21. 2017 NBA Draft
Best pick: Kyle Kuzma (27th overall)
Worst pick: Markelle Fultz (1st overall)
Let’s start by clarifying one thing – it is far too soon to call Markelle Fultz a bust. All we are saying is that at this point, Fultz has yielded the least value relative to where he was drafted out of the 60 players selected this past year. That can and likely won’t be the case by the end of the year. Thus far, this rookie class has performed exceptionally well. Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Lauri Markkanen, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma have also shown glimpses of superstar potential. All in all, this is a class we could easily look back on as the best of its decade. But with such a small sample size, it is far too early to do so.
20. 2014 NBA Draft
Best pick: Andrew Wiggins (1st overall)
Worst pick: Noah Vonleh (9th overall)
2014 was one of the more hyped classes in recent memory, as Andrew Wiggins has been touted as the next great thing seemingly since he learned to tie his shoes. Wiggins may never become the transcendent star he was promoted as, but will be a great player nonetheless. Jabari Paker, Elfrid Payton, Doug McDermott and Rodney Hood were also solid selections that have already paid dividends for their respective teams. Unfortunately for the 2014 class, the injury bug has not been friendly. Dante Exum and Julius Randle have both missed a full year due to leg injuries, and Joel Embiid has been brilliant when on the floor, but that has been a rare occurrence. When those three guys are fully healthy and playing, this class could rise in the rankings rather quickly.
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