The best draft picks in NBA history, Nos. 1 through 60   

Updated: June 26, 2008, 5:21 PM ET

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Shaquille O'Neal

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Shaquille O'Neal is the most successful draft pick of the lottery era. … so why did the Magic let him walk?

Ever wonder who's the best player ever selected fifth overall in the NBA draft? Or at No. 13? Look no further. Below is a comprehensive statistical look at the best selections at each spot since the dawn of the lottery in 1985 (individual stats depict year player was drafted and career average):

No. 1 overall picks

In the lottery era, two players picked have separated themselves from the pack: Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan. It should be noted that neither turned around his franchise without some luck. O'Neal was the first of two consecutive No. 1 picks for Orlando in 1992 and '93 (the Magic took Chris Webber in '93 before swapping him for Penny Hardaway); the Spurs were only in the lottery in 1997 because of an injury to franchise center (and 1987 No. 1 pick) David Robinson. Although O'Neal led Orlando to the 1995 NBA Finals, he was outplayed by Hakeem Olajuwon (the last No. 1 pick of the pre-lottery era). Most of Shaq's success came in Los Angeles, where he starred on underachieving teams until the arrival of coach Phil Jackson.

Best pick: Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando, 1992

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
LeBron James '03 6.6
Allen Iverson '96 6.3
Chris Webber '93 4.2
Brad Daugherty '86 3.7
Larry Johnson '91 3.3

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Dwight Howard '04 12.2
Tim Duncan '97 11.8
Shaquille O'Neal '92 11.5
David Robinson '87 10.6
Elton Brand '99 10.2

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Allen Iverson '96 27.7
LeBron James '03 27.3
Shaquille O'Neal '92 25.2
Tim Duncan '97 21.6
David Robinson '87 21.1

No. 2 overall picks
The second selection has been fertile ground for point guards. The two best No. 2 picks since 1985 are a pair of points who grew up playing on the same playgrounds in Oakland, Calif. -- Gary Payton and Jason Kidd.

Best pick: Gary Payton, Seattle, 1990

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Jason Kidd '94 9.3
Gary Payton '90 6.7
Mike Bibby '98 6.2
Kenny Anderson '91 6.1
Steve Francis '99 6.0

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Emeka Okafor '04 10.8
Marcus Camby '96 9.7
Tyson Chandler '01 9.0
Alonzo Mourning '92 8.5
Antonio McDyess '95 7.7

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Kevin Durant '07 20.3
Steve Francis '99 18.1
Alonzo Mourning '92 17.1
Mike Bibby '98 16.6
Gary Payton '90 16.3

No. 3 overall picks
The best No. 3 picks have had their careers derailed. In 1993 and '94, Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill had size, athleticism, vision and scoring instincts. Hardaway was first team All-NBA by his second season, when the Orlando Magic reached the NBA Finals. Hill made first team All-NBA in his third season. But injuries derailed both players. Still, no other No. 3 pick has approached the peaks of Hardaway and Hill. We'll give Hardaway a very slight edge based on his twice being named first-team All-NBA.

Best pick: Penny Hardaway, Golden State, 1993 (traded to Orlando)

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Deron Williams '05 8.1
Baron Davis '99 7.2
Chauncey Billups '97 5.5
Grant Hill '94 5.0
Penny Hardaway '93 5.0

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Al Horford '07 9.7
Pau Gasol '01 8.6
Shareef Abdur-Rahim '96 7.5
Benoit Benjamin '85 7.5
3 players tied -- 6.7

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Carmelo Anthony '03 24.4
Grant Hill '94 19.1
Pau Gasol '01 18.8
Jerry Stackhouse '95 18.6
Shareef Abdur-Rahim '96 18.1

No. 4 overall picks
Chris Paul has played only three NBA seasons, but he has already staked a solid claim to being the best No. 4 pick in the lottery era. CP3 was runner-up to Kobe Bryant in a 2008 MVP race that many believed he should have won. Stephon Marbury, however, has averaged 19.7 points and 7.8 assists in 823 career games. Only four NBA players have averaged at least 19 points and seven assists during the course of their careers -- Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas are the others.

