NBA Draft History: The 1st Overall Pick
NBA Draft History: The 1st Pick
The Celtics have a 15.6% chance of winning the NBA Draft Lottery and securing the 1st overall pick. In the past 20 years, the team in the Celtics position has won the lottery four times, most recently in 2013 when the Cleveland Cavaliers picked Anthony Bennett.
The Best 1st Overall Picks
Obviously some good ones in here...
- Allen Iverson
- Tim Duncan
- LeBron James
The Worst 1st Overall Picks
A lot of the worst first overall picks have been made fairly recently.
- Andrea Bargnani, selected in 2006 by Toronto. Bargnani has been a serviceable NBA Player, but hardly worthy of the first pick. He has a career scoring average of 14.4 points per game and only 4.6 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge was picked 2nd.
- Greg Oden, selected in 2007 by Portland. Oden was plagued by major injuries his entire career, missing his rookie season completely and only played in 105 career games. Kevin Durant was chosen right after Durant by the then Seattle Sonics.
- Anthony Bennett. As mentioned before, the last time the third worst team won the lottery was 2013 when Cleveland selected UNLV's Anthony Bennett. Bennett has been a major bust, starting only 3 games in 3 NBA seasons for 3 different teams (Cleveland, Minnesota and Toronto this past year). He has a career scoring average of 4.2 points per game.
Brandon Ingram, forward from Duke. Ingram and Ben Simmons will battle back and forth for the first overall pick. Ingram, 6'9", averaged 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils.