Commentary

1996: Who knew? Philly passes on Kobe, takes AI

Updated: June 27, 2006, 1:21 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Originally published: June 27, 2005

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Editor's note: We asked ESPN Insider John Hollinger to evaluate every NBA Draft pick since 1995 and tell us what the lottery teams during those years should have done, based on what we know now about each player. For more on John's methodology, click here.

This is a fascinating draft, featuring a Philly schoolboy that the Sixers should have made the No. 1 pick, three shooting guards at the top and three All-Star big men who were completely overlooked by the lottery teams on draft night. All that and some rankings that may look questionable until actual production is figured into the equation.