Best pick: Chris Paul, New Orleans, 2005

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Chris Paul '05 9.5
Stephon Marbury '96 7.8
Shaun Livingston '04 4.8
Lamar Odom '99 4.4
Jamal Mashburn '93 4.0

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Dikembe Mutombo '91 10.4
Chris Bosh '03 9.0
Lamar Odom '99 8.9
Drew Gooden '02 8.0
Antawn Jamison '98 7.9

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Stephon Marbury '96 19.7
Antawn Jamison '98 19.6
Jamal Mashburn '93 19.1
Chris Bosh '03 18.9
Glen Rice '89 18.3

No. 5 overall picks
With all of the talented players selected at this spot over the years, it's difficult to choose the best. We're going with Dwyane Wade ('03), based on his performance as MVP of the 2006 Finals. He beats out Scottie Pippen ('87), a six-time NBA champion and the best wing defender of his generation. Kevin Garnett ('95) has won an MVP award and a title, and he's one of three players in NBA history with career averages of 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Elgin Baylor.

Best pick: Dwyane Wade, Miami, 2003

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Raymond Felton '05 6.6
Dwyane Wade '03 6.5
Scottie Pippen '87 5.2
Kevin Garnett '95 4.4
Vince Carter 9.8 4.2

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Kevin Garnett '95 11.2
Juwan Howard '94 6.8
LaPhonso Ellis '92 6.5
Scottie Pippen '87 6.4
Tony Battie '97 5.6

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Dwyane Wade '03 23.9
Vince Carter '98 23.8
Ray Allen '96 21.1
Mitch Richmond '88 21.0
Kevin Garnett '95 20.4

No. 6 overall picks
Brandon Roy might well be on his way to becoming the top No. 6 pick in the lottery era. To this point, though, Antoine Walker has clearly been the best.

Best pick: Antoine Walker, Boston, 1996

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Kenny Smith '87 5.5
Brandon Roy '06 5.0
Antoine Walker '96 3.5
Hersey Hawkins '87 2.9
Tom Gugliotta '92 2.8

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Chris Kaman '03 8.3
Antoine Walker '96 7.7
Tom Gugliotta '92 7.3
Bryant Reeves '95 6.9
Josh Childress '04 5.6

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Brandon Roy '06 18.1
Antoine Walker '96 17.5
Wally Szczerbiak '99 15.0
Hersey Hawkins '88 14.7
Ron Mercer '97 13.6

No. 7 overall picks
Chris Mullin had the sweetest lefty stroke our eyes have seen, but Kevin Johnson, who fittingly wore jersey No. 7, was as lethal as any point guard before injuries derailed his career. Among players selected at No. 7, only KJ, Chris Paul, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson have career averages of 17 points and nine assists per game.

Top pick: Kevin Johnson, Cleveland, 1987

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Kevin Johnson '87 9.1
Kirk Hinrich '03 6.4
Jason Williams '98 6.3
Chris Mullin '85 3.5
4 players tied -- 3.3

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Roy Tarpley '86 10.0
Lorenzen Wright '96 6.5
Luol Deng '04 6.4
Nene '02 6.3
2 players tied -- 6.2

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Chris Mullin '85 18.2
Richard Hamilton '99 17.9
Kevin Johnson '87 17.9
Luol Deng '04 15.6
Kirk Hinrich '03 14.4

No. 8 overall picks
Rudy Gay has a chance to distinguish himself at the No. 8 spot if he can continue to develop. However, for now, we give the nod to Ron Harper ('86) over Detlef Schrempf ('85), Vin Baker ('93) and Andre Miller ('99).

Top pick: Ron Harper, Cleveland, 1986

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Andre Miller '99 7.5
T.J. Ford '03 6.9
Ron Harper '86 5.5
Jamal Crawford '00 4.1
Detlef Schrempf '85 3.4

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Brian Grant '94 7.4
Vin Baker '93 7.4
Olden Polynice '87 6.7
Detlef Schrempf '85 6.2
Chris Wilcox '02 5.5

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Rudy Gay '06 15.6
Vin Baker '93 15.0
Larry Hughes '98 14.9
Jamal Crawford '00 14.6
Rex Chapman '88 14.6

No. 9 overall picks
Tracy McGrady, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion were each drafted in this slot. We'll give the nod to McGrady, who despite injuries won two scoring titles and has been able to defend many positions.

