Where Are They Now? The 2000 NBA Draft

NBA teams are hoping to draft their next franchise player if they have a top 10 pick, but prospects don’t always pan out the way everyone hopes. That was the case more often than not in 2000, which is known as one of the worst draft classes in NBA history. Here are the top 10 picks in that year’s draft, and what they’re doing now:

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10) Keyon Dooling, Orlando Magic

After being drafted by the Magic, Dooling was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played for four seasons before playing bench roles for six other teams through 2013. He averaged 7.0 points and 2.2 assists per game for his career, and never started more than 24 games in a single season in his career.

Following his career, he founded the record label KD55 and signed two artists, D-Tropp and D-Flow.

 

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9) Joel Przybilla, Houston Rockets

Like Dooling, Przybilla was traded before he could play for the Rockets, being shipped to the Milwaukee Bucks. After failing to find footing there or in Atlanta, Przybilla found a home in Portland. He played from 2004-11, starting a majority of games whenever Greg Oden was hurt.

Przybilla’s last season in the league was also in 2013, but averaged 3.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game for his career.

 

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8 ) Jamal Crawford, Cleveland Cavaliers

Crawford is one of the few players on this list that’s still in the league. After spending four seasons with the Chicago Bulls (Cleveland traded him for Chris Mihm), he spent five seasons in New York as a starter. However, as flaws in his defense kept getting exposed, he moved to the bench for the Hawks, Blazers, and Clippers, who he has played for since 2012.

He is a two-time winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man award, and is the league’s all-time leader in four-point plays.

 

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7) Chris Mihm, Chicago Bulls

Mihm was a strong seven-footer coming out of Texas, and played for the Cavs after being dealt for Crawford. After four unimpressive seasons in Cleveland, he spent one year in Boston before finishing his career with four seasons coming off the bench for the Lakers.

He averaged 7.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his nine-year career, which was cut short due to an ankle injury. Mihm used to help coach the Texas men’s basketball team under Rick Barnes, but may not be doing that anymore with Shaka Smart taking over.

 

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6) DerMarr Johnson, Atlanta Hawks

Johnson spent one season at Cincinnati before the Hawks drafted him. He spent two seasons in Atlanta before dropping out of the league. He was then picked up by New York in 2003, where he played one year before spending three seasons with the Denver Nuggets.

He played five games for the Spurs in 2008 before falling out of the league for good, and has since played for eight teams overseas. Johnson played last season for Fuerza Regia in Mexico.

 

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5) Mike Miller, Orlando Magic

Miller has carved out a nice NBA career for himself. He won Rookie of the Year in 2001 with the Magic, where he spent three seasons before being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he spent six seasons and won one Sixth Man of the Year award.

Miller has since had stints as a bench player with Minnesota, Washington, Miami (where he won two titles), and Cleveland, where he currently plays.

 

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4) Marcus Fizer, Chicago Bulls

Former Bulls coach Tim Floyd picked Fizer, who he recruited to play at Iowa State, but that quickly seemed like a terrible decision. He averaged 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in four seasons in Chicago, but after one bad season in Milwaukee, Fizer joined the Austin Toros’ of the D-League.

He returned for part of the 2006 season with the New Orleans Hornets, his last stint in the league. Fizer has since played for 11 other teams in Puerto Rico, Spain, Israel, Taiwan, Bahrian, Venezuela, and Uruguay, and is currently under contract for Defensor Sporting Club in Urugray.

 

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3) Darius Miles, Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers made Miles the highest player ever drafted straight out of high school (at the time), and the high-flyer looked like he’d be the next NBA superstar. However, he only played for Los Angeles for two years before being traded to Cleveland, where he spent a year and half before being shipped again, this time to Portland.

Miles was starting to blossom in his two and a half seasons as a Trail Blazer, but he suffered a right knee injury in 2005 that required two microfracture surgeries and essentially ended his career. He attempted a comeback with the Grizzlies in 2008, but was waived after one season.

He was arrested for trying to carry loaded guns through airport security in St. Louis in 2011.


2) Stromile Swift, Vancouver Grizzlies

Swift was another explosive athlete the Grizzlies were hoping would be the next big thing, but they were sadly mistaken. He spent five seasons with the Grizzlies before signing with the Rockets as a free agent, who traded him back to the Grizzlies one year later, along with Rudy Gay, for Shane Battier.

Swift then spent another year and a half with Memphis, who dealt him to the New Jersey Nets, who then promptly traded him to the Suns. After one year in China, Swift has been out of basketball since 2010, and averaged 8.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his NBA career.

 


1) Kenyon Martin, New Jersey Nets

The Nets drafted Kenyon Martin despite a broken leg, but the National Player of the Year did not disappoint. He became a force during his four years with the Nets, but was then traded to the Nuggets for three future first-round picks in 2004. Martin played for Denver until the most recent NBA lockout in 2011, where he opted to play for a season in China.

He then returned to finish the season with the Clippers before spending two years in New York. The Milwaukee Bucks brought him in for 11 games this season, but his NBA career appears to be over now. If so, he averaged 12.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in 15 seasons.

Written by Zac Porter

Zac Porter

Zac Porter is a contributing writer for WJS and three other online websites. Zac is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Lob City, and a die hard fan and alumni of the UCLA Bruins. Zac has been with WJS since it’s inception but briefly left to finish his education. Now a graduate and on the path to even greater success, follow Zac for all your basketball needs, and of course the John Wooden Pyramid of Success.