In honor of the NBA lottery, I made a list of the top five NBA #1 picks! Enjoy!
5. LeBron JamesLeBron James was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. LeBron came straight out of St. Vincent-St. Mary High school. He has quickly developed into one of the best players currently in the NBA. James is a 2x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 4x NBA MVP, 11x NBA All-Star, 2x NBA All-Star MVP, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, and was named Rookie of the year in 2003. LeBron is currently 20th on the NBA all time scoring list and is in his 12th year in the league. At just 30 year old, LeBron is still in his prime. “King” James is currently playing in the Eastern Conference Finals, and could possibly have another title run left in him after this season.
Tim Duncan was selected number one overall in 1997 by the San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan is definitely the best power forward to be picked number one overall. Duncan is 17th in the NBA all time scoring, 8th in all time rebounds, and 6th in all time blocks. Duncan is a 5x NBA champion, 3x Finals MVP, 2x NBA MVP, 15x NBA All-Star, Olympic Bronze Medalist, and was named Rookie of the Year in 1997. He is a very humble player and is still playing basketball after 18 years! Tim has never missed the playoffs in his 18 year career. Duncan is a threat on both offense and defense. He has an amazing hook shot and can lock players down on defense. He is truly a living NBA legend.
Shaquille O’Neal was drafted number one overall in 1992 by the Orlando Magic. O’Neal is, in my mind, the best center ever. O’Neal is a 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 15x NBA All-Star, 2x NBA Scoring Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, NBA MVP, and Rookie of the Year in 1992. Shaq played his best basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers. He won 3 titles in a row with the them (2000,2001,2002). He also had his number, 34, retired by the Los Angeles Lakers, O’Neal is 6th in NBA in all time scoring, 13th in all time rebounds, and 7th in all time blocks. O’Neal will always be remembered as a dominant player.
“Magic” Johnson was taken number one overall in the 1971 by the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson’s legacy is not just his numbers, but the way he changed the game. He is a 5x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 3x NBA MVP, 12x NBA All-Star, 4x NBA Assists Leader, 2x NBA Steals leader, and an Olympic Gold Medalist who played on the “Dream Team”. Everyone liked his personality. In 1991 he gave a public announcement that he had HIV. This led to “Magic” announcing his retirement immediately, despite being retired, the fans voted him in the 1992 NBA All-Star game which caused huge debate medically, he played and went to play for the “Dream Team”. He is a great player that had HIV end his career short still is the most liked player in the NBA and has a legacy that will stand for ever.
Oscar Robertson was drafted number one overall in 1960 by the Cincinnati Royals. The Cincinnati Royals are now the Sacramento Kings. But unlike the team that drafted him, Oscar Robertson’s numbers and legacy will stand forever. Oscar Robertson is arguably the best point guard of all time. He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple double for a season! FOR A SEASON! He also has many other accomplishments including being an NBA Champion (1971), NBA MVP (1964),12x NBA All-Star(1961-1972), 3x NBA All-Star MVP(1961,1964,1969), NBA Rookie of the Year (1961), and 6x NBA Assists leader. He is also an NBA Hall of Famer and has both his numbers he wore for the Royals and the Bucks retired. Oscar Robertson is, in my eyes, the best overall number one pick.