List of first overall NBA draft picks

The National Basketball Association’s first overall pick is the player who’s selected first one of all qualified draftees by a group during the yearly National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. The pick is awarded to the team that wins the NBA draft lottery; in most cases, that team had a losing record in the previous season. The team with the first select brings significant media attention, as does the participant who’s chosen with that selection.
Eleven first picks have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (album six-time winner), Bill Walton, Magic Johnson (three-time winner), Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan (two-time winner), LeBron James (four-time winner), and Derrick Rose (youngest winner).
Since the coming of the draft lottery in 1985, seven number one picks have won an NBA title. They’re Shaquille O’Neal David Robinson, Glenn Robinson, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Andrew Bogut, and Kyrie Irving.
China’s Yao Ming (2002) and Italy’s Andrea Bargnani (2006) would be the only two players without aggressive expertise in the United States to be drafted first overall. Eleven other international players with U.S. college experience have been drafted first overall–Mychal Thompson (Bahamas) in 1978, Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) in 1984, Patrick Ewing (Jamaica) in 1985, Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) in 1997, Michael Olowokandi (Nigeria) in 1998, Andrew Bogut (Australia) at 2005, Kyrie Irving (Australia) in 2011, Anthony Bennett (Canada) in 2013, Andrew Wiggins (Canada) in 2014, Ben Simmons (Australia) in 2016, and Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) in 2018. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an”international” player by the NBA because he was not born in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Ewing had double citizenship when he had been drafted and Irving[5] and Simmons[6] had dual citizenship when they were drafted.
Note that the drafts between 1947 and 1949 were held by the Basketball Association of America (BAA). After absorbing teams the Basketball Association of America became the National Basketball Association. Official NBA books include the BAA Drafts within the draft history of the NBA.

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