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Ranking The Top 5 Draft Picks of The Last 3 NBA Drafts

The NBA has started to shift towards a new generation of players. Veterans such as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are fading away from the spotlight of super stardom, and exciting young players like Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. The NBA draft is always a great place to find the next big time batch of talent for the next generation. The draft always provides teams with young talented players, but also there are always young prospects that do not live up to the hype surrounding them. This is especially true of prospects that are selected in the top five of their draft class. Throughout the years we have seen our fair share of talented players selected in the top five of the draft like an Anthony Davis or a Kevin Durant.

The amount of busts that come out of the top five of a respective draft class is also all too common. Players such as a Jan Vesley who shined overseas, and showed real potential, never amounted to anything in the NBA. It seems like recently a lot more busts have been selected high in the draft, and this is because a lot of players are drafted based on their potential. A player that struggled in college, but has incredible upside is often over drafted, and does not live up to their billing. This leads to players that performed at a high level in college being under drafted. This sometimes leads to players drafted later to be steals in the draft on occasion.  The usual landing spot for the top talent that is presently in the NBA is in the top five of the draft. We are going to evaluate the stars and busts, and rank the top five players drafted in the 2013,2014, and 2015 draft classes.

15 15. Anthony Bennett

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14 14. Joel Embid

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13 13. Mario Hezonja

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12 12. Dante Exum

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Dante Exum was also a mystery coming into the NBA from Australia. He looked like an extremely athletic and tall point guard. At six feet six inches, Exum looked like he would be able to give many NBA point guards mismatch problems on offense and defense. Many people were befuddled when the Utah Jazz selected Exum simply due to the fact they already had a young point guard in Trey Burke. Exum as a result played the shooting guard position, but he only shot 35% from the field in his rookie season.

11 11. Cody Zeller

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10 10. Aaron Gordon

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9 9. Otto Porter

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8 8. Alex Len

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7 7. D'Angelo Russell

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6 6. Jabari Parker

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5 5. Kristaps Porzingis

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4 4. Jahlil Okafor

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3 3. Victor Oladipo

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2 2. Andrew Wiggins

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1 1. Karl Anthony Towns

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Not many expected Karl Anthony Towns to burst onto the scene in the NBA the way he has. At Kentucky, Towns was part of a rotation, and as a result he did not receive as much playing time as other top prospects around the country. This gave talent evaluators a tough time deciding whether or not Towns would be a productive player right away in the NBA. It's incredible how good Towns has been in his rookie year in the NBA, and he is certainly the front-runner for the Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season. Karl Anthony Towns is averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game in the 2015-16 NBA season.

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