The 1984 NBA Draft will be remembered as one of the great Draft’s of all-time because it produced some fantastic players and arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time.
It also generates a bit of discussion for what could have been for some sides particularly the Portland Trail Blazers who had pick number two and chose to overlook a player that most purist basketball fans would regard as the Greatest of all-time in Michael Jordan.
NBA Draft History would suggest that some teams don’t quite make the right picks during the NBA Draft Lottery and the 1984 Draft Class would suggest that some of the players in the top 10, didn’t end up going as well as expected.
The 1984 NBA Draft list consisted of same great players, although the 1984 NBA Draft Order is now always up for debate.
Here are the 1984 NBA Draft Picks.
1984 NBA Draft Results
Top 10 Picks
1.) Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) from Houston
2.) Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers) from Kentucky
3.) Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) from North Carolina
4.) Sam Perkins (Dallas Mavericks) from North Carolina
5.) Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers) from Auburn
6.) Melvin Turpin (Washington Bullets) from Kentucky
7.) Alvin Robertson (San Antonio Spurs) from Arkansas
8.) Lancaster Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers) from Louisville
9.) Otis Thorpe (Kansas City Kings) from Providence
10.) Leon Wood (Philadelphia 76ers) from Cal State Fullerton
As a basketball fan, 3 of the players in the Top 10 are household names and ended up having a significant impact on the NBA.
3 or 4 of the players in the top ten of the 1984 NBA Draft had semi-decent careers and played for extended periods. Whilst there are a few guys in the top ten, that as a basketball fan it’s quite hard to remember whether or not they made an impact on the NBA unless some research is undertaken.
The most memorable is the Portland Trail Blazers pick of Sam Bowie who was picked before Michael Jordan and Blazers fans constantly get reminded of what they missed out on. Bowie did make a small contribution to the NBA, but in no way lived up to being the Number 2 pick despite a really good college career.
Just who has been the best to come out of the 1984 NBA Draft?
Before we get into a top six some honourable mentions that had well established careers in the NBA include, Alvin Robertson, Otis Thorpe, Michael Cage, Jerome Kersey and Sam Bowie did have an impact in the NBA, but it often gets forgotton because he was chosen before Jordan.
Here is a quick recap of the best 6 players to come out of the 1984 NBA Draft – The 6 Best.
The 6 Best
6.) Sam Perkins
(Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Indiana Pacers)
Original Pick – Round 1 Pick 4 (Dallas Mavericks) from North Carolina
Playing Career – (1984-2001)
Games – 1286
Playoffs – 167
Points Average – 11.9
Rebounds Average – 6.0
After a decent college career and numerous awards before entering the NBA, Perkins ended up having a long NBA Career at four different clubs.
Nicknamed, Big Smooth or Sleepy Sam, he made an impact on each of the sides he played for and played significant minutes during the early to middle stages of his career.
A big man that shot the 3 point shot at 36.2% throughout his career, he was a factor in the 1996 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls in which he made the Bulls defenders respect his outside shot.
Over 100 games and one of the most unique jump shots of All-Time, Perkins gave all four of the sides he played for, significant value.
5.) Kevin Willis
(Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks)
Original Pick – Round 1 Pick 11 (Atlanta Hawks) from Michigan State
Playing Career – (1984-2007)
Games – 1424
Playoffs – 98
Points Average – 12.1
Rebounds Average – 8.4
NBA Championship – (2003)
NBA All-Star – (1992)
Kevin Willis had a long career and ranks 9th on the list for most NBA Games played.
He played for several different NBA Teams and was a regular contributor on most of the sides he played for.
His longest stint for a club was his first team, the Atlanta Hawks where he got a start in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game. The long jeopardy of his career probably gets him in the top 5, but Willis was a true character of the game and one of the better centres of his time.
4.) John Stockton
Original Pick – Round 1 Pick 16 (Utah Jazz) from Gonzaga
Playing Career – (1984-2003)
Games – 1504
Playoffs – 182
Points Average – 13.1
Assists Average – 10.5
Steals Average – 2.2
10 x NBA All-Star
2 x All NBA First Team
9 x NBA Assist Leader
After a healthy College career for Gonzaga, Stockton was picked up by the Utah Jazz in the 1984 NBA Draft and played there for almost 20 seasons.
