Analyzing NBA draft slot value

Looking at which NBA draft slots have produced the most value in since 1985

Updated: September 25, 2013, 6:33 PM ET
By Justin Kubatko | ESPN Insider

LeBron James Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty ImagesPlayers like LeBron James make the No. 1 pick the most valuable, but how have other slots fared?

The success or failure of a team often is dependent on how well it does in the draft. High draft picks are expected to produce high value, and a miss at the top of the draft can have a crippling effect on a team's future. So how do we measure the value of a draft pick?