Minus Hakeem Olajuwon who was selected before Michael Jordan in the 84 National Basketball Association draft?
Sam Bowie (born March 17, 1961) was an American college basketball player who was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan. According to most, he will always be the guy that was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan.
But the second (No. 2) overall draft pick in the 1984 National Basketball Association (NBA) may have added another clause to his legacy. Bowie, whose 10-season NBA career was marred by leg injuries, says he lied about his injuries to the Portland Trail Blazers before the draft as he explained when he opened up for the documentary, "Going Big", which aired on Dec. 20, 2012, on channel ESPNU in the USA.
However, now a successful horse-owner in Lexington, Kentucky (home of the Kentucky Derby), USA, Sam Bowie never let his run of bad fortune with playing professional basketball in the NBA deflate his spirit, he has found, his, success and happiness.