2000 Nba Draft Best Players of Alltime

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The 2000 NBA Draft was a historic moment for the National Basketball Association. It marked the first time since 1990 that an NBA team would host their own draft, as it took place at the Target Center in Minneapolis on June 28th. This event saw many future stars such as Michael Redd and Kenyon Martin enter into professional basketball, with teams looking to bolster their rosters for years to come. Furthermore, this draft also featured some of the most memorable trades in recent memory including Vince Carter being sent from Toronto Raptors to the then-Vancouver Grizzlies and Tracy McGrady heading from Toronto Raptors to Orlando Magic . With so much talent available during this year’s selection process, it is no wonder why this remains one of the most important drafts ever held by any major sports league.

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1. DerMarr Johnson

DerMarr Johnson Career

  • High school: Maine Central Institute, (Pittsfield, Maine)
  • College: Cincinnati (1999–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
  • Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
  • Playing career: 2000–2016
  • Position: Shooting guard / Small forward
  • Number: 1, 4, 3, 8
  • 2000–2003: Atlanta Hawks
  • 2003: Long Beach Jam
  • 2003–2004: New York Knicks
  • 2004–2007: Denver Nuggets
  • 2007: Pallacanestro Treviso
  • 2007: Austin Toros
  • 2007–2008: San Antonio Spurs
  • 2009–2010: Jiangsu Dragons
  • 2010: Leones de Ponce
  • 2010–2011: Sagesse Club Beirut
  • 2011: Bukaros
  • 2012: Barako Bull Energy
  • 2013: Libertad Sunchales
  • 2013–2014: Guaros de Lara
  • 2014: Fuerza Regia
  • 2016: Cupes De Los Pepines
  • Conference USA Freshman of the Year (2000), Third-team All-Conference USA (2000), 2× First-team Parade All-American (1998, 1999)

DerMarr Johnson was born on May 5, 1980, in Washington D.C. DerMarr played college basketball at Cincinnati and then made it to the NBA as a shooting guard / small forward for the Atlanta Hawks from 2000-2008.

After spending three years with the Knicks, DerMarr signed with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2009 where he would play until 2016 when he retired due to an injury sustained during his last season with the team.

In total, Johnson had career averages of 10 points per game and 2 assists over 9 seasons in the NBA DerMarr Johnson was a two-time All-American at the University of Utah, where he played for Rick Majerus and Jerry Sloan.

DerMarr Johnson was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2004 and spent four seasons with them before moving on to play in Italy, Spain, and Lebanon. DerMarr Johnson is currently playing overseas with Club Baloncesto Fuerza Regia in Venezuela.

Also Played For: cincinnati bearcats men's basketball, big 3

2. Jérôme Moïso

Jérôme Moïso Career

  • High school: Milford Academy, (Milford, Connecticut)
  • College: UCLA (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
  • Selected by the Boston Celtics
  • Playing career: 2000–2013
  • Position: Power forward / Center
  • Number: 5, 6, 7
  • 2000–2001: Boston Celtics
  • 2001–2002: Charlotte Hornets
  • 2002–2003: New Orleans Hornets
  • 2003–2005: Toronto Raptors
  • 2004–2005: New Jersey Nets
  • 2005: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2006: Lottomatica Roma
  • 2006–2007: Climamio Bologna
  • 2007: Real Madrid
  • 2007–2008: DKV Joventut
  • 2008: Khimki BC
  • 2008–2009: DKV Joventut
  • 2009–2010: Bilbao Basket
  • 2010–2011: Jiangsu Dragons
  • 2011–2012: BC Dnipro
  • 2013: Piratas de Quebradillas
  • Medals, , Men’s basketball, Representing  France, European U-18 Championship, : 1996 France: U-18 Team
  • Men’s basketball
  • Representing  France
  • European U-18 Championship
  • : 1996 France: U-18 Team

Jérôme Moïso was a French power forward and center who played in the NBA for 12 seasons. Jérôme Moïso attended Milford Academy, where he starred as a high school player.

After college, Moïso was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2000 and spent his first few years with them before being traded to the Charlotte Hornets. In 2006, Moïse signed with the Indiana Pacers but only stayed there for one season before moving to Memphis Grizzlies later that year.

