There are three ways to build teams: free agency, trades and the draft. If you botch the first two, you better make good picks on draft night. That's what the Oklahoma City Thunder have done, parlaying top-five picks into Kevin Durant (left), Russell Westbrook (right) and James Harden. But some teams haven't chosen wisely over the past decade, which helps explain where you can find them in the NBA standings. Here are the worst 10.
Getting Chris Bosh with the No. 4 pick in 2003 was a nice building block, but the Raptors then wasted top-10 picks on Rafael Araujo (pictured, No. 8 in 2004) and Charlie Villanueva (No. 7 in 2005) the next two years. Andrea Bargnani, the top pick in 2006, hasn't become an NBA star. DeMar DeRozan (No. 9 in 2009) was a solid choice, but it didn't keep Bosh from bolting as a free agent the next summer.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors got a steal in Monta Ellis (40th pick in 2005) and a point guard of the future in Stephen Curry (No. 7 in 2009). But they should have done better with nine lottery picks in 10 years. Instead, they chose the likes of Mike Dunleavy (No. 3 in 2002), Ike Diogu (No. 9 in 2005) and Patrick O'Bryant (pictured, No. 9 in 2006).
Give credit to the Hawks for taking Josh Smith with the 17th pick in 2004 and Al Horford at No. 3 in 2007. But Josh Childress (No. 6 in 2004) and Shelden Williams (No. 5 in 2006) were busts. And how much better would Atlanta be had it taken Chris Paul or Deron Williams instead of Marvin Wiliams (pictured) with the No. 2 pick in 2005?
New Jersey Nets
The Nets reached the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 but have been in steady decline since then. One reason? Lousy drafts. Brook Lopez (No. 10 in 2008) is the only impact player they've picked in the last decade. Another lottery pick, Terrence Williams (No. 11 in 2009), was sent to the D-League a year later, then dumped in a trade. Derrick Favors, the No. 3 pick in 2010, was packaged to the Jazz as part of a deal for Deron Williams.
New York Knicks
The Knicks, once among the NBA's marquee franchises, have won exactly one playoff game in the past 11 years. Inept ownership and stupid trades have played a role. Using top-10 picks on Michael Sweetney (No. 9 in 2003), Channing Frye (No. 8 in 2005) and Jordan Hill (pictured, No. 8 in 2009) sure hasn't helped. Their best pick was David Lee (No. 30 in 2005), who left New York as a free agent in 2010.
When you've been as bad as the Timberwolves over the past decade, you get a lot of high draft picks. For the most part, Minnesota has used them poorly, taking Corey Brewer seventh in 2007, Jonny Flynn sixth in 2009 and Wesley Johnson fourth in 2010. Derrick Williams, the No. 2 pick in 2011, started slowly but came on strong late in his rookie season. The bright sides? Ricky Rubio (pictured, No. 6 in 2009) looks like a future star if he recovers from a torn ACL. The Wolves also traded O.J. Mayo (No. 3 in 2008) for future All-Star Kevin Love in a draft-night trade, making up for their 2006 draft-night deal of Brandon Roy for Randy Foye.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have had five lottery picks in the last decade and have used them on Sebastian Telfair (No. 13 in 2004), Martell Webster (No. 6 in 2005), Tyrus Thomas (No. 4 in 2006), Greg Oden (No. 1 in 2007) and Brandon Rush (No. 13 in 2008). Oden (pictured), of course, was the killer. Knee injuries have ruined his career so far, while 2007 No. 2 pick Kevin Durant has turned into an NBA superstar with Oklahoma City.
With six top-10 picks since 2003, the Bucks had a chance to build a strong foundation of talent. Instead, Brandon Jennings (No. 10 in 2009) is the only one still with the team. Injuries sidetracked the careers of T.J. Ford (No. 8 in 2003) and Andrew Bogut (No. 1 in 2005). Yi Jianlian (No. 7 in 2007) and Joe Alexander (pictured, No. 8 in 2008) were busts. And Jimmer Fredette (No. 10 in 2011) was part of a six-player trade on draft night that didn't help Milwaukee.
Some of Detroit's recent draft picks have been decent, like Rodney Stuckey (No. 15 in 2007), Greg Monroe (No. 7 in 2010) and Brandon Knight (No. 8 in 2011). But the Pistons have never recovered from their 2003 draft. Armed with the No. 2 pick, they could have taken Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh to bolster a stacked roster. Instead, they chose Darko Milicic (pictured). They still won a championship in 2004, but they lost their future.
It's not easy becoming the worst team in NBA history, as the Bobcats were last season when they went 7-59. You have to make awful trades and you have to spend seven lottery picks on players who haven't amounted to much. The worst of the bunch were Sean May (No. 13 in 2005), Brandan Wright (No. 8 in 2007) and Adam Morrison (pictured, No. 3 in 2006). Will they mess up the No. 2 pick this year? History says yes.