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Chicago Bulls’ Scottie Pippen argues with referee Bill (Credit: AP)

Chicago BullsScottie Pippen argues with referee Bill Oakes after he was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after throwing the ball at Oakes during Game two of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Knicks. (May 25, 1993)

Ranking the NBA's best draft lotteries

The NBA first instituted a draft lottery in 1985. From 1-to-27, here's a ranking of each lottery class based on players' careers or projected careers.

To read how the lottery classes were evaluated, click on the article link below.

By Bobby Bonett

1987 LOTTERY (7 players) No. 1 pick: David
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1987 LOTTERY (7 players)
No. 1 pick: David Robinson
Hall of Famers: Robinson, Scottie Pippen
MVPs: Robinson
All-Stars: Robinson, Pippen, Kevin Johnson
Pictured: David Robinson

2003 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: LeBron
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2003 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: LeBron James
Hall of Famers: James (projected), Carmelo Anthony (projected), Dwyane Wade (projected)
MVPs: James
All-Stars: James, Anthony, Chris Bosh, Wade, Chris Kaman
Pictured: Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James

1996 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Allen
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1996 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Allen Iverson
Hall of Famers: Iverson (projected), Ray Allen (projected), Kobe Bryant (projected)
MVPs: Iverson, Bryant
All-Stars: Iverson, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Allen, Antoine Walker, Bryant
Pictured: Allen Iverson

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2008 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Derrick
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2008 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Derrick Rose
Hall of Famers: Russell Westbrook (projected), Kevin Love (projected)
MVPs: Rose, Love (projected)
All-Stars: Rose, Westbrook, Love, Danilo Gallinari (projected), Eric Gordon (projected), Brook Lopez (projected)
Pictured: Derrick Rose

1985 LOTTERY (7 players) No. 1 pick: Patrick
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1985 LOTTERY (7 players)
No. 1 pick: Patrick Ewing
Hall of Famers: Ewing, Chris Mullin
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Ewing, Xavier McDaniel, Mullin
Pictured: Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale and Benoit Benjamin

1997 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Tim
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1997 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Tim Duncan
Hall of Famers: Duncan (projected)
MVPs: Duncan
All-Stars: Duncan, Chauncey Billups, Tracy McGrady
Pictured: Tim Duncan

1998 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Michael
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1998 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Michael Olowokandi
Hall of Famers: Vince Carter (projected), Dirk Nowitzki (projected), Paul Pierce (projected)
MVPs: Nowitzki
All-Stars: Antawn Jamison, Carter, Nowitzki, Pierce
Pictured: Michael Olowokandi

1992 LOTTERY (11 players) No. 1 pick: Shaquille
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1992 LOTTERY (11 players)
No. 1 pick: Shaquille O'Neal
Hall of Famers: O'Neal (projected)
MVPs: O'Neal
All-Stars: O'Neal, Mourning, Christian Laettner, Tom Gugliotta
Pictured: Shaquille O'Neal

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2005 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Andrew
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2005 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Andrew Bogut
Hall of Famers: Deron Williams (projected), Chris Paul (projected), Andrew Bynum (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Williams, Paul, Bynum
Pictured: Chris Paul

1994 LOTTERY (11 players) No. 1 pick: Glenn
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1994 LOTTERY (11 players)
No. 1 pick: Glenn Robinson
Hall of Famers: Jason Kidd (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Robinson, Kidd, Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, Eddie Jones
Pictured: Glenn Robinson

1995 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Joe
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1995 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Joe Smith
Hall of Famers: Kevin Garnett (projected)
MVPs: Garnett
All-Stars: Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Garnett
Pictured: Kevin Garnett

2009 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Blake
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2009 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Blake Griffin
Hall of Famers: James Harden (projected), Ricky Rubio (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Griffin, Harden (projected), Rubio (projected), Stephen Curry (projected), Brandon Jennings (projected)
Pictured: James Harden

2010 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: John
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2010 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: John Wall
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Wall (projected), Derrick Favors (projected), DeMarcus Cousins (projected), Greg Monroe (projected)
Pictured: John Wall

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1990 LOTTERY (11 players) No. 1 pick: Derrick
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1990 LOTTERY (11 players)
No. 1 pick: Derrick Coleman
Hall of Famers: Gary Payton (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Coleman, Payton, Tyrone Hill
Pictured: Gary Payton

2007 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Greg
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2007 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Greg Oden
Hall of Famers: Kevin Durant (projected)
MVPs: Durant (projected)
All-Stars: Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah (projected)
Pictured: Greg Oden and Kevin Durant

2004 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Dwight
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2004 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Dwight Howard
Hall of Famers: Howard (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Howard, Devin Harris, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala
Pictured: Dwight Howard

2011 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Kyrie
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2011 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Kyrie Irving
Hall of Famers: Irving
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Irving, Enes Kanter, Tristan Thompson
Pictured: Kyrie Irving

1999 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Elton
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1999 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Elton Brand
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Brand, Steve Francis, Baron Davis, Wally Szczerbiak, Richard Hamilton, Shawn Marion
Pictured: Elton Brand

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1993 LOTTERY (11 players) No. 1 pick: Chris
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1993 LOTTERY (11 players)
No. 1 pick: Chris Webber
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Webber, Anfernee Hardaway, Jamal Mashburn, Vin Baker, Allan Houston
Pictured: Chris Webber

1991 LOTTERY (11 players) No. 1 pick: Larry
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1991 LOTTERY (11 players)
No. 1 pick: Larry Johnson
Hall of Famers: Dikembe Mutombo (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Johnson, Kenny Anderson, Mutombo, Steve Smith, Terrell Brandon
Pictured: Dikembe Mutombo

2001 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Kwame
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2001 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Kwame Brown
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Tyson Chandler (projected), Pau Gasol, Joe Johnson
Pictured: Tyson Chandler

1988 LOTTERY (7 players) No. 1 pick: Danny
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1988 LOTTERY (7 players)
No. 1 pick: Danny Manning
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Manning, Rik Smits, Mitch Richmond, Hersey Hawkins
Pictured: Hersey Hawkins

2002 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Yao
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2002 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Yao Ming
Hall of Famers: Yao (projected)
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Yao, Amar'e Stoudemire, Caron Butler
Pictured: Yao Ming

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2006 LOTTERY (14 players) No. 1 pick: Andrea
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2006 LOTTERY (14 players)
No. 1 pick: Andrea Bargnani
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Bargnani (projected), LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay (projected)
Pictured: Andrea Bargnani

1989 LOTTERY (9 players) No. 1 pick: Pervis
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1989 LOTTERY (9 players)
No. 1 pick: Pervis Ellison
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Sean Elliott, Glen Rice
Pictured: Pervis Ellison

2000 LOTTERY (13 players) No. 1 pick: Kenyon
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2000 LOTTERY (13 players)
No. 1 pick: Kenyon Martin
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Martin
Pictured: Kenyon Martin

1986 LOTTERY (7 players) No. 1 pick: Brad
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1986 LOTTERY (7 players)
No. 1 pick: Brad Daugherty
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Daugherty
Pictured: Seated, from left to right: Chuck Person, Chris Washburn, Johnny Dawkins, Len Bias and John Salley. Back row, from left: Kenny Walker, Dwayne Washington, John Williams, Roy Tarpley, William Bedford and Brad Daugherty.

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