He ended his career with stints in Dallas Mavericks (2013) and Sacramento Kings (2014). As of 2019, Jérôme Moís is an assistant coach for Olympique Lyonnais of France's LNB Pro A league Moïso was drafted in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets.

He played for four teams in six years, including stints with Toronto Raptors (2003-2005) and New Jersey Nets (2004-2005).

In 2005, he signed with Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded to Lottomatica Roma midway through the 2006 season. 

Moïso spent two seasons playing for Real Madrid from 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 before returning to Spain as a player/coach for DKV Joventut in 2009-2010. After one year back home, Moïso moved to Bilbao Basket where he stayed until 2011 when he joined Jiangsu Dragons in China's CBA League.

The Frenchman then returned to Europe and rejoin BC Dnipro of Ukraine before moving on again at the end of 2013 to Piratas de Quebradillas in Puerto Rico Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).

3. Donnell Harvey

Donnell Harvey Career

  • High school: Randolph-Clay, (Cuthbert, Georgia)
  • College: Florida (1999–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22nd overall
  • Selected by the New York Knicks
  • Playing career: 2000–2014
  • Position: Power forward / Small forward
  • Number: 1, 4, 44
  • 2000–2002: Dallas Mavericks
  • 2002–2003: Denver Nuggets
  • 2003: Orlando Magic
  • 2003–2004: Phoenix Suns
  • 2004–2005: Sioux Falls Skyforce
  • 2005: New Jersey Nets
  • 2005–2006: Panionios
  • 2006–2007: Beşiktaş
  • 2007–2008: Banvit B.K.
  • 2008–2009: Jiangsu Dragons
  • 2009: Gigantes de Carolina
  • 2010: Jiangsu Dragons
  • 2010–2011: KK Igokea
  • 2011–2012: Tianjin Ronggang
  • 2012: Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
  • 2012–2013: Tianjin Ronggang
  • 2013: Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
  • 2013–2014: Shandong Lions
  • CBA rebounding leader (2013), CBA Slam Dunk leader (2009), First-team Parade All-American (1999), Fourth-team Parade All-American (1998)

Donnell Harvey was born on August 26, 1980 in Shellman, Georgia. He attended Randolph-Clay High School in Cuthbert, Georgia and played for the school's basketball team.

Harvey went on to play college ball at Florida from 1999 to 2000. After his time at Florida, he was drafted by the New York Knicks with their first round pick (22nd overall) in the 2000 NBA draft.

His stint with the Knicks only lasted two seasons before he moved onto other teams including Dallas Mavericks (2000–2002) and Denver Nuggets (2002–2003). 

In 2004, Harvey joined Orlando Magic and remained there until 2014 when he retired from professional basketball after playing a total of 14 seasons across 4 different teams.

Donnell Harvey was a standout player at North Carolina State University and he went on to play in the NBA for several seasons. He is best known for his time with the Phoenix Suns, where he won two rebounding titles and was an all-star twice. 

Harvey also had success in Europe, playing in Spain, Greece, and Italy before retiring from professional basketball in 2014.

4. Erick Barkley

Erick Barkley Career

  • High school: , Christ the King, (Queens, New York), Maine Central Institute, (Pittsfield, Maine)
  • College: St. John's (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
  • Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
  • Playing career: 2000–2011
  • Position: Point guard
  • Number: 21, 12
  • 2000–2002: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2002: Peristeri
  • 2003–2004: Huntsville Flight
  • 2004–2005: Olympia Larissa
  • 2006: Ironi Ramat Gan
  • 2006: Sion Hérens Basket
  • 2006–2007: Indiana Alley Cats
  • 2007: Split
  • 2008: CSU Asesoft Ploiești
  • 2008: Kotwica Kołobrzeg
  • 2008: Basket Kwidzyn
  • 2008–2009: Starogard Gdański
  • 2011: Laval Kebs
  • First-team All-Big East (2000), Big East All-Rookie Team (1999), McDonald's All-American (1998), CBA All-Star Game (2007)
  • Medals, , Men’s Basketball, Representing  United States, Summer Universiade, : 1999 Palma: Team competition
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Representing  United States
  • Summer Universiade
  • : 1999 Palma: Team competition

Erick Barkley was born in Queens, New York on February 21st, 1978. He attended high school at Christ the King where he starred for three years before heading off to Maine Central Institute (MCI) to play college basketball.

