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

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List Rules Only players drafted #1 overall in the NBA Draft

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. 

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David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

Age: 65

Teams: Seattle Supersonics, Denver Nuggets

1975 Atlanta Hawks (North Carolina State) David O'Neil Thompson (born July 13, 1954) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played with the Denver Nuggets of both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National ...more

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#53 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #534 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #878 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Center from Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors

1983 Houston Rockets (Virginia) Ralph Lee Sampson Jr. (born July 7, 1960) is an American retired basketball player. He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A 7-foot-4 phenom, three-time College Player ...more

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#87 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #209 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #44 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Center from Buffalo, New York

Age: 71

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons

1970 Detroit Pistons (St. Bonaventure) Robert Jerry Lanier, Jr. (born September 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball ...more

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#70 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #1,383 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #28 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Zion Williamson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked

Number: 1

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

2019 New Orleans Pelicans (Duke)

Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Listed at 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) ...more

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#366 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #70 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today #15 of 99 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today

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Glenn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Small forward from Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks

1994 Milwaukee Bucks (Purdue) Glenn Alan Robinson Jr. (born January 10, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player. Nicknamed Big Dog, he played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1994 to 2005 ...more
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Deandre Ayton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Deandre Ayton

Number: 22

Teams: Arizona Wildcats, Phoenix Suns

2018 Phoenix Suns (Arizona)

Deandre Edoneille Ayton (born July 23, 1998) is a Bahamian professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the Arizona Wildcats in ...more
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Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Small Forward from Markham, Thornhill, Canada

Age: 24

Number: 22

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

2014 Cleveland Cavaliers (Kansas) Andrew Christian Wiggins (born February 23, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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#348 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #127 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #50 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Center from Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

1986 Cleveland Cavaliers (North Carolina) Bradley Lee Daugherty (born October 19, 1965) is an American retired basketball player, analyst, and co-owner of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team JTG Daugherty Racing. He played college ...more

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#199 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #94 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #45 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 60

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons

1981 Dallas Mavericks (DePaul) Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the National Basketball Association. Aguirre was chosen as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA draft ...more

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#164 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #97 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #37 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Power forward from Cortlandt Manor, Cortlandt, New York, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 42

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls

1999 Chicago Bulls (Duke) Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player and the current general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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#109 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #218 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #79 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Age: 42

Number: 3

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets

2000 New Jersey Nets (Cincinnati) Kenyon Lee Martin (born December 30, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for the New Jersey ...more

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#91 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #315 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #67 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

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Markelle Fultz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
MichaelChoi added

Number: 20

Teams: Orlando Magic

2017 Philadelphia 76ers (Washington)

Markelle N'Gai Fultz (born May 29, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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#87 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #126 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #38 of 76 The Best Point Guards Currently in the NBA

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Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Small forward and Power forward from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Age: 52

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Detroit Pistons

1990 New Jersey Nets (Syracuse) Derrick D. Coleman (born June 21, 1967) is an American retired basketball player. Coleman was born in Mobile, Alabama, but grew up and attended high school in Detroit, and attended college at ...more

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#42 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time #76 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #30 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

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Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Mychal Thompson Power forward and Center from Nassau, Bahamas

Age: 64

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers

1978 Portland Trail Blazers (Minnesota) Mychal George Thompson (born January 30, 1955) is a Bahamian former basketball player. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Thompson played the power forward and center positions for ...more

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#434 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #88 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #63 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Power forward and Center from New Bern, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 74 (1939-2013)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons, + more

1961 Chicago Packers (Indiana) Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. A four-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of

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#116 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #53 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #10 of 65 The Greatest Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Players of All Time

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Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Doug Collins Shooting guard and Small forward from Christopher, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

1973 Philadelphia 76ers (Illinois State) Douglas or Doug Collins may refer to: Doug Collins (journalist) (1920–2001), Canadian journalist, alleged Holocaust denier Doug Collins (basketball) (born 1951), former American NBA player, ...more
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Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Power forward from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 53

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

1988 Los Angeles Clippers (Kansas) Daniel Ricardo Manning (born May 17, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and retired National Basketball Association player. He is the current men's head coach at Wake Forest. Manning ...more

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#98 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings #184 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #77 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

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John Lucas III is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
John Lucas Point guard from Washington, D.C.

Age: 37

Number: 5

1976 Houston Rockets (Maryland) John Harding Lucas III (born November 21, 1982) is an American retired professional basketball player who was last a player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National ...more
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Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Center from Endeavour Hills, Australia

Age: 35

Number: 12

Teams: Golden State Warriors

2006 Milwaukee Bucks (Utah) Andrew Michael Bogut (born 28 November 1984) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Sydney Kings for the National Basketball League (NBL). The 7-foot (2.13 m) center began his ...more

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#283 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #78 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #36 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

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Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Guard from Washington, D.C.

Age: 71

Number: 22, 34

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers

1971 Cleveland Cavaliers (Notre Dame) Austin George Carr (born March 10, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Washington Bullets of the National ...more

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#255 of 733 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #135 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #12 of 121 The Best Cleveland Cavaliers of All Time

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Joe Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Power forward and Center from Virginia, United States of America

Age: 44

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, + more

1995 Golden State Warriors (Maryland) Joseph Leynard Smith (born July 26, 1975) is an American former professional basketball player who played at power forward position for 12 teams of the NBA during his 16-year career. Born and ...more
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Cazzie Russell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Small forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 75

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls

1966 New York Knicks (Michigan) Cazzie Lee Russell (born June 7, 1944) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. An NBA All-Star, he was selected by the New York Knicks with the first overall pick of the ...more

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#109 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #6 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time #41 of 108 The Best NBA Players from Illinois

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Greg Oden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Center from Buffalo, New York

Age: 31

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

2007 Portland Trail Blazers (Ohio State) Gregory Wayne Oden Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is an American former professional basketball player. Oden, a 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 250-pound (110 kg) center, played college basketball at the Ohio ...more
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Rod Hundley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Rod Hundley

Age: 85

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

1957 Cincinnati Royals (West Virginia) Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley (October 26, 1934 – March 27, 2015) was an American professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley was the No. 1 pick of the 1957 NBA ...more

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#276 of 730 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #92 of 106 The Greatest Lakers of All Time #122 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Joe Barry Carroll is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best No. 1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time, Ranked
Center from Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Age: 61

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets

1980 Golden State Warriors (Purdue) Joe Barry Carroll (born July 24, 1958) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). After retiring from basketball, ...more

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