The 1996 NBA Draft is considered one of the greatest draft classes in NBA history. Featuring four future Hall of Famers, three MVPs, 10 All-Stars, seven All-NBA players, a defensive player of the year, and the NBA’s all-time leading three-point shooter among other things, it simply doesn’t get much better than ’96.
The Los Angeles Lakers made out great in this draft as they ultimately acquired the player who would be the face of the franchise for years to come and help lead the team to five NBA Championships, in Kobe Bryant. Not only did they get Kobe, but they also drafted one of the greatest role players ever, and a major catalyst for the championship teams in Derek Fisher.
The Lakers weren’t the only big winners originally as a number of big names were taken including Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, and Jermaine O’Neal. But even with so much talent available, there were still a number of missteps and bad picks.
That is why we’re here as we re-do arguably the greatest draft of all-time, 1996. Where will you’re favorite player land? Read on to find out: