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Continued: Picking the best and worst all-time draft choices for all 30 NBA franchises

  • Article by: NOAH TRISTER , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: June 26, 2013 - 3:10 AM

DETROIT PISTONS

Best Value: Joe Dumars, No. 18, 1985. In a draft heavy on big men, the Pistons were able to land Dumars late in the first round, and he would team up with Isiah Thomas to form a championship-winning backcourt. In 1986, the Pistons came up with another steal when they took Dennis Rodman in the second round, but Dumars played with Detroit his entire career and is now the team's president.

Worst Value: Darko Milicic, No. 2, 2003. Milicic was the man picked between LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The Pistons won the NBA title in 2004 — but this choice still haunts them.

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GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Best Value: Chris Mullin, No. 7, 1985. Included in Mullin's terrific run with the Warriors was a five-year stretch in which he averaged at least 25 points every season.

Worst Value: Joe Smith, No. 1, 1995. Smith had a perfectly decent career, playing over 1,000 games in the pros, but he was with the Warriors for less than three seasons, and it was clear pretty early that he wasn't the type of franchise player you'd hope to draft at No. 1. Chris Washburn, who Golden State picked at No. 3 in 1986, played even fewer games for the Warriors, but that was a disappointing draft in general. Smith was taken ahead of Rasheed Wallace and Kevin Garnett.

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HOUSTON ROCKETS

Best Value: Hakeem Olajuwon, No. 1, 1984. Olajuwon's career was so transcendent that the Rockets have drawn little criticism for passing on Michael Jordan. An honorable mention goes to Calvin Murphy, a second-round pick by the Rockets in 1970.

Worst Value: Lee Johnson, No. 17, 1979. Johnson did not play in the NBA at all in the 1979-80 season. He appeared in 10 games for the Rockets the following season, scoring 17 points — and that was pretty much that.

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INDIANA PACERS

Best Value: Reggie Miller, No. 11, 1987. The selection of Miller — over the objections of Pacers fans who wanted Indiana to take hometown favorite Steve Alford — changed the direction of the franchise. Miller turned the fans' draft-night boos into cheers by helping the Pacers become perennial contenders from the mid-1990s until his retirement in 2005.

Worst Value: Rick Robey, No. 3, 1978. Larry Bird was eligible for this draft, but the Pacers decided not to wait a year for the Indiana native, who was headed back to college for his senior season. Bird was taken by Boston at No. 6. The Pacers actually had the top pick, but traded down to No. 3 to acquire Johnny Davis. Davis played fine for Indiana. Robey played only half a season for the Pacers — although he later won a title alongside Bird in Boston.

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LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Best Value: Blake Griffin, No. 1, 2009. Let's be honest: There's not a lot of competition for this honor. Griffin missed the whole 2009-10 season because of a broken kneecap, but he's now one of several reasons this downtrodden franchise is finally enjoying some buzz. Danny Manning put up good numbers for the Clippers after they took him with the top pick in 1988, but the team remained largely irrelevant.

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Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra 2 FINAL
Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw 3
Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 3 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 6
Miami - LP: B. Hand 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 9
Washington - WP: T. Roark 10 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick 3
Toronto - LP: R. Dickey 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price 3
St. Louis - LP: C. Martinez 2 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 11
Boston - WP: C. Buchholz 11 FINAL
Houston - LP: B. Peacock 0
Detroit - LP: J. Verlander 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 5
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 10 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 7
LA Angels - WP: T. Skaggs 10 FINAL
Texas - LP: S. Baker 7
Arizona - LP: V. Nuno 4 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8
San Diego - LP: T. Ross 0 FINAL
Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu 1
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 13 FINAL
Colorado - LP: B. Anderson 5
Oakland - WP: S. Gray 4 FINAL
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1
NY Yankees 1 Delayed
Baltimore 3
Portland 0 2nd Half 25:00
Seattle 0
Winnipeg 34 FINAL
Montreal 33
Ottawa 11 FINAL
Edmonton 27
Calgary 34 FINAL
Toronto 15
Brt Columbia 26 FINAL
Saskatchewan 13
Los Angeles 90 FINAL
Connecticut 64
Seattle 60 FINAL
Minnesota 77
San Antonio 61 FINAL
Phoenix 90
Chicago 79 FINAL
Atlanta 81
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