The Brilliant Draft Choices Since 1990

Cohen 8-Ball: "Smartest" Draft Choice With Picks 1-15 Since 1990’s Josh Cohen assesses which players were the "smartest" draft selections at their respective draft slot since 1990. Keep in mind, this is not an evaluation of the "best" players necessarily. Rather, it is based off the daringness of the pick and how it impacted the team that drafted the player.

No. 15 Pick: Steve Nash, 1996

Cohen's Analysis: Considering he was originally from Canada and played collegiately at Santa Clara, very few were familiar with Nash’s game and potential. The Suns obviously did their homework – not only when they drafted him in 1996 but also when they persuaded him to return as a free agent in 2004.