Which team got it right?

Picking the top player from each draft class since 1984

There can only be one. One of the reasons that mock drafts are so popular is the conversation that it creates as to which player will be more productive over their career versus another. Which player is the best choice from a particular class is a conversation that takes place after a draft class has gained some experience. We selected the top player from each draft class starting in 1984, leaving out the 2018 draft, but it is clear Luka Doncic has been the quickest to make the adjustment to the NBA.

1984-Michael Jordan (University of North Carolina) #3 Overall Pick (Bulls)

Honorable Mention-Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston)/John Stockton (Gonzaga)

1985– Karl Malone (Louisiania Tech) #13 Overall Pick (Jazz)

Honorable Mention-Patrick Ewing (Georgetown)

1986– Dennis Rodman (South Eastern Oklahoma State) #27 Overall Pick (Pistons)

Honorable Mention-Arvydas Sabonis (Soviet Union)

1987-David Robinson (Navy) #1 Overall Pick (Spurs)

Honorable Mention- Scottie Pippen (Central Arkansas)/Reggie Miller (UCLA)

1988-Mitch Richmond (Kansas State) #5 Overall Pick (Warriors)

Honorable Mention-Danny Manning (Kansas)/Rik Smits (Marist)

1989-Shawn Kemp (Trinity Valley Community College) #17 Overall Pick (Sonics)

Honorable Mention-Tim Hardaway (UTEP)/Glen Rice (Michigan)

1990-Gary Payton (Oregon State) #2 Overall Pick (Sonics)

Honorable Mention-Derrick Coleman (Syracuse)

1991-Dikembe Mutumbo (Georgetown) #4 Overall Pick (Nuggets)

Honorable Mention-Larry Johnson (UNLV)/Steve Smith (Michigan State)

1992-Shaquille O’Neal (LSU) #1 Overall Pick (Magic)

Honorable Mention-Alonzo Mourning (Georgetown)

1993-Chris Webber (Michigan) #1 Overall Pick (Warriors)

Honorable Mention-Jamal Mashburn (Kentucky)/Sam Cassell (Florida State)

1994-Jason Kidd (California) #2 Overall Pick (Mavericks)

Honorable Mention-Grant Hill (Duke)

1995-Kevin Garnett (Farragut Academy High School) #5 Overall Pick (Timberwolves)

Honorable Mention-Antonio Mcdyess (Alabama)/Jerry Stackhouse (UNC)

1996-Kobe Bryant (Lower Marion High School) #13 Overall Pick (Lakers)

Honorable Mention-Allen Iverson (Georgetown)/Steve Nash (Santa Clara)

1997-Tim Duncan (Wake Forest) #1 Overall Pick (Spurs)

Honorable Mention-Tracy Mcgrady (Mt. Zion)/ Chauncey Billups (Colorado)

1998-Dirk Nowitzki (Germany) #9 Overall Pick (Mavericks)

Honorable Mention-Vince Carter (UNC)/Paul Pierce (Kansas)

1999-Shawn Marion (UNLV) #9 Overall Pick (Suns)

Honorable Mention-Elton Brand (Duke)/Manu Ginobili (Argentina)

2000-Michael Redd (Ohio State) #43 Overall Pick (Bucks)

Honorable Mention-Kenyon Martin (Cincinnati)

2001-Tony Parker (France) #28 Overall Pick (Spurs)

Honorable Mention-Pau Gasol (Spain)/Joe Johnson (Arkansas)

2002-Yao Ming (China) #1 Overall Pick (Rockets)

Honorable Mention-Amar’e Stoudemire (Cypress Creek High School)

2003-Lebron James (St. Vincent-St.Mary High School) #1 Overall Pick (Cavaliers)

Honorable Mention-Dwayne Wade (Marquette)/ Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse)

2004-Dwight Howard (S. West Atlanta Christian Academy) #1 Overall Pick (Magic)

Honorable Mention-Andre Iguodala (Arizona)/Luol Deng (Duke)

2005-Chris Paul (Wake Forest) #4 Overall Pick (Hornets)

Honorable Mention-Deron Williams (Illinois)

2006-Lamarcus Aldridge (Texas) #2 Overall Pick (Blazers)

Honorable Mention-Rajon Rondo (Kentucky)/Kyle Lowry (Villanova)

2007-Kevin Durant (Texas) #2 Overall Pick (Sonics)

Honorable Mention-Al Horford (Florida)/Marc Gasol (Spain)

2008-Russell Westbrook (UCLA) #4 Overall Pick (Thunder)

Honorable Mention-Derrick Rose (Memphis)/Kevin Love (UCLA)

2009-Stephen Curry (Davidson) #7 Overall Pick (Warriors)

Honorable Mention-James Harden (Arizona State)/Demar Derozan (USC)

2010-Paul George (Fresno State) #10 Overall Pick (Pacers)

Honorable Mention-Demarcus Cousins (Kentucky)/John Wall (Kentucky)

2011-Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) #11 Overall Pick (Warriors)

Honorable Mention-Kyrie Irving (Duke)/Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State)

2012-Anthony Davis (Kentucky) #1 Overall Pick (Pelicans)

Honorable Mention- Damian Lillard (Weber St.)/Bradley Beal (Florida)

2013-Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) #15 Overall Pick (Bucks)

Honorable Mention-Victor Oladipo (Indiana)

2014-Joel Embiid (Kansas) #3 Overall Pick (76ers)

Honorable Mention-Zach Lavine (UCLA)/Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)

2015-Karl Anthony Towns (Kentucky) #1 Overall Pick (Timberwolves)

Honorable Mention-Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia)/Devin Booker (Kentucky)

2016-Ben Simmons (LSU) #1 Overall Pick (76ers)

Honorable Mention-Jamal Murray (Kentucky)/Jaylen Brown (California)

2017-Donovan Mitchell (Louisville) #13 Overall Pick (Jazz)

Honorable Mention-De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky)/Jayson Tatum (Duke)

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