Detroit Pistons: Ranking the last 10 number one picks in the NBA Draft
#6: Andrew Wiggins (2014)
This is where things start getting difficult, as the rest of the entires are all guys who have already achieved in the NBA or have huge potential or both. Wiggins made his first All-Star team last season for the Warriors and was a huge part of their title run. He has shown himself to be one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA, as he is a very good perimeter defender and hit just under 40 percent of his 3-point shots last season. The Detroit Pistons are still thin at forward and he’s one future free-agent I wouldn’t mind them pursuing.
#5: Ben Simmons (2016)
There was a time when Ben Simmons might have been at the top of this list, but he didn’t play at all last season and still has some major flaws in his game, namely that he can’t shoot. He may not have to on the Nets, who also have Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, and it’s possible we’ll see the best of Simmons when he is flanked by two greats and isn’t under any pressure to score. Even if he doesn’t shoot, he’s one of the best defenders in the NBA and is still only 26-years-old.
We’ve gotten to the point where Simmons’ off-the-court stuff has actually made him underrated, as this is a guy who has averaged 15.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists for his career, numbers that put him in some rare company.
If Simmons ever developed even a league-average 3-point shot or figures out how to be a center, he could be an MVP candidate.