Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jordan’

No. 18 – A class with lots of hardware

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Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon won his lone MVP during the 1993-94 season.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Alvin Robertson, John Stockton, Rick Carlisle

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Gonzaga (Stockton), Virginia (Carlisle)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 70th overall by Boston Celtics

Draft fact: The Class of 1984 has won the NBA Rookie of the Year, All-Star Game MVP, regular-season MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year 18 times as a collective group. Here’s the breakdown:

Rookie of the Year – Jordan

MVPs – Jordan (5), Olajuwon (1), Barkley (1)

All-Star MVP – Jordan (3), Stockton (1), Barkley (1)

Defensive Player of the Year — Jordan (1), Olajuwon (2), Robertson (1)

Coach of the Year – Carlisle (1)


VIDEO: Michael Jordan wins his second straight MVP during the 1992 season

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No. 23 – All-NBA talent abounds in ‘84

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Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton

Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon

Michael Jordan (left) and Hakeem Olajuwon were All-NBA First Team regulars.

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: The 1984 Draft boasts 23 All-NBA First Team selections from 1987-98. Here’s the breakdown: Michael Jordan (10 appearances), Hakeem Olajuwon (six), Charles Barkley (five) and John Stockton (two).

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No. 24 – Jordan always got plenty of burn

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

It was often rare to see Michael Jordan resting in any game.

Name: Michael Jordan

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: In his 15 seasons in the NBA, the No. 3 pick of the 1984 Draft, Michael Jordan, played 41,011 minutes. That places him 24th on the NBA’s all-time list in that category.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan fights through an ankle injury to oust the Hawks from the 1993 playoffs

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‘The84Draft’ reveals stories of greatness in NBA’s best-ever draft


VIDEO: Watch the teaser trailer for ‘The84Draft’, NBA TV’s new documentary

The 2014 NBA Draft, which is being widely touted as maybe the deepest Draft in recent memory, is just weeks away. It will provide an opportunity for several franchises to impact their teams and shape their futures.

It is also perhaps perfect timing NBA TV will debut a terrific documentary on a Draft three decades ago that still stands as the greatest draft in NBA history.

The documentary, with the hashtag-friendly title “THE84DRAFT,” first airs on NBA TV on Monday, at 9 p.m. ET. This is the latest film in NBA TV original’s line of documentaries, like last year’s Emmy Award-winning “The Doctor” and 2012’s “The Dream Team.” Steve Nash, who was part of his own iconic Draft class in 1996, narrates “THE84DRAFT,” which is jammed with footage basketball fans will thrill to see.

Even a casual sports fan has felt the reach of the ’84 Draft, as it contained players who literally changed the game forever, like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon and John Stockton. Yet what made the 1984 draft so special isn’t just the five Hall of Famers it produced, rather the compelling stories from players picked deeper in the draft, even down to the final selection.

Watching the footage of the actual draft broadcast, it’s clear that things are radically different now. Three decades ago the draft was called the “college” draft, a word not immediately associated with current drafts. The 1984 draft happened during daytime hours and was aired on USA Network. Olajuwon, the first overall pick by Houston, was in attendance wearing a tuxedo, and was greeted by a mustachioed David Stern, who was presiding over his first draft as commissioner of the NBA. The team representatives in the Felt Forum sat at banquet tables, and empty seats ringed the event floor.

The television broadcast ended after two rounds, but the Draft went on for a whopping eight more rounds for a total of 10. By the time they got to the later rounds, teams were burning picks on novelties, like when the Bulls drafted Carl Lewis in the 10th round. But there were plenty of key contributing pieces to be unearthed in those middle rounds. With the 70th overall pick, the defending champion Boston Celtics drafted Rick Carlisle, who says of going to such an established team, “I thought it was death for any kind of career.” While Carlisle managed to make the Celtics and win a title, his career as a player ended a few years later. But he moved into coaching in 1989 and has been on NBA sidelines ever since, winning a title in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks.

One wrinkle in the 1984 draft story is the 1984 Olympic trials, which were held in Bloomington, Ind., just weeks before the draft. With numerous NBA scouts in attendance, Barkley used the opportunity to showcase his all-around game, repeatedly going coast-to-coast and dunking against the better wishes of Olympic coach Bobby Knight. Barkley did not make the cut for the Olympic team.

Stockton, largely unknown out of Gonzaga, also didn’t make the Olympic team’s final cut. But, he proved his mettle against the nation’s best players and was selected 16th overall.

