After the retirements of Jason Kidd and Grant Hill, the two players that won the Rookie of the Year award in 1995 together, the list of currently active players in the NBA, who got drafted in the 90s, got even shorter. As a matter of fact, there were some more retirements of players drafted in the 90s after Hill and Kidd, like Tracy McGrady and Juan Howard. Some other players, like Jerry Stackhouse haven’t yet retired, but haven’t yet signed with a team for the 2013-2014 season. Let’s take a glimpse at the best active players in the NBA, who were drafted during that decade.
Bryant is arguably the best and most successful player who got drafted in the 90s. Despite his severe torn Achilles injury, Bryant is still dominant and is usually in the discussions for the MVP of the season. Bryant is of course one of the best players the league has ever since and he is expected to be spectacular this season, too, as soon as his rehabilitation process ends.
KG is another dominant player, who got drafted in the 90s and more specifically in 1995, as the fifth overall pick. KG won the NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and he will be contending for another ring this season with the Brooklyn Nets. At the age of 36 last season, he was selected as an All-Star, something he is expected to repeat this season, too.
Tim Duncan from the San Antonio Spurs is not just one of the best players that were drafted in the 90s, but also one of the best centers in the league. Duncan is 37 years old but his performance is better than lot of players who are a decade or even younger than him. He still has great energy in his game and of course is one of the craftiest centers in the league.
If we are talking about specialists in the NBA, then Ray Allen will always be in the discussion. Allen is one of the best shooters to ever play in the NBA and he continues to showcase his value whenever he is on court, wearing the Miami Heat uniform.
Although Dirk Nowitzki’s performance dropped last season, he is still considered as one of the premier forwards in the NBA. Nowitzki is arguably the best European player to ever play in the league and although the Dallas Mavericks are not competitive this season, he continues to do what he does best with passion, hitting jumpers.
Another San Antonio Spur, Manu Ginobili, was also drafted in the 90s and more particularly in 1999. After a devastating loss in the 2013 NBA Finals, there was much speculation about a potential retirement from the Argentinian ace. However, he will be back and will compete for yet another ring together with Duncan and Tony Parker this season. Despite his struggles, he is still considered as one of the best sixth-men in the league.