List of first overall NBA draft picks

The National Basketball Association’s first overall pick is the player who is chosen first among all qualified draftees by a team during the yearly National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. The first pick is given in most cases, that team had a losing record in the previous season. The staff with the first pick attracts significant media attention, as does the player who is selected with that pick.
Eleven first selections have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (album six-time winner), Bill Walton, Magic Johnson (three-time winner), Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan (two-time winner), LeBron James (four-time winner), and Derrick Rose (youngest winner).
Since the coming of the draft lottery in 1985, seven number one overall picks have won an NBA title. They’re Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Glenn Robinson, Tim Duncan, LeBron James, Andrew Bogut, and Kyrie Irving.
China’s Yao Ming (2002) and Italy’s Andrea Bargnani (2006) are the only two players with no competitive expertise from the United States to be drafted first overall. Eleven other international players with U.S. college experience have been hailed overall–Mychal Thompson (Bahamas) in 1978, Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria) in 1984, Patrick Ewing (Jamaica) in 1985, Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) in 1997, Michael Olowokandi (Nigeria) in 1998, Andrew Bogut (Australia) in 2005, Kyrie Irving (Australia) in 2011, Anthony Bennett (Canada) in 2013, Andrew Wiggins (Canada) at 2014, Ben Simmons (Australia) in 2016, and Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) in 2018. Duncan is an American citizen, but is regarded as an”international” participant by the NBA because he wasn’t born in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Ewing had double Jamaican-American citizenship when he was drafted and Irving[5] and Simmons[6] had dual citizenship when they were drafted.
Note that the drafts between 1947 and 1949 were held by the Basketball Association of America (BAA). After absorbing teams the Basketball Association of America became the National Basketball Association. Official NBA publications contain the BAA Drafts as part of the draft background of the NBA.

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