2010) Harrison Barnes: (2 years at North Carolina)
7th pick in 2012 draft (Warriors)
4 seasons for Warriors, 3 seasons for Mavericks, 3 seasons for Kings (current team)
Career stats: 13.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 45.0% FG, 37.5% 3P
2015 NBA Finals Champion, 2016 Olympic gold medalist
Now: He is a consistent role player and is in trade rumors for potentially adding depth to a contender. Likely landing spot = Celtics.
2011) Anthony Davis: (1 year at Kentucky)
1st pick in 2012 draft (Hornets)
7 seasons for Hornets/Pelicans, 2 seasons for Lakers (current team)
Career stats: 23.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 51.6% FG, 31.7% 3P
2020 NBA finals champion, 8x All-Star, 2017 All-Star game MVP, NCAA Champion (2017), 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
Now: In December 2020, he signed a 5 year $190 million extension with the Lakers. He is committed through the 2024-2025 season. He is only 28 years old and is considered to be one of the top-5 players in the league today. He has served as 1B to LeBron, but will soon be the face of the Lakers.
2012) Nerlens Noel: (1 year at Kentucky)
6th pick in 2013 draft (Hornets)
3 seasons for 76ers, 2 seasons for Thunder, 2 seasons for Mavericks, 1 season for Knicks (current team)
Career stats: 7.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 54.5% FG, 22.2% 3P
Now: He averages 51 games per season after being injured throughout his career. He has only started in 12 of the 34 games this year for the Knicks despite being listed as a starter. He is a free agent after this year and will likely find himself playing for a new team this offseason. After 8 years in the NBA, it might be time to start considering Noel a bust (or just a role-playing journeyman).
2013) Andrew Wiggins: (1 year at Kansas)
1st pick in 2014 draft (Cavaliers)
6 seasons for Timberwolves, 2 seasons with Warriors (current team)
Career stats: 19.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 44.3% FG, 33.4 % 3P
2015 NBA Rookie of the Year
Now: Since joining the Warriors, his scoring numbers are down but he has become a solid role-player. He was hyped up to be the next LeBron James (which he has fallen short of). He has shown he has the ability to truly impact the league early in his career, but hasn’t played a full season since 2017-2018. Wiggins was supposed to be a star that can play with Curry and Thompson, but is now being used as a potential piece to be traded for Bradley Beal or Victor Oladipo. Currently, he is getting paid $30 million a year until 2022-2023. He is a solid player, but is not worth that kind of payday.
2014) Jahlil Okafor: (1 year at Duke)
3rd pick in 2015 draft (76ers)
3 seasons for 76ers, 2 seasons for Pelicans, 1 season for Nets, 1 season for Pistons (current team)
Career stats: 10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 53.9% FG, 19.0% 3P
2015 NCAA Champion
Now: Never played more than 60 games in an NBA season. Currently injured after undergoing knee surgery (only played 12 games this year, 10.0 minutes/game). He is making an average of $2.0 million/year for the Pistons until 2021-2022. He has made $19 million in his career, with $11 million of that coming from his rookie contract. It might be a little early to call him a bust, but his injuries have stopped him from reaching his full potential as an NBA player.
2015) Ben Simmons: (1 year at LSU)
1st pick in 2016 NBA draft
4 seasons for 76ers (current team)
Career stats: 16.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 7.9 apg, 56.2% FG, 12.9% 3P
3x All-Star, Rookie of the Year (2018)
Now: He is making $35.5 million/year for the 76ers until 2024-2025. Only 24 years old and is accomplishing a lot in his career so far. He is constantly improving his game and developing a jump shot. Will be a future MVP candidate if he stays healthy. This year he is in the top-3 for Defensive Player of the Year with some lists having him as the favorite.