Looking Back at the NBA Draft: The Best Picks of the Decade by Position

April 10th, 2010 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »
The NBA Draft is designed to replenish bad teams with talented young players and restore parity into the league. Over the last 10 years, with a new generation of stars replacing the old guard, the draft has accomplished just that. With perennial laughing stocks such as the Cavaliers and Thunder being resurrected as stud teams in their respective conferences, the league must feel good about how well the draft has replenished the talent in the league. The league has undergone a transformation recently as the stars of the last generation such as Allen Iverson have gone on their way and the next generation's stars like Kevin Durant are starting to make themselves felt. This is not to say the draft is not an exact science that always makes teams better. There have been countless lottery busts in recent years, such as Darko Milicic, Kwame Brown, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, and Marcus Fizer. But over the years, getting high picks generally pays off. Looking at the best players in the league, almost all of them have stayed with one team their whole career. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki among others have never chang ...

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