Before Round Three started, there was a trade as below:
TRADE ALERT. 3-Team Trade:
Team Hendricks: Receives John Stockton (from Team Adhikari)
Team Weaver: Receives Pick #20 (Round 3) and Pick #61 Round (from Team Hendricks)
Team Brishank: Receives Oscar Robertson (from Team Weaver)
With the first pick of the third round (18th overall pick) the Flint Tropics selects
Analysis: After selecting MJ and Stockton, the Tropics traded away Stockton for Oscar Robertson. So, the Tropics had a PG who could do it all and a legend and chose to select one of the league’s premiere inside man, The Admiral. A solid pick for Flint as they have two great players at the guard position and now an amazing post player. Of course, The Admiral frequently disappeared in the playoffs, but no need to worry when MJ is on the team.
With the second pick of the third round (19th overall pick) Team Madman selects
Analysis: After going with Magic Johnson in the first round, Team Madman opted to pick The Big Ticket and pair him with Moses Malone. The duo of Malone and KG creates a deep post presence. KG’s intensity and hustle are unmatched while Malone’s ability to rebound and score will create one of the best big men duo ever.
With the third pick of the third round (20th overall pick) Team Canada selects
Analysis: The Lakers have always been one of the legendary teams in the history of the NBA. Enter Elgin Baylor, who played for the Minneapolis Lakers and the Los Angeles Lakers, Baylor was certainly of the greats. With Team Canada, he gets to play along with Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. Forget the rivalries and imagine the possibilities.
With the fourth pick of the third round (20th overall pick) Weaver’s Dreamers selects
Analysis: After the three-team trade, Dreamer’s Weaver sent Oscar to the Topics, but ended up with Dr J. Originally Team Hendricks pick, sent to the Weavers after they got John Stockton from the Tropics. Confusing? Yes. However, Dreamer’s Weaver gets to pair Dr. J with Shaquille O’Neal. Not bad for trading away the Big O.
With the fifth pick of the third round (21st overall pick) Team Legendary select Scottie Pippen
Analysis: Too bad Pippen can’t be on the same team as MJ. Nonetheless, Pippen was a beast by himself too. In addition, with Team Legendary, Pippens gets to play along with Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon. Of course, Pippen and Bird play the same position, but this take Erik Spoelstra’s positionless philosophy to a whole new level.
With the sixth pick of the third round (22nd overall pick) The Flyers select
Analysis: Nash the passer, LeBron the all-around guy and Bill Russell the legendary champ? On the same team? WOW. Nash is a perfect teammate alongside James and Russell. All players are very unselfish and are willing to sacrifice in order to make the team better.
With the seventh pick of the third round (23rd overall pick) Dreamer’s Weavers select
Analysis: After picking Dr J and Shaq, Dreamer’s Weaver goes small to select Isiah Thomas. Arguably one of the better point guards in NBA history, Thomas complements Shaq and Dr J’s playing styler perfectly. Whether their egos allow them to play with one another is questionable, but this is a great pick for Weaver.
With the last pick pick of the third round (24th overall pick) Arsene’s Army select
Analysis: Imagine a team with the last decade’s two dominant players in Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. That’s already a scary thought. But, now add Patrick Ewing to the mix. Even scarier. It seems like all the teams are making great moves through three rounds of the draft. Ewing and Duncan make a great post presence similar to the Malone-Garnett tandem with Team Madman.
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