Leon Wood made that 1984 Olympic team and was the 10th overall pick in the ’84 Draft, drawing comparisons to Isiah Thomas. But Wood never found a home in the NBA and ended up playing overseas. If his name sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because Wood eventually made it back to the NBA, where he’s been a referee since 1996.

The most entertaining character in “THE84DRAFT” may be Oscar Schmidt. The legendary Brazilian player –fifth Hall of Famer in this draft class — was well known for his exploits with the Brazilian National Team and his club teams in Italy, where a young Kobe Bryant grew up admiring him.

“Oscar Schmidt was like my Larry Bird, but I actually liked him,” Bryant says with a laugh. “You know what I mean? He was Bird before I had a chance to see what Bird really was.”

Schmidt remains incredulous even today over being drafted in the sixth round of the ’84 Draft by the New Jersey Nets. But when the Nets offered him a guaranteed contract, he had to turn it down because it would have invalidated his international amateur status with Brazil.

Plenty of time is devoted to the marquee names of the ’84 Draft, including the thought process that led to the Portland Trail Blazers passing on Jordan to draft Sam Bowie with the second overall pick. The Bulls snagged Jordan with the third pick, and former Bulls GM Rod Thorn remembers getting a call from an assistant coach after the first day of practice and being told: “You didn’t mess this draft up.”

In many ways, the 1984 Draft framed the future of the NBA. These players changed the way basketball was played, not only in the NBA but also around the world. Thirty years later, it’s still a story worth telling.

No. 31 – MJ racks up triple-doubles

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was a solid passer — and rebounder.

Name: Michael Jordan

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: Michael Jordan, the third player selected at the 1984 Draft, knew how to put up triple-doubles. He had 28 in the regular season, two in the playoffs and one in an All-Star Game for a total of 31 career triple-doubles.

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No. 36 – Jordan amazes in NBA playoffs

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Name: Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan always played big on the playoff stage.

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: Michael Jordan, who was selected third in the 1984 Draft, posted seven of the 36 greatest single-season playoff scoring totals in NBA history.


VIDEO: In the 1991 Finals, Michael Jordan made one his most iconic shots ever

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No. 37 — Scorers on the playoff stage

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan were elite playoff scorers.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Gonzaga (Stockton)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton)

Draft fact: Four of the Top 37 scorers in the history of the NBA playoffs were selected in the 1st round 1984 NBA Draft.


VIDEO: Legendary scorers Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan square off during the 1993 NBA Finals

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No. 39 – MJ a master at 50-point games

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

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Name: Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan regularly dropped in 50-point games.

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: The third pick in the 1984 Draft, Michael Jordan was no stranger to 50-point games. He recorded 39 such nights in his career (31 in the regular season, eight in the playoffs).


VIDEO: Michael Jordan scores 59 points vs. the Pistons in 1988

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No. 45 — Jordan’s jersey swap

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan changed jersey numbers for the 1994-95 season.

Name: Michael Jordan

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: Michael Jordan, the third pick of the 1984 Draft, wore the No. 45 twice in his career. He first wore it when he tried his hand as a baseball player with the Chicago White Sox’s Birmingham Barons. And he wore it for 17 games as a Chicago Bull – during his first NBA comeback season in 1994-95.


VIDEO: Michael Jordan, wearing No. 45, records his famous “double-nickel” game against the Knicks

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No. 48 – Stars of stealing rule ’84 Draft

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The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Alvin Robertson

Alvin Robertson is 10th all-time in the league in steals.

Names: Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Alvin Robertson, Charles Barkley, Jerome Kersey

Colleges: Houston (Olajuwon), North Carolina (Jordan), Auburn (Barkley), Arkansas (Robertson), Gonzaga (Stockton), Longwood (Kersey)

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets (Olajuwon), 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 5th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Barkley), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 16th overall by Utah Jazz (Stockton), 46th overall by Portland Trail Blazers (Kersey)

Draft fact: Six Players selected in the 1984 NBA Draft rank among the top 48 on the All-Time ABA/NBA career steals leaders. Here’s the breakdown: Stockton (No. 1 all-time), Jordan (No. 3), Olajuwon (No. 9), Robertson (No. 10), Barkley (No. 25), Kersey (No. 48).


VIDEO: John Stockton strips Erik Williams in 1996 to set the NBA’s all-time steals record

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