NBA Draft Lottery: 5 Best Lottery Picks from Each Draft Class Since 2001

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NBA Draft Lottery: 5 Best Lottery Picks from Each Draft Class Since 2001
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In a little over a week, the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery will take place.  In a span of maybe five minutes or less, fans will be glued to their TVs and the anticipation will mount as it is determined which team will get the highly prized No. 1 overall pick.

For those who aren't aware, the NBA Draft Lottery is the process that determines the draft order for the 14 NBA teams that were not fortunate enough to make the playoffs. 

It is during this part of the actual draft that the best players are usually taken.  Two notable lottery picks in the NBA today are LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat (pictured at left).

The 2011 NBA Draft Class is shaping up to be a good one, and the lottery will certainly shape the order of things.  That being said, let's go back in time and look at lottery picks through the ages.

Here are the top five lottery picks from each NBA draft since 2001.

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