30 Slots, 30 Stars: The best first-round picks of the 21st century

How much does your slot matter on draft night, really? Owners are probably hoping the answer isn’t much, as evidenced by the recent lottery reform passed by a near unanimous vote that will flatten lottery odds, in an effort to reduce tanking.

As of 2019, even the most rebuilding of teams will have a hard time relying on a top pick reversing their fortunes, with the worst record now only having a 14 percent chance of landing the top pick, and with each team in the lottery top 10 having the chance to slide as many as four places down on lottery night.

Doesn't make that much of a difference, though, right? You can get star talent anywhere in the lottery, and you can find a real starter just about anywhere in the first round. Maybe, but of course, the further down the draft you go, the slimmer the pickings get. If you're wondering just how bad it gets, well, here's our list of the best player(s) taken with each first round draft slot this century.

Sometimes talent clusters around a pick you wouldn’t expect, and sometimes a number is so barren you won’t believe we’re already 18 drafts into this century. Take a look below, and see what the lottery-flattened future may have in store for your home ball club.

No. 1 pick: LeBron James (2003)

Pretty simple: The best player of the century, and perhaps the most obvious No. 1 pick to boot. Interesting to wonder how far back you'd have to go before there's another No. 1 pick that would've challenged LeBron for top overall prospect – Duncan? Shaq? Ewing? Even with a handful of multiple All-Stars and one MVP-winner, there's definitely no one close to a challenger this millennium, that's for sure.

Honorable Mentions: Dwight Howard (’04), Yao Ming (’02), John Wall (’10)

No. 2 pick: Kevin Durant (2007)

Also pretty simple – maybe the second-best player of his generation, and certainly the No. 2 pick that haunts the one team that picked ahead of him most this century (maybe the most ever, too). The really staggering thing is how few No. 2 overall picks have even mounted any kind of credible challenge to KD's supremacy here: only one other draft runner-up this century has been named an All-Star.

Honorable Mentions: LaMarcus Aldridge (’06), Tyson Chandler (’01)

No. 3 pick: James Harden (2009)

A little tougher now, since Harden probably had the highest peak of any player taken No. 3 this century, but he’s been in the league for less than a decade, whereas a couple picks at the beginning of the century were multiple All-Stars and are still around and relevant. Still, spending multiple years as an MVP candidate on a title contender is something only one of these guys has been able to accomplish.

Honorable Mentions: Pau Gasol (’01), Carmelo Anthony (’03)

No. 4 pick: Chris Paul (2005)

Can you name the players taken ahead of CP3 in '05? Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams, and Deron Williams – and who would've guessed that of those three, the one who's still at least decently relevant is Marvin? The '08 top three ahead of Russell Westbrook might have aged even worse, though: Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, and O.J. Mayo. One of those dudes is MIA, and the other two might be one more anonymous season away from joining him.

Honorable Mentions: Chris Bosh (’03), Westbrook (’08)

No. 5 pick: Dwyane Wade (2003)

Wade fell to No. 5 in one of the most stacked drafts in NBA history, a draft where even the Pistons can't even be too mad for whiffing at No. 2 with Darko Milicic, since they won the title the next year. Speaking of, Wade's example helps prove that not all lottery teams are created equal: within two seasons, he was contending for championships, while the two runner-ups in this draft slot never even sniffed the postseason before eventually being traded.

Honorable Mentions: Kevin Love (’08), DeMarcus Cousins (’10)

No. 6 pick: Brandon Roy (2006)

It's the battle of the Blazers here, since Roy's primary competition comes from a fellow hero guard who'll probably overtake Roy here in a season or two. But for now let's give it to the guy Minnesota traded for Randy Foye. Not a lot to write home about beyond those two, though: it seems like a particularly bustible section of the draft, with Jan Vesely, DaJuan Wagner, Jonny Flynn, and Yi Jianlian all calling No. 6 home.

Honorable Mentions: Damian Lillard (’12), Danilo Gallinari (’08)

No. 7 pick: Stephen Curry (2009)

A no-brainer here, obviously. Never forget that the Timberwolves had picks both No. 5 and No. 6 – and took two point guards with said picks – and still somehow left without Curry. Not that anyone in Minnesota is likely to forget anytime this century.

Honorable Mentions: Luol Deng (’04), Nene (’02)

No. 8 pick: Jamal Crawford (2000)

We’re not even out of the top 10, and we already have our first draft slot that’s yet to produce a single All-Star this century. It’s mostly a mix of the mediocre (Jordan Hill, Terrence Ross, T.J. Ford) and the outright forgettable (DeSagana Dip, Joe Alexander, Rafael Araujo) at No. 8, leading to longtime sixth man Crawford being easily the most obvious choice here. Yeesh.

Honorable Mentions: Rudy Gay (’06), Channing Frye (’05)

No. 9 pick: Andre Iguodala (2004)

Just try telling a Sixers fan in 2010 that we'd some day be ranking Andre Iguodala above Amar'e Stoudemire on a list like this, and it wouldn't even be a stretch. An All-Star appearance, a Finals MVP, and a couple of rings later, Iguodala finally is getting the respect he deserves, and may even get some down-ballot Hall of Fame consideration in his retirement if the Dubs keep winning like this. Meanwhile, poor Amar'e.

Honorable Mentions: Stoudemire (’02), Joakim Noah (’07), Gordon Hayward (’09)

No. 10 pick: Paul George (2010)

If a couple of other brilliantly versatile three-and-D wings had been drafted even later in the first round later in the decade, we'd talk a lot more about how crazy it was that George slipped to 10 in '10 – below Wesley Johnson, Ekpe Udoh, and Al-Farouq Aminu. You could make a case that Joe Johnson has had a better career than PG-13, given his longevity, but … nah.

Honorable Mentions: Joe Johnson (’01), Caron Butler (’02), C.J. McCollum (’13)

No. 11 pick: Klay Thompson (2011)

Already the fourth member of this year's Golden State Warriors team to appear on this list! Of course, only Thompson and Curry were actually drafted by the Dubs, but nonetheless it tells you something pretty important about how well this team was put together. And no, we're not doing the second round for this, so unfortunately Draymond Green won't get to make it five.

