NBA Draft History: The Best and Worst Draft Lottery Picks of All Time

Francisco RiveraCorrespondent IMay 2, 2012

NBA Draft History: The Best and Worst Draft Lottery Picks of All Time

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    The NBA draft lottery can either make or break an NBA franchise. A team can significantly improve itself or perish in the bowels of its conference based on the selection year by year.

    Since 1985, the NBA draft lottery has created a yearly buzz and most definitely has affected the outcome of team success in past years.

    Some players have gone on to become some of the top 50 players of all time, while others have achieved the franchise's biggest bust title. Either way, every year a new crop of hopefuls from all over the world will have their names called with the hopes that they will help take their respective teams to the next level.

    Let's explore the NBA's lottery history and see how the best and worst pick fared from selection Nos. 1-14. From 1985 to 1988, there were only seven picks. That total increased to nine picks in 1989, and from 1990 to 1994 it went up to 11 picks. From 1995 to 2003 it increased to 13 picks, and it has been at 14 picks since 2004.

    On the last page is a list of all the draft picks for you (the reader) to see each and every pick.

No. 14: Rebounder Supreme Snags the Top Spot

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    14.  Kris Humphries (Utah Jazz), 2004

    With all the hoopla surrounding Humphries and his now ex-wife Kim Kardashian, you almost forget that the 6'9" power forward has become one of the finest rebounders in the league over the last two years. It seems he was the beneficiary of going to a place that gave him the opportunity to play 20-plus minutes.

    During his stays in Utah (Carlos Boozer), Toronto (Chris Bosh) and Dallas (Dirk Nowitzki), that wasn't going to happen, and with the Nets he became a double-double machine.

    While the competition at pick 14 wasn't the greatest with the Bulls' Ronnie Brewer being his closest competition, Humphries will lay claim to being pick 14's top gun until further notice.

     

    Biggest Bust: Earl Clark (Phoenix Suns), 2009

    Clark has statistically failed to justify his lottery selection by averaging a paltry three points throughout his four years in the league. His shooting has not warranted him getting playing time with the Suns or the Orlando Magic this year.

No. 13: Black Mamba Runs Things at the 13th Spot

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    13th Pick: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers via Charlotte Hornets), 1996

    After what will go down as one of the best draft-day trades of all time, Kobe Bryant willed his way to becoming at least the second-best player of all time. Vlade Divac was a heck of a player, but after you look at Kobe's body of work, there is little to talk about.

    The player now known as "Black Mamba" made this trade truly lopsided and the best one the Lakers have ever made.

    Bryant wasted no time showing off what he could to the rest of the league while laying claim as the best No. 13 pick of all time. Bryant is a 14-time All-Star and a nine-time first-team All-NBA and All-Defensive selection, along with winning five championships.

    Kobe's ability to finish games and opponents is second to none, and at 33 he consistently shows how his game has grown in all aspects.

    The question is, what awards hasn't Kobe won? He won a slam dunk contest back in 1997, NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010 and somehow was only the league MVP once in 2008.

    Other notables at No. 13 pick were Corey Maggette and Richard Jefferson, who have had admirable  and lengthy careers in the NBA.

     

    Biggest Bust: Marcus Haislip (Milwaukee Bucks) 2002

    Three teams and a mere 3.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game gets you one thing: a one-way ticket out of the league.

    The former Tennessee Volunteer just couldn't find his niche in the NBA.

No. 12: The NBA's Real Unlucky Number

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    12th Pick: Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers), 2007

    The 23-year-old lefty has been very consistent in his five years in the NBA, with a scoring average of about 13 points. Playing on balanced teams hasn't allowed Young the breakout stats that many are looking for from the New Orleans native.

    Young has become a strong defender in the league while being a great slasher who gets to the basket well, both in half-court sets and in transition.

    Being a youngster will interest many as he heads into free agency. Young could see a healthy payday from a team in need of a player looking for more opportunities in the near future. With some more touches or a different situation, Young can make it difficult for future 12th picks to come even close.

    What also helps Young's case is that the 12th pick can be viewed as the unlucky pick in the lottery's history, due to the slew of players who did little to warrant their selection.

    Not to rain on Mr. Young's parade here, but here at the 12th pick are some of the many names that have had little impact in the NBA: Yaroslav Korolev (2005), Robert Swift (2004), Melvin Ely (2002), Aleksandar Radojevic (1999) and Cherokee Parks (1995) were busts in their own rights.

    Another portion of this underachieving number includes Hilton Armstrong (2006), Etan Thomas (2000), Vladamir Radmanovic (2001), Michael Doleac (1998), Austin Croshere (1997) and Vitaly Potapenko (1996), who all averaged fewer than eight points a game and did very little to show the rest of the league they belonged in it for more than a few years, even though some remained role players for quite some time.

     

    Biggest Bust: Yaroslav Korolev (LA Clippers), 2005

    The foreign big man failed to do much of anything for his new NBA team, averaging one point and less than one rebound before they gave him his walking papers after two years.

    The next coming of the Russian rocket was a real dud.

