Originally published: June 27, 2005
Editor's note: We asked ESPN Insider John Hollinger to evaluate every NBA Draft pick since 1995 and tell us what the lottery teams during those years should have done, based on what we know now about each player. For more on John's methodology, click here.
In retrospect, the 1998 draft is best remembered as one in which a very tall German made the Dallas braintrust look very brainy indeed. Right below Dirk is a great battle for the No. 2 spot between Vince Carter and Paul Pierce.