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Having the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft could set your team up for success for more than a decade. However, not all #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 #1 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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1
2,415 740
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
LeBron James Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers (St. Vincent-St. Mary HS)

2
1,838 462
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center - 1968 Milwaukee Bucks (UCLA)

3
1,905 513
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Magic Johnson Point guard, Power forward - 1979 Los Angeles Lakers (Michigan State)

4
1,702 455
Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Tim Duncan Power forward, Center - 1997 San Antonio Spurs (Wake Forest)

5
1,729 453
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal Center - 1992 Orlando Magic (LSU)

6
1,378 294
Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Hakeem Olajuwon Center - 1984 Houston Rockets (Houston)

7
1,410 435
Allen Iverson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Allen Iverson Point guard, Shooting guard - 1996 Philadelphia 76ers (Georgetown)

8
1,098 303
Oscar Robertson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Oscar Robertson Point guard, Shooting guard - 1960 Cincinnati Royals (Cincinnati)

9
973 291
David Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
David Robinson Center - 1987 San Antonio Spurs (Navy)

10
838 353
Patrick Ewing is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Patrick Ewing Center - 1985 New York Knicks (Georgetown)

11
584 376
Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Elgin Baylor Small forward - 1958 Minneapolis Lakers (Seattle)

12
818 474
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Anthony Davis Power forward, Center - 2012 New Orleans Hornets (Kentucky)

13
868 508
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Kyrie Irving Point guard - 2011 Cleveland Cavaliers (Duke)

14
548 405
James Worthy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
James Worthy Small forward - 1982 Los Angeles Lakers (North Carolina)

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15
630 466
Yao Ming is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Yao Ming Center - 2002 Houston Rockets (China)

16
685 347
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
John Wall Point guard - 2010 Washington Wizards (Kentucky)

17
558 369
Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Chris Webber Power forward, Center - 1993 Golden State Warriors (Michigan)

18
668 313
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Karl-Anthony Towns 2015 Minnesota Timberwolves (Kentucky)

19
493 566
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Blake Griffin Power forward - 2009 Los Angeles Clippers (Oklahoma)

20
431 371
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Bill Walton Center - 1974 Portland Trail Blazers (UCLA)

21
612 509
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Derrick Rose Point guard - 2008 Chicago Bulls (Memphis)

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22
426 531
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Dwight Howard Power forward, Center - 2004 Orlando Magic (Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy)

23
288 320
Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Elvin Hayes Power forward, Center - 1968 San Diego Rockets (Houston)

24
480 410
Andrew Wiggins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Andrew Wiggins 2014 Cleveland Cavaliers (Kansas)

25
293 309
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Larry Johnson Power forward - 1991 Charlotte Hornets (UNLV)

26
176 326
Ralph Sampson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Ralph Sampson Center - 1983 Houston Rockets (Virginia)

27
172 269
David Thompson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
David Thompson 1975 Atlanta Hawks (North Carolina State)

28
148 301
Bob Lanier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Bob Lanier Center - 1970 Detroit Pistons (St. Bonaventure)

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29
167 324
Glenn Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Glenn Robinson Small forward - 1994 Milwaukee Bucks (Purdue)

30
141 313
Elton Brand is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Elton Brand Power forward - 1999 Chicago Bulls (Duke)

31
116 295
Brad Daugherty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Brad Daugherty Center - 1986 Cleveland Cavaliers (North Carolina)

32
129 280
Mark Aguirre is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Mark Aguirre Small forward - 1981 Dallas Mavericks (DePaul)

33
81 274
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Walt Bellamy Power forward, Center - 1961 Chicago Packers (Indiana)

34
100 340
Danny Manning is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Danny Manning Power forward - 1988 Los Angeles Clippers (Kansas)

35
161 458
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Andrew Bogut Center - 2006 Milwaukee Bucks (Utah)

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36
110 273
Derrick Coleman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Derrick Coleman Small forward, Power forward, Center - 1990 New Jersey Nets (Syracuse)

37
137 307
Kenyon Martin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Kenyon Martin Power forward - 2000 New Jersey Nets (Cincinnati)

38
89 280
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Doug Collins Shooting guard, Small forward - 1973 Philadelphia 76ers (Illinois State)

39
86 262
Mychal Thompson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Mychal Thompson Power forward, Center - 1978 Portland Trail Blazers (Minnesota)

40
55 268
Austin Carr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Austin Carr 1971 Cleveland Cavaliers (Notre Dame)

41
58 288
Joe Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Joe Smith Power forward, Center - 1995 Golden State Warriors (Maryland)

42
77 238
John Lucas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
John Lucas 1976 Houston Rockets (Maryland)

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43
46 261
Cazzie Russell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Cazzie Russell Small forward - 1966 New York Knicks (Michigan)

44
53 17
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Ben Simmons

45
68 398
Andrea Bargnani is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Andrea Bargnani Small forward, Power forward, Center - 2006 Toronto Raptors (Italy)

46
111 510
Greg Oden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Greg Oden Center - 2007 Portland Trail Blazers (Ohio State)

47
36 248
Jimmy Walker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Jimmy Walker Shooting guard - 1967 Detroit Pistons (Providence)

48
46 255
Pervis Ellison is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Pervis Ellison Power forward, Center - 1989 Sacramento Kings (Louisville)

49
42 237
Joe Barry Carroll is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
Joe Barry Carroll Center - 1980 Golden State Warriors (Purdue)

50
93 77
Markelle Fultz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks of All Time
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