No. 11: Pick 11 Produced This Sweet Shooter

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    Pick 11: Allan Houston (Detroit Pistons), 1993

    The coach's son came into the league and showed others why it's cool to stay in school, as Houston was the Tennessee Volunteers' all-time leading scorer while playing under his dad in college.

    Once in the NBA, it wasn't long before the league realized how much of a weapon he was a shooter and scorer. Almost 15,000 points later (while shooting over 40 percent from three-point range), it's safe to say Houston showed his true worth. 

    The Knicks threw a boatload of money his way, and even under the high pressure of playing in New York, Houston responded by averaging over 20 points per game. Though injuries plagued him late in his career, he was a model citizen and the best pure shooter the Knicks or Pistons have ever had.

    Houston was one of the main reasons the Knicks went deep into the playoffs during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

    Overall, he was a great model of consistency and young players should watch him and learn how the game is played under the rim as well as above it. Other notables at pick No. 11 are Robert "Mr. Big Shot" Horry and Terrell Brandon.

     

    Biggest Bust: Jerome Moiso (Boston Celtics), 2000

    After winning a national championship at UCLA, the supposed next coming of Stacey Augmon did little in the NBA, putting up averages of 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds for five teams in five years. It seemed as if he could never find his shot or his defense in his brief stay in the NBA.

    Fran Vazquez gets some consideration at this spot, but he hasn't played in the big show, so the bottom spot goes to Moiso.

No. 10: "The Truth" Holds Down the 10 Spot

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    Pick 10: Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), 1998

    One of the few players that have stayed with the same team over the duration of their career is Paul Pierce—and for good reason.

    After a stellar college career at Kansas, Pierce has started for the Celtics his whole career and has never looked back. His career averages of around 22 points, six rebounds and four assists show a level of consistency matched by few over the life of their careers.

    During his tenure as a Celtic, Pierce has looked to to hit big shots, and he has done so with great frequency. The 10-time All-Star and NBA champion in 2008 has been a force at his position with his herky-jerky game that seems to baffle even the best defenders; Pierce just knows how to create space to get his shot off.

    It's amazing that he has accomplished so much after being stabbed 11 times in 2000 and undergoing lung surgery, only to play all 82 games in the following season.

    Another notable at pick 10 was Andrew Bynum, who may have a chance to catch Pierce if he keeps improving at such a young age and showing true signs of dominance. In addition, Joe Johnson and Jason Terry have had very strong careers in the NBA.

     

    Biggest Bust: Mouhamed Saer Sene (Seattle Supersonics), 2006

    They say you have to be risky and draft for size at times, but this was not the guy. After three years and two franchises, the 6'11", 230-pound center from Senegal was out of the league after averaging a mere 2.2 points and 1.6 rebounds.

    Size didn't matter in this case.

No. 9: In Dirk We Trust

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    Pick 9: Dirk Nowitzki (Milwaukee Bucks traded to Dallas Mavericks), 1998

    In yet another draft day steal, the Mavericks hijacked Dirk from the Bucks for Robert "Tractor" Traylor. With Don Nelson smiling all the way, Nowitzki went on to become the greatest-shooting seven-foot big man of all time.

    The 11-time All-Star started slowly and then saw all his game grow year by year until he was almost unstoppable. He is the owner of a turnaround fadeaway move that even an eight-footer would struggle to defend.

    While his stats were dominant, he also learned how to will his team to a championship in 2011, his 13th year in the league. He earned the NBA Finals MVP and proved to his critics that he can carry his team if needed.

    Dirk learned to become a stronger post player, and that took him over the hump. Over a seven-year period, he was either first- or second-team All-NBA, showing he was truly one of the best at his position.

    Another player that made noise at pick No. 9 was Amar'e Stoudemire, who, if not slowed by injuries, would have created a nice argument. Also, Andre Iguodala, Shawn Marion and Tracy McGrady have had strong careers in the league from the ninth pick.

     

    Biggest Bust: Patrick O'Bryant (Golden State Warriors), 2006

    This was another case of "I hope this seven-footer can be good" that went painfully wrong. O'Bryant came out of Bradley and did virtually nothing to convince NBA brass that he had a career in the league after averaging 2.1 points and 1.4 rebounds for three teams in four years.

    This was a case of, "See you later; don't call us, we'll call you," for the big man.

No. 8: Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

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    Pick 8: Rudy Gay (Houston Rockets traded pick to Memphis Grizzlies for Shane Battier), 2006

    Rudy has set himself up for a long and successful career as a member of the Grizzles, who recently signed him to a lengthy contract. The ultra-athletic graduate of UConn has settled in nicely in the NBA to the tune of almost 18 points, six rebounds and two assists per game.

    Playing on a team with many solid players, Gay has learned to play the game with greater passion and has improved on multiple aspects of the game to take his team to the next level. If he continues his growth, the All-Star appearances and more postseason victories will start to come his way with some frequency.

    Vin Baker, Kerry Kittles, Jamal Crawford and Andre Miller are some names that made some noise form the eighth spot, but none worthy of challenging the young Rudy Gay.