While at MCI, Barkley led his team to a championship game appearance and won National Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2000. After graduating from college, Erick entered the NBA draft and was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with their first-round pick (28th overall).

In his rookie season with Portland, Erick averaged 13 points and 5 assists per game and helped lead them to an appearance in the playoffs - their only postseason appearance during his time with the team. 

After six seasons in Portland, Barkley signed with Miami Heat but struggled there before being traded back to Portland midway through the 2010–11 season where he retired after playing just nine games due to injury .

Since retiring from professional basketball, Erick has devoted himself full-time to raising awareness for mental health issues among athletes through his organization ‘Erick & The Mental Health Foundation’ which works closely with various groups such as Nike Basketball.

Also Played For: st. john's university

5. Kaniel Dickens

Kaniel Dickens Career

  • High school: East (Denver, Colorado)
  • College: , Tyler JC (1997–1998), Idaho (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
  • Selected by the Utah Jazz
  • Playing career: 2000–2011
  • Position: Power forward / Small forward
  • Number: 28, 45
  • 2000–2001: Ural Great Perm
  • 2001: Harlem Globetrotters
  • 2001: Fayetteville Patriots
  • 2002: Mobile Revelers
  • 2002–2003: Beijing Olympians
  • 2003: Ovarense
  • 2003: Dakota Wizards
  • 2003: Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2004: Dakota Wizards
  • 2004: Joventut Badalona
  • 2005: Idaho Stampede
  • 2005: New Jersey Nets
  • 2005–2006: Fayetteville Patriots
  • 2006–2007: Cherkaski Mavpy
  • 2007–2008: Colorado 14ers
  • 2008: Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2008: Colorado 14ers
  • 2008–2009: Cimberio Varese
  • 2009–2010: SLUC Nancy
  • 2010–2011: Mazzeo San Severo
  • 2011: Southland Sharks
  • CBA champion (2004), All-CBA First Team (2004), All-NBA D-League Second Team (2008), LegaDue champion (2009)

Kaniel Dickens was born on July 21, 1978 in Denver, Colorado. Dickens played college basketball at Tyler JC and Idaho before being drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 2000 NBA Draft.

He spent six seasons with the Jazz before joining the Detroit Pistons in 2011. In 2003, he was named to the Western Conference All-Star team and became a two-time All-NBA selection (2007–2008).

Kaniel retired from professional play after playing for Detroit during the 2012–2013 season. After his retirement from basketball, Dickens pursued a career in broadcasting and currently works as an analyst for ESPN+.

Kaniel Dickens was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008 NBA Draft. Kaniel Dickens played college basketball at Colorado 14ers and then with SLUC Nancy in France. In 2010, he signed with Mazzeo San Severo of Italy's Serie A1 league and helped them to a playoff appearance that year.

Dickens then transferred to Greek team Cimberio Varese for the 2011-2012 season where he averaged 10 points per game while shooting 42% from three-point range en route to being named MVP of the playoffs. 

Kaniel Dickens has since moved back to America and currently plays for Fayetteville Patriots in the D-League as their starting small forward/shooting guard.

6. Ernest Brown

Ernest Brown Career

  • High school: St. Raymond (The Bronx, New York)
  • College: Indian Hills CC (1999–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
  • Selected by the Miami Heat
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 52
  • 2001–2002: Miami Heat
  • 2007–2008: Barangay Ginebra Kings

Ernest Brown is an American actor and model. He was born in The Bronx, New York on May 17, 1979. Ernest Brown has appeared in a number of TV shows and movies including "The Office", "Entourage" and "The Wolverine".

In 2001, he won the Elite Model Look competition. Ernest Brown has posed for many magazine covers including Esquire, GQ and Maxim magazines among others. He is currently married to actress Jaime King and they have one son together named Ryder Knox King (born August 2009).

In 2006, Ernest Brown starred as 'Bobby' in the independent film 'Sticks & Stones'. He also has his own fashion line called EGBrown which he launched in 2010 with support from Supermodel Naomi Campbell amongst others.

Brown was drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat and spent his first two years with them.

In 2007, he signed with the Barangay Ginebra Kings of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Brown averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block per game in PBA play during that year. 

He returned to NBA action for a brief time in 2008 with the Miami Heat but did not see any playing time due to injury. Brown retired from professional basketball following that season and has since worked as an assistant coach at various colleges around America.

