1999 NBA Draft Redo
20 years, 20 drafts, and from 1995 all the way through 2014, hindsight is a virtue. I am re-drafting the lottery picks from every draft since the '95 season all the way through 2014, making it a full 20 years of perfect hindsight. Some things to remember is the lottery didn't go to 14 teams until 2005, and that for the years closer to the present, I am only basing this off of current events, and not on projections. I also don't care which team selected who when, this is just a ranking of the best players.
1) SG Manu Ginobili, Argentina
Accomplishments: 4x NBA Champion, Gold Medal, 6th Man, 2x All-Star, 2x All-NBA 3rd, All-Rookie 2nd
The 59th pick in the draft, and one of the all-time greatest 6th men in NBA history, the Argentinian Manu Ginobili was the best player in this draft. How he didn't win multiple 6th man awards is beyond me, and Ginobili is the greatest player from South America at this point.
2) F Shawn Marion, UNLV
Accomplishments: NBA Champion, 4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA 3rd, All-Rookie 2nd
Marion was part of the big three in Phoenix during their golden years, but won his ring as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Marion always seemed to be on the team that was almost a championship contender, and he also had one of the more unusual jump shots of recent memory.
3) SG Steve Francis, Maryland
Accomplishments: 3x All-Star, ROY, All-Rookie 1st
Francis didn't last for too long in the NBA, but his prime years were outstanding. He was the key piece in the Tracy McGrady trade, and was one of the better guards in the league in the post-Jordan era. Every season between 1999 and 2006 he averaged at least 16 PPG.
4) G Jason Terry, Arizona
Accomplishments: NBA Champion, 6th Man, All-Rookie 2nd
Terry is still playing in the NBA, like Manu Ginobili, and is another one of the better bench players in NBA history. Terry has a career average of over 14 PPG, and is one of the better shooters in NBA history as well. He will be remembered best for his outstanding shooting effort against the Lakers en route to his only NBA championship.
5) PF Elton Brand, Duke
Accomplishments: 2x All-Star, ROY, All-Rookie 1st
Elton Brand was the original number one pick, and his career definitely had some good moments. He was an above average power forward, and even a great one at times, through his first ten seasons, but fell off considerably after. He's hung around the league lately, although he hasn't had a huge impact.
6) SG Richard Hamilton, Connecticut
Accomplishments: NBA Champion, 3x All-Star
Hamilton will be best known for his time as a member of the Detroit Pistons, when he was acquired for Jerry Stackhouse that helped lead them to a championship. Hamilton was a good scorer for many years in Detroit, and he also played with Washington and Chicago.
7) PG Baron Davis, UCLA
Accomplishments: 2x All-Star, All-NBA 3rd
Davis is a bit underrated mainly because he played for the wrong teams, such as the Hornets and Clippers when they weren't as good. He was a member of the Warriors when they were the 8th seed and upset Dallas in the first round, and he also scored at least 17 PPG for a seven season stretch.
8) PF Lamar Odom, Rhode Island
Accomplishments: 2x NBA Champion, 6th Man, All-Rookie 1st
Odom was another great bench player, and he was an integral part of the Lakers' last two championships. Odom is now more known as a person who has had trouble with drugs and staying in the media for the wrong reasons. Before that, however, he had a great career.
9) SF Metta World Peace, St. John's
Accomplishments: NBA Champion, DPOY, All-Star, 2x All-Defensive 1st, 2x All-Defensive 2nd, All-Rookie 2nd
The player formerly known as Ron Artest is just as much known for his craziness as he is for his play on the court, most notably his name change and the fight he was part of in Auburn Hills. He's still riding the bench on the Lakers, and will be most known for his time in Indiana as Ron Artest, and in LA as Metta World Peace.
10) PG Andre Miller, Utah
Accomplishments: All-Rookie 1st
Miller had a long career and was a point guard for many contending teams. He never got over the hump, and joined San Antonio a little too late to win a title, but he has been a part of many playoff teams.
11) SF Andrei Kirilenko, Russia
Accomplishments: All-Star, All-Defensive 1st, 2x All-Defensive 2nd, All-Rookie 1st
AK-47 was known best for his time with the Jazz in the post Stockton-Malone era, and was a good scorer and defender. He played sparingly with a few other teams, and never advanced too far in the postseason.
12) SF James Posey, Xavier
Accomplishments: 2x NBA Champion, All-Rookie 2nd
James Posey won his rings with the Miami Heat in 2006 and Boston in 2008, and was another great bench player in this class. He never really amounted to becoming a star, but he was a reliable secondary scorer.
13) G/F Corey Maggette, Duke
Maggette was best known for his time with the Clippers, and was known as a "microwave scorer", meaning he would put up points in a hurry in many ways. Maggette also played with Orlando, Golden State, Milwaukee, Detroit and Charlotte
Others: Wally Szczerbiak, Kenny Thomas, Devean George, Gordan Giricek