     

    Biggest Bust: Rafael Araujo (Toronto Raptors), 2004

    The eighth pick will go down as another unlucky number, because there was a large handful of other busts at this pick. Mark Macon (1991), Bo Kimble (1990), DeSagana Diop (2001) and Joe Alexander (2008) were serious flops in the NBA.

    The true winner here is Araujo, who, at 6'11" and 270 pounds, was expected to be a force in the paint after a successful college career at BYU. What he gave the Raptors was a paltry 2.8 points and a matching 2.8 rebounds in his three-year tenure.

    The big Brazilian has not been seen in the league since his less-than-average performance.

No. 7: Mullin the Gym Rat Reigns Supreme

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    Pick 7: Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors), 1985

    Mullin is a player who willed his way to be great through hard work. He holds down the No. 7 spot.

    While there was some great talent at pick No. 7 over the last 27 years, none of the draftees' bodies of work could compare to Mullin's. The 6'7" lefty small forward had a career average of over 18 points a game, which would have been much higher if Mullin had not stayed two years too long, where he scored only five points a game.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y. native might not have been the best athlete, but he caused fits to those who tried to defend him with his ability to go left or right, along with a perfect shooting form that rarely let him down. The five-time All-Star averaged over 25 points per game for five years in a row.

    He will always be remembered for being part of Run-TMC, a three-man wrecking machine consisting of Mullin, Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway. The Hall of Fame forward was slowed somewhat by various injuries, but kids nowadays should watch his old footage and learn how to shoot the ball.

    Other notables at pick here at No. 7 are Kevin Johnson (1987), Richard Hamilton (1999) and Nene Hilario (2002).  

     

    Biggest Bust: Bobby Hurley (Sacramento Kings), 1993

    After leading Duke to back-to-back titles, it seemed that the young Hurley was destined for success at the next level. Unfortunately, a near fatal car accident curtailed those thoughts and limited Hurley's game to the point where he averaged only 3.8 points and 3.3 assists per game over six years.

No. 6: Kenny the Jet Takes off

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    Pick 6: Kenny Smith (Sacramento Kings) 1987

    While his overall numbers don't wow you, his play on the court did, and that is one of the main reasons he mans the top spot here. The two-time All-Star averaged 13 points and almost six assists over the duration of his career, which would have been better had he not stayed too long and averaged barely over four points a game over his final two seasons.

    Smith also won two championships in his career and played the game the way NYC points guards did: with true grit and great confidence. Since his playing days, Smith has found similar success behind the screen as an NBA analyst.

    Notable at the pick would be Antoine Walker (1996), whose numbers were better than Kenny's but nowhere comparable to Smith as a teammate. Other solid picks at No. 6 were Chris Kaman (2003) and Brandon Roy (2006).

    Roy would have made serious noise at this pick if not for bad knees that forced him to retire early in his career.

     

    Biggest Bust: Dajuan Wagner (Cleveland Cavaliers), 2002

    After averaging 42.5 points with a high of 100 points in high school, the sky was the limit for the son of former NBA player Milt Wagner. Unfortunately, very poor shooting and deteriorating health cut Wagner's career short after only four years.

    He averaged 9.4 points per game, but barely five points over his last three years. The predictions of the next coming of Allen Iverson were off by just about 23,000 points.

No. 5: Beam Me Up, Scottie

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    Pick 5: Scottie Pippen (Seattle SuperSonics traded to the Chicago Bulls), 1987

    Whereas the sixth pick lacked true star power, the No. 5 pick has had a plethora of serious talent that would create great barbershop talk. Basketball enthusiasts could go on for days of how others were better, but let's stop the chatter and mention that Pippen's a six-time champion.

    That's what Scottie Pippen brings to the table first and foremost, along with incredible basketball skills.

    Some will say he was coat-tailing Michael Jordan, but when you are one of the 50 best players of all time, that need not be mentioned. The seven-time All-Star and eight-time first-team All-Defensive player was a force on both ends of the floor.

    Pippen is part of yet another lopsided trade that the Sonics will forever have to deal with, as they settled for height in Olden Polynice, rather than Pippen's talent.

    Pippen's versatility on the court will forever be remembered, as he defended like no one could. He was capable of guarding four positions with no struggles. Without Jordan, his numbers of 22.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game, while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and a career-best 32 percent from the three-point line, made him a legit MVP candidate.

    Now with the fifth pick, second place through seventh place is where all the fun begins. One could put Kevin Garnett (1995), Dwyane Wade (2003), Mitch Richmond (1988), Ray Allen (1996), Steve Smith (1991) and Vince Carter (1998) in that order, depending what city you live in.

     

    Biggest Bust: Nikoloz Tskitishvili (Denver Nuggets), 2002

    When foreign imports started to become hip in the NBA, the Nuggets took the wrong one in the seven-footer from Russia. Scouts were thinking Dirk Nowitzki, while Mr. T showed them maybe a 10 percent version of that.

    Tskitishvili lacked the skill or power to become effective in the big show. In four years, he averaged 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds and found himself back in various foreign countries trying to make a name for himself.