Honorable Mentions: J.J. Redick (’06), Myles Turner (’15)

No. 12 pick: Thaddeus Young (2007)

Nothing against Young, who has had a respectable ten-year career and is generally a player of use in the NBA, but if he’s the best your best-case scenario for a particular draft slot, that might mean the slot ain’t worth a whole lot. For your morbid curiosity, the three No. 12 picks taken before Thad was scooped up: Robert Swift, Yaroslav Korolev, and Hilton Armstrong. Ick.

Honorable Mentions: Steven Adams (’13), Dario Saric (’14)

No. 13 pick: Richard Jefferson (2001)

RJ never made an All-Star team, but was still a consistent 20 PPG scorer in his prime, and served as an unlikely late-career contributor on the Cavs' first championship two seasons ago – very respectable for late-lottery. This is specially respectable considering the next two years, the No. 13 picks were the back-to-back mediocre Morrises, Haislip and Banks.

Honorable Mentions: Markieff Morris (’11), Devin Booker (’15)

No. 14 pick: Patrick Patterson (2010)

Patrick Patterson? Yes, the versatile forward and career bench player may very well be the best player the No. 14 pick has produced this century – with the only real competition coming from stat-padding bigs that never won anything, and one-way wings that had one or two good seasons before becoming largely unplayable. We’re not even out of the lottery yet.

Honorable Mentions: Troy Murphy (’01), Kris Humphries (’04), Ronnie Brewer (’06)

No. 15 pick: Kawhi Leonard (2011)

Pretty absurd spike on the chart here with the Spurs' perennial MVP candidate and almost certainly the best player taken in the mid-first round this century. He's not without his competition there, though: Giannis Antetokounmpo, taken just two drafts later in the same spot, may be pushing him for that title soon enough.

Honorable Mentions: Antetokounmpo (’13), Al Jefferson (’04)

No. 16 pick: Hedo Turkoglu (2000)

The ’00 draft is remembered as the century’s worst, and rightly so – though the 2016 draft looks like half-decent competition for that one season in, it’s going to have to have a truly stunning amount of misses to really pose a threat to 2000’s crappiness. But they did get one mid-round hit: Hidayet “Hedo” Turkoglu, the so-called “Michael Jordan of Turkey” and an eventual Most Improved Player winner for the Orlando Magic.

Honorable Mentions: Nikola Vucevic (’11), Jusuf Nurkic (’14)

No. 17 pick: Josh Smith (2004)

The No. 17 pick is the ultimate breeding ground for players who very briefly flirted with All-Star status and fell apart not long after: J-Smoove is probably the leader of the pack, with Jrue Holiday, Danny Granger, and Roy Hibbert all fairly close behind. If Zarko Cabarkapa ever had such a flirtation, however, it was frisky but short-lived.

Honorable Mentions: Holiday (’09), Granger (’05), Hibbert (’08)

No. 18 pick: David West (2003)

A two-time All-Star and now an NBA champion, David West provided the kind of on- and off-court stability you can very rarely hope to find this late in the draft. Other such No. 18 picks included JaVale McGee, Gerald Green and J.R. Smith, so sort of case in point there.

Honorable Mentions: Ty Lawson (’09), Eric Bledsoe (’10)

No. 19 pick: Jeff Teague (2009)

Probably not even one of the five best point guards taken in that 2009 first round – but that’s more about that draft’s unusual depth than Teague, who actually made an All-Star team just three seasons ago, and is still an established starting point in the league. Indeed, “established starter” seems to be the ceiling for the No. 19 pick, though there have been a decent number of those taken in that slot in recent years.

Honorable Mentions: Tobias Harris (’11), Avery Bradley (’10)

No. 20 pick: Zach Randolph (2001)

It’s a little crazy that Z-Bo went this late in the draft, though that was undoubtedly partly due to the fact that Randolph was bound to be a headache for whatever team drafted him – as he certainly was for the Blazers for over half a decade. At 20, a headache for years of strong starting performance is a pretty fair tradeoff.

Honorable Mentions: Jameer Nelson (’04), Evan Fournier (’12)

No. 21 pick: Rajon Rondo (2003)

One of the keys to Boston's Big Three era wasn't just landing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett in the same off-season, but of poaching a starting point guard (and eventual multiple All-Star) so late in the draft, courtesy of the consistently own-foot-shooting Phoenix Suns. The Suns sort of did the same thing with the Hawks and Boris Diaw, but it cost 'em Joe Johnson in the process.

Honorable Mention: Diaw (’03), Ryan Anderson (’08)

No. 22 pick: Kenneth Faried (’11)

Tough to know exactly how to judge Faried here – is he the guy who excelled for Team USA at FIBA in 2014, or the guy finding it an increasingly tougher time to get off the bench for the Nuggets in ’17? The NBA world may be passing Faried by a little, but for this late in the draft, he was still a steal, and his Per 36 and efficiency numbers remain somewhat stupefying.

Honorable Mention: Courtney Lee (’08), Mason Plumlee (’13)

No. 23 pick: Tayshaun Prince (’02)

As with the Celtics and Rondo, one of the final pieces of the Pistons' championship-contention puzzle ended up being the rapid development of the late-drafted Tayshaun Prince into a starter and core piece. Within two seasons, he was an essential part of the team circuitry, starting every playoff game of the team's '04 title run.

Honorable Mention: Wilson Chandler (’07), Rodney Hood (’14)

No. 24 pick: Kyle Lowry (’06)

You forget sometimes just how late Kyle Lowry was initially drafted – which could have been a major steal for the Memphis Grizzlies if they hadn't alienated Lowry by drafting Mike Conley with a top-five pick two years later and traded him to the Rockets a couple of years after that. It helped grow the chip on Lowry's shoulder by the time he got to the Raptors, if nothing else.

Honorable Mention: Serge Ibaka (’08), Reggie Jackson (’11)

No. 25 pick: Nicolas Batum (’08)

Batum was a largely unknown quantity, dumped by the Rockets on the Blazers on draft night 2008 for a return of … not much (Joey Dorsey may still be bouncing around the D-League somewhere). It was a pretty big surprise when he ended up starting for Portland pretty much immediately, quickly growing into a key player in a very solid Blazers starting five.

Honorable Mention: Tony Allen (’04), Clint Capela (’14).

