Best and Worst Draft Choices — for All 30 Teams

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  • Some of the Best and Not-So-Great Draft Choices
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Charlotte Bobcats
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Lakers

Best Value: Kobe Bryant, No. 13, 1996. Charlotte drafted Bryant but immediately announced that his rights would be traded. He ended up in Los Angeles in exchange for Vlade Divac. Details have always been sketchy, but years later, Bill Branch — a scout for the Hornets in '96 — told the Winston-Salem Journal that the deal was already in place, and the Lakers had told Charlotte whom to pick. If you don't want to count Bryant as a Los Angeles pick, Magic Johnson at No. 1 in 1979 worked out OK, too.

Worst Value: Kenny Carr, No. 6, 1977. The Lakers haven't had too many significant whiffs. Carr averaged 11.6 points per game in his NBA career but spent just over two seasons with the Lakers. He was taken one spot ahead of Bernard King. 
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