Getting the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft has to be the best feeling for NBA fans of a struggling NBA franchise. Teams often have to choose a path: compete for a championship or try to rebuild the roster with young players mainly through the draft. The days of going through mediocrity seem to be over, as teams are either focusing on tanking for top draft selections or going all-in for championships. That is why we have been seeing a ton of teams tank for draft picks over the past decade including the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, and Houston Rockets among others.
For teams that don’t mind losing and actually look to lose games during a season, getting the No.1 overall pick is the single greatest goal. That is why the Orlando Magic won this year's draft by getting the first pick of who they want out of all the best college players. They selected Paolo Banchero because they feel he is the best upcoming rookie in the league. Looking throughout NBA history, every NBA franchise has had a chance to fall within the top 5 of a particular draft, and most franchises have had the chance to select No.1 overall.
We have collected every franchise’s No.1 overall draft selection throughout history to get an indication of which player was chosen at a particular time. There might be some surprises as to which franchise selected which player, because not every team struck the lottery. Here is every NBA franchise’s last No.1 overall pick, assuming that a selection was not traded and was actually selected prior to a rookie campaign.
Atlanta Hawks - David Thompson (1975 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 22.7 PPG, 4.1 APG, 3.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.9 BPG
Hall of Famer David Thompson was taken No. 1 overall in the 1975 NBA Draft, and that was certainly a long time ago. But the 6’4” shooting guard certainly had the talent to warrant such a high selection, as he averaged 26.0 PPG in his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets while winning Rookie of the Year in the ABA. The following season, Thompson put up 25.9 PPG for the Nuggets.
Interestingly, Dick Ricketts was the last player to have played for the Hawks following a No.1 overall draft selection in the 1955 Draft. Hall of Famer David Thompson was the last No. 1 pick selected by Atlanta in 1975, but he was traded and did not get a chance to play for the Hawks. Obviously, that was a mistake because Thompson ended up finishing his career with an average of 22.7 PPG and making 5 All-Star Teams.
Boston Celtics - Chuck Share (1950 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 8.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.4 APG
Unsurprisingly, the winningest franchise in NBA history never had more than one No. 1 overall pick. Teams that win often never get valuable first-round picks, because they never fall to the lottery and instead compete for championships. The fact that the Celtics won 17 championships is a testament to their greatness as a franchise, and Celtics fans won’t mind that they never had more than one No. 1 overall pick in their history. Even today, the Celtics are constantly looking to win games and will almost never tank for draft picks.
Their only No. 1 pick was Chuck Share, a 6’11” center who never played for the franchise and instead competed for the Fort Wayne Pistons in his rookie season because he did not sign with the Celtics. Still, Share was the only selection by the Celtics with the No. 1 pick and was actually not traded by the franchise. Boston decided to draft Share because the size was the major factor in determining which players would get selected first.
Brooklyn Nets - Kenyon Martin (2000 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 12.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.2 SPG, 1.1 BPG
The Nets have had two No. 1 overall picks in franchise history, Derrick Coleman in 1990 and Kenyon Martin in 2000. The New Jersey Nets went for a 6’9” power forward with athleticism and two-way ability, and it certainly worked since the team made the Finals twice with Martin as arguably the second-best player on the team behind Jason Kidd.
K-Mart was certainly a fan favorite for Nets fans because he was a very solid defender and could also score inside the paint with aggression. Martin was a tough big man who never backed down, and his presence was a major reason the Nets had great success with him. Martin lasted 4 seasons in New Jersey before joining the Denver Nuggets, and he made his only All-Star selection in 2004 when he posted 16.7 PPG and 9.5 RPG.
Charlotte Hornets - Larry Johnson (1991 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 16.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.4 BPG
The only No. 1 overall pick in Charlotte’s history, powerhouse Larry Johnson was selected as the key man in the 1991 NBA Draft. Johnson ended up winning Rookie of the Year by averaging 19.2 PPG and 11.0 RPG on 49.0% from the field and 82.9% from the free-throw line. Clearly, they made the right decision because Johnson was immediately an impactful NBA player.
