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First up, don’t forget the RR March Madness Pool.

Let’s kick off our NBA Draft coverage by recapping what’s been going on between the 6th and 10th pick this decade. The Raptors are currently slated to draft 8th and even though the team’s playing terrible I don’t see them falling below OKC and upping their odds to draft 5th. Obviously the lottery can change things but for a moment let’s assume everything works out according to the percentages and the Raptors draft where they’re supposed to draft. You’ll find that there’s plenty to be had if a GM has done his scouting. Some of the better players drafted in those spots this decade are D.J Augustin, Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, Andrew Bynum, Luol Deng, Andre Iguodala, Chris Kaman, Amare Stoudemire, Andrew Bynum, Caron Butler, Shane Battier and Joe Johnson. Only twice in this time span has the consensus best player been drafted between 6-10 and those two are Roy and Stoudemire.

DraftExpress.com has us currently drafting 6’2″ Wake Forest PG Jeff Teague as the eighth pick. NBADraft.net has us selecting Arizona swingman Chase Budinger. In the weeks to come we’ll be looking at possible selections such as James Harden, Al-Farouq Aminu, Gerald Henderson and my dark horse Evan Turner of Ohio St along with many more. Go ahead and make an early call as to who you think might help the Raptors. My early pick is USC swingman Demar DeRozan. For now, let’s just look back and recap.

2008 Draft
Best Player: Derrick Rose at #1
Notables: #2 Beasley, #3 O.J Mayo, #4 Russell Westbrook, #9 D.J Augustin, #22 Courtney Lee

6 	Danilo Gallinari (SF) 	 New York Knicks 	Olimpia Milano (Italy) 1988
7 	Eric Gordon (SG) 	 Los Angeles Clippers 	Indiana Fr.
8 	Joe Alexander (SF) 	 Milwaukee Bucks 	West Virginia Jr.
9 	D. J. Augustin (PG) 	 Charlotte Bobcats 	Texas So.
10 	Brook Lopez (C) 	 New Jersey Nets 	Stanford So.

2007 Draft
Best Player: Kevin Durant at #2
Notables: #1 Greg Oden, #3 Al Horford, #15 Rodney Stuckey, #24 Rudy Fernandez

6 	Yi Jianlian (PF/SF) 	Milwaukee Bucks 	Guangdong Southern Tigers (China) 1987
7 	Corey Brewer (SF) 	Minnesota Timberwolves 	Florida Jr.
8 	Brandan Wright (PF) 	Charlotte Bobcats 	North Carolina Fr.
9 	Joakim Noah (PF/C) 	Chicago Bulls 		Florida Jr.
10 	Spencer Hawes (C) 	Sacramento Kings 	Washington Fr.

2006 Draft
Best Player: Brandon Roy at #6
Notables: #1 Andrea Bargnani, #2 LaMarcus Aldrdige, #8 Rudy Gay, #21 Rajan Rondo, #47 Paul Millsap

6 	Brandon Roy (SG) 	 Minnesota Timberwolves Washington Sr.
7 	Randy Foye (SG) 	 Boston Celtics 	Villanova Sr.
8 	Rudy Gay (G/F) 	 	 Rockets 		Connecticut So.
9 	Patrick O'Bryant (C) 	 Golden State Warriors 	Bradley So.
10 	Mouhamed Sene (C) 	 Seattle SuperSonics 	RBC Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium) 1986

2005 Draft
Best Player: Chris Paul at #4
Notables: #2 Marvin Williams, #3 Deron Williams, #10 Andrew Bynum, #17 Danny Granger, #37 Ronny Turiaf

6 	Martell Webster (G/F) 	 Portland Trail Blazers Seattle Preparatory School
7 	Charlie Villanueva (PF)  Toronto Raptors 	UConn-So.
8 	Channing Frye (F/C) 	 New York Knicks 	Arizona-Sr.
9 	Ike Diogu (PF) 	 	 Golden State Warriors 	Arizona State-Jr.
10 	Andrew Bynum (C) 	 Los Angeles Lakers 	St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ)HSSr.

2004 Draft
Best Player: Dwight Howard at #1
Notables: #2 Emeka Okafor, #5 Devin Harris, #7 Luol Deng, #20 Jameer Nelson, #26 Kevin Martin, #30 Anderson Varejao

6 	Josh Childress (G/F) 	 Atlanta Hawks 		Stanford
7 	Luol Deng (SF) 	 	 Phoenix Suns 		Duke
8 	Rafael Araújo (C) 	 Toronto Raptors 	BYU
9 	Andre Iguodala (G/F) 	 Philadelphia 76ers 	Arizona
10 	Luke Jackson (SF) 	 Cleveland Cavaliers 	Oregon

2003 Draft
Best Player: Lebron James at #1
Notables: #3 Carmelo Anthony, #4 Chris Bosh, #5 Dwayne Wade, #18 David West, #29 Josh Howard, #47 Mo Williams

6 	Chris Kaman 	(C) 	 Los Angeles Clippers 	Central Michigan
7 	Kirk Hinrich 	(PG) 	 Chicago Bulls 		Kansas
8 	T. J. Ford 	(PG) 	 Milwaukee Bucks 	Texas
9 	Michael Sweetney (PF) 	 New York Knicks 	Georgetown
10 	Jarvis Hayes 	(F/G) 	 Washington Wizards 	Georgia

2002 Draft
Best Player: Amare Stoudemire at #9
Notables: #1 Yao Ming, #10 Caron Butler, #23 Tayshaun Prince, #34 Carlos Boozer, #55 Luis Scola

6 	Dajuan Wagner (G) 	 Cleveland Cavaliers 	Memphis Fr.
7 	Nenê Hilario (PF) 	 New York Knicks 	Vasco da Gama (Brazil) 1982
8 	Chris Wilcox (F/C) 	 Los Angeles Clippers 	Maryland So.
9 	Amare Stoudemire (F/C)	 Phoenix Suns 		Cypress Creek HS (Orlando, Florida) HSSr.
10 	Caron Butler (SF) 	 Miami Heat 		Connecticut So.

2001 Draft
Best Player: Tony Parker at #28
Notables: #3 Pau Gasol, #10 Joe Johnson, #13 Richard Jefferson, #31 Gilbert Arenas, #38 Mehmet Okur

6 	Shane Battier (F/G) 	 Vancouver Grizzlies 	Duke Sr.
7 	Eddie Griffin (F) 	 New Jersey Nets 	Seton Hall Fr.
8 	DeSagana Diop (C) 	 Cleveland Cavaliers 	Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, VA) HSSr.
9 	Rodney White (SF) 	 Detroit Pistons 	Charlotte Fr.
10 	Joe Johnson (SG) 	 Boston Celtics 	Arkansas So.

2000 Draft
Best Player: Michael Redd at #43
Notables: #1 Kenyon Martin

6 	DerMarr Johnson (SG/SF)	 Atlanta Hawks 		Cincinnati Fr.
7 	Chris Mihm (C/PF) 	 Chicago Bulls 		Texas Jr.
8 	Jamal Crawford (SG) 	 Cleveland Cavaliers 	Michigan Fr.
9 	Joel Przybilla (C) 	 Houston Rockets 	Minnesota So.
10 	Keyon Dooling (SG) 	 Orlando Magic 		Missouri So.