2019 NBA Draft: Best players ever selected at No. 9 include a Hall of Famer and more

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2019 NBA Draft: Best players ever selected at No. 9 include a Hall of Famer and more originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

Although most people in the nation's capital were hoping the Wizards would have some lottery luck on Tuesday night to potentially land the top selection, it wasn't the case and they landed at pick number 9. 

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The Redskins had their man fall to them at 15 in the NFL Draft just last month, but Zion Williamson going No. 1 is about as sure a thing as there is in the NBA.

While most described this draft class as very top-heavy with the aforementioned Williamson ready to take his game to the next level, the likes of Duke's other star, R.J. Barrett, paired with Murray State's Ja Morant, to go along with Virginia's DeAndre Hunter and Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver suggest that this year's class is deeper than most thought. 

History has been very kind over the past 25 seasons with team's choosing at No. 9. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the best gems at that spot in recent memory.

1997: Tracy McGrady 

McGrady had multiple homes during his Hall of Fame career, including with the Raptors, Magic, and Rockets.

1998: Dirk Nowitzki

The most iconic European big man to ever play in the NBA was available for Dallas right before the turn of the century. In his time with the Mavericks he was able to bring them their first and only NBA title in franchise history, as well as cement his name as the league's sixth-highest leading scoring ever.

1999: Shawn Marion

The jump shot wasn't the purest, but Marion clearly outplayed his draft position with his stints in Phoenix, Dallas, and Miami. One of the league's first small-ball forwards helped pave the way for the current iteration of the game as we know it.

2002: Amar'e Stoudemire

Despite having injury issues throughout his career, the star forward was a perennial All-Star during his time with the Suns and to date is one of the best pick-and-roll men the league has ever seen as part of his tandem with Steve Nash. Multiple knee surgeries derailed his stellar play, but the Cypress Creek High School alum signed a big free agent deal in New York before injuries struck again.

2004: Andre Iguodala 

Iguodala started off his career in the City of Brotherly Love alongside Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. After the latter moved on, Iguodala has had success in Golden State, where he was named the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.

2007: Joakim Noah

Noah was the anchor for Tom Thibodeau's famed Bulls defensive front. The Florida product won two titles in Gainesville before heading to the Windy City where he was able to lock down Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014.

2009: DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan came out of USC and put the league on notice during his time up north with the Raptors where he was selected to four All-Star teams, as well as being the main piece in the swap that sent him to the San Antonio Riverwalk in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

2010: Gordon Hayward

Although his Celtics' tenure has been off to a rough start after fracturing his ankle in his first game with the club in 2017, Hayward brought the Butler Bulldogs within arm's reach of a national championship, and following his collegiate career, resurrected the Utah Jazz back into a playoff contender.

2011: Kemba Walker

'Cardiac Kemba' willed his UConn Huskies squad to a national title in 2011 and has had a promising career in Charlotte since. Walker is one of the best floor generals in our game today, and his best is yet to come. 

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