DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) — The 1984 NBA Draft is widely considered the best draft ever, featuring names like Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton.
Also drafted by the Boston Celtics in the third round: University of Virginia guard Rick Carlisle.
Carlisle, who describes himself as having “marginal NBA ability” coming out of college, played alongside Larry Bird and appeared in three NBA Finals, winning one in 1986.
The 6-foot-5 guard wasn’t sure he would find a place in Boston, but a series of events allowed him to catch on with one of the great teams in NBA history.
“I was very, very fortunate,” said Carlisle on Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “The basketball gods aligned me at the right place at the right time.”