NBA Draft Lottery: LeBron James and the Best Lottery Pick in Each Team's History

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NBA Draft Lottery: LeBron James and the Best Lottery Pick in Each Team's History
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It's where championships are made.

The NBA draft is an outlet for teams to pick up and sign young, talented players out of college as an attempt to either begin building their team from the ground up or to fill in a missing piece that was critical to a title run. Any team that has gone deep into the playoffs recently has had the draft to thank in some way for their success.

There's no better chance to start building your franchise from the ground up then selecting a player as a lottery pick, which is one of the first picks that comes from a team that didn't make the post season the year before. It gives those teams the first chance to start building their team so that they remain competitive with the better teams of the league.

Every team in the league has relied on the draft in one way or another to help out the future success of their franchise. Whether it was decades ago or just recently, a franchise's best pick in the draft could bring immediate success. Take for instance when the Cleveland Cavaliers drafted LeBron James when they won 17 games the year before he was taken and then made the NBA Finals only four seasons later.

With the right player being taken, a franchise could turn around as soon as a years time. If that player can fit into that system or find a way to lead the team to bring immediate success, it saves the team a lot of time and money trading or signing a player in free agency as an attempt to turn the franchise around.

Each franchise has found that player one time or another with their lottery pick. Here is each teams top pick in the history of their franchise and just how they positively affected the team with their leadership.

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