Top NBA Draft Picks: The 15 Most Hyped Imports of the Last 15 Drafts

Matt King@TheRealMattKingFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2009

Top NBA Draft Picks: The 15 Most Hyped Imports of the Last 15 Drafts

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    BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Ricky Rubio #6 of Spain reacts after the United States won 118-107 in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Ph

1996: Peja Stojakavic—No. 14 Pick

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 20:  Predrag Stojakovic #16 of the Sacramento Kings holds the ball during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Arco Arena on January 20, 2004 in Sacramento, California.  The Trail Blazers won 109-104.  NOTE TO USER: User

1998: Dirk Nowitzki—No. 9 Pick

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    DALLAS - MAY 11:  Forward Dirk Nowtizki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after scoring to take a two-point lead against the Denver Nuggets in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on May

1999: Andrei Kirilenko—No. 24 Pick

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    SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 11:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz drives against Luke Walton #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on May 11, 2008 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake C

2001: Pau Gasol—No. 3 Pick

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    HOUSTON - MAY 14:  Forward Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during play against the Houston Rockets in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2009 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USE

2002: Nene—No. 7 Pick

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Nene #31 of the Denver Nuggets goes up for a dunk over Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, Califo

2002: Nikoloz Tskitishvili—No. 5 Pick

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    WASHINGTON DC - MARCH 9:  Nikoloz Tskitishvili #22 of the Denver Nuggets is fouled by Lonny Baxter #35 of the Washington Wizards as the Nuggets defeated the Wizards 117-87 during NBA action on March 9, 2004 at the MCI Center in Washington D.C.  (Photo by

2002: Yao Ming—No. 1 Pick

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06:  Yao Ming #11 of the Houston Rockets reacts to a foul called on him in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 6, 20

2003: Darko Milicic—No. 2 Pick

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    CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 25:  Darko Milicic #31 of the Detroit Pistons shoots a free throw during the game against the Chicago Bulls on February 25, 2004 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Pistons won 107-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledge

2006: Andrea Bargnani—No. 1 Pick

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 19:  Andrea Bargnani #7 of the Toronto Raptors drives past Daequan Cook #14 of the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 19, 2008 in Miami, Florida. The Raptors defeated the Heat 101-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg

2007: Rudy Fernandez—No. 24

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    DALLAS - FEBRUARY 04:  Rudy Fernandez #5 of the Portland Trail Blazers during play against the Dallas Mavericks on February 4, 2009 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an

2007: Marco Belinelli—No. 18 Pick

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    SAPPORO, JAPAN - AUGUST 20: Marco Belinelli #4 of Italy dribbles to the basket against Slovenia during the preliminary round of FIBA World Championships 2006 on August 20, 2006 in Sapporo, Japan. The Championship takes place from August 19 to September 3

2007: Yi Jianlian—No. 6 Pick

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 20:  Yi Jianlian #9 of the New Jersey Nets looks to shoot during the second half of a pre-season game against the New York Knicks on October 20, 2008 at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Knicks won 114-106.

2008: Danilo Gallinari—No. 6 Pick

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    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Danilo Gallinari #8 of the New York Knicks reacts against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden February 25, 2009 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Ph

2009: Brandon Jennings—?

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    MILWAUKEE - MARCH 26:  Brandon Jennings #3 of the West team looks on during the 2008 McDonald's All American High School Boys basketball game on March 26, 2008 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

2009: Ricky Rubio - ?

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    BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Ricky Rubio #6 of Spain lays the ball up past Dwight Howard #11 of the United States in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, Ch
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