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Top NBA Draft Picks Quiz

How many #1 NBA draft picks can you name since 1979?
Quiz idea: Evan Slack
Last updated: June 22, 2018
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Year
College
Player
2018
Arizona
Deandre Ayton
2017
Washington
Markelle Fultz
2016
LSU
Ben Simmons
2015
Kentucky
Karl-Anthony Towns
2014
Kansas
Andrew Wiggins
2013
UNLV
Anthony Bennett
2012
Kentucky
Anthony Davis
2011
Duke
Kyrie Irving
2010
Kentucky
John Wall
2009
Oklahoma
Blake Griffin
2008
Memphis
Derrick Rose
2007
Ohio State
Greg Oden
2006
Foreign Club
Andrea Bargnani
2005
Utah
Andrew Bogut
2004
High School
Dwight Howard
2003
High School
LeBron James
2002
Foreign Club
Yao Ming
2001
High School
Kwame Brown
2000
Cincinnati
Kenyon Martin
1999
Duke
Elton Brand
Year
College
Player
1998
Pacific
Michael Olowokandi
1997
Wake Forest
Tim Duncan
1996
Georgetown
Allen Iverson
1995
Maryland
Joe Smith
1994
Purdue
Glenn Robinson
1993
Michigan
Chris Webber
1992
LSU
Shaquille O'Neal
1991
UNLV
Larry Johnson
1990
Syracuse
Derrick Coleman
1989
Louisville
Pervis Ellison
1988
Kansas
Danny Manning
1987
Navy
David Robinson
1986
North Carolina
Brad Daugherty
1985
Georgetown
Patrick Ewing
1984
Houston
Hakeem Olajuwon
1983
Virginia
Ralph Sampson
1982
North Carolina
James Worthy
1981
DePaul
Mark Aguirre
1980
Purdue
Joe Barry Carroll
1979
Michigan State
Magic Johnson
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level 16
Jun 30, 2012
fun quiz
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level 70
Nov 21, 2012
There are some great players on this list, but it also is a hall of fame for complete busts and head cases. Kwame Brown was a disaster, not only failing to live up to the hype but poisoning the atmosphere in the locker room. Derrick Coleman--who Charles Barkley renamed "Disturbed Child"--had more talent but was nearly as toxic. Joe Barry Carroll, nicknamed "Joe Barely Care Less" at Golden State, likewise. Joe Smith--not as bad as JBC, but another underperforming Warrior. Olowokandi--another # 1 pick by the Clippers who never amounted to much. Ralph Sampson, Pervis Ellison and Greg Oden were all brought down by injuries at the outset of their careers; Yao Ming stayed longer, but not long enough. Let's hope that John Wall and Derrick Rose don't see the same happen to them.
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level 43
Apr 29, 2013
A bit hard on Carroll, no? He was an All-Star and averaged about 18 and 8 over his career. He wasn't a hall of famer, but he certainly couldn't be called a complete bust. Had he not gone to Italy for a couple years during his prime, he would probably be looked upon much more favourably. There have been much, much worse "busts" taken at #1.
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level 70
Jun 27, 2014
You're right. My bad for letting the nasty nickname dreamed up by a sportswriter affect my judgment.
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level 73
Jul 12, 2017
The biggest problem about Joe Barry Carroll is that he was not Kevin McHale, and the Warriors traded up with the... Celtics to get him, and surrendered Robert Parish in the process. It's less about Joe Barry Carroll being a subpar #1 pick than terrible losses to get him, which resulted in terrible value for the Warriors =X
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level 22
Nov 12, 2017
I <3 PURDUE!!!!!
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level 50
Mar 7, 2016
This comment is fun to read now. John Wall is legit but a year after this comment the Cavs drafted Anthony Bennett at #1. Didn't exactly work out great. Never had great success in Cleveland, was traded to Minnesota, didn't look great there either, signed with the Raptors and then a week ago he was waived. Bennett looks like he'll go down as one of the greatest busts of all time.
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level 10
Apr 24, 2018
Wow rose did end up being affected by injuries
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level 40
Nov 23, 2012
you should put what team the were picked by
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level 70
May 14, 2014
Grrrr. Typed Doherty instead of Daugherty.
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level ∞
Jun 25, 2015
Doherty works now.
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level 65
Jun 26, 2015
No "Weber" for "Webber" :(
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level 71
Jun 30, 2016
why would it be acceptable? weber would pronounced vay bur...like the german dude max weber...this is web bur...so webber it should be
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level 75
Jun 22, 2018
Famous bowler Dick Weber pronounced his last name "Webber".
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level 21
Jun 22, 2016
This list is proof that getting No.1 pick isn't such a prize after all. In my opinion you are much better off trading the pick for top talent, than risking it on a top prospect. Although on the contrast, there are some absolute gems picked at No.1
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level 66
Jun 25, 2016
As a fellow Raps fan, we know all about a busted #1 pick. I would agree that if there is no consensus #1 pick like a Lebron, then trading the pick would likely be best.
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level 71
Jun 30, 2016
got all except for fricking dwight howard
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level 48
Nov 16, 2016
Just letting you know just "ming" doesn't work. "Yao" does though. Frustrating quiz.... I always forget someone different each time!
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level 77
Jun 26, 2018
Yao is his last name.
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level 14
Dec 22, 2016
I kept on typing in Ming and it would not except it and I am sure Yao Ming was drafted in 2002.Tell me if you have to type his full name.:(
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level 61
Dec 25, 2016
Can you accept 'Ming' for Yao Ming since every other last name works?
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level 17
Jan 13, 2017
yao is his last name:)
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level 31
Feb 26, 2017
Honestly, I kind of feel bad for the blazers. Passing up Dr. J for LaRue Martin. Greg Oden over KD. And, of course, Sam Bowie over Jordan. But, as a Bulls fan, I'm glad the Blazers ruined themselves in 1984.
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level 49
Apr 23, 2018
Don't forget they offered the Rockets the 2nd pick and Clyde Drexler for Ralph Sampson that year... and the ROCKETS said no...
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level 54
Jun 14, 2017
by my count, only 18 of the 38 went on to have number-one-pick-worthy careers.
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level 28
Apr 22, 2018
I count 26 at least.
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level 56
Jun 26, 2018
@archer... You mean ''by your criteria''...
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level 70
Jul 7, 2017
20/39. Interesting. I was pretty solid through 1997, then...*poof* My NBA awareness seems to have evaporated thereafter.
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level 8
Jun 26, 2018
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