No. 26 pick: George Hill (’08)

One of the quintessential “Of course the Spurs would take him, and of course he’ll turn into a legit NBA player” late-first-round picks that makes fellow GMs ram their heads into a wall seemingly every draft night. Hill was snatched out of essentially the middle of nowhere – IUPUI, proud members of the Horizon League – and within a few years, he was pushing Tony Parker for a starting role and (eventually) getting traded for Kawhi Leonard.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Martin (’04), Gerald Wallace (’01)

No. 27 pick: Rudy Gobert (’13)

Along with Giannis, the ultimate redeemer of the much-maligned 2013 draft. It's still fairly insane to consider that Anthony Bennett was taken 26 picks before the Stifle Tower. Of course, fear that Gobert would just be a stiff in the NBA was considerable, but given his measurables and sheer upside, it's still pretty stunning that so many teams passed on him in favor of a lot of guys who are barely hanging on the league's fringes at this point.

Honorable Mention: Arron Afflalo (’07), Kendrick Perkins (’03)

No. 28 pick: Leandro Barbosa (’03)

The Brazillian Blur was actually another inspired first-round steal by the Spurs, but was traded to the Suns for a future first-rounder, where he’d become a Sixth Man of the Year perennial and an integral part of the 7 Seconds or Less era. Quick shoutout here also to Skal Labissiere, who in a class of early disappointments looks like the rare player from the ’16 draft who might actually go on to well out-perform his slot.

Honorable Mention: Ian Mahinmi (’05), Tiago Splitter (’07)

No. 29 pick: Tony Parker (’01)

Yep, one more Spur, and arguably the key to their entire dynasty. Parker's growth into a starter and even a borderline-MVP candidate kept San Antonio title-relevant through the end of the decade and into the '10s, until Leonard came of age enough to replace TP as the Spurs' leader and offensive centerpiece. Still one of the greatest draft picks of all time.

Honorable Mention: Josh Howard (’03), Cory Joseph (’11)

No. 30 pick: Jimmy Butler (’11)

Really, it’s between Parker and Butler for the first-round steal of the century. The Bulls got their next franchise player with the very last pick of the first round in ’11 – the kind of found-money acquisition that often results in a team becoming championship contenders.

Didn't quite work out that way for Chicago, despite the fact that they had made the conference finals the year before Butler's selection – too many injuries and too much toxicity. But no matter what else the oft-criticized Gar Forman and John Paxson do to further mar their resumes in Chi-town, nabbing Jimmy Buckets at No. 30 will always prevent the balances from totally tipping against them.

Honorable Mention: David Lee (’05), Festus Ezeli (’12)

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21st Century NBA Power Rankings: Middle 10

On Wednesday, theScore began counting down its rankings of all 30 NBA franchises based on how successful they've been so far in the 21st century – graded by a variety of objective (Best Season, Worst Season, Overall Record, Playoff Performance), and subjective (Franchise Player, Cult Appeal, Public Dysfunction) factors.

With 30-21 behind us – and the top 10 coming Friday – we’ll spend Thursday looking at the NBA’s middle class, including the first of eight teams to have won a championship this century.

20. New Orleans Pelicans

Best Season: 3
Worst Season: 16
Overall Record: 15
Playoff Performance: 8
Franchise Player: 16
Cult Appeal: 8
Public Dysfunction: 16

Total Score: 82

It’s hard to get a firm grasp on the Pelicans‘ place in the NBA universe this century, partly due to their multiple franchise relocations and single name change, and partly due to a lack of consistency – good or bad.

They were more successful than you may recall at the start of the century (the Baron Davis/Jamal Mashburn years), they bottomed out in time to grab franchise point guard Chris Paul in '05, they came one game away from the conference finals in '08 before injuries and faulty team-building stuck them with a first-round ceiling, then they bottomed out again in time to grab Anthony Davis in 2012 – though maladies and poorly thought-out roster construction again may cut this era down before it gets too successful.

Ultimately, the Pelicans escape the bottom 10 because they have enjoyed the primes of Paul and The Brow, because their most publicly humiliating moment (the vetoed CP3-to-LA deal) was more the league’s fault than theirs, and because their see-sawing between fat and lean years ultimately leaves them squarely in the middle of the pack in overall record.

Organizational consistency would go a long way, but the upcoming one-season experiment of Davis and DeMarcus Cousins – flanked by Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen – doesn’t augur particularly well on those grounds.

19. Denver Nuggets

Best Season: 8
Worst Season: 15
Overall Record: 18
Playoff Performance: 9
Franchise Player: 10
Cult Appeal: 23
Public Dysfunction: 14

Total Score: 97

How do you make the playoffs 10 straight years and still score as one of the least successful postseason teams of the century? Losing in nine out of 10 first rounds is a good start. The only time the Nuggets advanced since 2000 was in 2008-'09, following the Allen Iverson-Chauncey Billups swap that resulted in their first Conference finals appearance in nearly a quarter-century.

As good as that campaign was, the Nuggets still score low in Best Season and – due to Carmelo Anthony prematurely forcing his way out of Denver and going on to much greater individual visibility (but not exactly greater postseason success) in New York – they score bottom 10 in Franchise Player as well.

Still, they're buoyed by their overall record – 10 straight winning seasons certainly helps with that – and by their enduring cult appeal, dating back at least to the thrilling chaos of the AI-Melo-K-Mart-J.R. days, enduring through the "no sticky hands" days of the team post-Melo trade, and the supremely exciting 57-win team in '12-'13 (who were upset by Golden State in the first round and dismantled almost immediately after).

The future of the team's Internet-friendliness should be fairly safe in the hands of 7-foot wizard Nikola Jokic, as well.

18. Philadelphia 76ers

Best Season: 19
Worst Season: 2
Overall Record: 6
Playoff Performance: 14
Franchise Player: 23
Cult Appeal: 26
Public Dysfunction: 8

Total Score: 98

The Process may have set up the 76ers for as bright a future as any young team in basketball, but its effects on the team’s win-loss record have of course been woefully deleterious – the last four lottery-bound seasons have dragged the Sixers down to the Association’s sixth-worst overall record for the century, and only the then-Bobcats’ historic 7-59 record in the lockout year saves them from having the worst Worst Season.

It hasn't always been easy off the court, either, with Iverson standing as perhaps the most controversial player of his day, Andrew Bynum treating fans to the most comically disastrous rental season in big-man history, and Jahlil Okafor's very bad night in Boston ending up on TMZ.

