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I love that guy like a father, Barkley told USA Today. It was awesome.

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Sporting News looks at the biggest missed opportunities in NBA Draft history team-by-team, from a Pistons pick that would have been smart but also may have cost them a title to a Wizards pick that might have made Michael Jordan’s playing days less painful.

We tried to keep perspective on what each player we called a bad choice offered his team. We also tried to be realistic about a player’s stock entering the night of the draft, so that we avoided cases such as every team passing on Manu Ginobili.

But we had fun with this look through NBA history. Flip through this gallery to see NBA icons in the jerseys they probably should have been wearing.

Among the other teams that have looked into trading up are the Sixers, Cavs, Bulls and Celtics, who might have to give up top rookie Jayson Tatum for a top-five pick, which is a non-starter for Boston.

As for the Clippers, if they wind up keeping their picks, there is a growing sense that Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has already been tabbed for one of the spots. UK forward Kevin Knox and Texas A&M center Robert Williams have drawn the most interest from the Clippers outside of Gilgeous-Alexander.

Of all the big-name players the Raptors could use as trade bait — Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan — and as much as the team is hoping to find a way to slip ahead of the Clippers to land Gilgeous-Alexander, their trade options are limited by too-hefty contracts and a center market that makes Valanciunas more valuable to Toronto than anything they’d get back.

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