NBA Draft 2019

Who are the former number one picks in the NBA Draft?

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With the 2019 NBA Draft approaching, teams are gunning for the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft Lottery.

The No. 1 pick would mean they would have the chance to select Zion Williamson, a player many believe is destined for greatness at the next level.

Not all No.1 picks hit - there are a fair share of players who fail to live up to the hype. It's not always a guarantee the team selecting first always makes the right decision but if they do, it sets up the franchise for potential long-term success.

So who are the former No. 1 overall picks in the NBA Draft?

Former No. 1 overall picks
Year Player Position School Team
2018 DeAndre Ayton C Arizona Phoenix Suns
2017 Markelle Fultz G Washington Philadelphia 76ers
2016 Ben Simmons G/F LSU Philadelphia 76ers
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns C Kentucky Minnesota Timberwovles
2014 Andrew Wiggins F Kansas Cleveland Cavaliers
2013 Anthony Bennett F UNLV Cleveland Cavaliers
2012 Anthony Davis F/C Kentucky New Orleans Hornets
2011 Kyrie Irving G Duke Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 John Wall G Kentucky Washington Wizards
2009 Blake Griffin F Oklahoma Los Angeles Clippers
2008 Derrick Rose G Memphis Chicago Bulls
2007 Greg Oden C Ohio State Portland Trail Blazers
2006 Andrea Bargnani F/C International Toronto Raptors
2005 Andrew Bogut C Utah Milwaukee Bucks
2004 Dwight Howard C SWACA (HS) Orlando Magic
2003 LeBron James F SVSM (HS) Cleveland Cavaliers
2002 Yao Ming C International Houston Rockets
2001 Kwame Brown C Gwynn (HS) Washington Wizards
2000 Kenyon Martin F Cincinnati New Jersey Nets
1999 Elton Brand F Duke Chicago Bulls
1998 Michael Olowokandi C Pacific Los Angeles Clippers
1997 Tim Duncan C/F Wake Forest San Antonio Spurs
1996 Allen Iverson G Georgetown Philadelphia 76ers
1995 Joe Smith F Maryland Golden State Warriors
1994 Glenn Robinson F Purdue Milwaukee Bucks
1993 Chris Webber F Michigan Orlando Magic
1992 Shaquille O'Neal C LSU Orlando Magic
1991 Larry Johnson F UNLV Charlotte Hornets
1990 Derrick Coleman F Syracuse New Jersey Nets
1989 Pervis Ellison F/C Louisville Sacramento Kings
1988 Danny Manning F/C Kansas Los Angeles Clippers
1987 David Robinson C Navy San Antonio Spurs
1986 Brad Daugherty C North Carolina Cleveland Cavaliers
1985 Patrick Ewing C Georgetown New York Knicks
1984 Hakeem Olajuwon C Houston Houston Rockets
1983 Ralph Sampson C/F Virginia Houston Rockets
1982 James Worthy F North Carolina Los Angeles Lakers
1981 Mark Aguirre F/G DePaul Dallas Mavericks
1980 Joe Barry Carroll C/F Purdue Golden State Warriors
1979 Magic Johnson G/F Michigan State Los Angeles Lakers
1978 Mychael Thompson C/F Minnesota Portland Trail Blazers
1977 Kent Benson C Indiana Milwaukee Bucks
1976 John Lucas G Maryland Houston Rockets
1975 David Thompson G/F NC State Atlanta Hawks
1974 Bill Walton C/F UCLA Portland Trail Blazers
1973 Doug Collins G/F Illinois State Philadelphia 76ers
1972 LaRue Martin C Loyola-Chicago Portland Trail Blazers
1971 Austin Carr G Notre Dame Cleveland Cavaliers
1970 Bob Lanier C St. Bonaventure Detroit Pistons
1969 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C UCLA Milwaukee Bucks
1968 Elvin Hayes F/C Houston San Diego Rockets
1967 Jimmy Walker G Providence Detroit Pistons
1966 Cazzie Russell F/G Michigan New York Knicks
1965 Fred Hetzel F/C Davidson San Francisco Warriors
1964 Jim Barnes C/F UTEP New York Knicks
1963 Art Haymen F/G Duke New York Knicks
1962 Bill McGill C/F Utah Chicago Zephyrs
1961 Walt Bellamy C Indiana Chicago Packers
1960 Oscar Robertson G Cincinnati Cincinnati Royals
1959 Bob Boozer F Kansas State Cincinnati Royals
1958 Elgin Baylor F Seattle Minneapolis Lakers
1957 Hot Rod Hundley G West Virginia Cincinnati Royals
1956 Si Green G/F Duquesne Rochester Royals
1955 Dick Ricketts F/C Duquesne St. Louis Hawks
1954 Frank Selvy G/F Furman Baltimore Bullets
1953 Ray Felix C Long Island Baltimore Bullets
1952 Mark Workman F/C West Virginia Milwaukee Hawks
1951 Gene Melchiorre - Bradley Baltimore Bullets
1950 Chuck Share C Bowling Green Boston Celtics
1949 Howie Shannon G/F Kansas State Providence Steamrollers
1948 Andy Tonkovich G Marshall Providence Steamrollers
1947 Clifton McNeeley - UTEP Pittsburgh Ironmen

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