2004 Rivals Top 10 – Under Review

Posted: March 26, 2012 by DeadBefore50 in Basketball

This is a stellar class led by Dwight Howard and backed up by top NBA’ers in the likes of Josh Smith, Al Jefferson, and Rajon Rondo. The accompanying video comes from the 2004 McDonald’s All-American game. Spoiler alert….not a lot of D being played.

#1
Forward/Center

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
SW Atlanta Christian, Ga.
(’04) Gatorade/Naismith/McDonald’s Player of the Yr
25.0
18.0
8.1
3.5

College

Bypassed for entry into (’04) NBA Draft





Pro
(’04) #1 Overall – ORL
Orlando Magic (2004-Present)
18.4
13.0
1.5
2.2


All-NBA 1st Team (2008-11), All-Defensive 1st Team (2009-11), Defensive POY (2009-11)

#2
Guard

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Peoria Central, Illinois
Co-MVP of (’04) McDonald’s All-American game





College
Signed with Duke
Bypassed for entry into (’04) NBA Draft





Pro
(’04) #4 Overall – LAC
LAC (04-07) OKC (08-10) CHA (10-11) MIL (Curr)
7.0
2.5
3.6
0.4


Somewhat promising career derailed by (’06) injury

#3
Forward

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Oak Hill Academy






College
Signed with Indiana
Bypassed for entry into (’04) NBA Draft





Pro
(’04) #17 Overall – ATL
Atlanta Hawks (2004-present)
14.9
7.9

2.2


(’05) Slam Dunk champ, (’10) youngest (24) NBA Player with (1000) Blocked shots

#4
Center

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Prentiss High, Mississippi

42.6
18.0

7.0

College
Signed with Arkansas
Bypassed for entry into (’04) NBA Draft





Pro
(’04) #15 Overall – BOS
BOS (04-07) MIN (07-10) UTAH (10-Present)
16.1
8.9
1.3
1.4

Approaching 9000 (8582) points and 5000 (4718) Rebounds in NBA career

#5
Forward

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Archbishop Spalding
(’03) Parade and McDonald’s All-American
21.2
9.2

3.7

College
Connecticut
(’05) Natl Fr. Of the Year, (’06) 1st Team Big East
13.9
6.5
1.8
1.8.

Pro
(’06) #8 overall – HOU
Memphis Grizzlies (2006-Present)
17.9
5.7
1.9
0.9


Career high (20.9ppg) 2007-08





#6
Guard

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Abraham Lincoln, NY
(’03) New York State Mr. Basketball





College
Committed to Louisville
Bypassed for entry into (’04) NBA Draft





Pro
(’04) #13 Overall – POR
POR (04-06) BOS (06-07) MIN (07-09) PHX (Curr)
7.5
1.6
3.6
0.1


Career role player, (6) teams through (7) Seasons, subject of documentary Through the Fire

#7
Guard

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Renaissance, Michigan
(’03) 27-0, State champ, #3 National ranking





College
Oregon
(’05) PAC-10 All-Fr., (’06) All PAC-10 3rd Team
14.7
5.5
2.1
0.6

Pro
(’08) 2nd Rd #18 – PHX
San Antonio Spurs (08-10)
2.4
1.3
0.5
0.3


Played in (62) NBA games, now playing in Italy with Emporio Armani





#8
Forward

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
St. Benedict’s Prep (NJ)
MVP of McDonald’s All-American game
27.0
6.0
5.0


College
Signed w/North Carolina
Bypassed for entry into (’04) NBA Draft





Pro
(’04) #18 overall – NO
NO (04-06) DEN (06-11) NYN (11-Present)
12.4
2.8
2.0
0.2


Immaturity has plagued career, now going by “Earl”





#9
Guard

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Renaissance, Michigan
(’03) 27-0, State champ, #3 National ranking





College
Kentucky
54th Wildcat with 1,000 Career Points
12.5
3.8
1.9
0.2

Pro
(’08) 2nd Rd #28 – LAL
Cut by LAL (’08), signed by NYN (08-09)
4.5
2.0
0.5
0


Played in (2) games for Knicks (08-09), now playing in Beijing





#10
Center

PPG
RPG
APG
BPG

High School
Landmark Christian
McDonald’s All-American
23.0
16.0

8.0

College
Kentucky
Declared for (’05) Draft, allowed to return to KEN
13.5
6.5
0.8
1.5

Pro
Undrafted FA
NYN (06-08) ATL (08-10)
1.9
1.4
0.1
0.1


(74) Games over (4) Seasons, now playing in Beijing




Hindsight is 20/20 Top 10
Other notables:
1
Dwight Howard (#1)
2
Rajon Rondo (#25)
3
Josh Smith (#3)
4
Al Jefferson (#4)
5
LaMarcus Aldridge (#16)
6
Rudy Gay (#5)
7
Joakim Noah (#75)
8
JR Smith (#8)
9
Glen Davis (#13)
10
Marvin Williams (#11)

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