Taking a look at the last 12 NBA number one draft picks

Not All NBA Draft Picks Turn Out To Be Stars: Looking Back at the Last 12 No. 1 Picks

6/29/12 in NBA   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

New Orleans Hornet’s fans and owners must be feeling fantastic right about now. They drafted Anthony Davis with the number one pick and Austin Rivers with the number 10 pick. Their future looks as bright as any franchise in the league, but they shouldn’t count their chicken’s before they hatch, because we all know that number one picks don’t always turn out to be franchise stars.
 
Let’s take a look at the number one picks over the last 13 years and see how they turned out.
 
2000: Kenyon Martin: has been a solid NBA player over his career, and was a key player during the New Jersey Nets Eastern Conference dominance in the early 00’. Martin has two finals appearances and one all star game appearance. He has had a respectable career, but it was not exactly what you would expect when you draft a number one pick.

January 10, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Kwame Brown (54) rests between plays during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at ORACLE Arena. The Warriors defeated the Heat 111-106 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
                  Kwame Brown has been on 7 teams in 10 years and may be the biggest bust in NBA history.

 
01’: Kwame Brown: is right up there with Sam Bowie as one of the worst lottery picks of all-time. Brown is already on his 7th team in the last 10 years, and never really got any traction in the NBA. He was considered a bust by his 3rd year in the league.
 
02’: Yao Ming: was a solid player during his seven years in the league. Yao was hampered with foot injuries from the second he entered in the NBA, but was a global icon that helped to spread the game over seas. Yao averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds per game and could have been an all-time great if he stayed healthy.
 
03’: Lebron James: just won his first NBA title and has been the best player in the league for the past few years. Lebron will probably end up a top 10 player of all-time and has a chance, depending on how the next few years turn out, to be the greatest player of all time.

 
Apr 07, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (12) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand (42) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Magic defeated the Sixers 88-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
            Howard has been the best center in the league and exceeded the expectations of a number one pick.


04’: Dwight Howard: is an all-star and the best defensive player in the league. He led his team to an NBA finals appearance and, despite all of his negative press as of late, has more than lived up to the expectations of a number one pick.
 
05’: Andrew Bogut/06’ Andrea Bargnani: both of these guys are in the same boat in my opinion. They are solid NBA players that will never be stars, but could contribute as the 3rd or 4th best player on a contender. I don’t believe that they have or ever will live up to the number one over all pick status, but are by no means ‘busts’ either.
 
07’: Greg Oden: is definitely a bust as a number one pick and at this point may never even play again. The sad thing about Oden’s situation was that he could have been great but never got the chance.
 
08’: Derrick Rose/09’ Blake Griffin: Here are two guys that are on a similar path as number one picks. Both are franchise changing superstar that will become the face of the league over the next 10 years if they can stay healthy. Both also play with a reckless abandon, and are forces of nature around the paint. While not every player can live up to the Lebron/Duncan number one pick hype, Rose and Griffin are doing more than a franchise could ask for from a number one pick.
 
10’: John Wall: has been disappointing as a player so far, but it’s early in his career. He will probably never be Derrick Rose like many people predicted he would be, but Wall could be a solid point guard for years to come. So the jury is still out on his status as a number one pick.
 
11’: Kryie Irving: had a sensational rookie year. Its still early in his career and anything can happen, but I expect him to be in the best point guard conversation for years to come. Kryie cannot make up for the fact that Lebron left Cleveland, but if the Cavs don’t start winning then it’s on their management and owner, because any team would be lucky to have drafted two great prospects within 10 years of each other.
 
 
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6/29/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

Not sure about Lebron at 1.... I'd have Duncan at 1 and Shaq 2 ... But good list!

6/29/12   |   jjh8857   |   337 respect

10 best #1 picks of the Lottery Era:
10. Griffin
9. Rose
8. Webber
7. Howard
6. Ewing
5. Iverson
4. Robinson
3. Duncan
2. O'Neal
1. James

10 worst
10. Wall
9. Manning
8. Bargnani
7. Bogut
6. Martin
5. Smith
4. Ellison
3. Oden
2. Olowokandi
1. Brown