Best picks: Tracy McGrady, Toronto, 1997

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Tracy McGrady '97 4.7
Andre Iguodala '04 4.1
Dirk Nowirzki '98 2.7
Charles Oakley '85 2.5
Derrick McKey '87 2.4

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Shawn Marion '99 10.1
Rony Seikaly '88 9.5
Charles Oakley '85 9.5
Amare Stoudemire '02 9.1
Dirk Nowitzki '98 8.6

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Dirk Nowitzki '98 22.4
Tracy McGrady '97 22.4
Amare Stoudemire '02 21.0
Shawn Marion '99 18.3
Andre Iguodala '04 14.8

No. 10 overall picks
Paul Pierce, the 2008 NBA Finals MVP is our selection for the best No. 10 pick in the lottery era. He beats out former teammate Joe Johnson, as well as Caron Butler and Eddie Jones. Pierce is one of 11 players in NBA history with career averages of 23 points, six rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

Best pick: Paul Pierce, Boston, 1998

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Pooh Richardson '89 6.5
Johnny Dawkins '86 5.5
Jason Terry '99 5.0
Joe Johnson '01 4.2
Paul Pierce '98 3.9

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Horace Grant '87 8.1
Erick Dampier '96 7.4
Kurt Thomas '95 7.4
Danny Fortson '97 7.2
Paul Pierce '98 6.4

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Paul Pierce '98 23.1
Joe Johnson '01 16.6
Caron Butler '02 16.0
Jason Terry '99 15.9
Eddie Jones '94 14.8

No. 11 overall picks
Reggie Miller, undoubtedly one of the greatest clutch performers in history, gets the nod here. Other notable picks include another great shooter, Allan Houston, and Terrell Brandon, one of the great point guards of his time … and one of the great expiring contracts of all-time.

Best pick: Reggie Miller, Indiana, 1987

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Terrell Brandon '91 6.1
Reggie Miller '87 3.0
Nick Anderson '89 2.6
Allan Houston '93 2.4

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Tyrone Hill '90 8.6
Andris Biedrins '04 7.4
Nick Anderson '89 5.1
Will Perdue '88 4.9
Robert Horry '92 4.8

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Reggie Miller '87 18.2
Allan Houston '93 17.3
Nick Anderson '89 14.4
Terrell Brandon '91 13.8
Bonzi Wells '98 12.1

No. 12 overall picks
Mookie Blaylock, a six-time All-Defense selection, is clearly the cream of the crop at the No. 12 spot. A special mention goes to Muggsy Bogues, who's the shortest player in NBA history, at 5-foot-3, but ranks 16th in career assists.

Best pick: Mookie Blaylock, New Jersey, 1989

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Muggsy Bogues '87 7.6
Mookie Blaylock '89 6.7
Greg Anthony '91 4.0
Khalid Reeves '94 3.2
John Williams '86 2.9

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Nick Collison '03 6.9
Etan Thomas '00 5.1
John Williams '86 5.1
George Lynch '93 5.0
Vitaly Potapenko '96 4.5

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Mookie Blaylock '89 13.5
John Williams '86 10.1
Harvey Grant '88 9.9
Harold Miner '92 9.0

No. 13 overall picks
Two of the 20 greatest players in NBA history have been picked at this slot: Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant. At this point, we'll give the edge to Malone. Kobe is a great scorer, but Malone is the No. 2 scorer in NBA history.

Best pick: Karl Malone, Utah, 1985

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Kobe Bryant '96 4.6
Sebastian Telfair '04 3.8
Jalen Rose '94 3.8
Pearl Washington '86 3.8
Karl Malone '85 3.6

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Karl Malone '85 10.1
Dale Davis '91 7.9
Loy Vaught '90 7.1
Sean May '05 7.9
Keon Clark '98 5.9

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Kobe Bryant '96 25.0
Karl Malone '85 25.0
Richard Jefferson '01 17.4
Corey Maggette '99 16.1
Derek Anderson '97 12.0

No. 14 overall picks
Tim Hardaway is easily the top pick at this spot. He's one of only five players in NBA history with career averages of 17 points, eight assists and 1.5 steals per game -- Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Kevin Johnson and Chris Paul are the others.