No. 4: Point Guard Paul Leads the Way

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    Pick 4: Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets) 2005

    While the word is that great big men are hard to acquire, the same goes for true point guards, and sitting atop the four spot is one the NBA's best.

    At 26, Paul has many years ahead of him, yet he plays the game like a lead guard who's been around much longer than he actually has. In seven years in the league, he has been a five-time All-Star and a three-time All-NBA and All-Defensive team selection.

    He runs the show like few guards are capable, and with his current Los Angeles Clippers team, he has the opportunity to take them deep into the playoffs.

    Paul plays the game like many of the great guards of the '80s and '90s: He's mean and nasty and doesn't back down from anyone, which is why he is so successful in today's NBA. His court vision and ability to break down defenses are what make him so dangerous on the floor and make the lives of his teammates much easier.

    Other notables at the four spot are Xavier McDaniel (1985), Dikembe Mutombo (1991), Rasheed Wallace (1995), Stephon Marbury (1996) and Russell Westbrook (2008).

     

    Biggest Bust: Shaun Livingston (Los Angeles Clippers), 2004

    Livingston is another case of a player not living up to his pick. His career averages of 6.8 points and 3.5 assists just don't cut it from a No. 4 pick.

    It's amazing how he came back from a horrific knee injury to be able to compete in the NBA, but his inability to shoot the ball will only keep him in the league until another young guard comes along and replaces him.

No. 3: Pau Mans the Paint with the 3rd Pick

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    Pick 3: Pau Gasol (Memphis Grizzles), 2001

    Gasol is in very good company at the three spot, but what he has done in comparison to many of the others is win titles. The four-time All-Star has two championships to show for himself, as well as the fact they were back-to-back.

    The seven-footer from Spain has been a model of consistency, averaging almost 19 points and over nine rebounds throughout his career.

    Quicker than most big men, Gasol used his ability to attack the basket and hit the open 18-footer to impact games throughout his career. One of Gasol's best attributes is that he is one of the finest passing big men ever to play, which explains his solid three-plus assists over his career, with a high of 4.6 in 2006.

    While some question his toughness, he was still able to go into the Western Conference and succeed on many levels over the last 11 years.

    Carmelo Anthony (2003) and Deron Williams (2005) presented the biggest challenges with their solid stats, but they have yet to win anything in the playoffs, so Pau gets the tops spot. Grant Hill (1994) and Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway (1993) deserve mention, too, because if it wasn't for injuries that slowed them down, it might be a whole different discussion.

     

    Biggest Bust: Chris Washburn (Golden State Warriors), 1986

    The man-child coming out of North Carolina was so much more of the child than the man in the NBA. His paltry 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds were unforgivable, to say the least.

    Poor work habits and drugs created a quick exit for the 6'11", 265-pound athletic center.

No. 2: Where Only a Kidd Can Make It Happen

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    Pick 2: Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks), 1994

    The No. 2 pick is the one where you make the great find or you end up with a bust due to the fact you didn't get the No. 1 pick. The pressure of choosing this pick is huge depending on who was taken prior, and many teams have gotten it wrong over the last 27 years.

    The Dallas Mavericks, however, did not, as they drafted the crafty point guard from California. Kidd's game was a throwback to the pass-first point guards that make their teammates better—and boy, did he ever.

    The 10-time All-Star and nine-time All-Defensive selection was somehow traded away and then helped both Phoenix and the Nets get deep in the playoffs. It was not until he was traded back to Dallas in 2008 that Kidd and his incredible court vision finally acquired a NBA championship in his 17th year in the league.

    Not known for being a solid shooter, Kidd separated himself from the other greats by playing both ends of the court and managing a game like only a few others in NBA history could.

    You know you are great at making others better when you leave and their games suffer. Just ask Vince Carter and Kenyon Martin how much they missed him when he left.

    Other solid notables are Gary "The Glove" Payton (1990), Kenny Anderson (1991), Alonzo Mourning (1992) and Kevin Durant (2008). The first three players carved wonderful careers for themselves, while KD is flourishing and getting better year by year.

     

    Biggest Bust: Jason Williams (Chicago Bulls), 2002

    When you say bust at No. 2, the list is long and tiresome. Len Bias (1986) could be here based on his bad choices in life, but we won't pounce on players that have passed away...R.I.P. Hasheem Thabeet (2009), Shawn Bradley (1993) and Stromile Swift (2000) are all bigs that didn't meet their potential.

    Williams walks away with the award because after showing the league a glimpse of what he could do, he wrecked himself and his career while riding a motorcycle recklessly when he had all the opportunity to succeed on the hardwood.

    He was to be the next great point guard in the mold of a Chris Paul before Paul was even around.

    For someone so bright, Williams is fortunate that his ability to speak so eloquently behind the camera and basketball smarts have landed him TV analyst gigs. The former Duke point guard should flourish in this role for years to come.

No. 1: Shaq Fu and We Ain't Got Nothing to Lose

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    Pick 1: Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic), 1992

    With so many ridiculously talented players at this pick, it was a long race to the end, but the mammoth 7'1" center with more nicknames than Darryl Dawkins trumped his counterparts to hold on to the top spot.

