The 1984 NBA Draft class is commonly referred to as the greatest of all-time. It’s members include such outstanding names as Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Stockton and Charles Barkley. Filip Bondy wrote an awesome book titled, Tip Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever, which chronicled the how’s, why’s and what if’s of that fateful June night over 30 years ago.
Tip Off is basically an incredibly detailed look at how each major player taken in the ’84 draft changed their franchises and the NBA as a whole. The biggest story is, of course, the Portland Trail Blazers taking Sam Bowie with the second pick over Michael Jordan. Bondy tries to look at it from all sides and explain Portland’s thinking at the time, but in the end he spells out just how costly that decision was. The book contains some excellent Barkley stories. It also goes into detail exactly how meteoric Stockton’s rise up the draft board was.
Any detailed story about a particular draft will bring to light thought provoking “what if” scenarios, but the subjects of this tale make them so much more interesting to think about. Any fan of the NBA would enjoy this book and the background of possibly the most important night in the league’s history.