer, Einstein, and Thomas Edison.

Pick 64: Utah Jazz (John): Bernard King

Stats: 4x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 1x Scoring Champ, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo

The Jazz are going to score 130 points a game, and give up 140.

Pick 65: Charlotte Hornets (Phil): Tony Parker

Stats: 4x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA

Teammates: Bill Russell, James Worthy

A proven winner joins two more proven winners in Russell and Worthy. Charlotte won’t be flashy, but will get the job done when it matters.

Pick 66: Milwaukee Bucks (John): Dennis Rodman

Stats: 5x NBA Champion, 2x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 8x All-Defensive, 2x DPOY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Drexler

Milwaukee is going to burn to the ground by Christmas.

Pick 67: Phoenix Suns (Phil): Dave Cowens

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 1x NBA MVP, 8x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive, 1970-71 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Larry Bird, Russell Westbrook

Phoenix has officially become Boston-West (and Westbrook).

Pick 68: Minnesota Timberwolves (John): Alex English

Stats: 8x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 1x Scoring Champ, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Hakeem Olajuwon, Gary Payton

The coolest team is forming with the lamest franchise.

Pick 69: Philadelphia 76ers (Phil): Manu Ginobili

Stats: 4x NBA Champion, 2x All-Star, 2x All-NBA

Teammates: Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce

Manu will quickly become the most popular player in Philly after Shaq shows up out of shape and Paul Pierce will just be an annoying shit and Manu will show up and play ball.

Pick 70: Houston Rockets (John): Grant Hill

Stats: 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 1994-95 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady

The what-if 2000 Orlando Magic free agency dream team is finally real.

Pick 71: Boston Celtics (Phil): Dikembe Mutombo

Stats: 8x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 4x DPOY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Kobe Bryant, Dominique Wilkins

The Celtics are back and are going to dunk everything on your fucking head and block every shot and kinda be dicks about it.

Pick 72: Detroit Pistons (John): Luka Doncic

Stats: 2x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2018-19 ROY

Teammates: Kevin Durant, Willis Reed

Luka is a lock to be top-30 when we inevitably redo this in ten years.

Pick 73: Washington Wizards (Phil): Wes Unseld

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 1x NBA MVP, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1968-69 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Oscar Robertson, George Gervin

Unseld is back in Washington and ready to bring the outlet pass highlight back to prominence.

Pick 74: Memphis Grizzlies (John): Pau Gasol

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 2001-02 ROY

Teammates: Julius Erving, Reggie Miller

Pau goes back to Memphis to bring the super exciting duo of Dr. J and Reggie Miller back down to Earth a bit.

Pick 75: Golden State Warriors (Phil): Dwight Howard

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 8x All-Star, 8x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 3x DPOY

Teammates: Steph Curry, Rick Barry

The all dickhead team minus Steph Curry.

Pick 76: Dallas Mavericks (John): Adrian Dantley

Stats: 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2x Scoring Champ, 1976-77 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes

A scoring machine to team up with the two rebounding machines.

Pick 77: Cleveland Cavaliers (Phil): Pete Maravich

Stats: 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 1x Scoring champ, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Karl Malone, Walt Frazier

Pistol Pete was probably the most electrifying player in the NBA before Bird, Magic, and Jordan took over in the ’80s.

Pick 78: Chicago Bulls (John): Sam Jones

Stats: 10x NBA Champion, 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Jerry West, Bob Cousy

Forgive us Bill Simmons for Sam Jones falling all the way to 78.

Pick 79: Toronto Raptors (Phil): Bob Lanier

Stats: 8x All-Star, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

A frontcourt of Lanier and Kevin Garnett should scare the shit out of every team thats not the big beer Mavericks.

Pick 80: Brooklyn Nets (John): David Thompson

Stats: 4x NBA All-Star (1x ABA), 2x All-NBA (1x All-ABA), 1975-76 ABA ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: David Robinson, John Stockton

This man is going to die in Brooklyn. Thankfully David Robinson and John Stockton are the two most boring players of the last 30 years and will hopefully save his life.

Pick 81: Sacramento Kings (Phil): Artis Gilmore

Stats: 1x ABA Champion, 1x ABA MVP, 6x NBA All-Star (5x ABA), 5x All-ABA, 5x All-Defensive, 1971-72 ABA ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd

With his hair he was probably 7’8″.

Pick 82: Los Angeles Clippers (John): Hal Greer

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 10x All-Star, 7x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Elgin Baylor, George Mikan

No offense to Hal Greer, but he might be the first player taken where even some real NBA fans are like “Who is Hal Greer”.

Pick 83: Portland Trail Blazers (Phil): Nate “Tiny” Archibald

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 1x Scoring Champ, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Charles Barkley, Bill Walton

The best point guard that nobody ever brings up in the best point guard conversation.

