Tonight is the 2014 NBA Draft. This year’s draft is one of the more promising of the last decade. Many, many teams could greatly help their cause by making the right selections tonight. With that in mind, let’s look at the ALL-TIME BEST 10 NBA DRAFT CLASSES!

10. 1979

The 1979 Draft was stocked with good players like Jim Paxson and Bill Cartwright, but devoid of greats, sans Magic Johnson of course. The #1 pick by the Lakers would go on to a legendary career, and along with Larry Bird, save the NBA from irrelevance.

9. 1981

1981 was stocked with underrated players who really had outstanding NBA careers. Guys like Larry Nance and Tom Chambers had amazing runs, but for whatever reason, never quite got the recognition they deserved. #2 pick Isaiah Thomas did though, single-handedly vaulting this class into the top 10.

8. 1999

This might have been the deepest draft class on the countdown. The 1999 Draft was filled with many very good players like Elton Brand, Manu Ginobili, Baron Davis, Ron Artest (or whatever he calls himself these days), Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, and others. There’s really no all-time greats in this class though. Nonetheless, pretty solid stuff

7. 2008

This one could skyrocket if a certain Mr. Derrick Rose  were to stay healthy and if Roy Hibbert could find some consistency. Nevertheless, you still have a loaded draft class with Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, DeAndre Jordan, and Brook Lopez, amongst many others.

6. 1998

This one’s pretty underrated, mainly because #1 pick Michael Olowokandi was kind of a bust. If you look past that though, you have Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Antawn Jamison, and Mike Bibby. Solid role players Raef LaFrentz, Rashard Lewis, and Jason Williams round out the class

5. 1985

Ewing, Mullin, and Karl Malone get all the buzz, but this was a seriously deep draft with Wayman Tisdale, Charles Oakley, Detlef Schrempf (yep, the guy from Parks & Recreation), and Terry “Fourth Quarter” Porter. Strong, strong draft.

4. 1987

This class is remembered for the remarkable trio of Scottie Pippen, Reggie Miller, and David Robinson. It was also very deep with now-Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, Horace Grant, and Mark “Hand Down, Man Down” Jackson. With Miller and Jackson, some serious broadcast heft as well.

3. 2003

The 2003 NBA Draft is pretty much the reason for Miami’s last four Finals appearances. Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade were all in this one. In addition, you had David West and Carmelo Anthony. The draft also had a host of role players and journeyman, including #2 pick Darko Milicic, who never quite found his footing in the NBA. Still, at least three future Hall of Famers in this class…not too bad!

2. 1996

This one is an MVP barrage with Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, and some unknown named Kobe Bryant. You’ve also got two of the better shooters in NBA history with Ray Allen and Peja (then Predrag) Stojakovic. Rounding it out are Stephan Marbury, Jermaine O’Neal, and Derek Fisher.

1. 1984

The 1984 Draft Class was utterly ridiculous. Setting aside the unfortunate bust that was #2 pick Sam Bowie, you had all-time greats in Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barley, and John Stockton. You also had some great “glue guys” like Kevin Willis. Also, there was some guy named Jordan who was picked #3 by the Bulls…but nobody really remembers him!

Hope you enjoyed! Tomorrow, by reader request, 10 CELEBRITIES WHO WOULD NOT DO WELL IN PRISON! (this one should be interesting)

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