NBA Finals: No. 1 Draft Picks That Have Won an NBA Championship

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan:  1997 No. 1 Pick Earned a Ring (Getty)

The 2011 NBA Playoffs are in full swing.  The NBA Draft is not too far away either – June 23rd.  Already the pundits are mocking it up. Who will be the No. 1 pick?

Does it matter?

I took a look back at all the No. 1 Draft picks in NBA history.  There have been a total of 64 NBA drafts beginning in 1950.  Only 17 first picks went on to win at least one NBA title.  That’s 26.5%.

Updated through 2013 draft/2012-13 season. Greg Oden (2007/Portland Trailblazers) has a shot in 2013-14 with Miami. Or maybe Dwight Howard (2004/Orlando Magic) with Houston? Andrew Bogut (2005/Milwaukee  Bucks) with the Warriors? How about a two-fer: Andrea Bargnani (2006/Toronto Raptors) and Kenyon Martin (2000/New Jersey Nets) with the New York Knicks? Ooh, now we’ve gone too far.

Thank you, reddit/nba! That’s a must-click for NBA fans.

  1. 1950 Chuck Share, Bowling Green State  (St. Louis Hawks 1958)
  2. 1959 Bob Boozer, Kansas State (Milwaukee Bucks 1971)
  3. 1960 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati (Milwaukee Bucks 1971)
  4. 1966 Cazzie Russell, Michigan (New York Knicks 1970)
  5. 1968 Elvin Hayes, Houston (Washington Bullets 1978)
  6. 1969 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, UCLA (Milwaukee Bucks 1971; Los Angeles Lakers 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  7. 1974 Bill Walton, UCLA (Portland Trail Blazers 1977, Boston Celtics 1986)
  8. 1978 Mychal Thompson, Minnesota (Los Angeles Lakers 1987, 1988)
  9. 1979 Magic Johnson, Michigan State (Los Angeles Lakers 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  10. 1981 Mark Aguirre, DePaul (Detroit Pistons 1989, 1990)
  11. 1982 James Worthy, North Carolina (Los Angeles Lakers 1985, 1987, 1988)
  12. 1984 Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston (Houston Rockets 1994, 1995)
  13. 1987 David Robinson, USNA (San Antonio Spurs 1999, 2003)
  14. 1992 Shaquille O’Neal, Louisiana State (Los Angeles Lakes 2000, 2001, 2002; Miami Heat 2006)
  15. 1994 Glenn Robinson, Purdue (San Antonio Spurs 2005)
  16. 1997 Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (San Antonio Spurs 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
  17. 2003 LeBron James, Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School (Miami Heat 2012, 2013)
About these ads

Posted on April 26, 2011, in NBA Basketball and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 144 other followers

%d bloggers like this: