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List of first overall NBA draft picks

The National Basketball Association’s first overall pick is the player who’s selected first among all eligible draftees by a team during the yearly National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. The first select is given in most cases, that group had a losing record in the season. The staff with the first select brings significant media attention, as does the participant who’s selected with that pick.
First picks have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (record 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 overall picks have won an NBA title. They’re David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, 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 competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Eleven other international players with U.S. faculty 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) in 2005, Kyrie Irving (Australia) at 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 since he wasn’t born in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Ewing had dual Jamaican-American citizenship when he was drafted and Irving[5] and Simmons[6] had double Australian-American citizenship if they had been drafted.
Note that the drafts between 1947 and 1949 were held by the Basketball Association of America (BAA). After murdering teams the Basketball Association of America became the National Basketball Association. Official NBA books include the BAA Drafts as part of the NBA’s draft history.

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