Top 30 Basketball Players Introduced in 2005 NBA Draft

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More than 150 players are drafted every year in the NBA league. 2005’s NBA draft introduced some of the best basketball players who have made lots of records and set a benchmark for newcomers. As a result, it is tough to rank the top 30 players. So check the below list and see if your favorite player is listed in our top 30 picks.

Top 30 NBA Players Drafted in 2005

Name Age 1st Team Round Pick Position Achievements
Deron Williams 38 Utah Jazz 1st 3rd Point guard
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team
  • 3× NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
Chris Paul 37 New Orleans Hornets 1st 4th Point guard
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 12× NBA All-Star
  • 4× All-NBA First Team
Andrew Bynum 34 Los Angeles Lakers 1st 10th Center
  • NBA All-Star
  • 2× NBA champion
  • McDonald’s All-American
Nate Robinson 38 Phoenix Suns 1st 21st Point guard
  • Venezuelan League champion
  • 3× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
  • Venezuelan League Grand Final MVP
David Lee 39 New York Knicks 1st 30th Power forward / Center
  • 2× NBA All-Star
  • NBA champion
  • All-NBA Third Team
Monta Ellis 36 Golden State Warriors 2nd 40th Shooting guard
  • Mr. Basketball USA
  • NBA Most Improved Player
  • McDonald’s All-American
Lou Williams 35 Philadelphia 76ers 2nd 45th Shooting guard / Point guard
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year
  • 3× NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • First-team Parade All-American
Andrew Bogut 37 Milwaukee Bucks 1st 1st Center
  • All-NBA Third Team
  • NBA champion
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Ike Diogu 38 Golden State Warriors 1st 9th Power forward / Center
  • BSN Center of the Year
  • BSN champion
  • BSN First Team
Marvin Williams 36 Atlanta Hawks 1st 2nd Power forward / Small forward
  • NCAA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year
Charlie Villanueva 37 Toronto Raptors 1st 7th Power forward
  • NCAA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • Second-team All-Big East
Raymond Felton 38 Charlotte Bobcats 1st 5th Point guard / Shooting guard
  • NCAA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • Bob Cousy Award winner
Channing Frye 39 New York Knicks 1st 8th Power forward / Center
  • 2× First-team All-Pac-10
  • NBA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
Sean May 38 Charlotte Bobcats 1st 13th Power forward
  • French Cup Final MVP
  • French League Best Scorer
  • French Cup winner
Rashad McCants 37 Minnesota Timberwolves 1st 14th Shooting guard
  • NCAA champion
  • Third-team All-American – NABC
  • Third-team All-American – AP, SN
Danny Granger 39 Indiana Pacers 1st 17th Small forward
  • NBA Most Improved Player
  • NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Wayne Simien 39 Miami Heat 1st 29th Power forward
  • NBA champion
  • Third-team All-American – AP
  • Consensus first-team All-American
Gerald Green 36 Boston Celtics 1st 18th Shooting guard / Small forward
  • NBA G League champion
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
  • NBA D-League All-Star
Hakim Warrick 40 Memphis Grizzlies 1st 19th Power forward
  • NCAA champion
  • NBL Best Sixth Man
  • Consensus first-team All-American
Jarrett Jack 38 Denver Nuggets 1st 22nd Point guard
  • Second-team All-ACC
  • Third-team All-ACC
Luther Head 39 Houston Rockets 1st 24th Shooting guard / Point guard
  • Consensus second-team All-American
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • First-team All-Big Ten
Jason Maxiell 39 Detroit Pistons 1st 26th Power forward / Center
  • Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 2× Second-team All-Conference USA
  • Conference USA All-Freshmen Team
Brandon Bass 37 New Orleans Hornets 1st 33rd Power forward
  • SEC Player of the Year
  • CBA Slam Dunk leader
  • SEC Rookie of the Year
Ronny Turiaf 39 Los Angeles Lakers 2nd 37th Center
  • NBA champion
  • 3× First-team All-WCC
  • WCC Player of the Year
Travis Diener 40 Orlando Magic 2nd 38th Point guard
  • 2× Italian Cup winner
  • 2× Serie A All-Star
  • Italian Cup MVP
Von Wafer 37 Los Angeles Lakers 2nd 39th Shooting guard / Small forward
  • McDonald’s All-American
  • Second-team Parade All-American
Andray Blatche 35 Washington Wizards 2nd 49th Power forward / Center
  • CBA champion
  • 2× CBA All-Star
Ryan Gomes 39 Boston Celtics 2nd 50th Small forward / Power forward
  • All-NBA D-League Third Team
  • NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Amir Johnson 35 Detroit Pistons 2nd 56th Power forward / Center
  • NBA Hustle Award
  • Second-team Parade All-American
  • McDonald’s All-American
Marcin Gortat 38 Phoenix Suns 2nd 57th Center
  • 3× German Cup champion
  • German League champion
  • German Champions Cup champion

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