    With almost 30,000 points, 13,000 rebounds and over 3,000 combined blocks and steals to go along with four NBA championships, O'Neal has more than proven his worth as the top gun at No. 1.

    The 15-time NBA All-Star and 14-time All-NBA player has been dominant on multiple levels throughout his storied career. One of the top 50 players of all time was also one of the most skilled passers as well.

    Only his free-throw shooting made you cringe almost as much as his monstrous dunks during games. Some players broke backboards, but none ever brought down the whole darn structure as he did versus New Jersey.

    O'Neal will go down as one of the most charismatic players of all time whose one-liners might never be matched. With nicknames such as "The Diesel," "Shaq Fu," "The Big Daddy," "Superman," "The Big Agave," "The Big Cactus," "The Big Shaqtus," "The Big Galactus," "Wilt Chamberneezy," "The Big Baryshnikov," "The Real Deal," "Dr. Shaq" (after earning his MBA), "The Big Shamrock," "The Big Leprechaun," "Shaqovic" and "The Big Aristotle" (just to name a few), you know the man was always something special on and off the court.

    Notables from the first pick are Patrick Ewing (1985), David Robinson (1987), Allen Iverson (1996), Tim Duncan (1997), LeBron James (2003) and Dwight Howard (2004). All of these players have had or are having such a great impact on the game of basketball and will forever be remembered for their play, whether they have won a championship or not.

     

    Biggest Bust: Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers), 2007

    Kwame Brown (2001) had this award all wrapped up until the seven-footer from Ohio State came along. While unfortunate injuries have been the major cause for his downfall, it's safe to say no other No. 1 pick has had as little impact for his respective organization.

    In five years, Oden has played in only 82 games. The Trail Blazers held on for dear life, hoping that his body would respond favorably and give his team some production from the No. 1 pick, but it never happened, and they finally released him.

    The scary part is that teams will be willing to take a chance on the 24-year-old as they should because if healthy, he will possibly pass the torch back to Brown or Michael Olowokandi.

Layout of Lottery : You Make the Comparisons!

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    Year-by-Year NBA Draft Lottery Picks
    Every lottery pick since the system was implemented in 1985

    2011

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Kyrie Irving, Duke Cleveland
    2. Derrick WIlliams, Arizona Minnesota
    3. Enes Kanter Turkey  Utah
    4. Tristan Thompson, Texas Cleveland
    5. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania Toronto
    6. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic Washington
    7. Bismack Biyombo, Congo Sacramento to Charlotte
    8. Brandon Knight, Kentucky  Detroit
    9. Kemba Walker, UCONN Charlotte
    10. Jimmer Fredette, BYU Milwaukee to Sacramento
    11. Klay Thompson, Washington St. Golden State
    12. Alec Burks, Colorado Utah
    13. Markieff Morris, Kansas Phoenix
    14. Marcus Morris, Kansas Houston

     

    2010

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. John Wall, Kentucky Washington
    2. Evan Turner, Ohio State Philadelphia
    3. Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech New Jersey
    4. Wesley Johnson, Syracuse Minnesota
    5. DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky Sacramento
    6. Ekpe Udoh, Baylor Golden State
    7. Greg Monroe, Georgetown Detroit
    8. Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest L.A. Clippers
    9. Gordon Hayward, Butler Utah
    10. Paul George, Fresno State Indiana
    11. Cole Aldrich, Kansas New Orleans
    12. Xavier Henry, Kansas Memphis
    13. Ed Davis, UNC Toronto
    14. Patrick Patterson, Kentucky Houston

     

    2009

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Blake Griffin, Oklahoma L.A. Clippers
    2. Hasheem Thabeet, Georgetown Memphis
    3. James Harden, Arizona St. OKC
    4. Tyreke Evans, Memphis Sacramento
    5. Ricky Rubio, Spain Minnesota
    6. Johnny Flynn, Syracuse  Minnesota
    7. Stephen Curry, Davidson Golden State
    8. Jordan Hill, Arizona New York
    9. DeMar DeRozan, USC Toronto
    10. Brandon Jennings, Italy/USA Milwaukee
    11. Terrence Williams, Louisville New Jersey
    12. Gerald Henderson, Duke Charlotte
    13. Tyler Hansbrough, UNC Indiana
    14. Earl Clark, Louisville Phoenix

     

    2008

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Derrick Rose, Memphis  Chicago
    2. MIchael Beasley, Kansas State Miami
    3. O.J. Mayo, USC, Minnesota
    4. Russell Westbrook, UCLA Seattle
    5. Kevin Love, UCLA Memphis
    6. Danilo Gallinari, Italy New York
    7. Eric Gordon, Indiana L.A. Clippers
    8. Joe Alexander, West Virginia Milwaukee
    9. D.J. Augustin, Texas Charlotte
    10. Brook Lopez , Stanford New Jersey
    11. Jerryd Bayless, Arizona Indiana to Portland
    12. Jason Thompson, Rider Sacramento
    13. Brandon Rush, Kansas Portland to Indiana
    14. Anthony Randolph, LSU Golden State

