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Top NBA Player by Draft Class

For each draft year, name the NBA player with the most career win shares.
According to basketball-reference.com
Through 2018-19
Last updated: April 12, 2018
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Year
Pick #
College
Top Player
2017
3
Duke
Jayson Tatum
2016
1
LSU
Ben Simmons
2015
1
Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns
2014
41
(Serbia)
Nikola Jokić
2013
15
(Greece)
Giannis Antetokounmpo
2012
1
Kentucky
Anthony Davis
2011
30
Marquette
Jimmy Butler
2010
10
Fresno State
Paul George
2009
3
Arizona State
James Harden
2008
4
UCLA
Russell Westbrook
2007
2
Texas
Kevin Durant
2006
2
Texas
LaMarcus Aldridge
2005
4
Wake Forest
Chris Paul
2004
1
(High School)
Dwight Howard
2003
1
(High School)
LeBron James
2002
9
(High School)
Amare Stoudemire
2001
3
(Spain)
Pau Gasol
2000
16
(Turkey)
Hedo Turkoglu
1999
9
UNLV
Shawn Marion
1998
9
(Germany)
Dirk Nowitzki
Year
Pick #
College
Top Player
1997
1
Wake Forest
Tim Duncan
1996
13
(High School)
Kobe Bryant
1995
5
(High School)
Kevin Garnett
1994
2
Cal
Jason Kidd
1993
24
Florida State
Sam Cassell
1992
1
LSU
Shaquille O'Neal
1991
4
Georgetown
Dikembe Mutombo
1990
2
Oregon State
Gary Payton
1989
26
(Serbia)
Vlade Divac
1988
6
Bradley
Hersey Hawkins
1987
1
Navy
David Robinson
1986
46
Iowa State
Jeff Hornacek
1985
13
Louisiana Tech
Karl Malone
1984
3
North Carolina
Michael Jordan
1983
14
Houston
Clyde Drexler
1982
3
Georgia
Dominique Wilkins
1981
3
Maryland
Buck Williams
1980
3
Minnesota
Kevin McHale
1979
1
Michigan State
Magic Johnson
1978
6
Indiana State
Larry Bird
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level ∞
Jun 4, 2014
The 2000 draft class was sad!
+1
level 59
Oct 12, 2016
I know. I've only heard of Jamal Crawford. :(
+1
level 75
Jun 26, 2014
I got 10, and another 10 I've *heard* of (but obviously didn't guess). I hate basketball, and it shows.
+3
level 43
Jun 18, 2015
If you hate basketball why even bother taking the quiz???
+4
level 82
Apr 20, 2016
Same reason I try taking soccer quizzes over and over again - it's all about the points.
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level 34
Aug 18, 2015
What even is a win share?
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level 70
Jan 6, 2016
Probably want to go ahead and change 2009 from ASU ~ Harden to Davidson ~ Curry. Not even that close anymore..
+1
level 29
Jan 24, 2017
And also, Turkoglu over Crawford! C'mon man!
+1
level ∞
Apr 13, 2017
Its practically a three-way tie between Turkoglu, Crawford, and Mike Miller. Crawford could still end up #1 if he plays a couple more seasons. In any case, neither Crawford or Turkoglu ever made a single all-star game.
+1
level 16
Jul 21, 2017
I PUT IN JOKIC!!! Did i really have to put in the accent
+1
level ∞
Apr 12, 2018
No. Accents never matter on JetPunk.
+1
level 12
Aug 15, 2017
this only my opinion i think the top player of the 2009 draft class is stephen curry not james harden... curry had a better legacy than harden
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level 34
Jan 9, 2019
Does he though? Curry will be remembered but not in a good way.
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level 52
Mar 25, 2019
Curry is definitely a better player than Harden. But this about win shares, and not opinions. Harden has played ~90 more games than Curry, and has been on playoff teams (OKC and Houston) every year of his entire career.
+1
level 60
Dec 5, 2017
When you know Hedo Turkoglu but not Shaq, Magic, or Bird...
+1
level 59
Jun 22, 2018
got Hornacek, missed Kobe... smh
+1
level 77
Jun 22, 2018
Cassell is shocking considering that class had Chris Webber, Allan Houston, Penny Hardaway and Nick Van Excel. I guess longevity is a pretty big factor.
+1
level 77
Jun 22, 2018
Looked up the draft class on basketball reference and Webber is significantly ahead on the valuation metrics that account for value over a replacement player.
+1
level ∞
Jun 22, 2018
Both WS and VORP are flawed. I like WS better. VORP rewards players who dominate the box score on mediocre or bad teams.
+1
level ∞
Jun 22, 2018
In this case, though, the best player probably should be Webber. He barely loses to Cassell on WS and he dominates in VORP. Oh well.
+1
level 73
Oct 20, 2018
I can't believe the 1981 one... I tried Isiah Thomas, Mark Aguirre and Tom Chambers but.. but.....
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level 57
May 15, 2019
I suspected that Buck Williams having an edge on Isaiah Thomas was purely longevity, but nope. Buck grabbed a win share every 10.8 games played, and Isaiah only was every 12+. Some combination of rebounding and defense mattering more than ball-handling/playmaking/distributing, quality of teammates actually diluting win share even while increasing gross wins, and/or Buck Williams being underrated/Isaiah being overrated is at play here.
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