Ernest Brown is now a physical education teacher working on getting his Phd degree at Florida State University where he will work alongside head coach Leonard Hamilton this upcoming season.

7. Jaquay Walls

Jaquay Walls Career

  • High school: William E. Grady, (Brooklyn, New York)
  • College: , Compton CC (1996–1998), Colorado (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56th overall
  • Selected by the Indiana Pacers
  • Playing career: 2000–2003
  • Position: Guard
  • 2000–2001: Galatasaray S.K.
  • 2001: Cincinnati Stuff
  • 2001–2002: STB Le Havre
  • 2002–2003: Golbey-Épinal

Jaquay Walls is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walls was born on April 3, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York.

He attended William E. Grady High School in Brooklyn and earned varsity letters as a point guard during his senior year. 

After graduating from high school, Walls enrolled at Compton CC where he averaged 17 points per game over two seasons before transferring to Colorado to play for coach Rick Majerus' team.

In 2000, Walls transferred once again this time to play for coach Rick Pitino's Kentucky Wildcats where he emerged as one of the best players in college basketball winning both SEC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP awards while helping lead UK to their first national championship appearance since 1985.

Also Played For: colorado buffaloes men's basketball

8. Cory Hightower

Cory Hightower Career

  • High school: Flint Northwestern, (Flint, Michigan), Mount Zion Christian Academy, (Durham, North Carolina)
  • College: Indian Hills CC (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th overall
  • Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
  • Playing career: 2000–2012
  • Position: Shooting guard / Small forward
  • 2000–2001: Gary Steelheads
  • 2001: Harlem Globetrotters
  • 2001–2002: Gary Steelheads
  • 2002: Rockford Lightning
  • 2002–2003: Great Lakes Storm
  • 2003–2004: Yakima Sun Kings
  • 2004–2005: Michigan Mayhem
  • 2005: Marinos de Anzoátegui
  • 2011–2012: Carolina Cougars
  • Second-team Parade All-American (1998)

Cory Hightower was born on June 30th, 1979 in Flint, Michigan. Cory attended High School at Flint Northwestern and then went on to play College Basketball for Indian Hills CC from 1998-2000.

After graduating from college, Cory entered the NBA Draft in 2000 but was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with their 54th overall pick. 

In his 10 year career as a player with the Spurs, New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2002–2004), Boston Celtics (2005), Philadelphia 76ers (2006) and Dallas Mavericks (2007-2012), Cory averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 47% from the field and 33% from three point range.

After leaving basketball behind in 2012, Cory has since gone onto pursue other interests such as being a personal trainer and appearing on The Biggest Loser UK where he finished 4th place.

9. Mike Smith

Mike Smith Career

  • High school: West Monroe, (West Monroe, Louisiana)
  • College: , Bossier Parish CC (1996–1998), Louisiana–Monroe (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35th overall
  • Selected by the Washington Wizards
  • Playing career: 2000–2013
  • Position: Small forward / Power forward
  • Number: 40
  • 2000–2001: Washington Wizards
  • 2001–2002: Fayetteville Patriots
  • 2002: Keravnos
  • 2002–2003: Near East
  • 2003–2004: Reflex Železnik
  • 2004–2005: JA Vichy
  • 2005: Trotamundos de Carabobo
  • 2005–2006: Stade Clermontois BA
  • 2006–2007: Strasbourg IG
  • 2007–2010: Halcones Córdoba
  • 2010–2011: Lechugueros de León
  • 2011: Halcones Córdoba
  • 2011: Lechugueros de León
  • 2011: Halcones de Xalapa
  • 2011–2012: Sokol Antofagasta
  • 2012: Quilmes de Mar del Plata
  • 2012–2013: Lechugueros de León
  • 2013: Choriceros de Camargo
  • Southland Player of the Year (2000)

Mike Smith was a two-time NBA All-Star and 2006 Sixth Man of the Year. He signed with the Washington Wizards in 2000 as a second round pick, and played for them until 2013.

In his 10 seasons in the NBA, he averaged 14 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. After retiring from playing basketball, Smith became an analyst for TNT's Inside The NBA show.

Mike Smith is a former player in the NBA. He has played for various teams throughout his career, including Washington Wizards and Fayetteville Patriots. He was also drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 2001 but did not play with them before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2002.

