Ex-NBA star talks 1996 draft: who had impact on the league?

dennis-scott-3dThe 1996 NBA draft brought a lot of future stars to the league, shaping its image for years to come. It brought in some really good guards (Iverson, Bryant, Nash) and some really disappointing centers (Fuller, Lauderdale).

In the 1996 NBA draft, the league received such players as: Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Antoine Walker, Peja Stojakovic, Jermaine O’Neal, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Ben Wallace.

Such players as Iverson and Bryant lifted the NBA to new heights, while players as Marbury, Nash, Stojakovic, Abdur-Rahim, Walker and Wallace were soon to become stars and some of them even won the NBA title along the way.

Former NBA forward Dennis Scott recently said the 1996 NBA draft ranks quite high in the books, which isn’t surprising: there are at least two names that are heading for the Hall of Fame doors. Others still left an impact on the game.

Some may not make it to the Hall but had an impact on the league, Walker, Camby, Marbury, Raheem,” Scott tweeted.

One player that should be noted is Ben Wallace, who entered the NBA undrafted, went on to have a long star career in the NBA, winning the 2004 NBA title with the Detroit Pistons.


Dennis Scott played 10 seasons in the NBA, but is mostly remembered for his 7+ seasons with the Orlando Magic, where he helped the team to reach the NBA finals in 1995.

Scott averaged career high 19.9 ppg in 1991-92, holding a total career averages of 12.9 ppg in 28.6 mpg. He led the NBA in 3-pointers made in the 1995-96 season.

Scott played a total of 629 games (started 376), for Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, NY Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Vancouver Grizzies.

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