Ranking the best fifth overall picks in the history of the NBA draft: #15 – 11.

15. Jeff Mullins: Mullins was selected by the Saint Louis Hawks in the 1964 draft. Mullins played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Hawks and the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors. The best stretch of his career came with the Warriors when he averaged at least 20 points a game in four straight seasons and made three consecutive all-star games. His best statistical year came in 1971-72 when Mullins averaged 21.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 80 games.

For his career, Mullins averaged 16.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 804 games.

14. Kevin Love: Love was taken by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2008 draft and then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love has been with the Timberwolves for six seasons and is one of the best power forwards in the game today. Love has finished in the top three in the NBA in scoring in his last three full seasons along with finishing in the top five in scoring twice. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists.

To this point in his career, the three-time all-star has averaged 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 364 games.

13. Bobby Jones: Jones was selected by the Houston Rockets in the 1974 draft. Jones played 12 seasons in the ABA and NBA with the Denver Nuggets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Jones was one of the best defensive players of his era and also a very effective offensive player. His most productive season in the NBA came with the Nuggets in 1976-77 when Jones averaged 15.1 points on 57 percent shooting from the field, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 steals and two blocks in 82 games.

For his career, the five-time all-star averaged 12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks in 941 games. He also earned first-team all-defense in his first 10 seasons as a pro.

12. Larry Foust: Foust was taken by the Chicago Stags in the 1950 draft. Foust played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Fort Wayne Pistons, Minneapolis Lakers and the Saint Louis Hawks. Foust was one of the best centers in the early days of the NBA. He was a dominant rebounder who made eight all-star games in his first nine seasons in the league. His best statistical season came with the Pistons in 1954-55 when Foust averaged a career-high 17 points while leading the league in field goal percentage (48.7) to go along with 10 rebounds in 70 games.

For his career, Foust averaged 13.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 817 games.

11. Walter Davis: Davis was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the 1977 draft. Davis played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Suns, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers. Davis was an instant success right when he stepped on the floor for the Suns. He earned all-NBA second team in his first two seasons and made the all-star team four straight years. His best statistical season came in 1978-79 when Davis averaged 23.6 points on 56.1 percent shooting from the floor, 4.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 steals in 79 games.

For his career, the six-time all-star averaged 18.9 points on 51.1 percent shooting, three rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 1,033 games.


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