He formed a memorable partnership with teammate Karl Malone to turn the Utah Jazz into one of the powerhouses of the Western Conference.
John Stockton was one of the greatest passes the game has ever seen and led by example in a long career for just the one team. He played a significant part in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls, but unfortunately Jordan and the Bulls were just too good and the Utah Jazz never won a title during Stockton’s long NBA Career.
Originally the 16th pick in the 1984 NBA Draft John Stockton would go on to become one of the Great Point Guards the game has ever seen and the John Stockton Jersey is still popular for NBA Fans.
3.) Charles Barkley
(Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets)
Original Pick – Round 1 Pick 5 (Philadelphia 76ers) from Auburn
Playing Career – (1984-2000)
Games – 1073
Playoffs – 123
Points Average – 22.1
Rebounds Average –11.7
NBA MVP – (1993)
11 X NBA All-Star
5 x All-NBA First Team
His main impact was for the Pheonix Suns, Charles Barkley had an impact on the NBA and he gave any side he was on a decent chance at winning an NBA title. He may never have won a title, but came close a couple of times and is well regarded as one of the NBA Greats.
The aggressive style of Charles Barkley would intimidate the opposition and he could score at will, and his defence was elite.
The outspoken Barkley was an 11 Time NBA All-Star and a member of the All NBA First Team on 5 occasions. One of the true greats of the NBA and the Charles Barkely Jersey was one of the most popular throughout the 90s.
2.) Hakeem Olajuwon
(Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors)
Original Pick – Round 1 Pick 1 (Houston Rockets) from Houston
Playing Career – (1984 -2002)
Games – 1238
Playoffs – 145
Points Average – 21.8
Rebounds Average – 11.1
Blocks Average – 3.1
2 x NBA Champion
2 x NBA Finals MVP
NBA MVP Award – 1994
12 x NBA All-Star
6 x All-NBA First Team
2 x Defensive Player of the Year
Originally from Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon provided the Houston Rockets with a lot of value throughout his decorated career.
One of the best post-up big men in NBA History, Olajuwon was difficult to defend and was just as good a defender.
He is a two time NBA Champion, 12 Time NBA All-Star and a member of the All-NBA First team on 6 occasions. Hakeem Olajuwon had a significant impact on the NBA and was one of the great big men to play the game.
1.) Michael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards)
Original Pick – Round 1 Pick 3 (Chicago Bulls) from North Carolina
Playing Career – (1984-1993) ) (1995-1998) (2001-2003)
Games – 1072
Playoffs – 179
Points Average – 30.1
Rebounds Average – 6.2
Assists Average – 5.3
Steals Average – 2.3
6 x NBA Champion
6 x NBA Finals MVP
5 X NBA Most Valuable Player
14 x NBA All-Star
10 x All-NBA First Team
1 x NBA Defensive Player of the Year
9 x All NBA Defensive First Team
10 x NBA Scoring Champion
Michael Jordan is widely considered as the GOAT of basketball and one of the greatest sportspeople ever. Who knew at the Conclusion of the 1984 NBA Season that the game was about to get a treat from one of the greatest players ever.
He played in the NBA Finals on 6 Occasions and has an incredible record of 6-0, which may never be equalled.
Michael Jordan could score at will and is one of the most competitive sportspeople in history.
On numerous occasions, he would win games for the Chicago Bulls and has a highlight reel that is second to none.
A 6-time NBA Champion, 6-Time Finals MVP and 5-Time NBA MVP he made his mark on the game and made the game more popular in the process. The Michael Jordan Jersey was one of the most sold basketball jersey’s of all-time.
That’s the Top 6 performers of the 1984 NBA Draft.
The NBA Draft can be hit and miss on occasions but we can all agree that at least 4 of the players drafted that year went on to become All-Time greats of the NBA.
If you disagree with the six or want to mention your own five leave a comment below.
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