Despite being drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft, Kobe Bryant turned into one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
The Lakers legend won five NBA titles, was named NBA Finals MVP twice, won MVP title once and was an All-Star eighteen times among other achievements. But, who were the players that the NBA teams decided to pick ahead of Kobe?
#1 Allen Iverson by the Philadelphia 76ers. Career stats: 26.7 points and 6.2 assists per game.
#2 Marcus Camby by Toronto Raptors. Career stats: 9.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.
#3 Shareef Abdur-Rahim by the Vancouver Grizzlies. Career stats: 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
#4 Stephon Marbury by the Milwaukee Bucks. Career stats: 19.3 points and 7.6 assists per game.
#5 Ray Allen by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Career stats: 18.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
#6 Antoine Walker by the Boston Celtics. Career stats: 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
#7 Lorenzen Wright by the Los Angeles Clippers. Career stats: 8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
#8 Kerry Kittles by the New Jersey Nets. Career stats: 14.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.6 assists per game.
#9 Samaki Walker by the Dallas Mavericks. Career stats: 5.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
#10 Erick Dampier by the Indiana Pacers. Career stats: 7.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
#11 Todd Fuller by the Golden State Warriors. Career stats: 3.7 points and 3 rebounds per game.
#12 Vitaly Potapenko by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Career stats: 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
#13 Kobe Bryant by the Charlotte Hornets. Career stats: 25 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.