The Best Draft Classes Ever



By Tim St. Sauver, The Love of

The Intro
That’s right. Over 100 years. Thousands of players. Four sports.
We’re talking serious research here, my friends.
I’ve come up with the Top 10 draft classes in sports history.

The Excerpt

10. MLB – 1985
It’s very difficult to qualify a draft as being good when the majority of players selected will never reach the bigs. However, the ’85 class is responsible for 18.2% of the MVP awards handed out since their draft and 13.6% of the Cy Young Awards over the same amount of time.

The 1985 Rule 4 Draft had 832 players selected. It had star power, depth and stands out among other MLB drafts due to the speed at which its top players made it on to MLB rosters.

Best of the Draft:
–Barry Bonds (6th overall) – Seven-time MVP, 762 HR, career .298 BA, 1 huge asterisk
–B.J. Surhoff (1st overall) – 1999 All-Star, 2,326 hits, 1,153 RBI
–Will Clark (2nd overall) – Six-time All-Star, 2,176 hits, 1,205 RBI, career .303 BA
–Barry Larkin (4th overall) – 1 World Series ring, 1 MVP, 12-time All-Star
–Rafael Palmeiro (22nd overall) – Four-time All Star, 3,020 hits, 1,835 RBI
–Randy Johnson (2nd round, 36th overall) – 10-time All-Star, 5 Cy Young awards, 284 wins, 4,629 Ks
–Mark Grace (24th round, 622nd overall) – 1 World Series ring, Three-time All Star, 2,445 hits, career .303 BA

Other Notable Selections:
Bobby Witt, Pete Incaviglia, Walt Weiss, Brian McRae, David Justice, Brady Anderson, Randy Velarde

Steal of the Draft:
John Smoltz – Selected in the 22nd round and 574th overall, Smoltz has 3,011 strikeouts, 210 wins and 154 saves to date, as well as Eight All-Star appearances and one Cy Young Award.


6. NBA – 2003

LBJ. Melo. D-Wade. The 2003 Draft formally introduced us to what many expected to be the future of the NBA. The top players from this class have been part of making some of 2002-03’s worst teams into contenders (the Cavs and Nuggets had 17 wins each in 2002-03). However, there’s only one ring here, and Wade’s inclusion on this year’s league-worst Heat squad all but nullifies that ring in my eyes. Stars don’t let their team finish 15-67.
Still, the sixth-best draft class ever isn’t so bad.

Top Selections:
LeBron James (1st overall pick) – averages 27.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.6 assists over career
Carmelo Anthony (3rd overall) – 24.4 PPG, 6.0 RBG, 3.0 APG
Chris Bosh (4th overall) – 18.9 PPG, 9.0 RBG
Dwyane Wade (5th overall) – 23.9 PPG, 4.8 RBG, 6.5 APG, NBA Championship Ring
Chris Kamen (6th overall) – 10.3 PPG, 8.3 RBG
Kirk Hinrich (7th overall) – 14.4 PPG, 6.5 APG
T.J. Ford (8th overall) – 11.6 PPG, 6.9 APG
David West (18th overall) – 14.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG
Leandro Barbosa (28th overall) – 12.7 PPG
Maurice Williams (2nd round, 47th overall) – 12.5 PPG, 4.9 APG
Kyle Korver (2nd round, 51st overall) – 10.4 PPG

Steal of the Draft:
Josh Howard was the last pick of the first round. His 15.2 points per game and 6.4 rebounds have been a key part of Dallas’ regular season success over the past five years. Unfortunately, working with Dirk has kept Howard from having any real shot at a championship.

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  1. Cano's Cards says

    I ball for real, y’all n!&&@$ is Sam Bowie
    And with the third pick – I made the earth sick
    M.J., hem Jay, fade away perfect

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