Who will be the next great one that David Stern calls to the stage?
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.
Kris has made steady improvement in the league
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.
13 was very lucky here
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.
Mr Young has lots more room to grow
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.
The coach's son made plenty of noise in the NBA
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.
A rookie Pierce driving down the lane
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.
A young Dirk focused at the line
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.
Rudy going to the rack!
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.
One-third of the fabled Run-TMC
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.
The Jet also had great ups
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.
Pippen was the guy who helped Jordan win six titles
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.
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.
The first of the Gasol boys to hit the NBA hardwood
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.
True General on the hardwood
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.
Shaq sending the Human Highlight's shot back
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.
Will Irving get on the list in a few years?
Year-by-Year NBA Draft Lottery Picks
Every lottery pick since the system was implemented in 1985
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1.||Greg Oden, Ohio State||Portland|
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|