Baltimore's best in NBA

June 29, 2007|By MILTON KENT

Top 10 careers of NBA-drafted Baltimore players:

1. Sam Cassell Taken No. 24 overall in the 1993 draft by Houston

Cassell has parlayed a sweet mid-range jumper and court awareness into two NBA titles and more than 15,000 career points in 14 seasons. The Dunbar graduate was named second-team All-NBA and selected for the All-Star Game in the 2003-04 season.

2. Carmelo Anthony Taken No. 3 overall in the 2003 draft by Denver

The silky-smooth Towson Catholic graduate finished second in the league in scoring last season, and is only a consistent jumper and a championship away from breaking through into LeBron James-Dwyane Wade territory.

3. Reggie Lewis Taken No.22 overall in the 1987 draft by Boston

The only Celtic to record 100 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocked shots in a single season, Lewis, a Dunbar graduate, was a gifted forward who replaced Larry Bird as Boston's captain. He died at 27 of a heart condition.

4. Gene Shue Taken No. 3 overall in the 1954 draft by Philadelphia

Shue, who, like Anthony, went to Towson Catholic, is far better known for his career at Maryland and for coaching the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, the team with the worst record in NBA history. But Shue was a valuable contributor off the bench for four teams, averaging 14.4 points a game over his 11-year career.

5. Reggie Williams Taken No. 4 overall in the 1987 draft by the Los Angeles Clippers

Williams, a Dunbar graduate, had the best of his 10 NBA seasons in Denver. Nicknamed "Silk," the small forward possessed a sweet stroke, hitting 44 percent of his field-goal attempts and 78 percent of his free throws for his career.

6. Juan Dixon Taken No. 17 overall in the 2002 draft by Washington

The Calvert Hall graduate's career path hasn't been an easy one, but Dixon, now with the Toronto Raptors, has carved out a niche as a solid third guard who can force tempo off the bench, get steals and score points in bunches, albeit occasionally streakily.

7. Muggsy Bogues Taken No. 12 overall in the 1987 draft by Washington

At 5 feet 3, Bogues is the shortest player ever to play in the NBA. The Dunbar graduate remains the Hornets' franchise career leader in assists, steals and minutes played, and coached the defunct Charlotte Sting of the WNBA.

8. David Wingate Taken No. 44 overall in the 1986 draft by Philadelphia

Wingate, the fourth member of the 1981 Dunbar national championship team to be drafted, parlayed his defensive skill into a 15-year professional career spent with six NBA teams.

9. Marvin Webster Taken No. 3 overall in the 1975 draft by Atlanta

Dubbed "The Human Eraser" in his days at Morgan State, the former Edmondson star started at center for Seattle in the 1977-78 season, the year the SuperSonics lost to the Washington Bullets in the NBA Finals. Webster blocked 829 shots in his nine-year NBA career.

10. Dudley Bradley Taken No. 13 overall in the 1979 draft by Indiana

Bradley, an Edgewood graduate, banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to win Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round game for the Bullets, who erased a 17-point deficit against the 76ers. It was the highlight of a nine-year NBA career.

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