The best picks from every NBA draft slot
Great players can come from anywhere -- from the first pick to the 60th. That's clear when comparing the top five players of all time (by career win shares) selected at each draft slot. Because these rankings are based on career totals, young stars such as former No. 15 pick Giannis Antetokounmpo don't appear just yet. Included with each slot: the team picking at that position and the player ranked there by ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford.BY LUKE KNOX
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WHAT ARE WIN SHARES? A metric developed by Basketball-Reference.com, win shares is an all-in-one stat used to measure a player's total production for his team. One win share represents a player's total contributions on offense and defense that result in one win.
WHAT ABOUT TERRITORIAL PICKS? Territorial picks, where teams could claim players from nearby colleges up until 1966, included stars like Wilt Chamberlain (247.3 win shares), Paul Arizin (108.8), Elgin Baylor (104.2) and Ed Macauley (100.4). They were not factored into the selection count of the draft and aren't ranked here.
CREDITS: Photos by Getty Images, Associated Press. Illustrations by Tiffany Middleton. Research by Micah Adams/ESPN Stats & Information. Data courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.