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

10. Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing

A tremendous pick for the New York Knicks, Ewing won the 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Over his 17-year career, he amassed 11 All-Star and three NBA All-Defensive Team selections.

9. Elgin Baylor

 Elgin Baylor

To date, Baylor  stands as one of the top first picks in NBA history. He is one of the best players to complete their playing careers without a championship. He earned the 1958-59 Rookie of the Year Award.

8. David Robinson

 David Robinson

After spending two years in the U.S. Navy, Robinson debuted at the Spurs in 1989 and won Rookie of the Year. The center earned 10 All-Star selections, 8 NBA All-Defensive Team selections  along with numerous other accolades.

7. Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson

The "Big O" managed to average 30-plus points and 10-plus assists six times from 1961-62 to 1966-67. With several titltes to his name, Robertson became one of the first great point guards in league history.

6. Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon

Olajuwon played a major part in the team reaching the Finals in the center’s second NBA season and won back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995. Adding to a list of accomplishments that features 12 All-Star selections, nine NBA All-Defensive Team selections and many more.

5. Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O’Neal

First drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1992 , O’Neal  won NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 23.4 points and 13.9 boards per game. Later, He headed to Los Angeles in 1996 and proceeded to win three titles with the Lakers.

4. Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan

The Spurs had never won a championship until the organization proceeded to win the 1999 NBA Finals in Duncan’s second season and added four more throughout his 19-year career.

3. Magic Johnson

 Magic Johnson

The legendary selection in the 1979 draft led to the inception of the Showtime Lakers. In the 1980 Finals, Johnson famously led the way with 42 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists and took over as center against the Philadelphia 76ers

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The center from Lakers and Bucks bears the record for most All-Star selections (19) and NBA MVP Awards (six). Other accolades include 11 All-Defensive selections and the 1969-70 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

1. LeBron James

 LeBron James

LeBron is only player who set foot in the NBA straight out of high school, debuting at the Cavs when he was just 18 years old. James has a chance to exceed Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record in his 20th NBA season.