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

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

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