The No. 5 overall pick in the NBA Draft is a black hole that is mostly devoid of franchise-altering players..
At least it has been, historically. And in the past decade, the talent level has been downright putrid.
If players such as Marvin Bagley III, Michael Porter Jr. or Mohamed Bamba fall down the board, maybe the Mavericks can buck the recent string of disappointments in that particular draft spot.
Then again, their history of drafting in the lottery isn't very good either.
De'Aaron Fox of the Kings and Kris Dunn of the Bulls still have time to develop, so they will not be included. But here are few notes about the class dating back to 1990.
Of the 36 players drafted at No. 5 dating back to 1980 (excluding recently drafted Dunn and Fox):
-Only one player has won an NBA title with the team that drafted him (Dwayne Wade with the Miami Heat).
-Three are members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Mitch Richmond) and one will be inducted in the upcoming class (Ray Allen).
-Just two are locks to be inducted into the Hall-of-Fame (Kevin Garnett and Dwayne Wade).
-At the moment, only one other player is a realistic candidate for the hall (Vince Carter).
-12 have been named to at least one All-Star team. Nine of those players made multiple all-star teams.
-Just one (Dwayne Wade in 2009) has led the NBA in scoring
-Three have led the league in rebounding (Barkley, Garnett, Love)
-Just two have claimed an NBA MVP award (Charles Barkley in 1993 and Kevin Garnett in 2004)
Here's the complete list dating back to 1990, courtesy of basketballinsiders.com.
2017 De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky – Sacramento Kings
2016 Kris Dunn, Providence – Minnesota Timberwolves
2015 Mario Hezonja, FC Barcelona Basquet – Orlando Magic
2014 Dante Exum, Australia – Utah Jazz
2013 Alex Len, Maryland – Phoenix Suns
2012 Thomas Robinson, Kansas – Sacramento Kings
2011 Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania – Toronto Raptors
2010 Demarcus Cousins, Kentucky – Sacramento Kings
2009 Ricky Rubio, Spain – Minnesota Timberwolves
2008 Kevin Love, UCLA – Memphis Grizzlies
2007 Jeff Green, Georgetown – Boston Celtics
2006 Shelden Williams, Duke – Atlanta Hawks
2005 Raymond Felton, North Carolina – Charlotte Bobcats
2004 Devin Harris, Wisconsin – Washington Wizards
2003 Dwyane Wade, Marquette – Miami HEAT
2002 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Italy – Denver Nuggets
2001 Jason Richardson, Michigan State – Golden State Warriors
2000 Mike Miller, Florida – Orlando Magic
1999 Jonathan Bender, Picayune HS (Miss.) – Toronto Raptors
1998 Vince Carter, North Carolina – Golden State Warriors
1997 Tony Battie, Texas Tech – Denver Nuggets
1996 Ray Allen, Connecticut – Minnesota Timberwolves
1995 Kevin Garnett, Farragut Academy (Ill.) – Minnesota Timberwolves
1994 Juwan Howard, Michigan – Washington Bullets
1993 Isaiah Rider, UNLV – Minnesota Timberwolves
1992 LaPhonso Ellis, Notre Dame – Denver Nuggets
1991 Steve Smith, Michigan State – Miami Heat
1990 Kendall Gill, Illinois – Charlotte Hornets
1989 J.R. Reid, North Carolina – Charlotte Hornets
1988 Mitch Richmond, Kansas State – Golden State Warriors
1987 Scottie Pippen, Central Arkansas – Seattle Supersonics
1986 Kenny Walker, Kentucky – New York Knicks
1985 Jon Koncak, Southern Methodist – Atlanta Hawks
1984 Charles Barkley, Auburn – Philadelphia 76ers
1983 Sidney Green, UNLV – Chicago Bulls
1982 LaSalle Thompson, Texas – Kansas City Kings
1981 Danny Vranes, Utah – Seattle Supersonics
1980 James Ray, Jacksonville – Denver Nuggets