looking back through the last few drafts, decided to make a Power Rankings based only on players taken in the last 5 drafts (taking into account only what team they are currently on, not where they were picked):
1. Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, Perry Jones III... this should be obvious, even with Durant being from the draft before my cutoff. three of the top 15 players from the last 5 drafts are here, along with a sleeper in Perry Jones and a solid player in Maynor.
2. Minnesota T-Wolves: Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams, Micheal Beasley, Nikola Pekovic, Chase Budinger, Wesley Johnson, Anthony Randolph... even with all the bad picks, they'd have 2nd place on quantity alone. 2 studs (Love/Rubio), 2 trade pieces (Williams/Beasley), and a solid starter and role player (Pekovic/Budinger). not bad.
3. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, Xavier Henry, Al-Farouq Aminu, Greivis Vasquez... having the number 1 pick and stealing a great choice at number 10 this year catapulted them up to 3. everyone keeps talking about Davis as if he's Garnett and Duncan combined (really? lol). even if he's half that, he'll be a top 10 NBA player.
4. Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose, Omer Asik, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague... Asik and Gibson are great defenders and Teague that late could be a steal, but this is all about having Derrick Rose.
5. Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Eric Bledsoe... again, this is about one man. "you might say this defies the laws of gravity, but ya know, Blake never studied law."
6. Indiana Pacers: Roy Hibbert, Paul George, George Hill, Tyler Hansbrough, Darren Collison... it doesn't seem like they have as much talent as the couple teams below, but this was basically the entire rotation of a 2nd round playoff team (with Granger and West added, but Granger was a shell). idk how they did it, but they did. <3 Paul George.
7. Sacramento Kings: DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Thomas Robinson, Jimmer Fredette, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Terrence Williams... the deepest group on this list, except only one of them is a true blue chip guy (and he's crazy). i still think he's gonna be the 2nd best center in the league next season.
8. Cleveland Cavs: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi, Dion Waiters... does having Kyrie Irving make up for wasting two straight number 4 picks?
9. Denver Nuggets: Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson, JaVale McGee, Danilo Galinari... tell me i'm overrating them, but Faried and Lawson are for real.
10. Washington Wizards: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Jan Vesely... depends on if Wall takes a big step forward and Beal is as good as people say.
honorable mentions: Celtics (Bradley and maybe Sullinger if his game translates?), Warriors (Curry, Thompson and Barnes), Jazz (Kanter, Burks, Favors, Hayward), Pistons (Knight, Monroe, Drummond, Daye).
sad day for the Bobcats (despite getting Gilchrist). tough to not only have the worst team in the league but also not even be in the top half of the league in young talent lol. i like the Walker/Gilchrist combo though. maybe i underrate their current young core: Henderson, Gilchrist, Walker, Augustin, Mullens, lol. no, they suck. even though i like all those players individually as like end of the rotation players on good teams.