TDR is counting down history's best in our Fantasy Draft Countdown. We examined the picks at each draft slot (1st pick overall, 2nd pick overall, etc) from 1950 to 2007.

Here's our selections for the best in NBA draft history.

  Honorable Mention The Pick
T Jerry Lucas
Tom Gola
Paul Arizin
Dave DeBusschere
Wilt Chamberlain
Center
7-1/250
Harlem Globetrotters
1

Magic Johnson
Shaquille O'Neal
Elgin Baylor
Oscar Robertson
Tim Duncan

LeBron James
Small Forward
6-8/240
St. Vincent-St. Mary's H.S. (OH)
2 Jerry West
Maurice Stokes
Bob Pettit
Kevin Durant
Isiah Thomas
Rick Barry
Bill Russell
Center
6-9/220
San Francisco
3 Carmelo Anthony
Pete Maravich
James Harden
Nate Thurmond
Dominique Wilkins
Michael Jordan
Shooting Guard
6-6/205
North Carolina
4 Russell Westbrook
Dave Cowens
Chris Paul
Lou Hudson
Bob Cousy
Guard
6-1/175
Holy Cross
5 Walt Frazier
Kevin Garnett
Sidney Moncrief
Scottie Pippen
Dwyane Wade
Charles Barkley
Power Forward
6-6/260
Auburn
6 Lenny Wilkens
Jerry Sloan
Damian Lillard
Adrian Dantley
Larry Bird
Small Forward
6-9/220
Indiana St.
7 Billy Cunningham
Bernard King
Chris Mullin
George Yardley
Stephen Curry
Point Guard
6-2/180
Davidson
8 Robert Parish
Jack Twyman
Jack Sikma
Sam Jones
Guard
6-4/198
North Carolina Central
9 Mel Daniels
Larry Costello
Tracy McGrady
Dirk Nowitzki
John Havlicek
Forward
6-5/205
Ohio St.
10 Paul Westphal
Paul Pierce
Paul George
Gus Johnson
Willis Reed
Center
6-10/240
Grambling St.
11

Domantas Sabonis
Terrell Brandon
Klay Thompson

Reggie Miller
Shooting Guard
6-7/190
UCLA
12 Paul Silas
Mookie Blaylock
Cedric Maxwell
Julius Erving
Small Forward
6-6/200
UMASS
13 Karl Malone
Kevin Loughery
Devin Booker
Hal Greer
Kobe Bryant
Shooting Guard
6-6/220
Lower Merion H.S.
14 Maurice Lucas
Tim Hardaway
Peja Stojakovic
Richie Guerin
Clyde Drexler
Shooting Guard
6-7/210
Houston
15 Kawhi Leonard
Steve Nash
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Power Forward
6-9/205
Filathlikos (Greece)
16 Swen Nater
Ron Artest
Bill Sharman
Ricky Sobers
John Stockton
Point Guard
6-1/175
Gonzaga
17 Jermaine O'Neal Shawn Kemp
Power Forward
6-10/230
Trinity Valley C.C.
18 Calvin Murphy
Ricky Pierce
David West
Joe Dumars
Shooting Guard
6-3/190
McNeese St.
19 Rod Strickland
Bob Rule
Zach Randolph
Nate Archibald
Point Guard
6-1/150
UTEP
20 Larry Nance
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Paul Pressey
Gus Williams
Point Guard
6-2/175
USC
21

Jayson Williams
Billy Knight
Rajon Rondo

Michael Finley
Point Guard
6-7/215
Wisconsin
22 Reggie Lewis
Norm Nixon
Leonard Robinson
Wayne Embry
George McGinnis
Forward
6-8/235
Indiana
23 A.C. Green
Lloyd Free
Brian Taylor
Tayshaun Prince
Alex English
Small Forward
6-7/190
South Carolina
24 Arvydas Sabonis
Latrell Sprewell
Sam Cassell
Terry Porter
Kyle Lowry
Point Guard
6-0/185
Villanova
25 John Drew
Gerald Wallace
Mark Price
Point Guard
6-0/170
Georgia Tech
26 Kevin Martin
Jerome Williams
Samuel Dalembert
Vlade Divac
Center
7-1/245
(Serbia)
27 Rudy Gobert
Elden Campbell
Dennis Rodman
Power Forward
6-8/210
SE Oklahoma St.
28 Sherman Douglas
Dan Roundfield
Tony Parker
Point Guard
6-2/180
(France)
29 Eddie Johnson
Josh Howard
P.J. Brown
Dennis Johnson
Point Guard
6-4/185
Pepperdine
30 Jimmy Butler
Spencer Haywood
David Lee
Gilbert Arenas
Point Guard
6-4/215
Arizona
31