But as much drama as Iverson courted, he also served as one of the true superstars of the early century – winning MVP and leading the 76ers to the Finals in 2001. And as much losing as The Process has resulted in, it's also led to the development of one of the most devout cult followings in professional sports, with deposed general manager Sam Hinkie a martyr figure inspiring near-Messianic reverence.

Strikes and gutters for the 76ers this century, as Bynum is all too familiar with.

17. Memphis Grizzlies

Best Season: 9
Worst Season: 21
Overall Record: 11
Playoff Performance: 11
Franchise Player: 3
Cult Appeal: 25
Public Dysfunction: 20

Total Score: 99

Like the Nuggets, the Grizzlies have a ton of playoff appearances this century without a lot of playoff series wins to show for it – in their 10 appearances, they've only made it to the second round three times, and were swept in their lone conference finals appearance.

That hurts them here, as do their two seasons still in Vancouver at century's beginning (combined record: 45-119), and the fact that they've never had a true franchise superstar, with Thinking Man's All-Star Marc Gasol likely the closest thing at this point.

What the Grizzlies do have, though, is a ton of Cult Appeal – thanks to one of the strongest team identities in recent sports history, classified (and largely personified) by Tony Allen as the Grit-n-Grind era.

And despite their GM once being a punchline for his tendency to get out-maneuvered in his dealings, a lot of his once-mocked bets on players like Gasol, Zach Randolph, and Mike Conley ended up paying off not with a playoff perennial, but in one of the model organizations in the NBA. We'll see how much of that can survive now, with franchise-definers Randolph and Allen finally headed further West.

16. Orlando Magic

Best Season: 22
Worst Season: 18
Overall Record: 12
Playoff Success: 13
Franchise Player: 19
Cult Appeal: 9
Public Dysfunction: 15

Total Score: 108

It feels like one or multiple lifetimes ago that the Magic were a perennial playoff contender, but not even a decade ago, the Magic were winning 59 games and playing for the title, with an innovative roster built around the generational talents of two-way monster center Dwight Howard.

It fell apart with surprising quickness, but it’s enough to get the Magic strong scores in Best Season and Franchise Player here – as well as Worst Season, since they never quite bottomed out post-Dwight trade the way some initially predicted.

All that’s really keeping the Magic from this list’s top half is a lack of real outsider appeal: Despite having employed a couple transcendent players this century in Howard and Tracy McGrady, the Magic never quite built the teams around the two superstars that were entertaining and/or identifiable enough to engender much bandwagon-jumping – and these days, not even their own fans seem to have a ton of love for the directionless squad.

15. Toronto Raptors

Best Season: 11
Worst Season: 22
Overall Record: 13
Playoff Performance: 10
Franchise Player: 20
Cult Appeal: 15
Public Dysfunction: 18

Total Score: 109

Middle of the pack nearly the whole way, the Raptors only squeak their way into the top 10 of our rankings once (for Worst Season – the only marginally disastrous 22-win '10-'11 campaign) and into the bottom 10 once (for Playoff Performance – 15 years in between series wins'll do that).

Otherwise, their best season was great but hardly the stuff of legend, their franchise player defined basketball north of the border but left too soon under lousy circumstances, and their bandwagonability is still a relatively new development, along with the rise of Jurassic Park and Drake Night.

On the bright side, middle of the pack would’ve certainly seemed wishful thinking for the 21st-century Raptors a half-decade ago. On the less-bright side, with a somewhat compromised roster and not a ton of wiggle room going into this season – not to mention a creeping feeling of redundancy – it’s hard to see how their scoring prospects improve significantly from here.

14. Utah Jazz

Best Season: 7
Worst Season: 25
Overall Record: 24
Playoff Performance: 19
Franchise Player: 4
Cult Appeal: 5
Public Dysfunction: 29

Total Score: 113

No other team on these rankings has a bigger disparity between their Best Season and Overall Record scores as the Jazz.

Despite only making the conference finals once, with a largely underqualified ’06-07 squad, the Jazz have been one of the best regular-season teams in the Association this century, with winning campaigns in 12 out of 18 seasons, and never fewer than 25 Ws in a season. That consistency has also been mirrored in the team’s off-court dealings, which have been as undramatic as any team outside of San Antonio.

But that dependability has also led to staid basketball for outsiders looking in. Deron Williams threatened superstar status for about a season but never quite got there, and his closest thing to a successor just bolted in the offseason. The new Jazz threaten to be an enjoyably stifling defensive juggernaut – the Salt Lake equivalent of Grit-n-Grind, perhaps – but that would make it the first Jazz squad post-Stockton & Malone with a truly memorable identity.

13. Portland Trail Blazers

Best Season: 13
Worst Season: 20
Overall Record: 20
Playoff Performance: 15
Franchise Player: 12
Cult Appeal: 27
Public Dysfunction: 9

Total Score: 116

Almost hard to believe sometimes that the Blazers were once the problem children of the NBA, when for the last decade they’ve been about as cuddly a franchise as the Association could ask for. The Jail Blazers era hurts Portland in Public Dysfunction but helps them in Cult Appeal, where they’ve drawn strong for motivations both vicarious and voyeuristic for most of the century.

It's slightly surprising their Overall Record score should be so strong, considering they haven't really had a playoff run of consequence since 1999-2000, but like the Jazz, they just never really lost that much: only five losing seasons this century.

It’s arguable that the Blazers have lacked a real superstar since Clyde Drexler, but Brandon Roy and Damian Lillard (and to a lesser extent, LaMarcus Aldridge) have definitely at least captured the public’s imagination and felt like true franchise leaders; Lillard’s series-clincher against the Rockets in ’14 was one of the great star moments for any player this century.

The Blazers haven’t had the highest-level success to really threaten the top 10 of these rankings, but it feels right they should land in the top half.

12. Indiana Pacers

Best Season: 20
Worst Season: 28
Overall Record: 22
Playoff Performance: 23
Franchise Player: 7
Cult Appeal: 10
Public Dysfunction: 10

Total Score: 120

The Pacers have basically been awesome on the court all century. Despite a brief dip into losing basketball in the late 2000s – the Danny Granger and/or Jim O'Brien years, though even then they never sagged below 32 wins – Indiana has been one of the league's most consistent winners since the turn of the millennium, starting the period off with a Finals trip in '00 and making the conference finals three more times since.

