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2011 NBA Draft: A History of the No. 6 Draft Pick
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Well, the Wizards lost again, this time by no fault of their own.  They dropped down to the No. 6pick in the 2011 NBA draft, which got me thinking: how have No. 6 picks turned out over the years?

I decided to look at the last 36 years of sixth picks and divide the players selected into six categories based on the performance and longevity of the player.  The categories are labeled with Tequila brands in honor of Cinco de Mayo since we are still in the month of May; the better the Tequila, the better the category of player.

 The top eschelon category has been broken down into individual player slides, where as all the other slides contain three players in them.  The top category goes in order of skill right up to the very best No. 6 draft pick.  Who will claim the prize?

Each player will be accompanied by a small bio including his height, seasons played, number of teams played for, career points per game and best year as a pro.  There will also be a few notes about his career.

With regards to their ranking on the list, many players were moved into higher categories based on their longevity in the league.  Simply put, there are players with better stats in the lower categories than those in higher categories mainly because they fizzled out of the league so fast.

The first slide will provide some statistics based on my research of the sixth pick and will include a few observations. In case you were wondering Wizards fans, for all their drafting ineptitude, the Wizards/Bullets have done fairly well with the sixth pick.  I am looking for that success to continue.

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