     

    2007

    1. Greg Oden, Ohio State Portland
    2. Kevin Durant,Texas Seattle
    3. Al Horford, Florida Atlanta
    4. Mike Conley Jr., Ohio State Memphis
    5. Jeff Green, Georgetown Boston
    6. Yi Jianlian, China Milwaukee
    7. Corey Brewer, Florida Minnesota
    8. Brandan Wright, UNC Golden State
    9. Joakim Noah, Florida Chicago
    10. Spencer Hawes, Washington Sacramento
    11. Acie Law, Texas A&M Atlanta 
    12. Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech Philadelphia
    13. Julian Wright, Kansas OKC
    14. Al Thornton, Florida St.  L.A. Clippers

     

    2006 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Andrea Bargnani, Italy Toronto
    2. LaMarcus Aldridge, Texas Chicago
    3. Adam Morrison, Gonzaga Charlotte
    4. Tyrus Thomas, LSU
    Portland
    5. Shelden Williams, Duke Atlanta
    6. Brandon Roy, Washington Minnesota
    7. Randy Foye, Villanova Boston
    8. Rudy Gay, Connecticut Houston
    9. Patrick O'Bryant, Bradley Golden State
    10. Mouhamed Saer Sene, Senegal Seattle
    11. J.J. Redick, Duke Orlando
    12. Hilton Armstrong, Connecticut NO/Okla. City
    13. Thabo Sefolosha, Switzerland Philadelphia
    14. Ronnie Brewer, Arkansas Utah

     

    2005 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Andrew Bogut, Utah Milwaukee
    2. Marvin Williams, North Carolina Atlanta
    3. Deron Williams, Illinois Utah
    4. Chris Paul, Wake Forest N.O./Okla. City
    5. Raymond Felton, North Carolina Charlotte
    6. Martell Webster, Seattle Prep HS Portland
    7. Charlie Villanueva, Connecticut Toronto
    8. Channing Frye, Arizona New York
    9. Ike Diogu, Arizona State Golden State
    10. Andrew Bynum, St. Joseph's (N.J.) HS L.A. Lakers
    11. Fran Vazquez, Spain Orlando
    12. Yaroslav Korolev, CSKA Moscow L.A. Clippers
    13. Sean May, North Carolina Charlotte
    14. Rashad McCants, North Carolina Minnesota

     

    2004 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Dwight Howard, SW Atlanta Christian Academy HS
    Orlando
    2. Emeka Okafor, Connecticut Charlotte
    3. Ben Gordon, Connecticut Chicago
    4. Shaun Livingston, Peoria Central HS L.A. Clippers
    5. Devin Harris, Wisconsin Washington (traded to Dallas)
    6. Josh Childress, Stanford Atlanta
    7. Luol Deng, Duke Phoenix (traded to Chicago)
    8. Rafael Araujo, Brigham Young Toronto
    9. Andre Iguodala, Arizona Philadelphia
    10. Luke Jackson, Oregon Cleveland
    11. Andris Biedrins, Latvia Golden State
    12. Robert Swift, Bakersfield HS Seattle
    13. Sebastian Telfair, Abraham Lincoln HS Portland
    14. Kris Humphries, Minnesota Utah

     

    2003 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (Ohio) Cleveland
    2. Darko Milicic, Serbia Detroit
    3. Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse Denver
    4. Chris Bosh, Georgia Tech Toronto
    5. Dwyane Wade, Marquette Miami
    6. Chris Kaman, Central Michigan L.A. Clippers
    7. Kirk Hinrich, Kansas Chicago
    8. T.J. Ford, Texas Milwaukee
    9. Mike Sweetney, Georgetown New York
    10. Jarvis Hayes, Georgia Washington
    11. Mickael Pietrus, France Golden State
    12. Nick Collison, Kansas Seattle
    13. Marcus Banks, UNLV Memphis (traded to Boston)

     

    2002 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Yao Ming, China Houston
    2. Jay Williams, Duke Chicago
    3. Mike Dunleavy, Duke Golden State
    4. Drew Gooden, Kansas Memphis
    5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Italy Denver
    6. Dajuan Wagner, Memphis Cleveland
    7. Nene Hilario, Brazil New York (traded to Denver)
    8. Chris Wilcox, Maryland L.A. Clippers
    9. Amare Stoudemire, Cypress Creek HS (Fla.) Phoenix
    10. Caron Butler, Connecticut Miami
    11. Jared Jeffries, Indiana Washington
    12. Melvin Ely, Fresno State L.A. Clippers
    13. Marcus Haislip, Tennessee Milwaukee

     

