Nearing the one month mark of the 2012-13 NBA season, we're starting to see which members of the 2012 Draft Class are living up to expectations, exceeding them or falling short. Anthony Davis despite a concussion is humming along at a level that was expected. Damian Lillard was expected to be good out of the gate, but his outstanding play is still going beyond the expected pale. Austin Rivers, although thought to be a reach at the 10th pick, has still severely underwhelmed.
But that's just how things stand right now in the nascent careers of these players. 20 years down the line, a dark horse 2nd round pick could upend all of the 1st round picks. Davis could stay the same level while Lillard zooms ahead. Debilitating injuries could play a merciless and cruel determiner of who succeeds and who fails.
With that in mind, let's take a look back at the last 20 years of NBA drafts and see which active player is the best man standing from his class. Some of these choices proved easy, other quite difficult, but all of the players are exceptional.
Except the 2000 Draft. Good lord that was an awful spectacle.
Anyhoo, let's get to the rundown!