- Elena Bergeron
Call them the combine all-stars. Or better yet, the All-World amateurs. In the past 20 years, the top five picks have so far outperformed the rest of the draft over their careers that the first handful of names should get used to rolling as an elite team. Even compared to the rest of the lottery, the top five picks make the draft as top-heavy as an OC Housewife.
According to the D.R.A.F.T. Initiative's research, the talent level in the NBA draft usually sees a sharp decline after pick No. 5.