5. Dennis Hopson, Nets No. 3, First Round -- 1987
The first in a spate of "Next Jordans" that managed to flame out before producing a fraction of what MJ accomplished. The Nets would have settled for Hopson just filling the rim on occasion and justifying his lofty selection, but he lasted just three seasons in the New Jersey swamps before joining Jordan in Chicago in '91. Jordan summarily dismissed Hopson upon first sight, essentially ending his career. Only one pure shooting guard (Jerry Stackhouse, '95) has been drafted as high since.
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