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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 from 1985 to 2011 based on players' careers or projected careers.

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

1987 (7 players)

No. 1 pick: David Robinson Hall of Famers:
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No. 1 pick: David Robinson
Hall of Famers: Robinson, Scottie Pippen
MVPs: Robinson
All-Stars: Robinson, Pippen, Kevin Johnson
Pictured: David Robinson

2003 (13 players)

No. 1 pick: LeBron James Hall of Famers:
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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 (13 players)

No. 1 pick: Allen Iverson Hall of Famers:
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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

2008 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: Derrick Rose Hall of Famers:
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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 (7 players)

No. 1 pick: Patrick Ewing Hall of Famers:
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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 (13 players)

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

1998 (13 players)

No. 1 pick: Michael Olowokandi Hall of Famers:
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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 (11 players)

No. 1 pick: Shaquille O'Neal Hall of Famers:
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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

2005 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: Andrew Bogut Hall of Famers:
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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 (11 players)

No. 1 pick: Glenn Robinson Hall of Famers:
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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 (13 players)

No. 1 pick: Joe Smith Hall of Famers:
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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 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: Blake Griffin Hall of Famers:
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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 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: John Wall Hall of Famers:
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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

1990 (11 players)

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

2007 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: Greg Oden Hall of Famers:
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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 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: Dwight Howard Hall of Famers:
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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 (14 players)

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

1999 (13 player)

No. 1 pick: Elton Brand Hall of Famers:
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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

1993 (11 winners)

No. 1 pick: Chris Webber Hall of Famers:
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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 (11 players)

No. 1 pick: Larry Johnson Hall of Famers:
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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 (13 players)

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

1998 (7 players)

No. 1 pick: Danny Manning Hall of Famers:
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No. 1 pick: Danny Manning
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Manning, Rik Smits, Mitch Richmond, Hersey Hawkins
Pictured: Hersey Hawkins

2002 (13 players)

No. 1 pick: Yao Ming Hall of Famers:
Photo Credit: AP

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

2006 (14 players)

No. 1 pick: Andrea Bargnani Hall of Famers:
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No. 1 pick: Andrea Bargnani
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: LaMarcus Aldridge, Brandon Roy
Pictured: Andrea Bargnani

1989 (9 players)

No. 1 pick: Pervis Ellison Hall of Famers:
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No. 1 pick: Pervis Ellison
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Sean Elliott, Glen Rice
Pictured: Pervis Ellison

2000 (13 players)

No. 1 pick: Kenyon Martin Hall of Famers:
Photo Credit: AP

No. 1 pick: Kenyon Martin
Hall of Famers: None
MVPs: None
All-Stars: Martin
Pictured: Kenyon Martin

1986 (7 players)

No. 1 pick: Brad Daugherty Hall of Famers:
Photo Credit: AP

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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