    2001 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Kwame Brown, Glynn Academy (HS) Washington
    2. Tyson Chandler, Dominguez HS L.A. Clippers (traded to Chicago)
    3. Pau Gasol, Barcelona Atlanta (traded to Memphis)
    4. Eddy Curry, Thornwood (Ill.) HS Chicago
    5. Jason Richardson, Michigan State Golden State
    6. Shane Battier, Duke Memphis
    7. Eddie Griffin, Seton Hall New Jersey (traded to Houston)
    8. DeSagana Diop, Oak Hill Academy (Va.) Cleveland
    9. Rodney White, Charlotte Detroit
    10. Joe Johnson, Arkansas Boston
    11. Kedrick Brown, Okaloosa-Walton CC (Fla.) Boston (from Denver)
    12. Vladimir Radmanovic, FMP Zeleznik (Yugoslavia) Seattle
    13. Richard Jefferson, Arizona Houston (traded to New Jersey)

     

    2000 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati New Jersey
    2. Stromile Swift, LSU Vancouver
    3. Darius Miles, East St. Louis HS L.A. Clippers
    4. Marcus Fizer, Iowa State Chicago
    5. Mike Miller, Florida Orlando
    6. DerMarr Johnson, Cincinnati Atlanta
    7. Chris Mihm, Texas Chicago
    8. Jamal Crawford, Michigan Cleveland
    9. Joel Przybilla, Minnesota Houston
    10. Keyon Dooling, Missouri Orlando
    11. Jerome Moiso, UCLA Boston
    12. Etan Thomas, Syracuse Dallas
    13. Courtney Alexander, Fresno State Orlando

     

    1999 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Elton Brand, Duke Chicago
    2. Steve Francis, Maryland Vancouver
    3. Baron Davis, UCLA Charlotte
    4. Lamar Odom, Rhode Island L.A. Clippers
    5. Jonathan Bender, Picayune HS (Miss.) Toronto
    6. Wally Szczerbiak, Miami (Ohio) Minnesota
    7. Richard Hamilton, Connecticut Washington
    8. Andre Miller, Utah Cleveland
    9. Shawn Marion, UNLV Phoenix
    10. Jason Terry, Arizona Atlanta
    11. Trajan Langdon, Duke Cleveland
    12. Aleksandar Radojevic, Barton CC (KS) Toronto
    13. Corey Maggette, Duke Seattle

     

    1998 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Michael Olowokandi, Pacific (Cal.) L.A. Clippers
    2. Mike Bibby, Arizona Vancouver
    3. Raef LaFrentz, Kansas Denver
    4. Antawn Jamison, North Carolina Toronto (traded to Golden State)
    5. Vince Carter, North Carolina Golden State (traded to Toronto)
    6. Robert Traylor, Michigan Dallas (traded to Milwaukee)
    7. Jason Williams, Florida Sacramento
    8. Larry Hughes, St. Louis Philadelphia
    9. Dirk Nowitzki, DJK Wurzburg (Germany) Milwaukee (traded to Dallas)
    10. Paul Pierce, Kansas Boston
    11. Bonzi Wells, Ball State Detroit
    12. Michael Doleac, Utah Orlando
    13. Keon Clark, UNLV Orlando (from Washington)

     

    1997 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Tim Duncan, Wake Forest San Antonio
    2. Keith Van Horn, Utah Philadelphia (traded to New Jersey)
    3. Chauncey Billups, Colorado Boston
    4. Antonio Daniels, Bowling Green Vancouver
    5. Tony Battie, Texas Tech Denver
    6. Ron Mercer, Kentucky Boston (from Dallas)
    7. Tim Thomas, Villanova New Jersey (traded to Philadelphia)
    8. Adonal Foyle, Colgate Golden State
    9. Tracy McGrady, Mt. Zion (N.C.) Christian Academy Toronto
    10. Danny Fortson, Cincinnati Milwaukee (traded to Denver)
    11. Tariq Abdul-Wahad, San Jose State Sacramento
    12. Austin Croshere, Providence Indiana
    13. Derek Anderson, Kentucky Cleveland

     

    1996 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Allen Iverson, Georgetown Philadelphia
    2. Marcus Camby, Massachusetts Toronto
    3. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California Vancouver
    4. Stephon Marbury, Georgia Tech Milwaukee
    5. Ray Allen, Connecticut Minnesota
    6. Antoine Walker, Kentucky Boston
    7. Lorenzen Wright, Memphis L.A. Clippers
    8. Kerry Kittles, Villanova New Jersey
    9. Samaki Walker, Louisville Dallas
    10. Erick Dampier, Mississippi State Indiana
    11. Todd Fuller, North Carolina State Golden State
    12. Vitaly Potapenko, Wright State Cleveland
    13. Kobe Bryant, Lower Merion (Pa.) HS Charlotte

     

    1995 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Joe Smith, Maryland Golden State
    2. Antonio McDyess, Alabama L.A. Clippers
    3. Jerry Stackhouse, North Carolina Philadelphia
    4. Rasheed Wallace, North Carolina Washington  
    5. Kevin Garnett, Farragut (Chicago) HS Minnesota
    6. Bryant Reeves, Oklahoma State Vancouver
    7. Damon Stoudamire, Arizona Toronto
    8. Shawn Respert, Michigan State Portland
    9. Ed O'Bannon, UCLA New Jersey
    10. Kurt Thomas, Texas Christian Miami
    11. Gary Trent, Ohio University Milwaukee
    12. Cherokee Parks, Duke Dallas
    13. Corliss Williamson, Arkansas Sacramento

