Best and Worst Draft Choices — for All 30 Teams

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  • Charlotte Bobcats
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Houston Rockets
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Los Angeles lakers
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Miami Heat
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • New York Knicks
  • Oklahoma City Thunders
  • Orlando Magic
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Utah Jazz
  • Washington Wizards
  • Some of the Best and Not-So-Great Draft Choices
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets

Cleveland Cavaliers

Best Value: LeBron James, No. 1, 2003. The Cavs won the NBA draft lottery, parlaying that good fortune into the selection of James, who single-handedly resurrected a flopping franchise. James led the Cavs on their most successful run — five straight playoff appearances and a Finals trip in 2007. Obviously, this story took a dramatic, disappointing turn for Cleveland, but his seven years there will never be forgotten.

Worst Value:
Dajuan Wagner, No. 6, 2002. One year before taking James, the Cavs went out on a limb and took the 19-year-old Wagner. It broke. He had a solid rookie season (13.4 ppg) but couldn't stay healthy and was released after three years. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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