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20 years ago: Big 4 go in order in 1991 NBA draft

Published: Saturday, June 25 2011 10:54 p.m. MDT

The NBA could have held its draft in April and not much would have changed.

The Big Four in the spring — Larry Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Billy Owens and Dikembe Mutombo — was still the Big Four Wednesday night. The projected second tier of four players — Steve Smith, Doug Smith, Luc Longley and Stacey Augmon — went 5-6-7-9, with only Mark Macon sneaking up a few spots to break the pattern.

The four centers projected as the best in the first round — Mutombo, Longley, Rich King and Stanley Roberts — went exactly in that order.

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