While not all players drafted are geniuses, there are always some who stand out. Today, we'll take you through every single best player drafted in the last 10 years.
Stephen Curry wasn't even considered as a highly-ranked prospect during his high school days. But now,Steph has become a two-time league MVP, 3-time NBA Champion with 5 straight trips to the Finals. He's a member of the exclusive 50-40-90 club, and it's considered to be the greatest three-point shooter in the history of the game.
Paul George is yet another success story after not being considered the best player in his class. Back in 2010, he was taken 10th overall out of Fresno State, and while he's a part of the same class as John Wall, Gordon Hayward, and DeMarcus Cousins, he truly stepped forward.
Kawhi Leonard went from being a terrible shooter to one of the deadliest scorers in the league, as well as a perennial candidate to win both the Defensive Player of the Year and the MVP. He's already an NBA Champion and led the Raptors to their first NBA Finals in franchise history.
Earlier in his career, there were a lot of concerns about Anthony Davis' health and durability. Several seasons later, it's safe to say that he was worthy of the 1st overall pick. He is one of the best two-way players in the league, a shot-blocking machine, and a guy whose post moves and ball-handling ability make him almost unstoppable.
The Milwaukee Bucks were the league's laughing stock back in 2013 when they drafted Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th overall pick.Now, Giannis has improved on a yearly basis in pretty much every single aspect of his game and is the main frontrunner to take the MVP home after leading the Bucks to their best season in a very long time.
Throughout most of his NCAA tenure, Joel Embiid was considered to be the best prospect in the world, but his injury woes caused his Draft stock to slip to the 3rd spot. Now, the Cavaliers and Bucks may be regretting to have taken Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker ahead of him.
Karl-Anthony Towns eventually outplayed both D'Angelo Russell and during his spell with the University of Kentucky en route to becoming the consensus 1st overall pick, and he hasn't let the Timberwolves down ever since.
Coming out of LSU as the 1st overall pick, Ben Simmons has never beenaside of controversy. First, it was his health that raised a lot of eyebrows, then it was whether he should've been considered a rookie or not, and lastly, it was his lack of a jump shot. Either way, he's one of the best passers and playmakers in the world, and his length allows him to guard all 5 spots in the court.
Donovan Mitchell was a huge steal in the 2017 NBA Draft. Coming out of Louisville as a sophomore, nobody thought he was bound to make such a huge impact for the Utah Jazz right out of the gate.
And finally, Luka Doncic should be considered this prior class' best player, even though Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr were also quite prolific.Doncic can do a little bit of everything. He wasn't afraid of the moment and could put defenders on skates, create for others, and score in a huge variety of ways. It's still pretty early, but he looks like the Dirk Nowitzki successor the Mavericks were looking for.
Some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. —The Shawshank Redemption