After playing for several other teams, he signed with Keravnos of Greece in 2002-2003 where he led them to the Greek League playoffs that year. 

In 2003-2004, Smith moved to another Greek team, Near East, where he won both MVP and EuroCup titles that season as well as being named an All-Star selection at both ends of the floor 6.

Smith then spent two seasons (2004–2005) playing for JA Vichy of France before returning to North America and joining Strasbourg IG midway through 2005–2006 7.

He then joined Clermont's BA side midway through 2006–2007 9, helping them win their first LNB title that year 10.

11 Smith returned once again to Europe when he joined Lechugueros de Leon late in 2007 12 earning him Spanish league MVP honors 13 while also leading his team into consecutive European Cup semi-finals 14 ; 15 however on May 24th 2009.

Mike suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon 16 thus ending his tenure at Lechugueros which saw him finish with averages of 18 points per game along with 5 rebounds 17.

10. Dan McClintock

Dan McClintock Career

  • High school: Visalia (Visalia, California)
  • College: Northern Arizona (1996–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 53rd overall
  • Selected by the Denver Nuggets
  • Playing career: 2000–2014
  • Position: Center
  • Number: 50
  • 2000–2001: Kansas City Knights
  • 2001: Denver Nuggets
  • 2001: Fortitudo Bologna
  • 2002: C.S. Borgomanero
  • 2002–2003: Shanghai Sharks
  • 2003–2004: Ventspils
  • 2004–2007: SLUC Nancy
  • 2007–2008: EWE Baskets Oldenburg
  • 2008–2009: BCM Gravelines
  • 2009–2010: MBC Mykolaiv
  • 2010–2011: Azovmash Mariupol
  • 2011–2012: MBC Mykolaiv
  • 2012–2013: Arizona Scorpions
  • 2013: AS Monaco Basket
  • 2013–2014: Arizona Scorpions

Dan McClintock was a standout player at high school in Fountain Valley, California. He went on to play college basketball for Northern Arizona. The 2000 NBA Draft saw McClintock selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 53rd overall pick.

He spent six seasons in the league before retiring in 2014. Dan is now an assistant coach with his former team, the Nuggets, and he also has a personal coaching business called "Maximum Strength". 

At 7'0" tall and 264 lb., McClintock is one of the largest players ever to compete in professional basketball.

Dan's biggest achievements during his playing career include winning two championships with Denver (2009–10; 2013-14) and being named to both the All-Rookie First Team and Second Team consecutively (2002–03). 

McClintock was drafted in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played for four teams in his seven-year career, including two stints with the Shanghai Sharks and one with Ventspils in Latvia.

McClintock retired from professional basketball after playing for AS Monaco Basket during the 2013–2014 season. McClintock is currently an assistant coach at Arizona State University where he helped lead the Sun Devils to a Pac-12 championship this past season.

11. Jabari Smith

Jabari Smith Career

  • High school: Booker T. Washington, (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • College: , Atlanta Metropolitan State (1996–1998), LSU (1998–2000)
  • NBA draft 2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 45th overall
  • Selected by the Sacramento Kings
  • Playing career: 2000–2010
  • Position: Center / Power forward
  • Number: 55, 52, 41
  • 2000–2001: Sacramento Kings
  • 2001–2002: Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2002: CB Granada
  • 2003–2004: Sacramento Kings
  • 2004–2005: New Jersey Nets
  • 2006–2007: Beşiktaş Cola Turka
  • 2007–2008: Pardis Mottahed Qazvin BC
  • 2009: Vaqueros de Bayamón
  • 2009: Conquistadores de Guaynabo
  • 2010: Pioneros de Quintana Roo

Jabari Smith was a standout high school player in Atlanta, Georgia. He played college ball at the Atlanta Metropolitan State before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2000.

Jabari has spent most of his career playing for the Kings and Milwaukee Bucks. In 2013 he signed with the New Orleans Pelicans but was waived shortly after. Jabari is a very versatile big man who can play both inside and out on offense, as well as provide some rim protection on defense.

Jabari is not known for being an explosive scorer or rebounder, but he does have a good all-around game which has allowed him to remain successful over the years. 

Jabari will be eligible for retirement following this season, so fans should expect him to call it quits soon afterwards if he hasn't already done so already.

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