On this day in history, Shaq, Dwight, Wall & one big LA bust were drafted with the #1 pick

Published on June 24th, 2016 by Astramskas, David | 1,918 views


On this day in history, June 24th, the Orlando Magic drafted two big men who helped take the franchise to the Finals, while Donald Sterling’s Clippers passed up a group of future hall of famers and all-stars to draft a big man who helped the franchise go absolutely nowhere.

In 2010, the Wizards passed on an All-Star big man from Kentucky to go with the center’s point guard teammate, who is now a 2 x All-Star.


“Who me?” – Shaq when hearing David Stern call his name at the draft

On this day in history, 1992, Shaquille O’Neal was drafted before Zo, Laettner, Jim Jackson, The Phonz, Googz & the Wizard.
Outcome: Great Pick!


On this day in history, 1998, Michael Olowkandi was drafted by the Clippers before Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Dirk, Jamision, Bibby & Jason Williams.
Outcome: Horrible Pick…make that one of the worst draft mistakes ever!¬†


On this day in history, 2004, Dwight Howard was drafted by the Magic before Okafor, Ben Gordon, Iggy, Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, JR Smith and Luol Deng.
Outcome: Good Pick!


On this day in history, 2010, John Wall was drafted by the Wizards before Evan Turner, Favors, Cousins, Monroe, Paul George and Eric Bledsoe.
Outcome:  Good Pick!


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