Pick/Year: No. 3/1998
Team: Denver Nuggets
Players passed over: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter
Stats (years in the league): 10.1 PPG 6.1 RPG 1.6 BPG (1998-2009)
After a spectacular four-year career at Kansas where he was twice named a first team All-American, LaFrentz seemed like a sure thing to the Denver Nuggets. Not only was he a reliable rebounder and shot-blocker in college, but he also had a nice stroke from behind the arc that helped to stretch out any opposing defense. Some of those qualities would shine in the NBA, but they never looked as good as one particular power forward who was selected after him, Dirk Nowitzki. Everything that LaFrentz could do, Dirk could do better and then some. And while LaFrentz bounced around the league before retiring in 2009, Dirk has gone on to become arguably one of the top 25 players of all-time.