Best pick: Tim Hardaway, Golden State, 1989

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Tim Hardaway '89 8.2
Luke Ridnour '03 5.0
Dan Majerle '88 2.9
Travis Mays '90 2.8
Michael Dickerson '98 2.6

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Troy Murphy '01 7.9
Peja Stojakovic '96 5.0
Walter Berry '86 4.7
Maurice Taylor '97 4.6
2 players tied -- 4.5

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Peja Stojakovic '96 18.2
Tim Hardaway '89 17.7
Michael Dickerson '98 15.4
Al Thornton '07 12.7
2 players tied -- 11.4

No. 15 overall picks
Best pick: Steve Nash, Phoenix, 1996

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Steve Nash '96 7.9
Gary Grant '88 5.5
Brent Barry '95 3.3
Rodney Stuckey '07 2.8

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Al Jefferson '04 8.1
Blair Rasmussen '85 5.7
Matt Harpring '98 5.4
Kelvin Cato '97 5.3

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Steve Nash '96 14.3
Al Jefferson '04 13.4
Matt Harpring '98 12.2
Dell Curry '86 11.7

No. 16 overall picks
Best pick: Ron Artest, Chicago, 1999

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Brevin Knight '97 6.6
Dana Barros '89 3.3
Ron Artest '99 3.2
Hedo Turkoglu '00 2.5
Bryce Drew '98 2.2

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Terry Mills '90 5.4
Chris Gatling '91 5.3
Clifford Rozier '94 5.2
Ron Artest '99 5.1
Alan Henderson '95 5.0

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Ron Artest '99 16.0
Hedo Turkoglu '00 11.7
Terry Mills '90 10.6
Dana Barros '89 10.5
Chris Gatling '91 10.3

No. 17 overall picks
Best pick: Shawn Kemp, Seattle, 1989

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Bob Sura '95 3.8
Doug Christie '92 3.6
Josh Smith '04 2.7
Aaron McKie '94 2.7

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Shawn Kemp '89 8.4
Jermaine O'Neal '96 7.7
Josh Smith '04 7.4
Rasho Nesterovic '98 5.5
Danny Granger '05 5.2

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Shawn Kemp '89 14.6
Jermaine O'Neal '96 14.4
Danny Granger '05 13.7
Josh Smith '04 13.6
Desmond Mason '00 12.5

No. 18 overall picks
Best pick: Joe Dumars, Detroit, 1985

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Mark Jackson '87 8.0
Joe Dumars '85 4.5
B.J. Armstrong '89 3.3
James Posey '99 1.8

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
David West '03 6.8
Theo Ratliff '95 6.1
Quentin Richardson '00 5.0
James Posey '99 4.9
Jason Collins '01 4.4

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Joe Dumars '85 16.1
David West '03 14.0
Quentin Richardson '00 11.6
Rick Berry '88 11.0
J.R. Smith '04 10.9

No. 19 overall picks
Best pick: Rod Strickland, New York, 1988

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Rod Strickland '88 7.3
Dee Brown '90 3.7
LaBradford Smith '91 2.2
Ken Norman '87 2.1

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Zach Randolph '01 8.1
Jamaal Magloire '00 7.2
Ken Norman '87 6.1
Billy Thompson '86 5.4
Scot Pollard '97 4.6

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Zach Randolph '01 16.3
Ken Norman '87 13.5
Rod Strickland '88 13.2
Dee Brown '90 11.1
Don MacLean '92 10.9

No. 20 overall picks
Best pick: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland, 1996

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Jameer Nelson '04 4.4
Speedy Claxton '00 4.3
Sam Vincent '85 3.9
B.J. Tyler '94 3.2

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Zydrunas Ilgauskas '96 7.9
Brendan Haywood '01 5.9
Jason Caffey '95 4.4
Renaldo Balkman '06 3.8

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Zydrunas Ilgauskas '96 14.5
Jameer Nelson '04 11.7
Kevin Edwards '88 10.9
Speedy Claxton '00 9.3
Buck Johnson '86 9.1

No. 21 overall picks
Best pick: Michael Finley, Phoenix, 1995

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Eric Murdock '91 4.9
Rajon Rondo '06 4.5
Boris Diaw '03 4.0
Ricky Davis '98 3.5
Michael Finley '95 3.2

