10 Times the Brooklyn Nets missed on a superstar in the NBA Draft

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6. Tim Hardaway – 1989

Tim Hardaway was drafted 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors and ended up proving to be one of the best point guards in the league in no time with his ability to put up over 20 points and 10 assists on any given night.

Hardaway formed a trio with dubbed “TMC” with Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin during his early days in the Bay Area, as they took down David Robinson and the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round.

Hardaway was eventually moved to the Miami Heat in 1996, as he was able to lead them to the Eastern Conference Finals to face Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 1997 after dropping 38 points in the deciding game of a grueling seven-game series against the New York Knicks. However, the Bulls made quick work of them, as they eliminated them in five games.

For his career, Hardaway has been named to five All-NBA teams with a First Team selection in 1997 as well as three Second Team and one Third Team selections. He has been a part of five All-Star Games.

New Jersey ended up going with Mookie Blaylock two spots higher, as Blaylock carved out a pretty nice career for himself as a defensive-minded player; twice being named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team and four times being named to the Second Team during his time with the Atlanta Hawks in the 90s.

Blaylock averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 889 games for his career.