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The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

Updated July 30, 2021 104.7k votes 11.5k voters 86.9k views57 items

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Who is the best #1 NBA draft pick of all time? Having the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft could set your team up for success for more than a decade. However, not all no. 1 picks are created equal (as this list shows) and teams can regret passing up on superstars such as Michael Jordan or Kevin Durant. We've compiled a list of all the number one overall draft picks in NBA Draft history to see who is voted the best top overall first round pick of all time. Which NBA player selected #1 was the best?

An easy case could be made for seventeen-time All Star, four-time MVP, and four-time NBA Champion LeBron James. There are other great NBA stars picked first such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Allen Iverson, and David Robinson. A few young NBA stars who went first like Zion Williamson and Ben Simmons are already making an impact on the game. 

Vote up the best No. 1 NBA draft picks below, and help decide who is the best first overall NBA draft pick in history.

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