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Jayson Williams '90 7.5
Jeff Foster '99 7.0
Terry Catledge '85 6.4
Boris Diaw '03 4.7
Michael Finley '95 4.6

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Michael Finley '95 16.7
Ricky Davis '98 14.3
Terry Catledge '85 12.7
Morris Peterson '00 11.5
Blue Edwards '89 10.8

No. 22 overall picks
Best pick: Reggie Lewis, Boston, 1987

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Scott Skiles '86 6.5
Jarrett Jack '05 4.0
Marcus Williams '06 3.0
Reggie Lewis '87 2.6
Oliver Miller '92 2.2

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Kenny Thomas '99 7.1
Oliver Miller '92 5.9
Brian Skinner '98 4.9
Chris Mills '93 4.9
Reggie Lewis '87 4.3

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Reggie Lewis '87 17.6
Chris Mills '93 11.2
Scott Skiles '86 11.1
Kenny Thomas '99 9.7
Jarrett Jack '05 9.5

No. 23 overall picks
Best pick: Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, 2002

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Lee Mayberry '92 3.6
Travis Best '95 3.5
Tyronn Lue '98 3.3
Bobby Jackson '97 2.6
Tayshaun Prince '02 2.5

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
A.C. Green '85 7.4
Cadillac Anderson '87 6.2
Ervin Johnson '93 6.1
Jerome Lane '88 5.8
Anthony Bonner '90 5.4

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Tayshaun Prince '02 12.4
Wesley Person '94 11.2
Bobby Jackson '97 10.0
A.C. Green '85 9.6
Tyronn Lue '98 8.9

No. 24 overall picks
Best pick: Latrell Sprewell, Golden State, 1992

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Sam Cassell '93 6.0
Terry Porter '85 5.6
Brian Shaw '88 4.2
Latrell Sprewell '92 4.0
2 players tied -- 3.8

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Arvydas Sabonis '86 7.3
Andrei Kirilenko '99 5.9
Nenad Krstic '02 5.7
Latrell Sprewell '92 4.1
Rick Fox '91 3.8

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Latrell Sprewell '92 18.3
Sam Cassell '93 15.7
Andrei Kirilenko '99 12.6
Terry Porter '85 12.2
Arvydas Sabonis '86 12.4

No. 25 overall picks
Best pick: Mark Price, Dallas, 1986 (traded to Cleveland)

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Mark Price '86 6.7
Johnnie Morton '89 2.7
David Rivers '88 2.5
Frank Williams '02 1.9

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Al Harrington '98 5.8
Gerald Wallace '01 5.0
Johan Petro '05 4.5
Corie Blount '93 4.2

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Mark Price '86 15.2
Al Harrington '98 13.0
Gerald Wallace '01 11.6
Tony Allen '04 7.3
Greg Minor '94 6.9

No. 26 overall picks
Best pick: Vlade Divac, Los Angeles Lakers, 1989

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Charlie Ward '94 4.0
Vlade Divac '89 3.1
Vonteego Cummings '99 2.7
Jordan Farmar '06 2.4
John Salmons '02 2.2

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Vlade Divac '89 8.2
Sam Dalembert '01 8.0
Jerome Williams '96 6.4
Jason Maxiell '05 3.7
Kevin Martin '04 3.6

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Kevin Martin '04 15.4
Vlade Divac '89 11.8
Sam Dalembert '01 8.4
John Salmons '02 7.1
2 players tied -- 6.9

No. 27 overall picks
Best pick: Dennis Rodman, Detroit, 1986

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Jamaal Tinsley '01 7.0
Sergio Rodriguez '05 2.5
Jacque Vaughn '97 2.5

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Dennis Rodman '86 13.1
Elden Campbell '90 5.9
Kendrick Perkins '03 5.0
Vladimir Stepania '98 4.4
Jumaine Jones '99 4.2

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Jamaal Tinsley '01 10.4
Elden Campbell '90 10.3
Linas Kleiza '05 7.7
Primoz Brezec '00 7.6
Dennis Rodman '86 7.3

No. 28 overall picks
Best pick: Tony Parker, San Antonio, 2001

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Sherman Douglas '98 5.9
Tony Parker '01 5.5
Leandro Barbosa '03 2.8
Dan Dickau '02 2.5
Beno Udrih '04 2.5

