2007 -- Los Angeles Clippers: Al Thornton (F), FSU
They could have taken: Rodney Stuckey, Marco Belinelli, Jared Dudley, Arron Afflalo, Tiago Splitter, Marc Gasol
Career stats: 296 games, 11.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.2 APG
The outcome: Full of hope and promise, Al Thornton started his career as a high-usage role player for the Clippers, averaging 27.3 minutes per game over 79 contests (31 starts). He thrived offensively, but woeful defensive metrics limited him to a decreased role in L.A., before he was traded to Washington.
He was waived by the Wizards in March 2011 and signed with the Warriors two days later, though he was not kept after the season. At 27 years old, he was out of the NBA.
2008 -- Golden State Warriors: Anthony Randolph (F), LSU
They could have taken: Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, George Hill, DeAndre Jordan, Goran Dragic
Career stats: 252 games, 7.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.7 APG
The outcome: Anthony Randolph was a tantalizing prospect: a tall, explosive big man with a 7-3 wingspan. Anthony Randolph the NBA player was largely underwhelming: 43 career starts, a career rebounding average of 4.3 per game and turnovers galore.
He was traded to the Knicks in July 2010 and then sent to the Timberwolves in February 2011 as part of the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade. He's played his last three seasons in Europe.
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2009 -- Phoenix Suns: Earl Clark (F), University of Louisville
They could have taken: James Johnson, Jrue Holiday, Taj Gibson, DeMarre Carrol, Danny Green
Career stats: 261 games, 4.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.5 APG
The outcome: Efficiency -- or the lack thereof -- was the knock on Earl Clark coming out of college, and unfortunately for him, it followed him into the NBA. He rarely shot 3-pointers in his first four seasons, and the 2s he was taking didn't go in at a high enough clip to be effective.
Clark played for six teams in his career, last with the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15. He currently plays for Besiktas JK in Turkey.
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2010 -- Houston Rockets: Patrick Patterson (F), University of Kentucky
They could have taken: Eric Bledsoe, Hassan Whiteside
Career stats: 447 games, 7.9 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.2 APG
The outcome: Patrick Patterson was considered a powerful and proficient (if undersized) post player coming out of college, and that is how the Rockets used him early in his career. But after landing with the Raptors (after a short stint with the Kings), he has evolved along with the NBA, and over the past three seasons, more than half of his shot attempts are 3-pointers.
Patterson has turned out to generally be a net positive on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court, and though he rarely starts, he's averaged 24 minutes per game for his career.
USA TODAY SportsDan Hamilton
2011 -- Houston Rockets: Marcus Morris (F), University of Kansas
They could have taken: Kawhi Leonard, Nikola Vucevic, Kenneth Faried, Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas
Career stats: 416 games, 10.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.6 APG
The outcome: Marcus Morris was selected one pick after his twin Markieff was taken by the Suns, but the brothers were reunited in Phoenix in a February 2013 trade. A backup for much of his first four seasons in the league, he started for the Suns down the stretch of the 2014-15 season, routinely playing high minutes and scoring efficiently.
He has continued that development in Detroit, where he was shipped (along with Reggie Bullock and Danny Granger) in July 2015 for a 2020 second-round pick. Morris has started 159 games in two seasons with the Pistons and averaged 15.5 points per game in 2016-17, draining 43.6 percent of his corner 3s.
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2012 -- Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson (F), UNC
They could have taken: Jarred Sullinger, Draymond Green, Khris Middleton
Career stats: 315 games, 7.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.0 APG
The outcome: John Henson, the third of four UNC players to be drafted in the first round in 2012, has served as a backup for most of his five-year career, though he was a viable starter for 39 games in 2016-17.
The high-end talents from this draft class were off the board well before Milwaukee was up to pick (everyone missed on second-rounders Jae Crowder and Draymond Green), so Henson has been a pretty valuable selection, all things considered.
USA TODAY SportsBrad Mills
2013 -- Utah Jazz: Shabazz Muhammad (F), UCLA
They could have taken: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Mason Plumlee, Rudy Gobert
Career stats: 235 games, 9.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.6 APG
The outcome: Shabazz Muhammad was touted as a possible first overall pick before his freshman season at UCLA began. He turned in an uneven campaign, one that became more eventful when the Los Angeles Times broke the news that he was one year older than has been previously reported.
Muhammad went to the Timberwolves (along with No. 21 pick Gorgui Dieng) in a draft-day deal that gave the Jazz PG Trey Burke, who was selected ninth. Though Muhammad has remained a reserve player his entire career, the same can be said of Burke, who never locked down the starting PG job in Utah and was traded to the Wizards for a second-round pick.
Meanwhile, Dieng hasn't missed a game over the past two seasons and has turned into a valuable backup big man for Minnesota.
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2014 -- Phoenix Suns: T.J. Warren (F), NC State
They could have taken: Jusuf Nurkic, Rodney Hood, Kyle Anderson, Nikola Jokic
Career stats: 153 games, 11.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.9 APG
The outcome: The 2013-14 ACC Player of the Year, T.J. Warren was viewed as a well-rounded scorer after finishing his sophomore season at NC State. He was developing his 3-point shot during his second season, though it was cut short in February because of a broken foot.
He grew into a larger role in 2016-17, starting 59 games and scoring 14.4 points per game (third on the team) and turning in a 51.1 effective field goal percentage.
USA TODAY SportsJoe Camporeale
2015 -- Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne (G), Murray State
They could have taken: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Larry Nance Jr., Josh Richardson, Norman Powell
Career stats: 88 games, 5.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.9 APG
The outcome: Being a point guard on a team with triple-double machine Russell Westbrook can make playing time hard to come by. He has struggled with turnovers through two seasons, and he was dealt to the Chicago Bulls at the 2017 trade deadline in a deal that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to Oklahoma City.
He played sparingly with the Bulls, seeing time in 11 games. He will compete with 2016 14th overall pick Denzel Valentine for playing time in 2017-18.
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2016 -- Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine (G), Michigan State
They could have taken: Caris LaVert, Pascal Siakam, Malcolm Brogdon
Career stats: 57 games, 5.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.1 APG
The outcome: A three-year starter at Michigan State, Denzel Valentine emerged in his senior season in East Lansing, scoring 19.2 points per game to go with 7.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists. Valentine missed all of training camp with an ankle injury, and another ankle injury in January hampered him again, but he still played in 57 games as a rookie.
He came solely off the bench, though he saw his role increase after the All-Star break, averaging 7.3 points per game in his final 25 games of the year.