All-Time NBA Mega-Draft: Rounds Five and Six

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The third iteration of the mega-draft is where things get insanely difficult. The rest of this draft could devolve into a really boring game of “what about this guy”. The remainder of the draft also doesn’t have the established hierarchy that the top 100 does, which is what makes it fun. There’s 4,000 players that you could conceivably take in the 150-450 which will inevitably lead to taking huge reaches and guys who should have gone in the top 120 falling to 220. So sit back, relax, and don’t get pissed off at the next two rounds.

Round 5: The “should have been round three ” guys

Pick 121: Indiana Pacers (Phil): Spencer Haywood

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 1x ABA MVP, 4x NBA All-Star (1x ABA), 4x All-NBA (1x All-ABA), 1969-70 ABA ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Michael Jordan, Robert Parish, Damian Lillard, Bob Dandridge

Just give the Pacers their championship now as long as they keep him off of cocaine.

Pick 122: Miami Heat (John): Billy Cunningham

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

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

How did Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham fall to 122nd? Maybe we aren’t the best at this.

Pick 123: Denver Nuggets (Phil): Mark Price

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

Teammates: LeBron James, Alonzo Mourning, Earl Monroe, Dan Issel

The original Steph Curry.

Pick 124: Utah Jazz (John): Glen Rice

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

Teammates: Magic Johnson, Bob McAdoo, Bernard King, Kevin Love

Continuing the all offense no defense theme in Utah.

Pick 125: Charlotte Hornets (Phil): Gail Goodrich

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

Teammates: Bill Russell, James Worthy, Tony Parker, Yao Ming

One of the most overlooked stars of the late ’60s and ’70s.

Pick 126: Milwaukee Bucks (John): LaMarcus Aldridge

Stats: 7x All-Star, 5x All-NBA

Teammates: Wilt Chamberlain, Clyde Drexler, Dennis Rodman, Dave Bing

One of the most overlooked stars of the last 15 years. Even most NBA fans probably wouldn’t guess that Aldridge made seven All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams.

Pick 127: Phoenix Suns (Phil): Draymond Green

Stats: 3x NBA Champion, 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 1x DPOY

Teammates: Larry Bird, Russell Westbrook, Dave Cowens, Joe Johnson

Draymond, Westbrook, Bird, and Cowens on the same team is a recipe for disaster. Hopefully Joe Johnson can keep the peace.

Pick 128: Minnesota Timberwolves (John): Walter Davis

Stats: 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 1977-78 ROY

Teammates: Hakeem Olajuwon, Gary Payton, Alex English, Shawn Kemp

Not bad being Michael Jordan’s idol growing up.

Pick 129: Philadelphia 76ers (Phil): Tom Chambers

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

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

Reunited with his point guard in Phoenix, Kevin Johnson this team is going to get out and run (except for Shaq) and score a shit ton of points..

Pick 130: Houston Rockets (John): Marc Gasol

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

Teammates: Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill, Lenny Wilkens

Being the second best to your older brother is never fun (John can attest to that) but you can live with it if you’re Marc Gasol.

Pick 131: Boston Celtics (Phil): Bobby Jones

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 4x NBA All-Star (1x ABA), 1x All-ABA, 11x All-Defensive, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Kobe Bryant, Dominique Wilkins, Dikembe Mutombo, Penny Hardaway

One of the best defensive forwards ever, Bobby Jones should slot nicely next to Dikembe in the front court.

Pick 132: Detroit Pistons (John): DeMar DeRozan

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

Teammates: Kevin Durant, Willis Reed, Luka Doncic, Kyle Lowry

Reunited with his best friend Kyle Lowery. Maybe this time they can actually win a championship together.

Pick 133: Washington Wizards (Phil): Paul Arizin

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 10x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 1950-51 ROY, 2x Scoring Champ, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Oscar Robertson, George Gervin, Wes Unseld, Chris Bosh

If this were a list of the best players in NBA history Arizin would be 60 spots higher. This pick is proof that we have recency bias.

Pick 134: Memphis Grizzlies (John): Maurice Cheeks

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 5x All-Defensive, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Julius Erving, Reggie Miller, Pau Gasol, Blake Griffin

As good at singing as he was at basketball.

