Ranking all Drafts since 2000
This is my first topic and I'm not sure if one has been made before but here goes. Here is my power ranking of all the draft classes. This excludes 2013 and 2012.
in parenthesis are imo best players or most recognizable players from draft
12: 2000 (Kenyon Martin, Mike Miller, Jamal Crawford)
11: 2001 (Tyson Chandler, Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson)
10: 2006 (Rudy Gay, Lamarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy)
9: 2011 (Kyrie Irving, Jonas Valanciunas, Klay Thompson) I personally think they will move up soon.
8: 2010 (John Wall, Paul George, Demarcus Cousins) As will this class.
7: 2002 (Yao Ming, Carlos Boozer, Amare Staudemire)
6: 2004 (Dwight Howard, Josh Smith, Al Jefferson)
5: 2007 (Kevin Durant, Joakhim Noah, Marc Gasol)
4: 2009 (James Harden, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry)
3: 2005 (Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Andrew Bynum)
2: 2008 (Derrick Rose, Russel Westbrook, Kevin Love)
1: 2003 (Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony)
I think one and two were easiest to pick as well as 12 and 11. The hardest decision for me was between 3-5
I see several players from the 2011 Class having big years this year. That class actually ended up being pretty deep with a lot of quality starter material (and even a few future All-Stars).
Kawhi Leonard (why he didnt mention him I don't know), Enes Kanter, Parsons, Alec Burks, Jimmy Butler, Shumpert and Kennith Faried all have a legit shot at winning an award at the end of next year, be it a defensive team or most improved or otherwise. Pretty solid class.
I was only picking 3 players per draft and Kawhi was one of my choices. Without a doubt he is one of the more complete young players and will be in this league for a long time
It had Tony Parker, Joe Johnson, Zbo, Gerald Wallace, Gilbert, Battier along with Gasol and Chandler. Should be in top 5 i think...
Very good point. It was my fault I did not look into the players drafted later on. Maybe not top 5 but it is definitly better than the next 3 that come after
No tayshaun Prince in 2002?
He's not better than Ming, Stoudemire, or Boozer.
which drafts were effected with high level talent suffering from career ending (or hurting) injuries and other major screw ups that may have kept players from their full potential
2000: Fizer- Why the Bulls tried to make him a SF boggles my mind. He was a PF and the Bulls still had Brand. He was simply picked by the wrong fit.
2001: Eddie Griffin- Mental Health
Eddie Curry- twinkies
2002: Jay Williams- Bike accident
Dajuan Wagner- numerous injuries/ infections/ surgeries
Amare- Will we see him high flying for 35 mins a night like he was back with the Suns? probably not.
2003: TJ Ford- Neck Injury
2004: Shaun Livingston- Knee duh
2005: Bogut- Constantly injured
Deron Williams- Has picked up nagging knee problems with his increased age
Bynum- It's easier and shorter to list when he was healthy...
Sean May- weight issues
Rashad McCants- Mental Health
Danny Granger- Sat out last year, how will he bounce back?
Ronnie Turiaf- Feel good story about his open heart surgery
2006: Roy- Knees
Rondo- I don't think this recent injury will have long term affect on his performance
2007: Oden- Considering he looked like a 45 yr old at age 13, maybe he is a real Bejamin Button and will get healthier as he gets older...
Jeff Green- Makes his impact as a skilled athlete that can match up with both SF and PF easily... will he be able to continue that as he comes back?
Javaris Crittenton- Mental Health- no matter how I look at it... he should have made it at least as a bench player
2008: Rose- How will he come back?
Beasley- Cronic and a severe case of the "who-gives-a-%&^$"
Eric Gordon- Will he ever be 35 mins per game healthy again?
2009: Ricky Rubio- Hopefully he figures out how to stay healthy for a whole season as his body matures
Curry- Glass Ankles
Austin Daye- Needs more body weight
Blair- No ACLs haven't held him back so far...
2010: No Major Injuries
2011: Derrick Williams- Similiar to Fizer (Drafted by a team with an all-star PF and forced to play SF. Needs to play for a team that will let him play both like Jeff Green in Boston this upcoming yr)
Iman Shumpert- Knee
Josh Selby- Left too early
2012: Thomas Robinson- needs to be able to play for more than a week without being traded!
Royce White- Mental Health
Perry Jones- Knees (this is a prediction)