Johnson played 5 seasons with the Hornets, making 2 All-Star Teams with the franchise and also forming one of the best frontcourt duos in the NBA with Alonzo Mourning. Johnson was one of the key players behind one of the best rosters in Charlotte’s history, and he was certainly a talented player. Interestingly, Mourning was taken No. 2 overall the following year.
Chicago Bulls - Derrick Rose (2008 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 18.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Only two players were taken No. 1 overall by the Chicago Bulls in their history, Elton Brand (1999) and Derrick Rose (2008). Brand was a very solid selection, but Rose was on another level in terms of being a talented player and franchise cornerstone. Rose ended up winning Rookie of the Year, posting 16.8 PPG and 6.3 APG. Of course, the point guard would blossom into an all-time great talent.
Rose would soon become the youngest MVP winner in NBA history, posting 25.0 PPG and 7.7 APG to lead the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the Eastern Conference in only his third season. The point guard became the most explosive point guard we had ever seen and would end up making 3 straight All-Star Teams with the Bulls. Unfortunately, an ACL injury would end Rose’s prime.
Cleveland Cavaliers - Andrew Wiggins (2014 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 19.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.0 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Andrew Wiggins was selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, but the pick was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star forward Kevin Love. That means the last No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers was Anthony Bennett, one of the biggest busts in NBA history. Bennett was not even considered an NBA player because he was out of shape, lacked confidence, and had no impact on the floor.
Bennett averaged 4.2 PPG and 3.0 RPG through 52 games in his rookie campaign, only playing 12.8 MPG and not getting the chances to actually make a difference for the Cavaliers. The power forward could not find his footing, getting traded every year following his rookie season. Clearly, the Cavaliers made a mistake by not taking Giannis Antetokounmpo with the No. 1 overall pick as Bennett should not have been drafted at all.
Dallas Mavericks - Mark Aguirre (1981 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 20.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.3 BPG
Mark Aguirre was the only No. 1 overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks, with Jason Kidd being the second-highest selection at No. 2 overall. Aguirre was one of the best small forwards during the 1980s, making 3 All-Star Teams for the Mavericks and averaged a career 24.6 PPG for the franchise. Clearly an elite scorer, Aguirre was a solid choice by Dallas.
Aguirre never won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks, although he ended up winning 2 straight titles with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990. The small forward had size, strength, and a natural shooting touch which made him a valuable member of Dallas Mavericks history, although he did not win Rookie of the Year as that honor went to Buck Williams.
Denver Nuggets - None
The Denver Nuggets never had a No. 1 overall pick in NBA history, as the highest draft selections they ever had were Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, Raef LaFrentz, and Carmelo Anthony. Abdul-Rauf and Anthony ended up being very valuable contributors, and LaFrentz was nothing more than a role player for the majority of his career. Even two-time MVP Nikola Jokic was taken No. 41 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Denver fans might not be getting a No. 1 overall pick for the foreseeable future, because they might have an excellent team with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray looking to make a push in the Western Conference. Overall, the Nuggets never had a No. 1 overall pick as they join a few other franchises in that regard.
Detroit Pistons - Cade Cunningham (2021 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 17.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.6 APG, 1.2 SPG, 0.7 BPG
Cade Cunningham is one of the best young guards in the league right now, and he was a valued member of the 2021 NBA Draft by going No. 1 overall to the Detroit Pistons. Cunningham is a unique player because at 6’6”, he can play both guard positions due to his excellent scoring and playmaking ability.
Cunningham has yet to prove he is the best rookie of the 2021 Draft, as Scottie Barnes ended up winning Rookie of the Year while Evan Mobley has shown flashes of being a future All-Star. But Cade has the talent to become a bonafide All-Star for the foreseeable future, meaning the future is bright in Detroit. Other No. 1 overall picks by the Pistons include Bob Lanier and Jimmy Walker.
