Stating the obvious, no two NBA Drafts are exactly the same.
Not every edition has a franchise-changing player like LeBron James nor goes five-deep with possible No. 1 overall selections. Some versions run deep with "upside" prospects while in other seasons some players are drafted in round one simply because the league demands 30 picks take place.
Fans that grew frustrated and perhaps still are with Otto Porter' perceived lack of potential in part because they see "third overall pick" and immediately compare him with Michael Jordan and Carmelo Anthony. The thing is those two were obvious rock stars from the start, worthy of going one. Porter was part of a rare draft in which the top 10 or picks could have gone in almost any order because of general uncertainty with the class.
2014 - Gary Harris. Initially considered a mid-lottery picked, the former Michigan State star slipped. Averaged 3.4 points and 13.1 minutes over 55 games with the Nuggets. Work in progress.
2013 - Sergey Karasev. Drafted by the Cavaliers, then shipped to the Nets in part of a three-way deal designed to open cap space for Cleveland ahead of signing James. The Russian forward had surgery for a torn MCL and dislocated knee cap. Has played only 55 games in two seasons
2012 - Andrew Nicholson. Victim of Orlando's young frontcourt depth? Scoring numbers for the promising prospect out of St. Bonaventure have gone down three straight seasons: 7.8, 5.7, 4.9. Only played 40 games last season. Probably needs a new home to have true shot.
2011 - Tobias Harris. Rising star comes with some concerns who is about to get paid in free agency. Set career-highs with 17.1 points and 36.4 shooting percentage on 3-pointers. Also played a personal-best 68 games. The Magic are likely to match any offer, but might blanche if another teams offers dollars that put Harris in the "franchise" player category.
2010 - Avery Bradley. Finding a niche as a dual threat. Averaged 13.9 points last season. Plays bigger than 6-foot-2, especially on defense. Solid rotational player.
2009 - Jeff Teague. Best in show on this list. Though overlooked in discussions in the list of the league's top point guards, he made the All-Star game for the first time in 2015.
2008 - J.J. Hickson. One of those players talented enough to remain in rotations yet frustrating enough to wonder why. Played with four teams in seven seasons. Averaged a double-double in 80 games with the Trail Blazers during the 2012-13 campaign.
2007 - Javaris Crittenton. Played 113 games for three teams over two seasons, including the infamous 2008-09 campaign with the Wizards. The other central figure along with Gilbert Arenas in the firearms-in-locker-room incident that essentially blew up the franchise at the time. Last month, Crittendon, 27, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
2006 - Quincy Douby. Wing guard averaged 4.1 points in three seasons.
2005 - Hakim Warrick. Lengthy, athletic forward stuck around for eight seasons. Averaged at least 11.0 points in seasons 2-4, all with the Grizzlies.
Intriguing talent exists this season between picks 13-25 and possibly into the early second round whether teams needs power forwards (Arkansas' Bobby Portis), point guards (Notre Dame's Jerian Grant), wing threats (Georgia State's R.J. Hunter) or interior muscle (Louisville's Montezl Harrell). With so many young players in play, don't assume most big boards line up across the league. That's part of the intrigue and the challenge.