They haven't been the sexiest of organizations over that period – and their franchise-derailing involvement in the Malice at the Palace pretty much dooms them to the bottom 10 in Public Dysfunction, despite a relatively healthy off-court run since – but the winning is enough to get them scores of 20 or higher in all four on-court performance categories here.

It’s a track record that should give Indy fans hope that growing pains from their upcoming rebuild through Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo might not hurt that hard for that long.

11. Detroit Pistons

Best Season: 23
Worst Season: 26
Overall Record: 19
Playoff Performance: 25
Franchise Player: 5
Cult Appeal: 12
Public Dysfunction: 11

Total Score: 121

The only 21st-century title-winners to fall outside of the top 10 of our rankings – though considering how lousy the Pistons have been for most of the last decade, maybe it’s a marvel that they even got as close as they did.

Since swapping Billups for Iverson at the beginning of the 2008-'09 season, the Pistons have made it to the playoffs twice without winning a single game either time – otherwise treadmilling through bad contracts and bad management, at one point winning 30 games or fewer for six straight seasons.

And yet, for a not inconsiderable amount of time, the Pistons were the surest bet in the Association – making the Conference Finals six years in a row, the Finals twice, and in 2004, upsetting the Kobe-Shaq-led Lakers for one of the more inspiring championship victories in recent NBA history.

They never had a real superstar – that was sort of the whole point – and their Cult Appeal was never off the charts, but the winning was legit and sustainable on a level we haven't really seen since, outside of "Team LeBron plays for." Detroit's done its damnedest to undo all of that in the years since, but it hasn't succeeded just yet.

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21st Century NBA Power Rankings: Bottom 10

The NBA’s 21st century is officially of adult age.

Eighteen seasons have come and gone, beginning with the Lakers‘ ascendant empire finally being crowned at the end of the ’99-’00 season, evolving through MJ’s second comeback, the Malice at the Palace, the rise of LeBron, the third wave of Celtics vs. Lakers, any number of Big Threes, and a lockout, right up to the beginning of the Superteam era we’re currently in.

And so, we have theScore’s 21st Century NBA Power Rankings: All 30 of the association’s teams this century, ranked from least to most successful.

Despite a chunk of it technically happening in a year that starts with "1," we're counting the entirety of the '99-'00 season, and we're grouping teams who've changed cities and/or names as long as they've maintained organizational continuity – so nine Seattle Supersonics seasons are grouped with nine Oklahoma City Thunder seasons.

(Sorry, revisionist historians: Despite whichever team may be termed the Charlotte Hornets at present, the team that was known as the Charlotte Hornets up until 2002 is grouped along with the team currently known as the New Orleans Pelicans for the purposes of this exercise.)

How did we come up with our rankings? Very scientifically, of course: we came up with seven categories of import – categories that mixed the statistical with the anecdotal, the objective with the highly subjective – and awarded between one and 30 points on how successful they were in that category, adding up those seven scores to come up with each team’s final 21st-Century score. Those categories are:

Peak Season: What was the single greatest season the franchise has had this century? (Playoff performance was given precedence, with regular-season record used as the primary tiebreaker.)

Worst Season: In strict win-loss terms, what’s the lowest the franchise has sunk over the course of 82 games? (Higher ranking awarded for a higher low point, obviously.)

Overall Record: Add up the Ws and Ls from all 18 regular seasons – how’s the team doing in the total standings?

Playoff Performance: With a point awarded per playoff round the team has appeared in – i.e., 1 point for a season that ends in a first-round loss, 2 for getting to the second round, etc. – and a bonus two points for winning the title, what kind of impact has the team made over the last 18 postseasons?

Franchise Player: Did the team have one guy whose stardom helped define and shape the league at his peak – and how long did he stay there for?

Cult Appeal: Whether or not the team was winning, did they have enough personality and/or “bandwagonability” to make them worth paying attention to regardless?

Public Dysfunction/Embarrassment: How successfully did the team stay out of the kind of off-court headlines that punish a loyal fan base more than subpar performance on the court?

Got it? All right, let’s start with the bottom 10, followed Thursday by Nos. 11-20, and concluding with the top 10 on Friday.

30. Charlotte Hornets

Best Season: 1 (out of 30)
Worst Season: 1
Overall Record: 1
Playoff Performance: 1
Franchise Player: 1
Cult Appeal: 1
Public Dysfunction: 19

Total Score: 25

It should come as absolutely no surprise that the Hornets (nee Bobcats) bring up the rear on these rankings. Of course, they’re at an obvious disadvantage to begin with in this exercise, having missed the first five seasons of the millennium, and having started from scratch as an expansion roster.

But it’s still surprising just how little history this franchise has to show for 13 years into its existence: they’ve still yet to win a playoff series, notch consecutive winning seasons, or have a player named to multiple All-Star teams, and they still have no obvious team identity.

In fact, of the seven categories we ranked teams by, the Hornets fell dead last in all but one: public dysfunction/embarrassment. They’ve mostly managed to stay out of headlines for any reason but their subpar on-court play and questionable team building.

Zoom out on the Hornets and you can see a vaguely upward trajectory – two seasons ago was their best, a 48-34 campaign that ended in a seven-game first-round exit, and homegrown point guard Kemba Walker was named a first-time All-Star last year – but they still have a very, very long way to go just to climb out of the cellar for this century.

29. New York Knicks

Best Season: 5
Worst Season: 13
Overall Record: 4
Playoff Success: 3
Franchise Player: 11
Cult Appeal: 18
Public Dysfunction: 2

Total Score: 56

While the Hornets/Bobcats have spent the century suffering on the sidelines, the Knicks‘ awfulness has never been far from front-and-center.

Since the mid-’00s nadir of the Isaiah Thomas years, up to the ignominious recent end to Phil Jackson’s tenure, the Knicks have continuously inspired far-and-wide head-shaking, with brief moments of respite (Amar’e Stoudemire’s arrival, the Jason Kidd season, the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis) undone by injuries, thoughtless cap management, questionable dealings, and ridiculously poor player-management relations.

It’s hardly surprising that the Knicks finish with one of the worst scores in public dysfunction, though it should be noted that their on-court product has been nearly as odious, earning them bottom-five scores in Best Season, Overall Record, and Playoff Success.

