History of the No. 5 overall pick: A look at the best and worst selections
5th worst -- Tony Battie, Nuggets, 1997
Battie bounced around the league for a shocking 14 seasons, averaging just 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 837 career games. Those aren’t top five numbers. He’ll likely get bounced off this list in the next few years, but for now, Battie sits amongst the biggest busts taken fifth overall in the last 25 years.
4th worst -- Jonathan Bender, Raptors (dealt to the Pacers), 1999
Bender showed promise as a young player, but knee injuries robbed him of his career after just 262 total games. The 6-foot-11 forward finished with career averages of 5.5 points and 2.2 rebounds while playing less than 4,000 minutes in the league.
3rd worst -- Thomas Robinson, Kings, 2013
Robinson was sent packing midway through his rookie season in Sacramento and has bounced around the league ever since. The 26-year-old power forward played for his sixth team in five seasons last year and he enters the summer as an unrestricted free agent.
2nd worst -- Sheldon Williams, Hawks, 2006
Williams dominated at Duke, but his game never translated to the NBA level. After posting just 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for seven teams over six seasons in the league, The Landlord was out of the NBA before his 29th birthday.
Worst -- Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Nuggets, 2002
The foreign-born big played a total of 172 games over four seasons in the NBA, averaging just 2.9 points and 1.2 rebounds. Four teams gave Tskitishvili a shot and he rewarded them by shooting 30.4 percent from the field for his career.
5th best -- DeMarcus Cousins, Kings, 2010
Cousins came into the league with red flags everywhere. In five seasons in the league, the 6-foot-11 center has three straight All-Star appearances and is widely accepted as one of the best bigs in the game.
4th best -- Vince Carter, Warriors (traded on draft night to Raptors), 1998
Vinsanity continues to post strong numbers at the ripe age of 40. The eight-time All-Star has amassed nearly 25,000 career points over his 19-year career. He’s one of the most recognizable names from his era and a sure-fire Hall of Fame player.
3rd best -- Dwyane Wade, Heat, 2003
Wade has the most hardware of the players selected fifth overall. The 12-time All-Star and three-time World Champ continues to fill it up, despite turning 35-years-old last season. D-Wade has played wingman to Shaq and LeBron and is a first ballot Hall of Famer when he finally decides to hand up his sneakers.
2nd best -- Ray Allen, Timberwolves (traded to the Bucks), 1996
Jesus Shuttlesworth, aka Ray Allen, is one of the top two 3-point shooters in the history of the game. The 10-time All-Star knocked down a record 2,973 3-pointers in his 18-year career, which is good enough for first place all-time, but Stephen Curry is hot on his trail.
Best -- Kevin Garnett, Timberwolves, 1995
The Big Ticket only took home one title in his 21-year career, but his 15 All-Star appearances and 2003-04 MVP award separates him from the crowd. Joe Smith, Antonio McDyess, Jerry Stackhouse and Rasheed Wallace all went ahead of him in the 1995 Draft, but Garnett got the last laugh, earning over $335 million during his star studded career.