Pick 135: Golden State Warriors (Phil): Jimmy Butler

Stats: 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive

Teammates: Steph Curry, Rick Barry, Dwight Howard, Tom Heinsohn

Just waiting for Butler to take the scrubs and kick Dwight Howard’s ass in a scrimmage and immediately call Rachel Nichols.

Pick 136: Dallas Mavericks (John): Jo Jo White

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 1x Finals MVP, 7x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Adrian Dantley, Joel Embiid

The big beer Mavs finally got the point guard they desperately needed.

Pick 137: Cleveland Cavaliers (Phil): Jack Twyman

Stats: 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Karl Malone, Walt Frazier, Pete Maravich, Nikola Jokic

This might be the weirdest mix of players through five rounds.

Pick 138: Chicago Bulls (John): Jack Sikma

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

Teammates: Jerry West, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones, Walt Bellamy

Back -to-back Jacks.

Pick 139: Toronto Raptors (Phil): Chet Walker

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

Teammates: Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Bob Lanier, Tim Hardaway Sr.

The original “The Jet” long before Kenny Smith or Jason Terry.

Pick 140: Brooklyn Nets (John): Paul Westphal

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

Teammates: David Robinson, John Stockton, David Thompson, Connie Hawkins

A run-and-gun player turned into a run-and-gun coach.

Pick 141: Sacramento Kings (Phil): Bailey Howell

Stats: 2x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Artis Gilmore, Mitch Richmond

Just another guy who won championships with Boston in the ’60s.

Pick 142: Los Angeles Clippers (John): Jamaal Wilkes

Stats: 4x NBA Champion, 3x All-Star, 2x All-Defensive, 1974-75 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Hal Greer, Jerry Lucas

An integral piece of the early Showtime Lakers dynasty.

Pick 143: Portland Trail Blazers (Phil): Bradley Beal

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

Teammates: Charles Barkley, Bill Walton, Tiny Archibald, Dolph Schayes

How ironic that the anti-vaxxer is going to Portland.

Pick 144: Atlanta Hawks (John): Brandon Roy

Stats: 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, 2006-07 ROY

Teammates: Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis, Chris Webber, Chauncey Billups

What could have been had Roy’s knees held up.

Pick 145: Oklahoma City Thunder (Phil): Ben Wallace

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 6x All-Defensive, 4x DPOY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: John Havlicek, Bob Pettit, Derrick Rose, Bill Sharman

Ben Wallace and Derrick Rose are the most interesting people to team up with three old-timers.

Pick 146: Orlando Magic (John): Ralph Sampson

Stats: 4x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1983-84 ROY, Hall of Fame

Teammates: Allen Iverson, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony, Dave DeBusschere

Great choice John, Ralph Sampson’s son tried to cheat off my test once, what does that say about your integrity picking parents like this?

Pick 147: Los Angeles Lakers (Phil): Arvydas Sabonis

Stats: Hall of Fame

Teammates: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin McHale, Kyrie Irving, Sidney Moncrief

Sabonis would be top 50 if he would have been allowed to go to the NBA in his prime.

Pick 148: New Orleans Pelicans (John): Bill Laimbeer

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

Teammates: Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen, Nate Thurmond, Joe Dumars

Scottie Pippen is going to get murdered.

Pick 149: New York Knicks (Phil): Brad Daugherty

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

Teammates: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steve Nash, Klay Thompson, Paul George

Injuries derailed his career, but I still don’t feel amazing about this one.

Pick 150: San Antonio Spurs (John): Marques Johnson

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

Teammates: Chris Paul, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Amar’e Stoudemire

His son is the king of Twitter apparently, @KingJosiah54

Round 6: The “Should have been round nine” guys

Pick 151: San Antonio Spurs (John): Antawn Jamison

Stats: 2x All-Star

Teammates: See Round 5

The reason why LeBron left Cleveland the first time.

Pick 152: New York Knicks (Phil): Ed Macauley

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 7x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Nobody knows who this is and that’s perfect for the Knicks.

Pick 153: New Orleans Pelicans (John): Rasheed Wallace

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

Bad Boy Pistons meet Jail Blazers meet Scottie Pippen’s Corpse.

Pick 154: Los Angeles Lakers (Phil): Rajon Rondo

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

Playoff Rondo would have been top-25.

