Every year there are those players that everyone knows will go in the top three. That's a given.
Then there are players that land within the top 10 and in hindsight should have been taken higher (Larry Bird drafted sixth, Dirk Nowitzki drafted ninth and the Raps could have had him, and Clyde Drexler drafted 14th).
The fifth pick rounds out the category of guys who are "definitely in the top five," so it should produce great players. Um, not always.
But, there are some amazing players that have been taken with this pick.
Many times, sports take historical factors into account in statistics, predictions and rankings of all time. At this year's NBA Draft, Toronto landed the fifth overall pick and hopes to make the best of it.
If history has shown us anything about this lottery slot it's that it can either produce Hall of Famers or no-name players—and it's very tough to tell which way it the choice will turn out.
The Raptors could really use a solid pick this year, and let's hope that player turns out to be on this list in another 20 years. So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the greatest players drafted fifth overall.
P.S. Two guys on this list have the middle name Maurice, what are the odds of that?
P.P.S. While doing research I found the best named fifth overall draft pick was Kermit Washington drafted in 1973.