They say hope springs eternal. For all sports fans, there is no bigger event to help jump start your optimism for the upcoming season and forget about the past than Draft Day. You could get a second round steal like Manu Ginobili or you can watch your dreams get dashed in an instant like first draft pick Greg Oden.
In this instance, we take a deeper look at the lottery. Only restriction is the teams must have drafted them. So no Scottie Pippen for the Bulls (he was drafted by Seattle) or Robert Traylor for Dallas (drafted by Milwaukee). Who cashed in? Who came up empty? We look at the best and worst lottery pick every team in the NBA team has ever made:
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WR) Amari Cooper
Derek Carr's best target. Image Source: Twitter
DE) Bruce Irvin
A great pick up from Seattle by the Raiders. Image Source: Twitter
QB) Derek Carr
No question here. Franchise quarterback. Image Source: Twitter
DT) Dan Williams
No easy runs past this man. Image Source: BlackandWhitePride
MLB) Derrick Johnson
Arrowhead's tackle beast. Image Source: Twitter
DT) Derek Wolfe
The Bronco's best defensive lineman. Image Source: Twitter
SS) Eric Berry
One of the NFL's best safeties. Image Source: Twitter
OLB) Justin Houston
What a trio of linebackers we have here. Image Source: Twitter
CB) Marcus Peters
The NFL's tied 2nd most interceptions in 2016. Image Source: Twitter
DE) Khalil Mack
Deadly at LB or end. Image Source: Twitter
OL) Oakland Raiders
One of the best lines in the NFL. Image Source: The Undefeated
RB) Melvin Gordon
Gordon showed why he was a first round pick in his second season. Image Source: Twitter
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OLB) Von Miller
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WR) Tyrell Williams
This man stepped up after the Chargers lost Keenan Allen. Image Source: Chargers.com
C. Yogi Berra
Catcher for 14 pennant-winning teams and 10 world champions, Yoga Berra was a superlative player, in addition to being a singular individual and cultural icon. A three-time American League MVP, Berra later managed the Yankees to a pennant as well. 15-time All-Star. (Photo source/Wikimedia)
P. Whitey Ford
The Chairman of the Board., Edward Charles Ford won a higher percentage of his starts than any pitcher in the modern era. 236-106 with a ridiculous lifetime ERA of 2.74. All-time World Series games pitched and wins leader (10) and World Series MVP of 1961.
We’ll add a reliever to this list as well because, after all, Mariano Rivera may be the finest player to ever put on pinstripes. The Sandman is the MLB’s career leader in saves (652) and games finished. He spent all 19 of his professional seasons with the Yanks. (Photo source/Wikimedia)
SS. Derek Jeter
Leader of the Yankees for most of his 20-year career, Derek Jeter captained the Yanks for five World Series titles. Jeter is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,465), doubles (544), games played (2,747), stolen bases (358), times on base (4,716), plate appearances (12,602) and at bats (11,195). He was an All-Star 14 times and a five-time Gold Glove winner. He’s the league’s all-time leader for hits by a short stop. (Photo source/Wikimedia)
SS. Alex Rodriguez
Playing for the Yankees since 2004, Alex Rodriguez is one of the best players in baseball history, and also one of the most controversial, owing to multiple doping scandals. Still, his career numbers merit his inclusion in this list: .297 batting average, 696 home runs, over 2,000 runs batted in (RBI), over 2,000 runs scored, and over 3,000 hits. (Photo source/Wikimedia)
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C – Artis Gilmore
This 11-time all-star was feared whenever he was in the paint. He was known as one of the strongest player to ever play the game and players knew better than to attack the basket when he was on the floor. This Hall of Fame center, who has a career shooting percentage of .559, is the best center this franchise has ever witnessed.
Horace Grant: Horace Grant does all the little things you need from a role player. He plays defense, rebounds, and can score in the post. His strength also created problems for opponents in the paint. The perfect back-up center.
Derrick Rose: This really comes as no surprise. Derrick Rose is by far the best point guard the Bulls faithful has ever seen. At least before he got hurt. His crazy explosive speed and jumping abilities made him one of the most difficult players to ever guard in this game.
PG – Steve Kerr
This LA native is still known as one of the best shooters the game has ever seen. For goodness sakes, Jordan trusted him enough to pass him the ball with the game on the line in the NBA Finals. Kerr ‘s shot won them the championship. That’s just one of many stories of his illustrious career, but that story alone makes him the backup point guard.
PF – Paul Gasol
Pau Gasol was once considered one of the best power forwards in the game, so obviously he has to be on this list. Although his years with the Bulls weren’t spectacular, him in his prime is too good to leave off the starting five. He would make the perfect low post presence and compliment to Jordan and Rose. Plus he knows the triangle offense.
Dennis Rodman: Yes, you could absolutely make a case for Dennis Rodman being a starter. He is a Hall of Famer after all. But I’m making him a catalyst for the bench unit. His relentless effort to rebound, his physical play as a defender, and candid attitude that allows him to not care about any of the glory oddly enough makes him a perfect teammate. His fashion since is the only cause of concern.
SF – Scottie Pippen
Another easy decision. Scottie Pippen was MJ’s greatest asset to winning his six titles. You know, besides coach Phil Jackson. Pippen’s defense was second to none and his physical play on both ends of the floor made him a great second in command.
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WR) Demaryius Thomas
#88 can put up much better numbers with a better quarterback. Image Source: Twitter
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PG – Derrick Rose
This really comes as no surprise. Derrick Rose is by far the best point guard the Bulls faithful has ever seen. At least before he got hurt. His crazy explosive speed and jumping abilities made him one of the most difficult players to ever guard in this game.
An absolute brute of an opening batsman, renowned for his hard hitting and penchant for scoring triple hundreds. Image source: Twitter
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India's golden boy. He has the cricketing world at his feet and expect to see his name at the top of every batting record soon. Image source: Twitter