Top 30 Basketball Players Introduced in 2005 NBA Draft

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

NameAge1st TeamRoundPickPositionAchievements
Deron WilliamsDeron Williams38Utah Jazz1st3rdPoint guard
  • 2× All-NBA Second Team
  • 3× NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
Chris PaulChris Paul37New Orleans Hornets1st4thPoint guard
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP
  • 12× NBA All-Star
  • 4× All-NBA First Team
Andrew BynumAndrew Bynum34Los Angeles Lakers1st10thCenter
  • NBA All-Star
  • 2× NBA champion
  • McDonald’s All-American
Nate RobinsonNate Robinson38Phoenix Suns1st21stPoint guard
  • Venezuelan League champion
  • 3× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
  • Venezuelan League Grand Final MVP
David LeeDavid Lee39New York Knicks1st30thPower forward / Center
  • 2× NBA All-Star
  • NBA champion
  • All-NBA Third Team
Monta EllisMonta Ellis36Golden State Warriors2nd40thShooting guard
  • Mr. Basketball USA
  • NBA Most Improved Player
  • McDonald’s All-American
Lou WilliamsLou Williams35Philadelphia 76ers2nd45thShooting guard / Point guard
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year
  • 3× NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • First-team Parade All-American
Andrew BogutAndrew Bogut37Milwaukee Bucks1st1stCenter
  • All-NBA Third Team
  • NBA champion
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team
Ike DioguIke Diogu38Golden State Warriors1st9thPower forward / Center
  • BSN Center of the Year
  • BSN champion
  • BSN First Team
Marvin WilliamsMarvin Williams36Atlanta Hawks1st2ndPower forward / Small forward
  • NCAA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year
Charlie VillanuevaCharlie Villanueva37Toronto Raptors1st7thPower forward
  • NCAA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • Second-team All-Big East
Raymond FeltonRaymond Felton38Charlotte Bobcats1st5thPoint guard / Shooting guard
  • NCAA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • Bob Cousy Award winner
Channing FryeChanning Frye39New York Knicks1st8thPower forward / Center
  • 2× First-team All-Pac-10
  • NBA champion
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team
Sean MaySean May38Charlotte Bobcats1st13thPower forward
  • French Cup Final MVP
  • French League Best Scorer
  • French Cup winner
Rashad McCantsRashad McCants37Minnesota Timberwolves1st14thShooting guard
  • NCAA champion
  • Third-team All-American – NABC
  • Third-team All-American – AP, SN
Danny GrangerDanny Granger39Indiana Pacers1st17thSmall forward
  • NBA Most Improved Player
  • NBA All-Star
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Wayne SimienWayne Simien39Miami Heat1st29thPower forward
  • NBA champion
  • Third-team All-American – AP
  • Consensus first-team All-American
Gerald GreenGerald Green36Boston Celtics1st18thShooting guard / Small forward
  • NBA G League champion
  • NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
  • NBA D-League All-Star
Hakim WarrickHakim Warrick40Memphis Grizzlies1st19thPower forward
  • NCAA champion
  • NBL Best Sixth Man
  • Consensus first-team All-American
Jarrett JackJarrett Jack38Denver Nuggets1st22ndPoint guard
  • Second-team All-ACC
  • Third-team All-ACC
Luther HeadLuther Head39Houston Rockets1st24thShooting guard / Point guard
  • Consensus second-team All-American
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
  • First-team All-Big Ten
Jason MaxiellJason Maxiell39Detroit Pistons1st26thPower forward / Center
  • Conference USA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 2× Second-team All-Conference USA
  • Conference USA All-Freshmen Team
Brandon BassBrandon Bass37New Orleans Hornets1st33rdPower forward
  • SEC Player of the Year
  • CBA Slam Dunk leader
  • SEC Rookie of the Year
Ronny TuriafRonny Turiaf39Los Angeles Lakers2nd37thCenter
  • NBA champion
  • 3× First-team All-WCC
  • WCC Player of the Year
Travis DienerTravis Diener40Orlando Magic2nd38thPoint guard
  • 2× Italian Cup winner
  • 2× Serie A All-Star
  • Italian Cup MVP
Von WaferVon Wafer37Los Angeles Lakers2nd39thShooting guard / Small forward
  • McDonald’s All-American
  • Second-team Parade All-American
Andray BlatcheAndray Blatche35Washington Wizards2nd49thPower forward / Center
  • CBA champion
  • 2× CBA All-Star
Ryan GomesRyan Gomes39Boston Celtics2nd50thSmall forward / Power forward
  • All-NBA D-League Third Team
  • NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Amir JohnsonAmir Johnson35Detroit Pistons2nd56thPower forward / Center
  • NBA Hustle Award
  • Second-team Parade All-American
  • McDonald’s All-American
Marcin GortatMarcin Gortat38Phoenix Suns2nd57thCenter
  • 3× German Cup champion
  • German League champion
  • German Champions Cup champion

Over the past five years, Rick C. Nees has written hundreds of NBA players' biographies, some of which have already been published in famous newspapers. He previously worked as- Commentator, Basketball Analyst, Basketball Player, Newspaper Sports Editor, Radio sports presenter. Rick grew up watching basketball leagues. He was a state-level high school basketball player who followed all NBA events since he was a child.


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