     

    1994 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Glenn Robinson, Purdue Milwaukee
    2. Jason Kidd, California Dallas
    3. Grant Hill, Duke Detroit
    4. Donyell Marshall, Connecticut Minnesota
    5. Juwan Howard, Michigan Washington
    6. Sharone Wright, Clemson Philadelphia
    7. Lamond Murray, California L.A. Clippers
    8. Brian Grant, Xavier Sacramento
    9. Eric Montross, North Carolina Boston
    10. Eddie Jones, Temple L.A. Lakers
    11. Carlos Rogers, Tennessee State Seattle

     

    1993 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Chris Webber, Michigan Orlando
    2. Shawn Bradley, Brigham Young Philadelphia
    3. Anfernee Hardaway, Memphis State Golden State
    4. Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky Dallas
    5. Isaiah Rider, UNLV Minnesota
    6. Calbert Cheaney, Indiana Washington
    7. Bobby Hurley, Duke Sacramento
    8. Vin Baker, Hartford Milwaukee
    9. Rodney Rogers, Wake Forest Denver
    10. Lindsey Hunter, Jackson State Detroit
    11. Allan Houston, Tennessee Detroit

     

    1992 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Shaquille O'Neal, LSU
    Orlando
    2. Alonzo Mourning, Georgetown Charlotte
    3. Christian Laettner, Duke Minnesota
    4. Jimmy Jackson, Ohio State Dallas
    5. LaPhonso Ellis, Notre Dame Denver
    6. Tom Gugliotta, North Carolina St. Washington
    7. Walt Williams, Maryland Sacramento
    8. Todd Day, Arkansas Milwaukee
    9. Clarence Weatherspoon, Southern Miss. Philadelphia
    10. Adam Keefe, Stanford Atlanta
    11. Robert Horry, Alabama Houston

     

    1991 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Larry Johnson, UNLV Charlotte
    2. Kenny Anderson, Georgia Tech New Jersey
    3. Billy Owens, Syracuse Sacramento
    4. Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown Denver
    5. Steve Smith, Michigan State Miami
    6. Doug Smith, Missouri Dallas
    7. Luc Longley, New Mexico Minnesota
    8. Mark Macon, Temple Denver
    9. Stacey Augmon, UNLV Atlanta
    10. Brian Williams, Arizona Orlando
    11. Terrell Brandon, Oregon Cleveland

     

    1990 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Derrick Coleman, Syracuse New Jersey
    2. Gary Payton, Oregon State Seattle
    3. Chris Jackson, Louisiana State Denver
    4. Dennis Scott, Georgia Tech Orlando
    5. Kendall Gill, Illinois Charlotte
    6. Felton Spencer, Louisville Minnesota
    7. Lionel Simmons, La Salle Sacramento
    8. Bo Kimble, Loyola Marymount L.A. Clippers
    9. Willie Burton, Minnesota Miami
    10. Rumeal Robinson, Michigan Atlanta
    11. Tyrone Hill, Xavier Golden State

     

    1989 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Pervis Ellison, Louisville Sacramento
    2. Danny Ferry, Duke L.A. Clippers
    3. Sean Elliott, Arizona San Antonio
    4. Glen Rice, Michigan Miami
    5. J.R. Reid, North Carolina Charlotte
    6. Stacey King, Oklahoma Chicago
    7. George McCloud, Florida State Indiana
    8. Randy White, Louisiana Tech Dallas
    9. Tom Hammonds, Georgia Tech Washington

     

    1988 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Danny Manning, Kansas L.A. Clippers
    2. Rik Smits, Marist Indiana
    3. Charles Smith, Pittsburgh Philadelphia
    4. Chris Morris, Auburn New Jersey
    5. Mitch Richmond, Kansas State Golden State
    6. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley L.A. Clippers
    7. Tim Perry, Temple Phoenix

     

    1987 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. David Robinson, Navy San Antonio
    2. Armen Gilliam, UNLV Phoenix
    3. Dennis Hopson, New Jersey New Jersey
    4. Reggie Williams, Georgetown L.A. Clippers
    5. Scottie Pippen, Central Arkansas Seattle
    6. Kenny Smith, North Carolina Sacramento
    7. Kevin Johnson, California Cleveland

     

    1986 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Brad Daugherty, North Carolina Cleveland
    2. Len Bias, Maryland Boston
    3. Chris Washburn, North Carolina St. Golden State
    4. Chuck Person, Auburn Indiana
    5. Kenny Walker, Kentucky New York
    6. William Bedford, Memphis State Phoenix
    7. Roy Tarpley, Michigan Dallas

     

    1985 

    NO. PLAYER, SCHOOL/COUNTRY TEAM
    1. Patrick Ewing, Georgetown New York
    2. Wayman Tisdale, Oklahoma Indiana
    3. Benoit Benjamin, Creighton L.A. Clippers
    4. Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State Seattle
    5. Jon Koncak, Southern Methodist Atlanta
    6. Joe Kleine, Arkansas Sacramento
    7. Chris Mullin, St. John's Golden State