NBA Draft: Best players from each of the last 25 draft years

Dave Green
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NBA Draft: Best players from each of the last 25 draft years originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

As all 30 NBA general managers get ready for the 2020 NBA Draft, it's worth remembering that the top pick doesn't always end up as the best player. Sometimes, far from it. 

From Zion Williamson to Kevin Garnett, we looked back at the last 25 years of NBA Drafts to find out how often general managers struck gold at No. 1 -- and we were surprised at the results.

Only eight times did we deem that the top overall pick was the best player from his draft class, while the best player came from outside the Top 10 on six occasions.

So even though the Celtics won't be on the clock for their first selection until the 14th pick this Wednesday night, there's still a chance that Danny Ainge strikes gold... again.

Click here for the best players from each of the last 25 NBA Drafts.