Though the 1998-99 season was shortened by a lockout, it was the debut of a NBA Draft class with at least two future Hall of Famers, several All-Stars, and a bunch of other notable NBA players.
It’s not as heralded as the 1996 NBA Draft, but the 1998 Draft has proven to be one of the best in NBA history.
Olowokandi never lived up to expectations as a No. 1 pick. He has stayed off the radar since retiring in 2007 and earning $38 million.
Bibby had a very successful career, retiring after 14 seasons in 2012. Today, he coaches his son at Shadow Mountain High School in Arizona.
Jamison was a two-time All-Star and retired in 2014 after playing for six different teams. Today Jamison is a TV analyst for the Lakers.
Carter is currently with the Memphis Grizzlies. He has been an All-Star eight times during his 17-year career.
Robert Traylor, the 6th pick in the draft, died of a heart attack in 2011 after seven NBA seasons. He was 34.
Williams retired in 2011. He played overseas in 2014, and video recently surfaced of him playing at a rec league.
Hughes played for eight teams over 13 years. He has a production company and a foundation that helps families with organ and tissue donors.
Nowitzki was traded to the Mavericks on draft night. He has played 17 seasons and is the Mavs' all-time leading scorer.
Pierce has played 17 seasons, now with the Washington Wizards. He's 16th all-time in scoring in the NBA.
Wells played 10 seasons in the NBA. He got a degree in general studies in 2014 and wants to pursue a coaching career.
Doleac is now a science teacher and strength and conditioning trainee for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He also competes in CrossFit challenges.
Clark played six years in the NBA. In 2013 he was sentenced to eight years in jail after pleading guilty to DUI and gun possession charges.
Drew played six seasons in the NBA and is now the head coach of Valparaiso University men's basketball.
Nesterovic played 11 seasons in the NBA. In 2014, he was named secretary general of the Slovenian Basketball Association.
Turkcan only played 17 games in the NBA, but went on to have a legendary career in Turkey. He retired in 2012 as the Euroleague's all-time leading rebounder.
McLeod played four seasons in the NBA and now coaches high school basketball at Johnson Ferry Christian Academy in Georgia.
Lopez played four seasons in the NBA. He now runs a Christian foundation in the Bronx and works with USA Basketball to develop youth basketball clinics.
After four years in the NBA, Jacobson played one year in Italy and was working at a Minnesota basketball clinic as of 2009.
Stepania retired after six years and has since gotten a degree from New York University and experimented with coaching at several levels.
Benjamin played four seasons in the NBA and is now a basketball trainer and a mentor at several elementary schools.
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