NBA Draft: Ranking the Decade's Best and Worst No. 1 Draftees

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NBA Draft: Ranking the Decade's Best and Worst No. 1 Draftees
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Anthony Davis will be going first overall to the New Orleans Hornets in the draft this year. If he doesn't, it will be a surprise the likes of which are seldom seen in the NBA (and a massive break for the much-maligned Charlotte Bobcats).

But there's no point in thinking about it; he's going to be the first pick overall.

I decided to take a look at the decade's past No. 1 draft picks, and see what kind of success each of them has experienced over the years.

Top picks are supposed to be franchise changing players, and many of them are. Unfortunately for the players (and franchises) at the lower part of this article, the picks did nothing to change the team, and have done little to impact the NBA at all.

Anthony Davis is projected as being one of the best NBA prospects since LeBron James. Hopefully he lives up to that hype and in a few years will be near the top of this list instead of with the busts at the bottom.

The method I used to rank these players is extremely unscientific. I looked at statistics, I took into account longevity, impact on franchise or franchises they've been with, and intangibles offered. The list is fairly accurate in my mind, but I'm sure some people will have a few bones to pick.

Also, it's not REALLY a decade. It's every pick since 2000, so 12 picks overall. Decade just sounds sexier and more definitive. 

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