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Best and Worst NBA Lottery Picks

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Best No. 13 Pick: 1996 Hornets, Kobe Bryant

In retrospect, Charlotte looks foolish for drafting the 17-year-old Bryant only to deal him to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. But who knew he'd be so good? After all, no guard had made a successful prep-to-pros transition. Of course, all Kobe has done in LA is win five championships, two scoring titles, two Finals MVPs and one MVP award. With 27,868 points, he is sixth on the NBA's all-time list and still going strong at 32. Incidentally, the league's No. 2 career scorer, Karl Malone, also was picked 13th (in 1985).

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