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2022 top NBA Draft rewind
(From left to right): Purdue sophmore Jaden Ivey was a top scorer on the court and, on defense and offense, a standout leading into the draft. And, what could we say about Chet Holmgren's skinny 7-foot, 195 lb. frame that hadn't already been said? It never stopped him from running rings around opponents with a combination of unusually strong passing and scoring ability. Finally, sometimes compared to NBA great Blake Griffin, Paolo Banchero was a 2022 standout for his smooth rhythm gliding down the court with explosive slam dunks at the basket.
High school hoop star, Kobe Bryant.
DID YOU KNOW? NBA Draft trivia & fun facts
• 1984 is considered the greatest NBA draft class in history -- when Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, John Stockton and Hakeem Olajuwon were all selected during the first round.
• In 1978, Larry Bird was selected by the Boston Celtics, but he decided he wanted to finish his final year in school. As a result, the NBA instituted the “Bird Collegiate Rule” that said teams could only draft players who were ready to sign on the dotted line.
• Drafted by the LA Lakers right out of high school, Kobe Bryant had to have his parents co-sign his first NBA contract. He was 17 years old.
• Kentucky and Duke have each had three players selected as the No. 1 NBA draft pick, the most for any school. For Kentucky it was John Wall (Wizards, 2010), Anthony Davis (Hornets, 2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves, 2015). For Duke, it was Art Heyman (Knicks, 1963), Elton Brand (Bulls, 1999) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers, 2011).
• The San Antonio Spurs haven't had a lottery pick since 1997, the longest stretch in the NBA.
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