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Comparing the 2015 NBA Draft to its Predecessors

Comparing draft classes was all the rage the last two years. The 2014 class was heralded as one of the best in recent memory, fresh off a 2013 class that was barren at the top, so there was a lot of discussion about how the draft classes compared to years past.

This season, there hasn’t been too much discussion as to how the 2015 class stacks up compared to the few years prior. So, I’ll be answering that question by looking at three key factors to determine how strong this draft class is.

It’s important to note that I’m examining these classes as they were perceived at the time of the draft. We know now that Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are two of the best three players on a team in the Finals, but no one put nearly that much stock in either of them at the time of the draft. Looking back on draft classes with the knowledge we have now is a fun exercise as well, but impossible to do with this draft since we don’t know what any of the players that’ll be drafted this year will become. So, please, if I tell you Thomas Robinson was valued highly, please don’t tell me how he’s not any good.

Here’s how 2015 stacks up against the past four draft classes in terms of star power, lottery pick potential and depth throughout the first round. I’ve ranked each class from 2011-2015 in each category.

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