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Five No. 4's

April 22, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.The season of struggle has given way to an offseason of optimism, and it begins by Looking Toward the Lottery. During the next few weeks, NJNets.com will take you through the process with our ongoing series. Stay tuned for more!


Five No. 4's
Since the lottery began in 1985, when the Knicks won the right to select clear No. 1 pick Patrick Ewing, teams have had to be open to the possibility they might not be drafting in order of finish. But that doesnt mean good value will cease to be available for anyone who drops down. With the Nets guaranteed to pick at least fourth, well take a historical swing through each of the teams potential draft positions to see what could be.

Heres a look at five No. 4 picks who went on to stand out after standing next to David Stern on draft day:

1. Dikembe Mutombo (1994, Denver Nuggets)

Dikembe Mutombo

Fans called this force to be reckoned with Mt. Mutomobo. The raspy-voiced 7-footer from the Congo intimidated opponents with his long wingspan, shot-swatting and the taunting finger-wag reminder of just whos house they were in. Selected behind UNLV Runnin Rebel Larry Johnson, Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Kenny Anderson, and Syracuse Orange Billy Owens, Mutombo outlasted and outproduced them during his 18 seasons. Mutombo averaged a double-double in his first 11 seasons, a stretch that included three consecutive shot-blocking titles (1993-96) and two straight rebounding titles (1999-2001). Six times Mutombo played in all 82 games. On Jan. 10, 2007, he surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the second-most-prolific shot blocker in NBA history, trailing only Hakeem Olajuwon.

Career Stats
G GS MPG FG% FT% BPG RPG PPG
1196 997 30.8 0.518 0.684 2.7 10.3 9.8
Notes

18 seasons
4-Time Defensive Player of the Year (1995, 97, 98, 2001)
8 All-Star Games
All-NBA (2nd team, once; 3rd, 2 times)
All-Defensive (1st team, 3 times; 2nd, 3 times)
All-Rookie (1st team)

2. Chris Paul (2005, New Orleans Hornets)

Chris Paul

Early in the young guards career, even as the four players ahead of him (Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams) have become solid-to-impressive pros, it seems the Hornets stole Chris Paul with the No. 4 pick fitting, because hes twice led the league in steals. Hes also twice paced the NBA in assists. In just five NBA seasons, the 24 year-old North Carolina native has proven to be what fantasy basketball owners call a Stat Stuffer. Paul won the 2006 Rookie of the Year Award by leading all first-year players in points, assists, steals, and minutes. The former Demon Deacon has quickly risen through the NBAs point guard hierarchy, with a peak performance culminating in a third-place finish for the 2008 Most Valuable Player Award. On Dec. 17, 2008, against the San Antonio Spurs, Paul registered a steal for the 106th consecutive game, breaking Alvin Robertsons 22-year-old NBA record.

Career Stats
G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% SPG RPG APG PPG
345 345 37.3 0.473 0.353 0.848 2.4 4.7 10.0 19.3
Notes

5 seasons
Rookie of the Year (2006)
3 All-Star Games (2008-10)
All-NBA (1st team, 2008; 2nd, 2009)
All-Defensive (1st team, 2009; 2nd, 2008)
All-Rookie (1st team, 2006)

3. Glen Rice (1989, Miami Heat)

Glen Rice

The expansion Heat, in their second year of existence, needed offensive firepower after finishing last in points per game the previous season. With the fourth pick in the 1989 NBA draft, the Miami Heat selected explosive Michigan forward Glen Rice after highly touted prospects Pervis Ellison (No. 1), Danny Ferry (No. 2) and Sean Elliott (No. 3). Rice ranks as the lotterys highest-scoring No. 4 pick after scoring 18,336 points during his 15-year career. Rice proved to be the Heats first star player and led the franchise to its first playoff series in 1991. Traded to Charlotte in 1995, Rice was at his best for the Hornets, averaging a career-best 26.8 points in the 1996-97 season, trailing only Michael Jordan and Karl Malone. Rice was an assassin from long range, and currently ranks eighth on the NBAs career list with 1,559 three-point field goals made. The Flint, Mich. native remains the Hornets all-time leader in scoring, but Chris Paul (see above) looms.

Career Stats
G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG PPG
1,000 876 35.0 0..456 0.400 0.846 4.4 2.1 18.3
Notes

15 seasons
1 NBA Championship (2000)
3 All-Star Games
All-Star Game MVP (1997)
All-NBA (2nd, 1997; 3rd, 1998)
All-Rookie (2nd, 1990)

4. Antawn Jamison (1998, Golden State Warriors via Toronto)

Antawn Jamison

Career Stats
G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG PPG
864 755 36.8 0.456 0.347 0.728 8.1 1.7 19.8
Notes

12 seasons
Sixth Man of the Year (2004)
2 All-Star Games
All-Rookie (2nd, 1999)
Top 100 all-time in points, FTs, FGs, 3Ps, rebounds and blocks.
Finished 9th in scoring (24.9) in 2001-09

5. Rasheed Wallace (1996, Washington Bullets )

Rasheed Wallace

Career Stats
G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% BPG RPG APG PPG
1,088 956 33.1 0.468 0.337 0.721 1.3 6.7 1.8 14.6
Notes

14 seasons
1 NBA Championship (2004)
4 All-Star Games (2000-01, 06, 08)
All-Rookie (2nd, 1997)
Top 100 all-time in points, FGs, 3Ps, rebounds and blocks.
4 times Top-10 FG%

Honorary Mention

Tyreke Evans (2009, Sacramento Kings)

Tyreke Evans Stats
G GP MPG FG% SPG RPG APG PPG
72 72 37.2 0.458 1.4 5.3 5.8 20.1
Notes

Fourth Rookie to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists, joining Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

Thanks to Marketing Intern Craig Manfra and Marketing Assistant Dave M. Brown for the assist!

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