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Worst: Alek Radojevic, Toronto (1999). Radojevic only played 24 minutes for the Raptors before they cut him loose. He resurfaced two years ago in Utah to bump his career games total to 152, but the spindly 7-foot-3 center is running out of time.

Dishonorable mention: Cherokee Parks, Dallas (1995)

No. 13

Best: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers via Charlotte (1996). Bryant is unquestionably the best No. 13 pick since Karl Malone in 1985, if not ever. His selection set off a five-pick stretch that also saw Peja Stojakovic, Steve Nash and Jermaine O’Neal fly off the board.

Also considered: Corey Maggette, Orlando via Seattle (1999), Richard Jefferson, New Jersey via Houston (2001)

Worst: Sebastian Telfair, Portland (2004). With his high school hype, flameout with the Blazers, trade back east and Boston’s decision to want nothing to do with him, the diminutive Telfair has vaulted over some lesser names who left far less wreckage in their wake.

Dishonorable mention: Courtney Alexander, Dallas (2000); Marcus Haislip, Milwaukee (2002)

No. 14

Best: Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento (1996). Stojakovic wins by default, though that doesn’t diminish his solid career and reputation as a scorer (18.4 ppg). Only one No. 14 pick since has a career average of more than half that, further cementing the tail end of the lottery as a place of unrewarded gambles.

Also considered: Troy Murphy, Golden State (2001)

Worst: William Avery, Minnesota (1999). Avery was surrounded by stars on Duke’s loaded 1998-99 team and thought it best to leave school at the same time many of his teammates departed. But he managed to play in a only 142 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.4 assists for the Timberwolves.

Also considered: Mateen Cleaves, Detroit (2000)