What’s saving them from the basement? Well, Charlotte’s existence, mostly, but also the peak of Carmelo Anthony – a borderline MVP candidate and legitimate star who spent a healthy chunk of his prime in New York – and the unshakable lure of Knicks basketball, its spirit kept alive at the Garden through cult figures like Steve Novak, J.R. Smith, Nate Robinson, last-gasp Rasheed Wallace, and, of course, the earliest days of Linsanity.

It’s why the public can never totally quit the Knicks, and it’s why they’re never more than one good season away from turning it all around.

28. Minnesota Timberwolves

Best Season: 12
Worst Season: 5
Overall Record: 3
Playoff Success: 2
Franchise Player: 21
Cult Appeal: 6
Public Dysfunction: 7

Total Score: 56

The owners of the longest playoff drought in the NBA – they haven’t made it since 2004 – are another predictable find toward the bottom of this list. The team has floundered for the better part of the decade, only approaching .500 once in the ten years since trading superstar Kevin Garnett in 2007.

Any hope of growth has been undercut by poor drafting and/or player development, ceaseless organizational turnover, and inexcusable management gaffes – like the illegal contract signed by Joe Smith before the ’99-’00 season that cost the Wolves multiple first-round draft picks, and hamstrung their ability to build a perennial contender around KG.

And really, Garnett is just about the only thing the Wolves have going for them in these rankings. A true franchise anchor, the Big Ticket was named the MVP for the ’03-’04 season, where he led the Wolves to 58 wins and the conference finals – accounting for the Wolves’ only double-digit category scores, in Best Season and (of course) Franchise Player.

With multiple franchise fixtures seemingly in place for the 2017-18 season, Minnesota could up their score in multiple categories soon enough – including Cult Appeal, given that the Wolves have been one of the ultimate League Pass teases the last half-decade. But for now, they only edge out the Knicks here due to a scoring tiebreaker (awarded to the team with the highest score in any single category).

27. Milwaukee Bucks

Best Season: 6
Worst Season: 9
Overall Record: 7
Playoff Success: 6
Franchise Player: 6
Cult Appeal: 4
Public Dysfunction: 21

Total Score: 59

When it comes to not winning in the playoffs, nobody beats the Bucks: since Allen Iverson and the 76ers edged them out in the ’01 conference finals, they’ve made the playoffs seven times and lost in the first round every year.

Over the 16 seasons since, they’ve mired in mediocrity. Only once have they won more than 45 games (46 in ’09-’10) and only once have they won fewer than 25 (15 in ’13-’14).

Over that time, the Bucks’ roster has been almost entirely anonymous. Since Ray Allen was traded in 2003, only two Bucks have made an All-Star Team: Michael Redd in ’03-’04 and Giannis Antetokounmpo last year. And while they score low in six out of seven categories, Cult Appeal is understandably their worst showing.

Like the Hornets, the Bucks’ lone saving grace is having stayed mostly scandal-free: though Jason Kidd’s rapid rise to front-office power came with some furrowed brows, and George Karl burned his traditional array of organizational bridges after getting fired in ’03, it’s hard to remember the last time the Bucks served as a particular blight on the Association.

And like the Wolves, there’s hope for the future. If Giannis continues on his developmental arc for another couple seasons, you can bet that Franchise Player score – along with maybe one or two others – will rise soon enough.

26. Los Angeles Clippers

Best Season: 4
Worst Season: 7
Overall Record: 10
Playoff Success: 5
Franchise Player: 17
Cult Appeal: 22
Public Dysfunction: 1

Total Score: 66

The only team that can trump even the Knicks for public embarrassment, the Clippers have done a decent job washing the odor of the Donald Sterling era off the last half-decade, but still have some serious on- and off-court progress to make before they’re rid of it completely.

Even with 50+ wins in each of the previous five seasons, they still have one of the league’s ten worst overall records for the century, and even after making the playoffs each of the last six seasons, they’re still bottom five by our system in playoff success.

And while ousting your team’s racist, slumlord owner is always going to do wonders in the karma department, on-court incidents like the team’s Game Six meltdown in the 2015 semis and off-court incidents like Blake Griffin’s broken punching hand show the Clipper Curse will take time to work off.

The star power has been there, though – whether you consider their ultimate franchise player to be Griffin, Chris Paul, or even Elton Brand, it’s a fringe MVP candidate and multiple All-Star who put in considerable work for L.A.’s second sons. And between their “FreeDarko”-friendly early-century squads of ultimately unrealized promise, and their bandwagon-courting later years, the team certainly has had no shortage of cult potential.

Still, until they go a couple seasons without dysfunction – hopefully with a conference finals appearance at the end of one of those campaigns – the Sterling shadow will be forever looming.

25. Sacramento Kings

Best Season: 14
Worst Season: 14
Overall Record: 9
Playoff Success: 7
Franchise Player: 8
Cult Appeal: 16
Public Dysfunction: 3

Total Score: 71

It’s been a long way down for the Kings, who opened the century growing into one of the West’s only credible threats to an oncoming Lakers dynasty, and who have now managed to lose fewer than 50 games only once in the past nine seasons.

Bad management and worse ownership has been the primary culprit: The Kings’ last decade has been defined by hilariously one-sided trades and short-sighted signings, and a revolving door at the head coaching position. After trying and failing to build around DeMarcus Cousins for most of the 2010s, the Kings admitted defeat and dealt him for a widely panned return, ensuring it’ll be years still before the Kings are anything but a punchline.

That said, though Sactown’s early apex is pretty far in the rearview at this point, it was a memorably high one, including a 61-win campaign in ’01-’02 that arguably could have seen them make (and likely triumph in) The Finals if not for some questionable officiating. That squad – led by Chris Webber, who’d certainly get the team a higher score in the Franchise Player category if he’d had a longer, healthier peak – was also one of the first great cult teams of the century.

It’s one of the Association’s greater shames that there’s been barely any reason for bell-ringing in Cowbell Kingdom the past decade, and now that the team has some nice young players again, you just have to hope the people in charge can get out of their own way for long enough to get it back there again.

