NBA Draft Classes: The Five Best and Worst of All Time
The 2009 NBA Draft is just hours away. This particular draft class does not appear to be a great one, but you just never know.
Could the 2009 NBA Draft class go down as one of the worst ever? Or maybe they'll surprise everyone as one of the best.
Only time will tell.
Let's look back at the five worst and five best draft classes of all time.
First, the five worst...
I almost didn't go with this class because they're young enough that they can still completely turn things around. Having said that, we haven't seen much from these guys yet.
Here are some lottery picks from 2006 that haven't reached lottery—type production: Andrea Bargnani, Adam Morrison, Shelden Williams, Patrick O'Bryant, Mouhamed Sene, J.J. Redick, Hilton Armstrong, Ronnie Brewer, Cedric Simmons.
So far, the one player to be named an All-Star from this class is Brandon Roy. Other promising players from this year include Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, Tyrus Thomas, and Paul Millsap.
Did you know Doug Collins was a No. 1 overall pick?
1973 saw only four players go on to become All-Stars: ollins, Kermit Washington, George McGinnis, and Larry Kenon.
The 1990 NBA Draft really only produced one great player in Gary Payton.
He picked second overall.
The other top 10 picks were a complete disappointment. They are, in order: Derrick Coleman, Chris Jackson, Dennis Scott, Kendall Gill, Felton Spencer, Lionel Simmons, Bo Kimble, Willie Burton, and Rumeal Robinson.
The only other All-Stars, outside of Payton, to come from this class are Tyronne Hill, Jayson Williams, Antonio Davis, and Cedric Ceballos.
The 1986 NBA Draft is remembered mostly for the tragic death of Len Bias. If not for his death, 1986 would likely not be so high on the list of worst draft classes.
This draft class saw an astounding one first-round pick go on to be named an All-Star. That player is Brad Daugherty.
The only other All-Stars all came from second-round picks. Those players are Mark Price, Dennis Rodman, Kevin Duckworth, and Jeff Hornacek.
The 2000 NBA Draft Class has got to be the worst class of all time. The only lottery pick to become an All-Star is Kenyon Martin.
After Martin, the lottery picks include the following disappointments: Stromile Swift, Darius Miles, Marcus Fizer, DeMarr Johnson, Chris Mihm, Joel Pryzbilla, Keyon Dooling, Jerome Moisong, Etan Thomas, Mateen Cleaves, and Jason Collier.
The only other All-Stars to come from this draft are Hedo Turkoglu, Jamal Magloire, and Michael Redd.
Now lets look at the five best draft classes...
The 1970 Draft saw nine All-Stars.
The most notable of these are Pete Maravich, David Cowens (1973 MVP), Nate Archibald, Bob Lanier, and Calvin Murphy.
The 1979 NBA Draft Class consisted of eight future All-Stars.
The main bragging right of this class is the three-time MVP winner Magic Johnson.
Other notable players include Bill Laimbeer, Jim Paxson, Sidney Moncrief, and Bill Cartwright.
This is where it starts getting close.
Four of the top five picks from the 2003 draft class have become the face and future of the NBA. Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh.
All four are All-Stars, Lebron has won MVP, and this is just the beginning.
Throw in All-Stars David West, Josh Howard, and Mo Williams, and you have a pretty great draft class.
Listen to this. Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Jermaine O'Neal, Peja Stojakovic, Antoine Walker, Stephon Marbury, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, and Zydrunas Ilgauskus.
Not half bad. Kobe, Iverson, And Nash have combined for four League MVP awards.
Michael Jordan. Charles Barkley. Hakeem Olajuwan.
Those three alone combine for seven MVP awards (five for Jordan).
Add to that list John Stockton and you have four bona fide Hall of Famers.