Good or bad we all know them. They're the number one picks. From 2010 to 2019 we have all seen a fair share of stars and busts. Here are each of the decade's number one draft picks, ranked from worst to first.
Arguable the worst #1 pick in draft history. Anthony Bennett was the number one pick that never was number one. As a junior at UNLV, Bennett averaged 16.1ppg while grabbing 8.1 boards, inducing many in the know to draw Larry Johnson comparisons. But Bennett, the first Canadian ever drafted number in the NBA draft, wasn't able to adjust to pro game. His career high came in his second season, as a member of the Timberwolves, when he scored 20 points in a 29-point loss to the Spurs. The Cavaliers really were desperate with this pick and missed out on two future NBA All Stars in Giannis and Victor Olidipo. It is quite safe to say that the infamous Anthony Bennett is the worst #1 pick of the decade.
Unlike Anthony Bennett, Markelle Fultz's career is yet to be determined and he has shown flashes of potential over the past two years as an elusive point guard. Fultz has seen his stats rise from 7.1ppg and 3.8ast as a rookie to 12.1ppg and 5.2ast this past season, as the starting PG for the Magic. Fultz has the physical prowess to not only be a good player, but potentially make All Star teams. At the age of 22, he is young yet. He may be low on this list, but he nonetheless has the talent to prove the haters wrong.
Deandre Ayton is at the number eight spot because he's only played two seasons. A stellar two first seasons as a center he dropped 16 on average in 71 games. Making him the fourth highest scoring sun that year. Even though he got suspended, he still played 30 games this year and he's got a 18 12 and 2 stat line which is very good for a second year player with huge potential. This guy is a growing center and an upcoming star for a young Suns team.
He was the number one college player. Now he's in the NBA and this guy is amazing.
Sidelined by injury he’s only played 19 games but he's averaging 23.6 ppg a game. He's ranked number 7 because it's only his first season in the league. To be number one he would have to be averaging like 45 a night. However I will give it to him he's doing great things for the Pels, and to be completely honest this guy doesn't just have a shot to be the greatest draft pick in this decade. He's got a chance to be the GOAT. I know it's early but he's made a smooth transition into the league and he’s certainly here to stay.
He has a very solid stat line after 5 years in the NBA. Now a golden state warrior he will take on a new chapter in his NBA career. The small forward who has never had a major injury is ready to play at an even higher level. For now though as the golden state warriors sit out of the restart Andrew Wiggins will have time to train and work even harder. I would not be surprised if this guy is averaging 20 a game next season with all the attention on Klay and Curry. In fact, this guy could be one of the most underrated players next season.
The point guard that isn't a point guard. Ben Simmons doesn't shoot threes, he’s not a spot up shooter, and he’s a 240 pound machine. Whether he's listed as a pg or a center he's still a two times all star, a rookie of the year, and the force that can lead Philly past the first round and beyond. Yes his stats are a little less impressive than Wiggins. However, Philly's in the postseason and the TimberWolves aren't. The big way for me to decide who’s better is to act like I'm creating my own roster. If i have to choose between Ben and Wiggins, I'm going with Ben no doubt.
Now here's A star! John Wall, despite suffering from many injuries along his career is still a very talented point guard and a dedicated Wizard.
He finished second in rookie of the year voting with a ppg of 16. The same he averaged at Kentucky. The most fascinating thing about John Walls game ten years later is his improvement. Each season his stats grow. He went from 16 points a game to a man scoring 20 on a daily basis. However, the injuries and time off the court affect his game. He only has played one full season in his decade of play. If he was staying healthy. Him and Bradley Beal could be big competition for the eight seed. John Wall won't be returning to the court in the NBA restart but you can count on him to be ready for next season as he enters his 11th season in the big league.
Now we're into the superstars. Karl Anthony Towns, what a name he’s made for himself. This big man center is easily top five in the league. He deserves all the credit he gets because when you're averaging a 26 10 and 4 stat line a night that's something. Now if Minnesota had a better starting lineup more people would look at Karl, but it's Minnesota so they're not. The addition of D'angelo Russell should certainly help a struggling Timberwolves team. However it's not about them. It's about Karl Anthony Towns. The other thing that you have to take into Account with a bad team, is that all the Attention on him and their opponents are trying to stop him. Key word; Trying. He's still averaging 26 a night. Wow!
This guy is a special player. Definitely deserves to be this high on the list. Just like that number three guy. Anthony Davis is the only good player on his team. Or at least he was until he was traded.
28 points a game is all I have to say. Those were his stats in 2016 and 17. He set the record for most points in an All star game with 52 and won MVP. This year his bid for MVP looks really good, and He looks like he'll win DPOY based on what experts say. To be honest I wouldn't be surprised if his play gets even better and he reaches a point where he scores 30 a night. He’s already Very good alongside Lebron in L.A. Anthony's stats don't lie either. He's a great player, a seven time all star and the second greatest draft pick of the decade.
This was a very close list and most of these players deserved to be the number one pick. But none more than Kyrie.
The guard from duke is a six time all star, a two time all NBA team member, and an NBA champion. The big take away from Kyrie's game is obviously his handles, and his shooting. He's arguably one of the best point guards in the league. In 9 seasons in the league he's always averaged 18 or more points a game. However it's not just his regular season game that makes him special. When you look at his playoff numbers especially finals he really makes an impact. In the 2016 finals this guy had two 30 point games and he had a 41 point night in game four. This guy was the key to helping Lebron and the Cavs come back and win. Now with the nets the sky's the limit for Kyrie who when Durant is healthy again will be playing alongside another all star and NBA champion. Don't be surprised if this guy wins an MVP. He's a hard working point guard and he's number one on this list.