Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Garnett talks with reporters during the team's media day, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at the Target Center, in Minneapolis. One day after signing a six-year $125 million contract, the richest contract in the history of professional sports, Garnett overslept and was 63 minutes late for media day. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) (ANN HEISENFELT, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
The collective heart of Utah Jazz fans broke on Tuesday night when they saw the Jazz logo pulled out and placed in the fifth spot in the NBA Draft Lottery. Gone are the hopes of drafting franchise changing players Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and even Dante Exum.
All is not lost though. There will be plenty of extremely talented young players on the board when the Jazz make their selection. As in years past, there is sure to be a gem or two there for the taking if the Utah brass make the right choice.
If fans don't believe that, all they have to do is look at the players drafted with the fifth pick over the last few decades. The list is so deep that an all-star didn't even make the top 25.
Here is a look at the best No. 5 picks in the history of the NBA Draft.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes Charles Barkley?s hand in afternoon on Tuesday, June 19, 1984 in New York City after the former Auburn University forward was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Barkley was picked fifth in the NBA draft. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler) (Marty Lederhandler, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
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