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5 worst NBA Draft classes of the 21st century

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#3 2013 NBA Draft

Anthony Bennett was the first pick, but he started just four games in his four-year NBA career.
Anthony Bennett was the first pick, but he started just four games in his four-year NBA career.

The 2013 NBA Draft class was not great, but the worst part about that class was the general poor judgement of talent by NBA executives.

Out of the two NBA Draft rounds, only three players made it to All-Star games and earned All-NBA selections. However, only one of those players - Victor Oladipo - was a high pick. Two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year winner Rudy Gobert were selected 15th and 27th in this NBA Draft class.

In this NBA Draft class, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Canadian Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick. However, Bennett went on to play only 151 NBA games with four teams, averaging four points and three rebounds per game.


#2 2006 NBA Draft

The 2006 NBA Draft class
The 2006 NBA Draft class

The 2006 NBA Draft consisted of four players who earned selections to All-Star and All-NBA teams in their careers. They were LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Lowry.

However, the performances of Andrea Bargnani (first), Adam Morrison, Tyrus Thomas, Shelden Williams, Patrick O'Bryant, Mouhamed Sene and Hilton Armstrong among the Top-12 picks downgraded the pedigree of this NBA Draft class.

Bargnani was not a terrible player in the NBA but never lived up to his first-pick status. Similarly, the rest of the players mentioned along with him also did not go on to have stellar careers in the competition.

The fact that these guys were selected ahead of the likes of Rondo, Lowry, Paul Millsap and JJ Barea, with CJ Watson going undrafted, reflected the general poor judgement of talent by executives of various teams in this NBA Draft.


#1 2000 NBA Draft

The 2000 NBA Draft class.
The 2000 NBA Draft class.

It is difficult to find an NBA Draft class filled mostly with role players, but the 2000 NBA Draft fits that box.

The numer one overall pick, Kenyon Martin, had a solid NBA career, but he never really made the kind of impact many first overall draft picks had before or after him. Only Michael Redd (43rd pick) was selected to an All-Star Game and the All-NBA team during his career.

Jamaal Magloire and Martin were the only other players to make an All-Star team from this NBA Draft class, with both doing so only once apiece.

Made up of mostly role players, the 2000 NBA Draft class did have three-time Sixth Man of the Year Award winner Jamal Crawford, who scored more than 19,000 points in his NBA career and is still active in the competition.


Also read: NBA Draft 2020: Ownership pressure could force Golden State Warriors to pick LaMelo Ball; James Wiseman favorite to go No. 1 overall.

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