The ’92 Draft produced an all-time great (Shaq), a franchise player (Mourning), three other All-Stars (Sprewell, Guliotta, Laettner) and a 7-time champion (Horry).
As was the case with the 1990 Draft, the top two picks actually turned out to be the top two players – something that has not happened since.
Two players picked outside of the top 20 ended up having top-five careers – further evidence that there are always gems to be found outside of the lottery.
Here are the top 10 picks, re-ordered to reflect each player’s NBA accomplishments:
1) Shaquille O’Neal (picked No. 1 by Orlando)
1,207 games, 34.7 minutes, 23.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 blocks, 58.2% FGs, 26.4 PER.
Best season: 1999/00 – 79 games, 29.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.0 blocks, 57.4% FGs, 30.5 PER, 67-15 record, MVP, Finals MVP.
Most memorable moment: Alley-oop dunk to seal the Lakers’ Game 7 win over Portland in the Conference Finals.
An easy pick then and an easy pick now.