Golden State Warriors - Joe Smith (1995 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 10.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.8 BPG
The Golden State Warriors have had four total No. 1 overall picks in franchise history, including Ernie Beck, Fred Hetzel, Joe Barry Carrol, and Joe Smith. Smith was the last player to get taken No. 1 overall by the Warriors, and he had an interesting career, to say the least. Smith ended up making the All-Rookie Team by averaging 15.3 PPG and 8.7 RPG on 45.8% shooting from the field.
Smith would end up getting traded into his third season with the Warriors, failing to replicate his outstanding college days in Maryland. The big man would suffer declines in his production after joining the Philadelphia 76ers and would end up getting involved in a bizarre sage with his contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Houston Rockets - Yao Ming (2002 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 19.0 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.9 BPG
Yao Ming helped change the NBA landscape because he brought in an entire market of Chinese fans to follow the league when he was selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Rockets in the 2002 NBA Draft. The 7’6” behemoth was a unique player because he had an excellent mid-range jumper and had the ability to nail hook shots from either hand. Of course, he became a multiple-time All-Star.
Ming averaged 19.0 PPG and 9.2 RPG with the Rockets over his career and made 8 All-Star Teams to go along with 5 All-NBA Teams. Injuries would plague Yao throughout his career, cutting short a career that only spanned 8 years. After starting out his career with 3 straight seasons of playing at least 80 games, he would never hit that mark again and would retire after 5 appearances during the 2011 season.
Indiana Pacers - None
The Indiana Pacers never had a No. 1 overall pick, as the highest draft selections were Rik Smits (No. 2 overall in 1988), Wayman Tisdale (No. 2 overall in 1985), and Steve Stipanovich (No. 2 overall in 1983). Smits became a valuable member of the Pacers team that pushed for a championship in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers could be in the mix for a No. 1 overall selection next season if the franchise focus on developing their young players and trading their veterans for draft picks. Indiana have consistently been a strong franchise throughout history, so it is not surprising that the Pacers never placed themselves in a position to get high draft picks, as there have only been three No. 2 overall picks.
Los Angeles Clippers - Blake Griffin (2009 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 19.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 4.1 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Blake Griffin was an easy choice for the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft because he was an athletic big man with a solid all-around game. Of course, looking back, Griffin should have gone No. 3 overall behind Stephen Curry and James Harden. Griffin had a great rookie campaign nonetheless, although it had to wait a full season because he missed the 2010 season with a knee injury.
But Griffin ended up winning Rookie of the Year in 2011, posting averages of 22.5 PPG, 12.1 RPG, 3.8 APG, and 0.8 SPG through 82 games. It wouldn’t take long before Griffin was putting opponents on posters, and he kickstarted the “Lob City” era once Chris Paul became the full-time leader of the franchise.
Los Angeles Lakers - James Worthy (1982 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 17.6 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.7 BPG
The Los Angeles Lakers franchise has an excellent track record with No. 1 overall draft selections, as they took Elgin Baylor (1958), Magic Johnson (1979), and James Worthy (1982). Each player became a top-50 player of all time, and Magic Johnson is easily a top-10 player ever. The last one, James Worthy, captured 3 NBA championships with the franchise and also made 7 All-Star Teams.
Big Game James Worthy is one of the most consistent two-way wings in NBA history, and he always seemed to take his production to another level in the biggest games. The swingman was a very capable second or third option behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and/or Magic Johnson, and he played his role exceptionally well. Dominique Wilkins went No. 2 overall, and the Lakers had a difficult decision to make with which perimeter player to take.
Memphis Grizzlies - None
The Memphis Grizzlies franchise never had a No. 1 overall pick, although they had five No. 2 overall picks (although Steve Francis was immediately traded to the Houston Rockets). Those No. 2 picks were Mike Bibby, Steve Francis, Stromile Swift, Hasheem Thabeet, and Ja Morant. Obviously, Morant is on the path to being the most dominant draft selection by the Grizzlies franchise.