Pick 84: Atlanta Hawks (John): Chris Webber

Stats: 5x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 1993-94 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis

Chris Webber makes this arguably the sexiest team so far, but I’m not sure he makes it any better.

Pick 85: Oklahoma City Thunder (Phil): Derrick Rose

Stats: 1x NBA MVP, 3x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 2008-09 ROY

Teammates: John Havlicek, Bob Pettit

I would give all of my crypto to see 2011 Derrick Rose go back in time to 1963 and see Havlicek and Pettit’s reactions.

Pick 86: Orlando Magic (John): Carmelo Anthony

Stats: 10x All-Star, 6x All-NBA, 1x Scoring Champ

Teammates: Allen Iverson, James Harden

The Ringer’s Kevin Clark is going to have the time of his life with this team for about 12 games, then he’s going to ride the tea cups at Disney World until he looses consciousness.

Pick 87: Los Angeles Lakers (Phil): Kyrie Irving

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 7x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 2011-12 ROY

Teammates: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin McHale

Kyrie in LA is somehow going to be more insufferable than in Brooklyn.

Pick 88: New Orleans Pelicans (John): Nate Thurmond

Stats: 7x All-Star, 5x All-Defensive, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen

Nate is going to have to crack some skulls from day one.

Pick 89: New York Knicks (Phil): Klay Thompson

Stats: 3x NBA Champion, 5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1x All-Defensive

Teammates: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steve Nash

The new Splash Brothers and Giannis are going to get Knicks fans’ hopes up so high they’re gonna be devastated when they inevitably crash out of the playoffs in crushing fashion.

Pick 90: San Antonio Spurs (John): Chris Mullin

Stats: 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Chris Paul, Patrick Ewing

One-third of Run TMC with Golden state in the early ’90s now becomes the third wheel with two of the best losers of all time.

Round 4: The Drop-off

Pick 91: San Antonio Spurs (John): Amar’e Stoudemire

Stats: 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 2002-03 ROY

Teammates: Chris Paul, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin

Just another addition to the “none of these guys have won shit” team.

Pick 92: New York Knicks (Phil): Paul George

Stats: 7x All-Star, 6x All-NBA, 4x All-Defensive

Teammates: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steve Nash, Klay Thompson

Current NBA fans forget that Pre-Pandemic P was the closest thing to LeBron that we’ve seen in the NBA since he entered the league.

Pick 93: New Orleans Pelicans (John): Joe Dumars

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 6x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen, Nate Thurmond

Scottie Pippen might be fucked.

Pick 94: Los Angeles Lakers (Phil): Sidney Moncrief

Stats: 5x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 2x DPOY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin McHale, Kyrie Irving

Sidney Moncrief had a five year run from 1981-82 through 1985-86 where he was named an All-Star, All-NBA, and All-Defensive player every season. He’s the ’80s version of Kawhi Leonard.

Pick 95: Orlando Magic (John): Dave DeBusschere

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 8x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, Hall 0f Fame

Teammates: Allen Iverson, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony

Finally, someone who isn’t a score-first ball dominant headcase.

Pick 96: Oklahoma City Thunder (Phil): Bill Sharman

Stats: 4x NBA Champion, 8x All-Star, 7x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: John Havlicek, Bob Pettit, Derrick Rose

This just makes the Derrick Rose pick that much better dropping him on a team of ’50s and 60’s All-Stars.

Pick 97: Atlanta Hawks (John): Chauncey Billups

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 5x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive

Teammates: Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis, Chris Webber

Mr. Big Shot and Dwyane Wade is a big time backcourt that knows how to win and pairs with the uber talented frontcourt of Davis and Webber well.

Pick 98: Portland Trail Blazers (Phil): Dolph Schayes

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 12x All-Star, 12x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, Tiny Archibald

Probably good to go by Dolph when your name is Adolph and you made your NBA debut in 1949.

Pick 99: Los Angeles Clippers (John): Jerry Lucas

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 1963-64 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Hal Greer

This old timers team kinda kicks ass.

Pick 100: Sacramento Kings (Phil): Mitch Richmond

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 1988-89 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Artis Gilmore

Mitch Richmond makes his long awaited return to the Kings to remind fans that he impacts winning 0% of the time.

Pick 101: Brooklyn Nets (John): Connie Hawkins

Stats: 1x ABA Champion, 1x ABA MVP, 4x NBA all-Star (1x ABA), 1x All-NBA (2x All-ABA), Hall of Fame

Teammates: David Robinson, John Stockton, David Thompson

Possibly the greatest basketball player of his era who got blackballed by the NBA until he was past his prime.

Pick 102: Toronto Raptors (Phil): Tim Hardaway Sr.

