The National Basketball Association’s first overall pick is that the player who’s chosen first among all qualified draftees by a group during the annual National Basketball Association (NBA) draft. The first pick is given in most circumstances, that team had a losing record in the season. The team with the first select attracts significant media attention, as does the participant who is chosen with that selection.
Eleven first selections have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award: Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (record 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 advent 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 without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Eleven other foreign players with U.S. college experience happen to be drafted first 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) at 2005, Kyrie Irving (Australia) in 2011, Anthony Bennett (Canada) at 2013, Andrew Wiggins (Canada) at 2014, Ben Simmons (Australia) in 2016, and Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) in 2018. Duncan is an American citizen, but is considered an”international” player by the NBA since he was not born in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Ewing had double citizenship when he had been drafted and Irving and Simmons had dual citizenship if they were drafted.
Note that the drafts between 1947 and 1949 were held from the Basketball Association of America (BAA). After murdering teams from the National Basketball League in the fall of 23, the Basketball Association of America became the National Basketball Association. Official NBA books contain the BAA Drafts as part of the NBA’s draft history.
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