Ranking the best fifth overall picks in the history of the NBA draft: #25 – 21.

25. Kermit Washington: Washington was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1973 draft. He played for 10 seasons with the Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. Even though most basketball fans of today have only heard of Washington because of one play, He was a very productive player during his time in the league. His best season came with the Trail Blazers in 1979-80 when Washington made the all-star game after averaging a career-high 13.4 points on 55.3 percent shooting from the floor, 10.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 blocks.

For his career, Washington averaged 9.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 507 games.

24. Sam Lacey: Lacey was selected by the Cincinnati Royals in the 1970 draft. Lacey played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Royals/Kings, New Jersey Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Lacey was a monster on the glass who averaged a double-double in points and rebounds during the first six seasons of his career. His best statistical season came with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in 1973-74 when he averaged a career-high 14.2 points on 47.6 percent field goal shooting, 13.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.3 blocks in 79 games. A year later Lacey made his only all-star appearance after averaging 11.5 points and 2.1 blocks to go along with career highs in rebounds (14.2 per game), assists (5.3 per game) and steals (1.7 per game).

For his career, Lacey averaged 10.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 1,002 games.

23. DeMarcus Cousins: Cousins was taken by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 draft. Cousins has played for the Kings during his four seasons in the league. When Cousins is on his game, he is nearly unguardable. His best season so far came in 2013-14 when Cousins averaged 22.7 points on 49.6 percent shooting from the field, 11.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks in 71 games.

To this point in his young career, Cousins has averaged 17.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and one block in 291 games.

22. Jason Richardson: Richardson was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 2001 draft. Richardson has played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers. Early on in his career, Richardson was one of the most explosive players the NBA had ever seen. Richardson would attack the basket and finish with some of the most impressive dunks. Although he was never considered a great shooter, Richardson could really score the ball. His best statistical season came with the Warriors in 2005-06 when he averaged 23.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 75 games.

For his career, Richardson averaged 17.3 points, five rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 838 games.

21. Juwan Howard: Howard was taken be the Washington Bullets in the 1994 draft. Howard played 19 seasons in the NBA for the Bullets/Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats, Portland Trail Blazers and the Miami Heat. His best season came with the Bullets in 1995-96 when Howard played more than 40 minutes a night and averaged 22.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Those numbers were good enough for Howard to make the all-star game that year.

For his career, Howard averaged 13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 1,208 games.

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