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Top 5 players from every draft class from the past 5 classes

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Top 5 players from every draft class from the past 5 classes

2006:
1. Rajon Rondo
2. Lamarcus Aldridge
3. Brandon Roy (hard to rank due to the short span of his career)
4. Rudy Gay
5. Andrea Bargani

2007:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Al Horford
3. Marc Gasol
4. Mike Conley
5. Joakim Noah

2008:
1. Derrick Rose
2. Kevin Love
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Roy Hibbert
5. Eric Gordon

2009:
1. Blake Griffin
2. James Harden
3. Brandon Jennings
4. Stephen Curry
5. Tyreke Evans/ Demar Derozan

2010:
1. Demarcus Cousins
2. John Wall
3. Paul George
4. Greg Monroe
5. Evan Turner

2011:
1. Kyrie Irving
2. Klay Thompson
3. Kawhi Leonard
4. Kemba Walker
5. Kenneth Faried

I'm not doing 2012 because it's too early to determine who ranks where.


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If your first name began with

If your first name began with a K in 2011, your a solid player

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i add

Derrick Favors in 2010, Jonas Valanciunas in 2011

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Kawi Leonard is a nice

Kawi Leonard is a nice player, a role player, albeit a good role player, still a role player. He's a bit overrated, he get's a lot of praise but a lot of that is because he plays on a very good Spurs team, put him on a crappy Raptors team or something, not so much.

Plus it is way to early to rank the 2009-2012 classes. Derrick Favors for example, he hasn't had the oppurtunity to play starter's minutes because Utah has Jefferson and Milsap, same with his teammate Enes Kanter.

So, I'll rank 2006-2008

2006
1. Rajon Rondo
2. LaMarcus Aldridge
3. Brandon Roy (hard to rank, but he stayed healthy, he'd be #1)
4. Rudy Gay
5. Kyle Lowry

2007
1. Kevin Durant
2. Joakim Noah
3. Aaron Afflalo
4. Al Horford
5. Mike Conley

2008
1. Derrick Rose
2. Russell Westbrook
3. Kevin Love
4. Eric Gordon
5. Ryan Anderson / Danilo Gallinari

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No Marc Gasol in '07?

No Marc Gasol in '07?

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2005

2005.

1. Chris Paul
2. Deron Williams
3. Danny Granger
4. David Lee
5. Monta Ellis

Honorable mention - Bynum & Bogut

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2004

2004.

1. Dwight Howard
2. Josh Smith
3. Luol Deng
4. Andre Iguodola
5. Al Jefferson

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jrue holiday and brook lopez, batum

Jrue holiday in 2009, i would rank him slightly above curry. tho most feel curry is better now, jrue will be the better player in a year or so. Brook should be up there along with batum for either gordon or hibbert spot, but overall i like it

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How did Jrue Holiday not make

How did Jrue Holiday not make the 2009 list when he's clearly better then Evans, Jennings, Derozan and is arguably better then Curry?

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My 09 list would start with

My 09 list would start with Harden not Griffin, after what I have seen this year he is such an outstanding player.

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I'm actually only doing the

I'm actually only doing the previous 5 classes before 2012

2007:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Joakim Noah
3. Al Horford
4. Marc Gasol
5. Aaron Afflalo (two way player is very underrated)

2008:
1. Derrick Rose
2. Russell Westbrook
3. Kevin Love
4. Eric Gordon
5. Nic Batum (this is the toughest spot for me to decide upon, Hibbert, Brook Lopez, Anderson, Ibaka, Gallinari and Mayo could all be argued for here but I decided to go with Batum on the strength of his season so far and the fact that his ceiling still hasn't been approached)

2009:
1. James Harden
2. Blake Griffin
3. Jrue Holiday
4. Stephen Curry
5. Brandon Jennings

2010:
1. Demarcus Cousins
2. Paul George
3. John Wall
4. Greg Monroe
5. Evan Turner

2011:
1. Kyrie Irving
2. Kenneth Faried (I like Thompson but Faried can do more things on the court and is also a more efficient scorer)
3. Kemba Walker
4. Klay Thompson
5. Nikola Vucevic

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This is the definitive list I

This is the definitive list I agree completely except I think Marc Gasol 2nd on the list behind Durant and in front of Horford and Noah.

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John Wall should be ahead of

John Wall should be ahead of Paul George.

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2006: 1. Rajon Rondo 2.

2006:
1. Rajon Rondo
2. Lamarcus Aldridge
3. Rudy Gay
4. Paul Millsap
5. Kyle Lowry

Sorry, Brandon Roy is done, and Bargnani is a losing player.

2007:
1. Kevin Durant
2. Al Horford
3. Marc Gasol
4. Joakim Noah
5. Mike Conley

Shows you how formidable the front line for the Gators was when they won back-to-back National Champions.

2008:
1. Derrick Rose
2. Kevin Love
3. Russell Westbrook
4. Serge Ibaka
5. Ryan Anderson

So many honorable mentions: OJ Mayo, Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert, George Hill, Danilo Gallinari, Nicolas Batum... But I really wonder how UCLA would've fared in the Nat'l Championship game versus Kansas given Memphis had all its wins vacated.

2009:
1. James Harden
2. Blake Griffin
3. Steph Curry
4. Jrue Holiday
5. Ty Lawson

Lots of good guards in this draft, but Taj Gibson is the most underrated player in this draft. Effective, athletic, defensive-minded post player that would make a lot of good teams much better (Lakers, Knicks, Celtics, Heat, etc.

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2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

2006
Rajon Rondo
LaMarcus Aldridge
Rudy Gay
Andrea Barganaini
KyleLowry

2007
Kevin Durant
A Horford
Marc Gasol
Joakim Noah
Jeff Green

2008
Derrick Rose
RussellWestbrook
Kevin Love
Danilo Galinari
Eric Gordon

2009
Blake Griffin
James Harden
Jrue Holiday
Stephen Curry
Marcus Thornton

2010
John Wall
Paul George
Grevies Vasquez
Greg Monroe
EvanTurner

2011
Kyrie Irving
KembaWalker
Kenneh Faried
Chander Parsons
Kawi Leonard

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