24. Atlanta Hawks

Best Season: 15
Worst Season: 4
Overall Record: 8
Playoff Performance: 18
Franchise Player: 2
Cult Appeal: 2
Public Dysfunction: 23

Total Score: 72

They spent about a season as a convincing facsimile of Spurs East – longer than most get, really – but still have spent the majority of this century either rebuilding or treading water. They were lottery bound through 2007, and then a playoff stepping stone for the Cavaliers, Pacers, and other East elites since.

Outside of one exciting, seven-game, first-round series against the Celtics in ’08, Cult Appeal has almost entirely eluded them, and when your shining beacon of star power is Joe Johnson (or Paul Millsap), your wattage could use a significant upgrade. That 13-69 record in ’04-’05 isn’t helping them either – only three teams posted a worse Worst Season this century.

The Hawks stay out of the dregs thanks to keeping a mostly drama-free organization – with the notable exception of the thoughtless racial remarks that brought Danny Ferry’s Atlanta career to a premature close, and the struggle to fill the power vacuum that ensued – and due to an impressive streak of ten consecutive playoff appearances, longest in the NBA outside of the Spurs, though that streak seems almost sure to end in 2017-18.

23. Washington Wizards

Best Season: 2
Worst Season: 17
Overall Record: 2
Playoff Performance: 4
Franchise Player: 15
Cult Appeal: 28
Public Dysfunction: 4

Total Score: 72

Coming off the most successful season in post-Bullets franchise history – 49-33, one game away from the Conference Finals – you might have forgotten just how bad the Wizards have been for most this century.

Indeed, that Most Successful Season is still the second-worst Best Season of any team, and in total, it’s only Charlotte keeping Washington from having the worst overall 21st century record in the Association. The team has hardly kept its record spotless off the court, either: Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton headline the litany of embarrassing incidents the D.C. locker room has seen the last 18 years.

But as bad as the Wizards have been, you can’t say they haven’t been entertaining. From MJ’s surreal final return to Gilbert Arenas at peak Hibachi, from Soulja Boy vs. LeBron to Swaggy P and Lapdance Tuesdays, to John Wall and Markieff Morris trying to be the new Bad Boys, the Wiz have been a continual source of Internet delight.

And as bad as they’ve consistently been, the Wizards have managed better than some to stave off that one season of total disaster, with 19-63 in ’08-’09 marking their overall low point. It’s enough to keep them out of the overall bottom five, but without sustainable regular season success and a couple deep playoff runs, that’s about it.

22. Brooklyn Nets

Best Season: 18
Worst Season: 3
Overall Record: 5
Playoff Performance: 20
Franchise Player: 13
Cult Appeal: 3
Public Dysfunction: 12

Total Score: 74

Could it really have been this century that the then-New Jersey Nets went to back-to-back finals? Indeed, they were the East representatives for ’01-’02 and ’02-’03, at a historically weak moment for the conference. But two straight Finals appearances is two straight Finals appearances, and it leads to the Nets scoring well in Playoff Performance (and Best Season) here despite having won just a single playoff series in the past decade.

Still, the lows have been exceptionally low for the Nets over the years, none more so than the team’s history-chasing 12-70 campaign in 2009-10. The organization has mostly stayed scandal-free, but they’ve been fleeced so mercilessly in so many trades since stealing Vince Carter from the Raptors in ’04 that it’s practically tabloid fodder at this point.

And despite taking on Jay-Z as a minority owner and moving to his cred-boosting home borough a little over a decade into the century, the Nets just can’t seem to capture cool, having stayed defiantly bandwagon-proof since relocating to Brooklyn, with no obvious end in sight.

21. Chicago Bulls

Best Season: 16
Worst Season: 6
Overall Record: 14
Playoff Performance: 17
Franchise Player: 14
Cult Appeal: 7
Public Dysfunction: 6

Total Score: 80

It took nearly a decade for Chicago to rebuild from the post-Jordan days to the Tom Thibodeau era that marked the second-most successful period in franchise history, and essentially, the two periods canceled themselves out on the court.

The team scores squarely in the middle of the pack for Best Season, Overall Record and Playoff Success. Franchise Player, as well: Derrick Rose evens out in the rankings as a homegrown MVP whose career was cruelly devastated by injury.

Sadly, health concerns for Rose and others all but sucked the life out of the team’s Cult Appeal – what should have been the Eastern Conference’s bandwagon team of choice for the last ten years instead turned into an exercise in puzzle-solving, in which crucial pieces were always missing.

In the meantime, the franchise has remained in the headlines for all the wrong reasons: firing coaches before holidays, contradicting themselves with personnel decisions, and alienating their players with poor medical care.

In some universe, everything went right for the Bulls and they’re in this list’s top 10 by now. In this one, they close out our bottom third.

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If Sandoval isn’t the worst free-agent signing of this century, who is?

When the ink dried on Pablo Sandoval’s $ 95-million contract in winter 2014, the Boston Red Sox organization was all smiles. It had just signed a marquee name with a lovable persona (“Kung Fu Panda”), a pair of All-Star appearances, and three World Series rings. He would be a key to success in the post-Big Papi era for years to come.

Or so Boston thought.

Not even the most negative members of Red Sox nation could have predicted the Sandoval deal would become such an unmitigated disaster on and off the field. Sandoval's played just 161 games in a Red Sox uniform and made no significant contributions. On Tuesday, the club placed him back on the disabled list with an ear infection. His awful tenure in Boston can be summed up in a single tweet:

At least Will Middlebrooks had a hand in the club’s most recent World Series title. And Urbane Pickering, unlike Sandoval, can proudly say he recorded his 1.4 WAR with the franchise without being benched for using Instagram during a game.

Sandoval's earning $ 17 million this year, and will make $ 18 million each of the next two seasons. It's bad, and it will get worse – even if the rich Red Sox can ride out this storm.

But just how bad is this Sandoval contract? Let’s compare this deal to some of the absolute worst free-agent signings since 2000, using theScore’s own “Panda meter.” The more pandas, the worse it gets – and right now, Sandoval’s at about 8.5 and climbing. Here we go:

Chan Ho Park, Rangers, 2002

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Contract: 5 years, $ 65 million
Career WAR prior to contract: 17.2
WAR during contract: 0.2

The always pitching-thin Rangers desperately needed an arm to complement $ 252-million man Alex Rodriguez, so then-owner Tom Hicks spent big on Park, who was coming off his first and only All-Star appearance with the Dodgers in 2001. Park never pitched a full season in a Rangers uniform, and his 5.79 ERA is the worst among qualified pitchers in franchise history. He finished the contract as a member of the Padres’ bullpen before bouncing around as a reliever. Park’s most memorable moment in the majors was the time he offered the media a graphic description of his gastrointestinal problems – as clear a sign as any that the Rangers flushed this $ 65 million down the toilet.

