The 1984 NBA draft redone: Stockton, Jordan, Barkley and the Dream

Published: Monday, April 28 2014 6:58 p.m. MDT

Even with the best organizations and the best general managers, the draft is still an inexact science. Players who look like can't-miss prospects end up out of the league after a season or two while guys who were almost afterthoughts taken at the bottom of the draft turn into All-Stars. The ’84 draft was 228 picks over 10 rounds with the first round consisting of 24 picks. Of the 228 players selected, 58 of them played in the NBA, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Of those 58 players, Brian Martin (round nine, 185 overall) was the player taken with the lowest pick to play in the league.

Everyone talks about the ’84 draft because of the huge misses near the top, but the Trail Blazers weren't the only team that missed out on a legend of the game early in the draft, which turned out to be a great thing for the Jazz organization and fans alike.

Here is a look at how the first-round 1984 draft would have gone if we knew then what we know now.

Editor's note: This was originally published in 2014.

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Provo, UT

Pretty good list, I would put Cage ahead of Turpin because he simply played more games. Robertson might be a bit high too. But overall, not a bad list...

Mountain Bird
West Jordan, UT

I remember attending a Jazz-Pacers game that year and sitting behind the Pacers basket during pregame warmups. Rookies, Stansbury and Fleming were putting on quite the dunk show. Stansbury played very well in that game and it surprised me that he only lasted 3 seasons. 1984 was definitely an incredible draft year. Lucky for the Jazz, Stockton was relatively unknown among most other teams at the time.

South Jordan, UT

And this illustrates once again how much of a crapshoot the draft is. Looking back with 30 years of hindsight, the fact that Michael Jordan went third simply makes my brain explode. But no one has a crystal ball, and the future is ... well, the future.

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