Earlier this week, USA Today’s Dan Wolken created his list of the top 10 best and worst draft picks in NBA history. Wolken focused on the first 10 selections, corresponding his choices with each pick number. The Cleveland Cavaliers took charge with his No. 1 overall pick, as LeBron James was chosen as the best top selection of all time, while Anthony Bennett was the worst.
The 2nd overall pick included a Thunder player - sort of. The best No. 2 draft pick is Kevin Durant, chosen by the Supersonics in 2007, and as we all know, he would be a member of the Thunder in 2008. On the other hand, Hasheem Thabeet took home the worst 2nd overall draft pick, being selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009. Thabeet would go on to sign with the Thunder in 2012 and play for OKC until 2014.
Wolken selected Russell Westbrook as the best No. 4 pick ever selected, saying that “his partnership with Durant turned OKC into a premiere franchise, and Westbrook gets the nod here over Chris Paul by virtue of his league MVP award.” Many people felt as though Presti was taking a risk by choosing Westbrook as high as 4, but I think it’s safe to say that it paid off.
Check out the full list here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2018/06/19/best-and-worst-nba-draft-picks-every-top-10-position/713854002/