Ja is fresh off a season where he won Most Improved Player and also made his first All-Star Team by posting 27.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 6.7 APG while leading the Grizzlies into the second round of the playoffs. Memphis seems to be contending in the near future, so they might not be in the mix for a No. 1 overall pick for quite a while.
Miami Heat - None
The Miami Heat is a franchise that is dedicated to winning, and they were hardly in positions where losing games was the priority. In fact, it might have never happened. But Miami has had a couple of bad teams throughout franchise history, leading them to the chance to draft Michael Beasley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Beasley averaged 13.9 PPG and 5.4 RPG while making the All-Rookie Team in 2009.
The Miami Heat’s second-highest draft pick was Glen Rice at No. 4 overall in the 1989 Draft, a player that averaged 19.3 PPG over 6 seasons. Interestingly, the next-highest draft selection was Steve Smith and Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, two players that had strong seasons. Obviously, Wade might be the greatest player in Miami Heat history because he won 3 NBA championships with the franchise.
Milwaukee Bucks - Andrew Bogut (2005 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 9.6 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.5 BPG
The Milwaukee Bucks have had a host of No. 1 overall draft selections, the first being the all-time great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the last being Australian defensive big man Andrew Bogut. Bogut was a strong defensive player, making the All-Rookie Team by averaging 9.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.6 SPG, and 0.8 BPG. Standing 7’0” and weighing 260 lbs, Bogut was certainly a force in the perimeter.
Unfortunately, Bogut struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, and he lasted 7 seasons with the Bucks with only two seasons over 70 games. The Australian had a knack for blocking shots, altering shots around the rim, and scoring in the post. The next-highest draft selection was Jabari Parker, a player that never reached his true potential as a stretch power forward.
Minnesota Timberwolves - Anthony Edwards (2020 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 20.3 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.6 BPG
Interestingly, the Minnesota Timberwolves have had two No. 1 overall draft selections that are currently the franchise cornerstones on the team, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. Edwards was the last one, and he looks primed to make an All-Star Team next year if he continues his improvement on the offensive side of the floor.
Edwards improved this year by taking his averages from 19.3 PPG to 21.3 PPG and is forming one of the best young duos in the league with Towns. Anthony has elite explosiveness and the confidence to become a superstar, and time will tell if he can ever reach that level. Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett was taken No. 5 overall in the 1995 NBA Draft, in case you were wondering.
New Orleans Pelicans - Zion Williamson (2019 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 25.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.6 BPG
The New Orleans Pelicans made a solid selection with the No. 1 overall pick in 2019, drafting superstar Zion Williamson who ended up making the All-Rookie Team by posting 22.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 0.7 SPG on 58.3% FG. Zion did not play a single game in 2022, although it is expected he will return to full health to one day reach his potential.
The other No. 1 overall pick selection was Anthony Davis, one of the most talented big men in the modern era. Davis made the NBA 75th Anniversary Team because he has made 8 All-Star Teams, 4 All-NBA Teams, 4 All-Defensive Teams, and also captured the 2020 NBA championship. The Pelicans are doing well with their draft selections, especially considering the next-highest draft selection was Chris Paul at No. 4 overall in the 2005 NBA Draft.
New York Knicks - Patrick Ewing (1985 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 21.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 SPG, 2.4 BPG
The New York Knicks took Patrick Ewing with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, and he was the fourth one to get taken that high. The other players were Cazzie Russell, Jim Barnes, and Art Heyman. Of course, none of those players were as great as Ewing was. The big man is considered one of the most underrated players ever because he had a mean streak that made him an impactful player.
Even if Ewing never won an NBA title for the Knicks, he was an amazing contributor in the paint on both ends of the floor. Patrick was not as talented as the other Hall of Fame centers that played in his era including Hakeem Olajuwon, but he made the most of his career by being an aggressive paint enforcer and go-to offensive option.
