NBA Drafts of the Past: The Best Players in the Last Decade at Each Pick

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NBA Drafts of the Past: The Best Players in the Last Decade at Each Pick
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Every day, the draft gets closer, and every day I keep telling myself that it's going to be great.

The consensus seems to be that this year's draft class may the weakest the NBA has seen in years. This may be true, especially when compared to drafts like that of 2003, in which LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade all went in the top five. 

But I keep telling myself, don't let the experts fool you. 

My interest keeps rising with every mock draft. I really think there is potential in this year's draft class, at least throughout the first round. 

Alas, I may be the only one. I took it upon myself to research every draft of the last ten years, and wouldn't you know it, there appear to be a lot of surprises in every draft. 

Maybe this year will be the same. 

Regardless, I've compiled a list of the best players taken with each pick of the first round over the last ten years.

Some are no-brainers and some are surprises, but all of them bring me one step closer to the promise that this year's draft won't disappoint. 

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