This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1996 NBA Draft. That draft, along with 1984 and 2003, is regarded among the greatest draft classes of all time. Not only was it chock full of solid players, but it brought in some of the most culture-shattering players in league history.
This draft has its fingerprints all over the 2020-2021 season. For starters, Steve Nash is the head coach of the loaded Brooklyn Nets. Allen Iverson and the late Kobe Bryant are two of the icons that the current players idolized and patterned their careers after. Not to mention that the greatest undrafted player in NBA history didn’t hear his name on draft day ’96 but will enter the Hall of Fame this September.
So let’s look back at the historic 1996 NBA Draft.