The most successful way to build a great NBA team is through the NBA Draft - unless you get lucky. The best skill a general manager or executive can have is the ability to draft well. If you draft well your relatively cheap drafted assets will either develop into star players or you will be able to trade them for star players.
Drafting well is not easy, and every part of the draft is valuable. A very high draft pick should mean a potential star. Later picks are excellent ways to cheaply fill holes in your roster and to cultivate attractive, tradeable assets.
A lot of stuff is written about the draft these days, but most of it is superficial and reactionary. The links on this page, on the other hand, are objective and risk-adverse analysis. I try my best to separate the wheat from the chaff. If you understand the big picture of NBA Drafts you will greatly minimize your mistakes - the kind of mistakes many NBA teams make drafting year after year.
If you scan through the site you will see specific pieces on the last few drafts, below are a few links to some of my general draft analysis and criticism. - General draft conclusions
Below is a table of the best players from each class (this particular set of reviews was done in 2012.) To read more about a particular draft class click on the year. Each review analyzes how many All-Stars were selected in that particular draft, who was picked in the top 5, what other first and second round picks provided excellent value for where they were selected, and other general conclusions of that draft class.