Commentary

2004: Preps-to-pros prove their worth

Updated: June 29, 2005, 2:27 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | Team grades

Editor's note: We asked ESPN Insider John Hollinger to evaluate every NBA Draft pick of the last 10 years and tell us what the lottery teams from 1995 to 2004 should have done, based on what we know now about each player. For more on John's methodology, click here.

1995 was the year of Kevin Garnett. 1996 was the year of Kobe Bryant. 2003 belonged to LeBron James.

But 2004 will be remembered as the year of the high school player. No fewer than four high school-to-NBA players fill our mock lottery, and that includes the top three picks. The new age minimum may change things, but this is the class that makes us wonder what the problem was.


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