NBA Draft History: Ranking Each No. 1 Pick of the Last 10 Years

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NBA Draft History: Ranking Each No. 1 Pick of the Last 10 Years
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The level of talent in the upcoming 2012 NBA draft is providing a lot of hype. Despite the vast amount of talent in the pool, there is little doubt that Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 pick. His talent stands alone and it would seem foolish to pass him up. 

This is nothing out of the ordinary.

Almost every year there is a player that seems to be the obvious first selection. Sometimes that player becomes a star, and sometimes that player becomes a general manager's worst nightmare.

Over the past 10 years we have seen some great players selected first, and we have also seen a few regrettable decisions. It is impossible to tell how Davis, or any player for that matter, will pan out. Predicting an NBA player's career is one of the hardest thing to do and that's what makes the draft so special.

This list will analyze each of the last 10 No. 1 draft picks and rank them based on two criteria. The first will look at the other players who could have been selected instead, if there were other players that panned out better, the player will have a lower rank and vice versa.

The second basis for their ranking will simply assess how that player has performed overall since he has been drafted. Certain players may be talented players, but not No. 1 worthy.

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