Oklahoma City Thunder - None
Sure, Kevin Durant should have gone No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, but the Portland Trail Blazers went for Greg Oden instead of him. It might have turned out for the 4-time scoring champion because Durant had great success with the Oklahoma City Thunder including making the Finals in 2012. The Thunder basically earned the No. 1 overall pick, even if they fell second to Portland.
The other No. 2 overall picks by the Thunder were Gary Payton and Chet Holmgren. Payton guided the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA Finals in 1996 and is one of the only two point guards who won Defensive Player of the Year. Holmgren has an unbelievably high ceiling, and if he gets close to it, we could be looking at yet another potential superstar that played for the Thunder franchise.
Orlando Magic - Paolo Banchero (2022 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: N/A
The Orlando Magic have had a very solid history of making excellent selections with the No. 1 overall pick, as they decided to take Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, Chris Webber in 1993 (traded to Golden State), Dwight Howard in 2004, and Paolo Banchero in 2022. Shaq and Dwight Howard are two of the most dominant big men in their eras, and they guided the Magic to the NBA Finals as the leaders.
Banchero has a chance to continue the path of superstardom with Orlando’s No. 1 overall selections because as a 6’10” power forward with scoring ability, the court is his for the taking. Banchero is supremely talented, and as he adds areas to his game, especially on the defensive end, we could be looking at a franchise cornerstone for years to come.
Philadelphia 76ers - Markelle Fultz (2017 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 10.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.8 APG, 1.1 SPG, 0.2 BPG
The Philadelphia 76ers have had a solid track record of drafting All-Stars with the No. 1 overall draft selection, except 2017 selection Markelle Fultz. The first was Doug Collins, a 6’6” shooting guard who went on to make 4 All-Star Teams in his career. The next one was Allen Iverson, one of the pioneers of the modern era because of his on and off-court impact. Of course, Iverson would win the 2001 MVP with the 76ers and also guide the franchise to the Finals.
The next two picks are very polarizing, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. Simmons had a great start to his career, making 3 All-Star Teams and winning Rookie of the Year, but he forced an ugly exit from the franchise. Of course, Fultz’s career has never taken off and he was soon traded by the 76ers after injury troubles convinced the franchise that the point guard was not the answer.
Phoenix Suns - Deandre Ayton (2018 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 16.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG
The Phoenix Suns franchise only had one No. 1 overall pick in their history, and that was Deandre Ayton. The big man has averaged a double-double throughout his short career so far, making the All-Rookie Team and potentially placing himself in the mix for a few All-Star appearances. Even if the Suns do not want to pay Ayton maximum money, there is no doubt he is a talented paint presence.
The next-highest draft selections are Neal Walk and Armen Gilliam, two players who never made All-Star appearances. Phoenix has struggled in the league following the Steve Nash era but did not benefit from losing games as top selections including Josh Jackson and Dragan Bender were bad picks. Obviously, they are back in contention with Chris Paul and Devin Booker on the roster.
Portland Trail Blazers - Greg Oden (2007 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 8.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.4 SPG, 1.2 BPG
The Portland Trail Blazers made the infamous decision to pass on Kevin Durant in favor of the defensive-minded Greg Oden. At the time, everyone knew Durant was going to become an All-Star offensive player, but Oden also had the potential to be a star in the paint. But he only played 105 games in his career, missing 4 total seasons with injuries. Oden might be one of the biggest what-if stories.
Had Portland drafted Kevin Durant, their entire placement in the league would have changed. They had the likes of Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Brandon Roy throughout the past few years, and Durant would have been an excellent addition to any of the rosters led by those players. Trail Blazers fans are constantly looking back and wondering how Kevin Durant would have shaped the franchise.
