NBA Number One Overall Draft Picks

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nba number one overall draft picksThe List of NBA number one overall draft picks includes some of the biggest names in the history of the sport. Every year since 1947, the National Basketball Association has held a draft where teams in the league take their turns selecting from a pool of the world’s most talented basketball players. The list of NBA number one overall draft picks includes organizations selecting talent from the college ranks, straight out of high school, and overseas. These competitors were granted the opportunity to be called before all the others in their class. Some met and exceeded expectations while turning in successful careers, while other top selections are widely regarded as busts that destroyed the hopes of wishful fans.


1Karl-Anthony Towns

  • Drafted in 2015 by the Minnesota Timberwolves
  • From University of Kentucky

2Andrew Wiggins

  • Drafted in 2014 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • From University of Kansas

3Anthony Bennett

  • Drafted in 2013 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • From University of Nevada, Las Vegas

4Anthony Davis

  • Drafted in 2012 by the New Orleans Pelicans
  • From University of Kentucky

5Kyrie Irving

  • Drafted in 2011 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • From Duke University

6John Wall

  • Drafted in 2010 by the Washington Wizards
  • From University of Kentucky

7Blake Griffin

  • Drafted in 2009 by the Los Angeles Clippers
  • From University of Oklahoma

8Derrick Rose

  • Drafted in 2008 by the Chicago Bulls
  • From University of Memphis

9Greg Oden

  • Drafted in 2007 by the Portland Trail Blazers
  • From Ohio State University

10Andrea Bargnani

  • Drafted in 2006 by the Toronto Raptors
  • From Italy

11Andrew Bogut

  • Drafted in 2005 by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • From University of Utah

12Dwight Howard

  • Drafted in 2004 by the Orlando Magic
  • From SW Atlanta Christian Academy High School (Georgia)

13LeBron James

  • Drafted in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • From St. Vincent – St. Mary High School (Ohio)

14Yao Ming

  • Drafted in 2002 by the Houston Rockets
  • From China

15Kwame Brown

  • Drafted in 2001 by the Washington Wizards
  • From Glynn Academy High School (Georgia)
  • First NBA number 1 overall pick straight out of high school

16Kenyon Martin

  • Drafted in 2000 by the Brooklyn Nets
  • From University of Cincinnati

17Elton Brand

  • Drafted in 1999 by the Chicago Bulls
  • From Duke University

18Michael Olowokandi

  • Drafted in 1998 by the Los Angeles Clippers
  • From Pacific University

19Tim Duncan

  • Drafted in 1997 by the San Antonio Spurs
  • From Wake Forest University

20Allen Iverson

  • Drafted in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • From Georgetown University

21Joe Smith

  • Drafted in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors
  • From University of Maryland

22Glenn Robinson

  • Drafted in 1994 by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • From Purdue University

23Chris Webber

  • Drafted in 1993 by the Orlando Magic
  • From University of Michigan

24Shaquille O'Neal

  • Drafted in 1992 by the Orlando Magic
  • From Louisiana State University

25Larry Johnson

  • Drafted in 1991 by the Charlotte Hornets
  • From University of Nevada, Las Vegas

26Derrick Coleman

  • Drafted in 1990 by the Brooklyn Nets
  • From Syracuse University

27Pervis Ellison

  • Drafted in 1989 by the Sacramento Kings
  • From University of Louisville

28Danny Manning

  • Drafted in 1988 by the Los Angeles Clippers
  • From University of Kansas

29David Robinson

  • Drafted in 1987 by the San Antonio Spurs
  • From United States Naval Academy

30Brad Daugherty

  • Drafted in 1986 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • From University of North Carolina

31Patrick Ewing

  • Drafted in 1985 by the New York Knicks
  • From Georgetown University

32Hakeem Olajuwon

  • Drafted in 1984 by the Houston Rockets
  • From University of Houston

33Ralph Sampson

  • Drafted in 1983 by the Houston Rockets
  • From University of Virginia

34James Worthy

  • Drafted in 1982 by the Los Angeles Lakers
  • From University of North Carolina

35Mark Aguirre

  • Drafted in 1981 by the Dallas Mavericks
  • From DePaul University

36Joe Barry Carroll

  • Drafted in 1980 by the Golden State Warriors
  • From Purdue University

37Magic Johnson

  • Drafted in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers
  • From Michigan State University

38Mychal Thompson

  • Drafted in 1978 by the Portland Trail Blazers
  • From University of Minnesota

39Kent Benson

  • Drafted in 1977 by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • From Indiana University Bloomington

40John Lucas II

  • Drafted in 1976 by the Houston Rocketss
  • From University of Maryland

41David Thompson

  • Drafted in 1975 by the Atlanta Hawks
  • From North Carolina State University

42Bill Walton

  • Drafted in 1974 by the Portland Trail Blazers
  • From UCLA

43Doug Collins

  • Drafted in 1973 by the Philadelphia 76ers
  • From Illinois State University

44LaRue Martin

  • Drafted in 1972 by the Portland Trail Blazers
  • From Loyola University Chicago

45Austin Carr

  • Drafted in 1971 by the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • From University of Notre Dame

46Bob Lanier

  • Drafted in 1970 by the Detroit Pistons
  • From St. Bonaventure University

47Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • Drafted in 1969 by the Milwaukee Bucks
  • From UCLA

48Elvin Hayes

  • Drafted in 1968 by the San Diego Rockets
  • From University of Houston

49Jimmy Walker

  • Drafted in 1967 by the Detroit Pistons
  • From Providence College

50Cazzie Russell

  • Drafted in 1966 by the New York Knicks
  • From University of Michigan

51Fred Hetzel

  • Drafted in 1965 by the San Francisco Warriors
  • From Davidson College

52Jim Barnes

  • Drafted in 1964 by the New York Knicks
  • From University of Texas at El Paso

53Art Heyman

  • Drafted in 1963 by the New York Knicks
  • From Duke University

54Bill McGill

  • Drafted in 1962 by the Washington Wizards
  • From University of Utah

55Walt Bellamy

  • Drafted in 1961 by the Chicago Packers
  • From Indiana University

56Oscar Robertson

  • Drafted in 1960 by the Cincinnati Royals
  • From University of Cincinnati

57Bob Boozer

  • Drafted in 1959 by the Sacramento Kings
  • From Kansas State University

58Elgin Baylor

  • Drafted in 1958 by the Minneapolis Lakers
  • From Seattle University

59Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley

  • Drafted in 1957 by the Cincinnati Royals
  • From West Virginia University

60Sihugo Green

  • Drafted in 1956 by the Sacramento Kings
  • From Duquesne University

61Dick Ricketts

  • Drafted in 1955 by the Atlanta Hawks
  • From Duquesne University

62Frank Selvy

  • Drafted in 1954 by the Baltimore Bullets
  • From Furman University

63Ray Felix

  • Drafted in 1953 by the Baltimore Bullets
  • From Long Island University

64Mark Workman

  • Drafted in 1952 by the Atlanta Hawks
  • From West Virginia University

65Gene Melchiorre

  • Drafted in 1951 by the Baltimore Bullets
  • From Bradley University

66Chuck Share

  • Drafted in 1950 by the Boston Celtics
  • From Bowling Green State University

67Howie Shannon

  • Drafted in 1949 by the Providence Steam Rollers
  • From Kansas State University

68Andy Tonkovich

  • Drafted in 1948 by the Providence Steam Rollers
  • From Marshall University

69Clifton McNeeley

  • Drafted in 1947 by the Pittsburgh Ironmen
  • From University of Texas El Paso

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