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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

Worst Value: Fran Vazquez, No. 11, 2005. Vazquez surprised the Magic by staying in Europe, leaving Orlando with nothing to show for that first-round pick. Danny Granger was taken six spots later.

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PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Best Value: Maurice Cheeks, No. 36, 1978. Talk about a diamond in the rough — Cheeks gave Philadelphia a decade of solid point guard play, and the team won an NBA title in 1983. Charles Barkley (No. 5 in 1984) could have been the pick here, but he played only half his career in Philly.

Worst Value: Marvin Barnes, No. 2, 1974. Barnes signed with the Spirits of St. Louis of the ABA and never played for the 76ers. Jamaal Wilkes was among the players available when Philadelphia picked Barnes.

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PHOENIX SUNS

Best Value: Amare Stoudemire, No. 9, 2002. Stoudemire won rookie of the year honors to begin a fine eight-year run in Phoenix. The Suns also drafted Steve Nash at No. 15 in 1996, although his best seasons in Phoenix were during his second stint there, which came about via free agency.

Worst Value: William Bedford, No. 6, 1986. Bedford averaged 6.7 points as a rookie in his only season with the Suns.

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PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Best Value: Clyde Drexler, No. 14, 1983. In addition to Drexler, the Blazers also nabbed Terry Porter late in the first round in 1985 and Jerome Kersey with the 46th overall pick in 1984.

Worst Value: Sam Bowie, No. 2, 1984. Not even Kersey could make up for the fact that Portland infamously passed up Michael Jordan in '84. Bowie could never stay healthy enough to live up to his potential, and the Blazers have been re-living that misfortune recently with Greg Oden. Portland also took LaRue Martin over Bob McAdoo with the top pick in 1972.

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SACRAMENTO KINGS

Best Value: Peja Stojakovic, No. 14, 1996. In a testament to how deep that '96 draft was, the Kings ended up with a quality player one spot after Kobe Bryant was taken.

Worst Value: Joe Kleine, No. 6, 1985. The pick itself wasn't as bad as the opportunity cost. Chris Mullin went next, followed by Detlef Schrempf and Charles Oakley. Karl Malone was picked at No. 13.

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