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
Greg Ostertag '95 5.5
Larry Krystkowiak '86 4.9
Andrew Lang '88 4.8
Ken Johnson '85 3.8
Marlon Maxey '92 3.7

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Tony Parker '01 16.0
Leandro Barbosa '03 12.7
Sherman Douglas '89 11.0
Larry Krystkowiak '86 8.2
Lucious Harris '93 7.2

No. 29 overall picks
Best pick: Toni Kukoc, Chicago, 1990

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Toni Kukoc '90 3.7
Vinny Del Negro '88 3.2
Corey Alexander '95 2.7
Mardy Collins '06 1.8

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
P.J. Brown '92 7.7
Josh Howard '03 6.4
Nazr Mohammed '98 5.6
Toni Kukoc '90 4.2
Travis Knight '96 3.1

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Josh Howard '03 15.2
Toni Kukoc '90 11.6
Johnny Newman '86 11.0
P.J. Brown '92 9.1
Vinny Del Negro '88 9.1

No. 30 overall picks
Best pick: Nate McMillan, Seattle, 1986

Top career assists

Name Yr. APG
Nate McMillan '86 6.1
Marko Jaric '00 3.9
Howard Eisley '94 3.5
Trenton Hassell '01 1.9

Top career rebounders

Name Yr. RPG
David Lee '05 7.9
Gheorghe Muresan '93 6.4
Anderson Varejao '04 6.2
Othella Harrington '96 4.4
Nate McMillan '86 4.0

Top career scorers

Name Yr. PPG
Gheorghe Muresan '93 9.8
David Lee '05 8.9
Marko Jaric '00 7.8
Othella Harrington '96 7.4
Howard Eisley '94 6.5

Best picks: Nos. 31-60
31: Gilbert Arenas, Golden State, 2001: 22.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.5 APG
32: Rashard Lewis, Seattle, 1998: 16.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.8 APG
33: Kevin Duckworth, San Antonio, 1986: 11.8 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 0.9 APG
34: Dan Gadzuric, Milwaukee, 2002: 5.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 0.3 APG
35: Carlos Boozer, Cleveland, 2002: 16.9 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.4 APG
36: Cliff Robinson, Portland, 1989: 14.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.2 APG
37: Nick Van Exel, Los Angeles Lakers, 1993: 14.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 6.6 APG
38: Mehmet Okur, Detroit, 2001: 13.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG
39: Rafer Alston, Milwaukee, 1998: 10.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.8 APG
40: Monta Ellis, Golden State, 2005: 15.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.4 APG
41: Cuttino Mobley, Houston, 1998: 16.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.7 APG
42: Stephen Jackson, Phoenix, 1997: 14.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.8 APG
43: Michael Redd, Milwaukee, 2000: 20.5 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.3 APG
44: Malik Rose, Charlotte Hornets, 1996: 6.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 0.8 APG
45: Hot Rod Williams, Cleveland, 1985: 11.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 APG
46: Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix, 1986: 14.5 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 4.9 APG
47: Gerald Wilkins, New York, 1985: 13.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.0 APG
48: Cedric Ceballos, Phoenix, 1990: 14.3 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.2 APG
49: Haywoode Workman, Atlanta, 1989: 5.5 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 3.9 APG
50: Ryan Gomes, Boston, 2005: 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.5 APG
51: Kyle Korver, New Jersey (traded to Philadelphia), 2003: 10.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 1.5 APG
52: Donald Royal, Cleveland, 1987: 6.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.0 APG
53: Anthony Mason, Portland, 1988: 10.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 3.4 APG
54: Sam Mitchell, Houston, 1985: 8.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.1 APG
55: Kenny Gattison, Phoenix, 1986: 7.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 0.9 APG
56: Luis Scola, San Antonio, 2002: 10.3 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.3 APG
57: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 1999: 14.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.6 APG
58: Don Reid, Detroit, 1995: 3.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.4 APG
59: Sedric Toney, Atlanta, 1985: 3.7 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 2.1 APG
60: Drazen Petrovic, Portland, 1986: 15.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 2.4 APG


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2008 NBA Draft


We've got the 2008 draft covered. Who are the top prospects? Check out our analysis, projections, scouting reports and more. '08 NBA Draft Index

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