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Also considered: Roy, Portland via Minnesota (2006)

Worst: Robert Traylor, Milwaukee via Dallas (1998). There were other viable options — Dajuan Wagner and his 103 career games was a tantalizing target — but Traylor has too many issues to ignore. He played extensively for seven seasons, but his career highs in points (5.7), rebounds (4.5) and minutes (17.9) are tepid. He battled weight problems throughout his career. And worst of all, Milwaukee gave up the rights to Dirk Nowitzki to get him.

Dishonorable mention: DerMarr Johnson, Atlanta (2000); Wagner, Cleveland (2002)

No. 7

Best: Kirk Hinrich, Chicago (2003). Hinrich has established himself as a capable scorer and passer with the Bulls, helping Chicago become an Eastern Conference contender for the first time since some Jordan guy hung up his sneakers.

Also considered: Richard Hamilton, Washington (1999); Luol Deng, Chicago (2004)

Worst:Eddie Griffin, Houston via New Jersey (2001). The 6-foot-10 power forward got into a halftime tussle with teammates at Seton Hall and earned a reputation as a hothead, but it didn’t deter the Rockets from securing his rights. His pro career is longer on off-court calamities than anything else, and he was waived by Minnesota earlier this year.

No. 8

Best: Andre Miller, Cleveland (1999). While it’s safe to say Larry Hughes (1998) at his peak and healthy is a superior player, Miller has played in at least 80 games in each of his eight seasons and has averaged 7.6 assists for his career, so his reliability and consistency give him the edge.

Also considered: Hughes, Philadelphia (1998); T.J. Ford, Milwaukee (2003)

Worst: Rafael Araujo, Toronto (2004). It would have been more fun to pounce on Cleveland for its ill-advised selection of DeSagana Diop out of prep school in 2001, but the Senegalese center has gone to Dallas and etched out a niche for himself as a source of rebounds off the bench. The same can’t be said of Araujo, another big man with scant production early in his career (2.8 ppg in 139 games).

Also considered: Adonal Foyle, Golden State (1997); Diop, Cleveland (2001)

No. 9

Best: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas via Milwaukee (1998). An MVP award and the ability to lift the Mavericks out of a decade-long malaise (with help for a time from Steve Nash) give Nowitzki the nod. His ascension also parallels the rise of international players in the NBA, making this selection even more influential.

Also considered: Tracy McGrady, Toronto (1997); Shawn Marion, Phoenix (1999); Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix, 2002

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