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Ever since the dawn of the NBA, the Indiana Pacers have been one of the least successful teams in terms of silverware as they’ve never won a Championship after winning 3 ABA titles.

The Pacers have had some great players on their rosters throughout the course of history, but still, it’s always felt like they need something else.

Honestly, the lack of talent may be one of the reasons why the Pacers have never won a Championship. Actually, the Redditor nonumbersjustletters pointed out that they’re the only team on NBA history that has never had a first overall pick playing for them.

Crazy as it may seem, it’s actually true, and we’ll break it down in the following paragraphs but first, we’ll share some interesting facts about NBA franchises and their 1st overall picks:

– The 76ers have had the most #1 overall picks play for them with nine.

– Despite having had eight #1 overall picks play for them, the Pistons have never drafted the #1 overall player.

– 1995 #1 overall pick Joe Smith has played for the most teams (12) of any #1 pick. He is the only #1 overall pick to play for Thunder and he only played 36 games for them.

– Teams with only one #1 pick to play for them – Jazz, Thunder, Blazers, and Sonics

– Teams to have never drafted a #1 overall player – Pacers, Hawks, Celtics, Heat, Mavs, Nuggets, Lakers, Grizzlies, Thunder, Jazz and Sonics

– The Pacers have had the #2 overall pick twice. They drafted Wayman Tisdale in 1985 and Rik Smits in 1988. Both played games for the Pacers.

– Kenny Anderson, Evan Turner and currently Victor Oladipo are all former #2 overall picks to play for the Pacers.

Now, we’ll list the former 1st overall picks that played for every NBA Franchise. Note, we’ll only take picks from the lottery era (so we won’t count Hakeem Olajuwon for the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors).


Teams And Their #1 Overall Players (Lottery Era Only)

**Notes team drafted player


Atlanta Hawks: Danny Manning, Glen Robinson, Joe Smith, Elton Brand, Dwight Howard


Boston Celtics: Pervis Ellison, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Olowokandi, Kyrie Irving


Brooklyn Nets: **Derrick Coleman (1990), Joe Smith, **Kenyon Martin (2000), Andrea Bargnani, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Bennett


Charlotte Hornets: Derrick Coleman, **Larry Johnson (1991), Kwame Brown, Dwight Howard


Chicago Bulls: Joe Smith, **Elton Brand (1999), **Derrick Rose (2008)


Cleveland Cavaliers: **Brad Daugherty (1986), Shaquille O’Neal, Joe Smith, **LeBron (2003), Andrew Bogut, Derrick Rose, **Kyrie Irving (2011), Anthony Bennett (2013)


Dallas Mavericks: Danny Manning, Elton Brand, Andrew Bogut


Denver Nuggets: Joe Smith, Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin


Detroit Pistons: Danny Manning, Derrick Coleman, Chris Webber, Joe Smith, Allen Iverson, Kwame Brown, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin


Golden State Warriors: ** Chris Webber (drafted by Magic but traded on draft night 1993), **Joe Smith (1995), Kwame Brown, Andrew Bogut


Houston Rockets: **Yao Ming (2002), Dwight Howard


Indiana Pacers: N/A


Los Angeles Clippers: **Danny Manning (1988), **Michael Olowokandi (1998), Elton Brand, Kenyon Martin, **Blake Griffin (2009)


Los Angeles Lakers: Shaquille O’Neal, Joe Smith, Kwame Brown, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bogut, Anthony Davis


Memphis Grizzlies: Allen Iverson, Kwame Brown


Miami Heat: Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Greg Oden


Milwaukee Bucks: Danny Manning, **Glen Robinson (1994), Joe Smith, Kenyon Martin, **Andrew Bogut (2005)


Minnesota Timberwolves: Joe Smith, Michael Olowokandi, Derrick Rose, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, **Karl-Anthony Towns (2016)


New Orleans Pelicans: **Anthony Davis (2012), **Zion Williamson (2019)


New York Knicks: **Patrick Ewing (1985), Larry Johnson, Kenyon Martin, Andrea Bargnani, Derrick Rose


Oklahoma City Thunder: Joe Smith


Orlando Magic: **Shaq (1992), **Dwight Howard (2004), Markelle Fultz


Philadelphia 76ers: Derrick Coleman, Chris Webber, Glen Robinson, Joe Smith, **Allen Iverson (1996), Elton Brand, Kwame Brown, **Ben Simmons(2016), **Markelle Fultz (2017)


Phoenix Suns: Danny Manning, Shaquille O’Neal, **Deandre Ayton (2018)


Portland Trail Blazers: **Greg Oden (2007)


Sacramento Kings: **Pervis Ellison (1989), Chris Webber


San Antonio Spurs: **David Robinson (1987), Glen Robinson, **Tim Duncan (1997)


Seattle SuperSonics: Pervis Ellison


Toronto Raptors: **Andrea Bargnani (2006), Anthony Bennett


Utah Jazz: Danny Manning


Washington Wizards: Pervis Ellison, Chris Webber, **Kwame Brown (2001), Dwight Howard, **John Wall (2010)


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