Best Value: Kevin Garnett, No. 5, 1995. Drafting players straight from high school wasn't common in 1995, when the Timberwolves took the skinny Garnett out of Chicago's Farragut Academy. All he did was become the best player in franchise history and one of the best power forwards in league history.
Worst Value: Jonny Flynn, No. 6, 2009. Flynn was chosen right after the Wolves took another point guard, Ricky Rubio, as part of then-president David Kahn's ill-fated scheme to have the two play in the backcourt together like Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars did in Detroit. Then Kahn hired a coach, Kurt Rambis, who employed a system that did not suit Flynn's ball-dominant style of play, and the league quickly overwhelmed him. Oh, and the Wolves passed on Stephen Curry to take him.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Best Value: Chris Paul, No. 4, 2005. Paul was taken between Deron Williams and Raymond Felton — a nice little run of excellent college point guards. Paul is the shortest of the three, but his game translated just fine to the pros, and he spent six terrific seasons with New Orleans.
Worst Value: J.R. Reid, No. 5, 1989. This was a rough year for highly touted big men — Reid, Stacey King and Pervis Ellison never developed into NBA stars.
NEW YORK KNICKS
Best Value: Patrick Ewing, No. 1, 1985. There's a reason the Knicks were so thrilled when they won the first draft lottery for the right to take Ewing. New York was a 24-win team the previous season and desperately needed a franchise player to build around.
Worst Value: Frederic Weis, No. 15, 1999. Let's get one thing straight: There's no shame in being dunked on by Vince Carter. The bigger problem for New York was that Weis didn't play a game for the Knicks. They held onto the Frenchman's draft rights all the way until 2008, when they swapped them for ... Patrick Ewing Jr.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Best Value: Gary Payton, No. 2, 1990. Kevin Durant might eventually hold this title, but Payton still stands out, especially since other teams struggled to find impact players in the draft that year.
Worst Value: Mouhamed Sene, No. 10, 2006. Sene scored exactly 100 points in 46 games for the Seattle-Oklahoma City franchise.
Best Value: Dwight Howard, No. 1, 2004. This is where longevity factors in. Were Howard's eight seasons in Orlando more valuable than Shaquille O'Neal's four? Howard is first on Orlando's career scoring list. Shaq is fourth.
|Cincinnati - WP: A. Simon||4||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Samardzija||1|
|St. Louis - LP: M. Wacha||1||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: K. Lohse||5||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton||3|
|Toronto - WP: S. Delabar||3||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: M. Rzepczynski||2|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||11||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: D. Smyly||6|
|Atlanta - WP: A. Harang||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: J. Niese||0|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Lackey||4|
|NY Yankees - LP: A. Warren||5||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. McGee||11|
|Seattle - LP: Y. Medina||4||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: S. Cishek||8|
|Chicago WSox - LP: F. Paulino||0||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: M. Perez||12|
|Minnesota - LP: R. Nolasco||0||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||5|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Pettibone||1||FINAL|
|Colorado - WP: T. Chatwood||12|
|Houston - LP: J. Cosart||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||11|
|San Francisco - LP: M. Cain||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: T. Ross||2|
|Arizona - WP: J. Thatcher||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - LP: C. Perez||2|