Stats: 5x All-Star, 5x All-NBA

Teammates: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Bob Lanier

Tim Hardaway and Kevin Garnett might be more exciting than Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

Pick 103: Chicago Bulls (John): Walt Bellamy

Stats: 4x All-Star, 1961-62 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Jerry West, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones

Gives the small core some much-needed big beef.

Pick 104: Cleveland Cavaliers (Phil): Nikola Jokic

Stats: 1x NBA MVP, 3x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

Teammates: Karl Malone, Walt Frazier, Pete Maravich

The reigning MVP adds a versatile point-center to pair with scoring machine Karl Malone in the frontcourt. Jokic, Frazier, and Maravich can all initiate the offense and create one of the most intriguing lineups so far.

Pick 105: Dallas Mavericks (John): Joel Embiid

Stats: 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive

Teammates: Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Adrian Dantley

This team will grab every rebound that’s ever been available in the history of organized sports.

Pick 106: Golden State Warriors (Phil): Tom Heinsohn

Stats: 8x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 1956-57 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Steph Curry, Rick Barry, Dwight Howard

A swiss army knife that will help fans forget about the grade A assholes that populate the roster.

Pick 107: Memphis Grizzlies (John): Blake Griffin

Stats: 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 2010-11 ROY

Teammates: Julius Erving, Reggie Miller, Pau Gasol

Memphis just became the real lob city.

Pick 108: Washington Wizards (Phil): Chris Bosh

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 11x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Oscar Robertson, George Gervin, Wes Unseld

Bosh was the third-wheel for two Heat Championships and might be the perfect fourth-wheel in Washington alongside beefy Wes Unseld.

Pick 109: Detroit Pistons (John): Kyle Lowry

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 1x All-NBA

Teammates: Kevin Durant, Willis Reed, Luka Doncic

Lowry brings some added toughness to the backcourt and can take some ball-handling pressure off Luka Doncic.

Pick 110: Boston Celtics (Phil): Penny Hardaway

Stats: 4x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

Teammates: Kobe Bryant, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo

For the first time in history the Celtics might be the sexiest tam in the league. Penny, Kobe, Dominique, and Dikembe make this the leader for League Pass team of the year.

Pick 111: Houston Rockets (John): Lenny Wilkens

Stats: 9x All-Star, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill

Between playing and coaching, Lenny Wilkens may have done more for the NBA than almost any other person.

Pick 112: Philadelphia 76ers (Phil): Kevin Johnson

Stats: 3x All-Star, 5x All-NBA

Teammates: Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce, Manu Ginobili

The former mayor of Sacramento will need to bring his political savvy to keep this weird hodgepodge of players happy in Philly.

Pick 113: Minnesota Timberwolves (John): Shawn Kemp

Stats: 6x All-Star, 3x All-NBA

Teammates: Hakeem Olajuwon, Gary Payton, Alex English

Reunites the ’96 Sonics dup that took Jordan’s 72-win Bulls to six games in the 1996 NBA Finals. The Wolves are finally back with one of the best first four picks in draft history.

Pick 114: Phoenix Suns (Phil): Joe Johnson

Stats: 7x All-Star, 1x All-NBA

Teammates: Larry Bird, Russell Westbrook, Dave Cowens

This is the official beginning of the “we don’t know what we’re doing” section of the draft.

Pick 115: Milwaukee Bucks (John): Dave Bing

Stats: 7x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 1966-67 ROY, 1x Scoring Champ, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Drexler, Dennis Rodman

Just has to get the ball to Wilt and stay far away from Rodman for this to work.

Pick 116: Charlotte Hornets (Phil): Yao Ming

Stats: 8x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Bill Russell, James Worthy, Tony Parker

Not sure if Yao is the perfect center to put next to Bill Russell or this is a horrible idea, but this frontline will get the people talking and made Charlotte the de facto most popular team worldwide.

Pick 117: Utah Jazz (John): Kevin Love

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA

Teammates: Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Bernard King

Magic will love a big who can shoot threes who can also get him an in with the Beach Boys.

Pick 118: Denver Nuggets (Phil): Dan Issel

Stats: 1x ABA Champion, 1x NBA All-Star (6x ABA), 5x All-ABA, 1970-71 ABA ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Earl Monroe

Scoring center who did most of his damage in the ABA should be an interesting fit next to Alonzo Mourning.

Pick 119: Miami Heat (John): Shawn Marion

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA

Teammates: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dennis Johnson, Vince Carter

The Matrix gives the Heat an all-around presence who might have the wonkiest shooting motion of any borderline hall of famer.

Pick 120: Indiana Pacers (Phil): Bob Dandridge

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x All-Defensive, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Michael Jordan, Robert Parish, Damian Lillard

A two-time champ who can be MJ’s new poor-man’s Scottie Pippen.

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