Pick 155: Orlando Magic (John): Gilbert Arenas

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

Almost started a shootout in the locker room, and his career ended shortly after.

Pick 156: Oklahoma City Thunder (Phil): Vern Mikkelsen

Stats: 4x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Sounds like a golfer.

Pick 157: Atlanta Hawks (John): John Wall

Stats: 5x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x All-Defensive

Hard to believe this guy used to be the most electrifying guard in the league.

Pick 158: Portland Trail Blazers (Phil): Elton Brand

Stats: 2x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1999-2000 ROY

Had the bad luck to play for the post-Jordan Bulls and Clippers in his prime.

Pick 159: Los Angeles Clippers (John): Cliff Hagan

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 2x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Also sounds like a golfer.

Pick 160: Sacramento Kings (Phil): Rolando Blackman

Stats: 4x All-Star

Apparently really popular in Australia in the late ’80s.

Pick 161: Brooklyn Nets (John): Rudy Gobert

Stats: 2x All-Star, 4x All-NBA, 5x All-Defensive, 3x DPOY

Best defensive player of this generation.

Pick 162: Toronto Raptors (Phil): Andre Igoudala

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

Some people think he should make the Hall of Fame which is a stupid take.

Pick 163: Chicago Bulls (John): Jason Terry

Stats: 1x NBA Champion

This might be the first person who was taken 100+ spots ahead of where he should have been taken.

Pick 164: Cleveland Cavaliers (Phil): Detlef Schrempf

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

One of the best sixth-men of all-time.

Pick 165: Dallas Mavericks (John): Glenn Robinson

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

Big Dog might be the most forgotten about number one overall pick ever.

Pick 166: Golden State Warriors (Phil): Maurice Lucas

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 4x NBA All-Star (1x ABA), 1x All-NBA, 2x All-Defensive

A big part of the 1978 Blazers championship team.

Pick 167: Memphis Grizzlies (John): Karl-Anthony Towns

Stats: 2x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 2015-16 ROY

For both of our sakes, KAT better be the MVP this season.

Pick 168: Washington Wizards (Phil): Neil Johnston

Stats: 1x NBA Champion, 6x All-Star, 5x All-NBA, 3x Scoring Champ, Hall of Fame

I’m not even sure this guy was actually a real NBA player in the ’50s.

Pick 169: Detroit Pistons (John): Mark Jackson

Stats: 1x All-Star, 1987-88 ROY

Momma, there goes that man.

Pick 170: Boston Celtics (Phil): George McGinnis

Stats: 2x ABA Champion, 1x ABA MVP, 3x NBA All-Star (3x ABA), 2x All-NBA (3x All-ABA), Hall of Fame

A dominant player in the ABA was pretty good when he made the transition to the NBA.

Pick 171: Houston Rockets (John): Drazen Petrovic

Stats: 1x All-NBA, Hall of Fame

Just hitting his prime before he died in a car accident.

Pick 172: Philadelphia 76ers (Phil): Deron Williams

Stats: 3x All-Star, 2x All-NBA

Once upon a time Deron Williams was thought to be better than Chris Paul.

Pick 173: Minnesota Timberwolves (John): Baron Davis

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

John decided to pick with his heart this round and it’s not going well.

Pick 174: Phoenix Suns (Phil): DeMarcus Cousins

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

Five years ago Cousins could have been scratching the top 100.

Pick 175: Milwaukee Bucks (John): Stephon Marbury

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

He hated living in Minneapolis so I can’t imagine he’s going to love Milwaukee.

Pick 176: Charlotte Hornets (Phil): Eddie Jones

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

I don’t think anyone would believe if I told you that Eddie Jones was a three-time All-Star.

Pick 177: Utah Jazz (John): Rip Hamilton

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

The mask is back.

Pick 178: Denver Nuggets (Phil): Kemba Walker

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

Kemba was on his way up this list until injuries slowed his career progression.

Pick 179: Miami Heat (John): Fat Lever

Stats: 2x All-Star, 1x All-NBA, 1x All-Defensive

Fat Lever sounds like a ’40s Jazz musician.

Pick 180: Indiana Pacer (Phil): Robert Horry

Stats: 7x NBA Champion

Robert Horry is the greatest modern champion in NBA history.

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