Ruben Patterson
Bojan Bogdanovic
Danny Ainge

Glenn Rivers
Point Guard
6-4/185
Marquette
32 Rashard Lewis
Montrezl Harrell
Bill Bridges
Power Forward
6-6/230
Kansas
33 Eric Money
Grant Long
Kevin Duckworth
Hassan Whiteside
Center
7-0/235
Marshall
34 Norm Van Lier Carlos Boozer
Power Forward
6-9/260
Duke
35 DeAndre Jordan
Happy Hairston
Derek Smith
Rick Mahorn
Draymond Green
Power Forward
6-6/230
Michigan State
36 Cliff Robinson
Bob Love
Don Ohl
Maurice Cheeks
Point Guard
6-1/180
West Texas St.
37 Archie Clark Nick Van Exel
Point Guard
6-1/170
Cincinnati
38 Chandler Parsons
Doug West
Louie Dampier
Guard
6-0/175
Kentucky
39 Kevin Porter
Al Attles
Khris Middleton
Shooting Guard
6-7/215
Texas A&M
40 Wayne Cooper
Monta Ellis
Robert Reid
Clifford Ray
George Gervin
Guard
6-7/180
Eastern Michigan
41

Cuttino Mobley
Otis Smith
Bobby Simmons
T.R. Dunn
Ronald Murray

Nikola Jokic
Center
6-11/253
Mega Vizura (Serbia)
42 Daniel Gibson
Matt Geiger
Stephen Jackson
Shooting Guard
6-8/220
Butler County C.C.
43 Johnny Moore
Predrag Danilovic
Eric Snow
Michael Redd
Shooting Guard
6-6/210
Ohio State
44 Clemon Johnson
Mike Muscala
Malik Rose
Dave Robisch
Power Forward
6-10/235
Kansas
45 Antonio Davis
John Williams
Louis Williams
Bobby Phills
Bobby Dandridge
Forward
6-6/195
Norfolk St.
46 Jerome Kersey
James Edwards
Voshon Lenard
Jeff Hornacek
Shooting Guard
6-4/210
Iowa St.
47 Gerald Wilkins
Craig Ehlo
Vernon Maxwell
Paul Millsap
Power Forward
6-7/250
Louisiana Tech
48 Cedric Ceballos
Isaac Austin
Mike Gale
Marc Gasol
Center
7-1/270
Akasvayu Girona (Spain)
49 Andray Blatche
Kyle O'Quinn
Eddie Johnson
Point Guard
6-2/175
Auburn
50 Steve Kerr
James Ennis
Ryan Gomes
Larry Kenon
Forward
6-9/205
Memphis St.
51 Lawrence Funderburke
Tony Smith
Kyle Korver
Small Forward
6-8/210
Creighton
52 Fred Hoiberg Donald Royal
Small Forward
6-8/213
Notre Dame
53 Greg Buckner Anthony Mason
Power Forward
6-7/250
Tennessee State
54 Shandon Anderson
Zelko Rebraca
Sam Mitchell
Small Forward
6-6/210
Mercer
55 Mark Blount
Patrick Mills
Kenny Gattison
Power Forward
6-7/220
Old Dominion
56 Amir Johnson
Luis Scola
Mickey Johnson
Power Forward
6-10/190
Aurora
57 Frank Brickowski
Marcin Gortat
Manu Ginobili
Shooting Guard
6-8/210
(Italy)
58 Henry Bibby
Don Reid
Kurt Rambis
Power Forward
6-8/213
Santa Clara
59 Red Robbins Pat Cummings
Power Forward
6-9/230
Cincinnati
60 Drazen Petrovic
Woody Sauldsberry
Michael Cooper
Isaiah Thomas
Point Guard
5-9/185
Washington

 

 

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