Sacramento Kings - Pervis Ellison (1989 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 9.5 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.6 SPG, 1.6 BPG
The Sacramento Kings franchise had had five No. 1 overall picks in their history, the first being Si Green and the last being Pervis Ellison. The 6’9” big man had a relatively unspectacular career, averaging under 10 PPG throughout his career except for the 1991, 1992, and 1993 seasons. Ellison won Most Improved Player in 1992 by averaging 20.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG, and 2.7 BPG.
The Kings are constantly berated for their past draft decisions, as they selected a host of unspectacular selections by passing up on the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Damian Lillard. They did get one No. 1 overall pick right, however, and that was superstar Oscar Robertson who ended up having one of the greatest careers in NBA history. A 6’5” point guard, Robertson is one of the best triple-double threats of all time.
San Antonio Spurs - Tim Duncan (1997 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 19.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.2 BPG
The San Antonio Spurs franchise has made two No. 1 overall pick selections, the first being David Robinson and the second being Tim Duncan. Those were easy selections for the Spurs because both players were always going to go No. 1 overall no matter which team was in the position to draft them. Robinson became one of the greatest centers ever, making 10 All-Star Teams and winning 2 NBA championships with the franchise.
The second is Tim Duncan, one of the top 12 players of all time. The Big Fundamental won 5 NBA titles with the Spurs and is mainly responsible for one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. Armed with an elite off-the-backboard shot and some of the best defensive intangibles, Duncan was a force in the post for 19 years. Adding in 3 Finals MVPs and 2 MVP awards, Duncan was truly a one-of-a-kind talent.
Toronto Raptors - Andrea Bargnani (2006 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 14.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.4 SPG, 0.9 BPG
The Raptors selected Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, a decision that was not the best one considering LaMarcus Aldridge, Kyle Lowry, Rajon Rondo, Paul Milsap, and Rudy Gay were all better players selected under him. The Italian big man was a solid stretch big man, but he lacked the star potential needed from a No. 1 overall draft pick.
Bargnani made the All-Rookie Team nonetheless, posting 11.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 0.8 BPG on 42.7% FG, 37.3% 3-PT FG, and 82.4% FT. Bargnani lasted 7 seasons with the Raptors and had 3 straight seasons averaging at least 17 PPG between 2010 and 2012. Other top selections by the Raptors include Marcus Camby (No. 2 overall), Chris Bosh (No. 4 overall), DeMar DeRozan (No. 9 overall), and Tracy McGrady (No. 9 overall). Of course, 2022 Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes was taken No. 4 overall.
Utah Jazz - None
The Utah Jazz is another franchise without a No. 1 overall pick. There have been some great players for the Jazz including Karl Malone, Adrian Dantley, and John Stockton among others, but they were never taken No. 1 overall by Utah. The Jazz has generally been a winning franchise throughout history, and it is impressive they never fell low enough to be guaranteed a valuable No. 1 pick at any point.
The highest draft selection by the Utah Jazz came No. 2 overall in the 1980 NBA Draft, and that was Darrell Griffith out of Louisville. The 6’4” shooting guard actually won Rookie of the Year, making him a solid selection at the time. Dominique Wilkins, Deron Williams, and Enes Kanter were selected No. 3 overall for the next-highest selections.
Washington Wizards - John Wall (2010 NBA Draft)
Career Statistics: 19.1 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 9.1 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.7 BPG
John Wall was the last selection by the Washington Wizards with the No. 1 overall pick, and he was a safe selection because he was the best player coming out of college. Looking back, it can be argued that Paul George should’ve gone No. 1 overall because the swingman has managed to stay slightly healthier over his career. Either way, Wall would finish runner-up to the Rookie of the Year award behind Blake Griffin but made the All-Rookie Team.
Wall has to be one of the fastest point guards in NBA history because he could get from one end of the court to the other in just a few dribbles. The point guard had elite explosiveness and natural playmaking ability, but injuries have cost him a large portion of his career over the last few years. Nonetheless, Wall is one of the most talented players to have ever played for the Washington Wizards.