Ranking the best NBA draft picks of all time, by draft slot

Ranking the best NBA draft picks of all time, by draft slot

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Ranking the best NBA draft picks of all time, by draft slot

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6. Larry Bird, 1978

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The Celtics took Larry Bird sixth overall in 1978, but he stayed in college for one more year. It was worth the wait. Bird, a three-time MVP who made the All-Star team 10 times, led Boston to three championships.

5. Kevin Garnett, 1995

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Minnesota plucked the skinny teenager out of high school in 1995 and the rest is history. Kevin Garnett was an absolute force on both ends of the floor. The 15-time All-Star and 12-time All-Defensive teamer helped Boston win a title in 2008. Garnett gets the nod in this spot over Charles Barkley, who the Sixers took fifth overall in 1985.

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