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“Kobe Bryant’s 1996 draft class is better than Michael Jordan’s and LeBron James”: Allen Iverson calls his 1996 Draft class better over the two other legends’ classes

Raahib Singh

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Sixers’ legend Allen Iverson claims his 1996 Draft class with Kobe Bryant, and Steve Nash was better than Michael Jordan or LeBron James’

Each year hundreds of people apply to the NBA Draft. However, out of those, only 60 are selected by teams. Each draft class brings us fresh talent. Every class does have at least a few talented individuals who become future all-stars. However, there are some draft classes that are more stacked than any other. Three such classes are 1984, 1996, and the 2003 class.

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The 1984 class had players such as Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Charles Barkley, and Hakeem Olajuwon. The 1996 class had Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen. Meanwhile, the 2003 draft class had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony. Each of these draft classes has multiple Hall of Famers in them, and that’s what sets these three classes apart from the rest.

Allen Iverson picks his 1996 Draft Class over the 1984, 2003 class

Allen Iverson was recently on Shannon Sharpe’s show Club Shay Shay. It was there where Uncle Shannon asked AI to select between his 1996 Draft class, Jordan’s 1984 class or LeBron’s 2003 class.

AI thought about it for a second and then named his class as the best. The first reason he stated was because of the number of players Sharpe had named for the 1996 class, as compared to the other two classes. While Shannon mentioned only 4 names for each class, he started with 6 for the 1996 class, and then mentioned a few more with Iverson later.

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To make the argument case-wise, Sharpe had to cut down and mention the 4 Hall-of-Fame players from each of the classes. AI still picked his own class, and it makes sense why he’d do that.

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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh


Raahib Singh is an NBA Journalist and Content Strategist at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him towards TSR. He started playing basketball at 14 and has been following the NBA since 2013. His entry into the basketball world perfectly coincided with Stephen Curry putting the league on notice. Having followed the league for a long time, he decided to use his knowledge to become a sportswriter with The SportsRush in 2020. Raahib loves to put up some shots in his spare time, watch Cricket, Formula 1, and/or read a nice thriller.

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