Panda meter: 7/10 pandas

Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle, Rockies, 2001

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Contracts: 8 years, $ 121 million (Hampton); 5 years, $ 51 million (Neagle)
Career WAR prior to contracts: 18.2 (Hampton); 21.3 (Neagle)
WAR during contracts: Minus-1.7 (Hampton); 1.3 (Neagle)

One of these guys would have been bad enough, but the Rockies had to sign both of them together. Hampton, the 1999 Cy Young runner-up, put his name on what was then the largest contract ever given to a pitcher because, he told reporters, he liked Denver’s “school system.” Alas, his children only got to receive the tutelage of Colorado’s fine public educators for two years, because while Hampton won two Silver Sluggers at Coors Field, his pitching in Colorado was atrocious at best. Before the 2003 season, the Rockies traded him to the Marlins, who quickly flipped him to Atlanta. As a Brave, Hampton made just 85 starts over the last six years of the deal and missed two full seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

Neagle – signed five days before Hampton – was somehow even worse. The two-time All-Star gave the Rockies absolutely nothing for their investment. He got bumped to the bullpen in 2002 amid production that was putrid even by mile-high Denver standards, then made just seven starts in 2003 and none in 2004 due to injury. In the 2004 offseason, Neagle was caught soliciting oral sex from an undercover police officer; the Rockies immediately terminated the final year of his contract, and he never pitched in the majors again.

Panda meter: Hampton 9/10, Neagle 10/10

Josh Hamilton, Angels, 2013

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Contract: 5 years, $ 125 million
Career WAR prior to contract: 24.8
WAR during contract: 3.0

Maybe it didn’t seem like that big of a stretch to hand the 2010 AL MVP this deal at the time, but there were a lot of other factors at play. Hamilton, a former first overall pick, had revived his career in storybook fashion as a Ranger after a well-chronicled battle with drug abuse, so there was a risk in taking him out of his comfort zone. He also turned 32 the year he signed in Anaheim. Ultimately, Hamilton played just 240 games as an Angel, battled injuries, and was generally a shell of himself. In February 2015, he was suspended by MLB after suffering a relapse, and the Angels quickly traded him back to the Rangers while eating more than $ 60 million of his remaining salary. He’s now a free agent after the Rangers released him – but the Angels are still paying him over $ 26 million this year.

Panda meter: 9/10 pandas

Carl Crawford, Red Sox, 2011

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Contract: 7 years, $ 125 million
Career WAR prior to contract: 35.5
WAR during contract: 3.4

Pablo’s got company among Boston busts. Crawford was lured to the Red Sox after torturing them in Tampa Bay for many years, but they quickly found out his speed was gone. Crawford never got used to the Boston spotlight, becoming the target of almost every criticism possible amid the club’s famous 2011 collapse. Three days after he underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2012, the Red Sox got out of this deal and sent Crawford to the Dodgers as part of the Nick Punto trade. He was OK in Los Angeles, but couldn’t find his Tampa Bay form before the Dodgers cut him last summer. They’re currently eating the final year of his contract.

Panda meter: 8/10 pandas

Melvin Upton Jr., Braves, 2013

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Contract: 5 years, $ 75.25 million
Career WAR prior to contract: 15.4
WAR during contract: 0.8

It’s not often that a bad contract legitimately cripples two different franchises, but this one did. After getting his big deal following a decidedly mediocre season in Tampa Bay, Upton hit .184/.268/.289 in his first season with Atlanta, then “improved” to .208/.287/.333 in year two. Mercifully for the rebuilding Braves, the Padres came calling on the eve of the 2015 season and took on all of his remaining salary as part of the price to acquire Craig Kimbrel. He was even worse in San Diego, did next to nothing as a Blue Jay after a midseason deal last July, and then Toronto cut him hours before Opening Day this season. Upton’s now on the disabled list of San Francisco’s Triple-A club while the Padres pay off all but a very small portion of the deal they foisted on the Blue Jays.

Panda meter: 9.5/10 pandas

Jason Schmidt, Dodgers, 2007

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Contract: 3 years, $ 47 million
Career WAR prior to contract: 32.2
WAR during contract: Minus-0.5

The shortest contract on this list also resulted in the poorest production. Schmidt got his big payday heading into his age-34 season after three All-Star appearances in six years with the Giants and a runner-up Cy Young finish in 2003. But while the Dodgers thought they were pulling one over on their longtime rivals, the Giants got the last laugh. Schmidt was done from the moment he signed in Los Angeles. As a Dodger he made just 10 starts, missed all of the 2008 season, and posted an ERA+ of 72. The shoulder issues that shut him down for pretty much all of this contract ended his career, and the Dodgers were probably happy they didn’t give him more than three years. As we’ve seen, it could have been worse.

Panda meter: 7/10 pandas

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#BlackGirlMagic: Meet The First Black Woman To Cover Elle Magazine In The 21st Century

Maria Borges Covers Elle

You may know Maria Borges, the Angola-born fashion model, from the time she rocked the Victoria Secret runway with her natural hair. But now you certainly should know her as the first black woman to cover Elle in the 21st century. While this is a sad milestone on Elle’s part, we honestly can’t think of a more worthy model for the cover.


So get familiar with this model as she’s headed to the moon and back.




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Pharrell Williams To Produce Movie Musical Based On His Life For 20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox has acquired a pitch for a musical based on the life of Pharrell Williams.

Variety is reporting that project will be titled Atlantis. The movie musical will be based on the early life of Pharrell when he was growing up in Virginia Beach, Va. The move is the latest from a creative relationship that also saw Pharrell produce and musically supervise the award-winning film Hidden Figures.

Pharrell’s prior film work includes scoring the Despicable Me film franchise which spawned his hit single “Happy.” His I Am Other company also produced the movie DOPE and the documentary “Roxanne, Roxanne” which chronicles the life of pioneering woman rapper Roxanne Shante.

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