History of the NBA Draft – Pick Number 1

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Number One Overall Picks

Year Name, School/Country – Team

2016 Ben Simmons, Louisiana State – Philadelphia 76ers
2015 Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky – Minnesota Timberwolves
2014 Andrew Wiggins, Kansas – Cleveland Cavaliers
2013 Anthony Bennett, UNLV – Cleveland Cavaliers
2012 Anthony Davis, Kentucky – New Orleans Hornets
2011 Kyrie Irving, Duke – Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 John Wall, Kentucky – Washington Wizards

2000’s

2009 Blake Griffin, Oklahoma – L.A. Clippers
2008 Derrick Rose, Memphis – Chicago Bulls
2007 Greg Oden, Ohio State – Portland Trail Blazers
2006 Andrea Bargnani, Italy – Toronto Raptors
2005 Andrew Bogut, Utah – Milwaukee Bucks
2004 Dwight Howard, SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA) – Orlando Magic
2003 LeBron James, St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH) – Cleveland Cavaliers
2002 Yao Ming, China – Houston Rockets
2001 Kwame Brown, Glynn Academy – Washington Wizards
2000 Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati – New Jersey Nets

1990’s

1999 Elton Brand, Duke – Chicago Bulls
1998 Michael Olowokandi, Pacific (Cal.) – L.A. Clippers
1997 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest – San Antonio Spurs
1996 Allen Iverson, Georgetown – Philadelphia 76ers
1995 Joe Smith, Maryland – Golden State Warriors
1994 Glenn Robinson, Purdue – Milwaukee Bucks
1993 Chris Webber, Michigan – Orlando Magic (Draft rights traded to G.S. Warriors)
1992 Shaquille O’Neal, Louisiana State – Orlando Magic
1991 Larry Johnson, Nevada-Las Vegas – Charlotte Hornets
1990 Derrick Coleman, Syracuse – New Jersey Nets

1980’s

1989 Pervis Ellison, Louisville – Sacramento Kings
1988 Danny Manning, Kansas – L.A. Clippers
1987 David Robinson, Navy – San Antonio Spurs
1986 Brad Daugherty, North Carolina – Cleveland Cavaliers
1985 Patrick Ewing, Georgetown – New York Knicks
1984 Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston – Houston Rockets
1983 Ralph Sampson, Virginia – Houston Rockets
1982 James Worthy, North Carolina – L.A. Lakers
1981 Mark Aguirre, DePaul – Dallas Mavericks
1980 Joe Barry Carroll, Purdue – Golden State Warriors

1970’s

1979 Magic Johnson, Michigan State – L.A. Lakers
1978 Mychal Thompson, Minnesota – Portland Trail Blazers
1977 Kent Benson, Indiana – Milwaukee Bucks
1976 John Lucas, Maryland – Houston Rockets
1975 David Thompson, North Carolina State – Atlanta Hawks
1974 Bill Walton, UCLA – Portland Trail Blazers
1973 Doug Collins, Illinois State – Philadelphia 76ers
1972 LaRue Martin, Loyola-Chicago – Portland Trail Blazers
1971 Austin Carr, Notre Dame – Cleveland Cavaliers
1970 Bob Lanier, St. Bonaventure – Detroit Pistons

1960’s

1969 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA – Milwaukee Bucks
1968 Elvin Hayes, Houston – San Diego Rockets
1967 Jimmy Walker, Providence – Detroit Pistons
1966 Cazzie Russell, Michigan – New York Knicks
1965 Fred Hetzel, Davidson – San Francisco Warriors
1964 Jim Barnes, Texas Western – New York Knicks
1963 Art Heyman, Duke – New York Knicks
1962 Bill McGill, Utah – Chicago Zephyrs
1961 Walt Bellamy, Indiana – Chicago Packers
1960 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati – Cincinnati Royals

1950’s

1959 Bob Boozer, Kansas State – Cincinnati Royals
1958 Elgin Baylor, Seattle – Minneapolis Lakers
1957 Rod Hundley, West Virginia – Cincinnati Royals
1956 Si Green, Duquesne University – Rochester Royals
1955 Dick Ricketts, Duquesne University – St. Louis Hawks
1954 Frank Selvy, Furman University – Baltimore Bullets
1953 Ray Felix, Long Island University – Baltimore Bullets
1952 Mark Workman, West Virginia University – Milwaukee Hawks
1951 Gene Melchiorre, Bradley University – Baltimore Bullets
1950 Chuck Share, Bowling Green State University – Boston Celtics

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