2014 NBA Draft: 5 Best Drafts In The Lottery Era

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Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; NBA commissioner David Stern (front) gets a hug from former NBA player Hakeem Olajuwon after the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the fact that Joel Embiid’s injuries scream “Bill Walton” to me, the 2014 NBA Draft could produce a handful of superstars, which is something the 2013 NBA Draft can’t exactly claim at this point.

Welcome to the second part of this series, where we’re going to look at the lottery era (defined at 1985 until today) to find the five best drafts we’ve seen. The first part chronicled the five worst drafts, and boy were some of them bad. When Kenyon Martin is considered a major score, you know you’ve got a bad draft.

Some of you will be searching for the Michael Jordan draft, which was a total beast that included John Stockton, Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Otis Thorpe, Sam Perkins and Kevin Willis — but that was 1984, a year before the lottery system. Without further ado, let’s get to our No. 5 best draft in the lottery era.

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