NBA Draft Number One Overall Picks List

Below is a list of NBA #1 draft picks organized by team, year, and in alphabetical order.


How Many #1 Draft Picks Has Each NBA Team Had?

  • Atlanta Hawks: 1 (1975)
  • Baltimore Bullets: 3 (1951, 1953, 1954)
  • Boston Celtics: 1 (1950)
  • Charlotte Hornets: 1 (1991)
  • Chicago Bulls: 2 (1999, 2008)
  • Chicago Packers: 1 (1961)
  • Chicago Zephyrs: 1 (1962)
  • Cincinnati Royals: 3 (1957, 1959, 1960)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: 6 (1971, 1986, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Dallas Mavericks: 1 (1981)
  • Detroit Pistons: 3 (1967, 1970, 2021)
  • Golden State Warriors: 2 (1980, 1995)
  • Houston Rockets: 4 (1976, 1983, 1984, 2002)
  • Los Angeles Clippers: 3 (1988, 1998, 2009)
  • Los Angeles Lakers: 2 (1979, 1982)
  • Milwaukee Bucks: 4 (1969, 1977, 1994, 2005)
  • Milwaukee Hawks: 2 (1952, 1955)
  • Minneapolis Lakers: 1 (1958)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: 2 (2015, 2020)
  • New Jersey Nets: 2 (1990, 2000)
  • New Orleans Hornets: 1 (2012)
  • New Orleans Pelicans: 1 (2019)
  • New York Knicks: 4 (1963, 1964, 1966, 1985)
  • Orlando Magic: 3 (1992, 1993, 2004)
  • Philadelphia 76ers: 4 (1973, 1996, 2016, 2017)
  • Phoenix Suns: 1 (2018)
  • Pittsburgh Ironmen: 1 (1947)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: 4 (1972, 1974, 1978, 2007)
  • Providence Steamrollers: 2 (1948, 1949)
  • Rochester Royals: 1 (1956)
  • Sacramento Kings: 1 (1989)
  • San Antonio Spurs: 2 (1987, 1997)
  • San Diego Rockets: 1 (1968)
  • San Francisco Warriors: 1 (1965)
  • Toronto Raptors: 1 (2006)
  • Washington Wizards: 2 (2001, 2010)

NBA #1 Draft Picks By Team A To Z

  • Atlanta Hawks: David Thompson (1975)
  • Baltimore Bullets: Frank Selvy (1954)
  • Baltimore Bullets: Gene Melchiorre (1951)
  • Baltimore Bullets: Ray Felix (1953)
  • Boston Celtics: Charlie Share (1950)
  • Charlotte Hornets: Larry Johnson (1991)
  • Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose (2008)
  • Chicago Bulls: Elton Brand (1999)
  • Chicago Packers: Walt Bellamy (1961)
  • Chicago Zephyrs: Bill McGill (1962)
  • Cincinnati Royals: Bob Boozer (1959)
  • Cincinnati Royals: Oscar Robertson (1960)
  • Cincinnati Royals: Rod Hundley (1957)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins (2014)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett (2013)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Austin Carr (1971)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Brad Daugherty (1986)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving (2011)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James (2003)
  • Dallas Mavericks: Mark Aguirre (1981)
  • Detroit Pistons: Bob Lanier (1970)
  • Detroit Pistons: Cade Cunningham (2021)
  • Detroit Pistons: Jimmy Walker (1967)
  • Golden State Warriors: Joe Barry Carroll (1980)
  • Golden State Warriors: Joe Smith (1995)
  • Houston Rockets: Akeem Olajuwon (1984)
  • Houston Rockets: John Lucas (1976)
  • Houston Rockets: Ralph Sampson (1983)
  • Houston Rockets: Yao Ming (2002)
  • Los Angeles Clippers: Blake Griffin (2009)
  • Los Angeles Clippers: Danny Manning (1988)
  • Los Angeles Clippers: Michael Olowokandi (1998)
  • Los Angeles Lakers: James Worthy (1982)
  • Los Angeles Lakers: Magic Johnson (1979)
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Bogut (2005)
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson (1994)
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Kent Benson (1977)
  • Milwaukee Bucks: Lew Alcindor (1969)
  • Milwaukee Hawks: Dick Ricketts (1955)
  • Milwaukee Hawks: Mark Workman (1952)
  • Minneapolis Lakers: Elgin Baylor (1958)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Edwards (2020)
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns (2015)
  • New Jersey Nets: Derrick Coleman (1990)
  • New Jersey Nets: Kenyon Martin (2000)
  • New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis (2012)
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Zion Williamson (2019)
  • New York Knicks: Art Heyman (1963)
  • New York Knicks: Cazzie Russell (1966)
  • New York Knicks: Jim Barnes (1964)
  • New York Knicks: Patrick Ewing (1985)
  • Orlando Magic: Chris Webber (1993)
  • Orlando Magic: Dwight Howard (2004)
  • Orlando Magic: Shaquille O'Neal (1992)
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson (1996)
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (2016)
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Doug Collins (1973)
  • Philadelphia 76ers: Markelle Fultz (2017)
  • Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton (2018)
  • Pittsburgh Ironmen: Clifton McNeely (1947)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Bill Walton (1974)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Greg Oden (2007)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: LaRue Martin (1972)
  • Portland Trail Blazers: Mychal Thompson (1978)
  • Providence Steamrollers: Andy Tonkovich (1948)
  • Providence Steamrollers: Howie Shannon (1949)
  • Rochester Royals: Sihugo Green (1956)
  • Sacramento Kings: Pervis Ellison (1989)
  • San Antonio Spurs: David Robinson (1987)
  • San Antonio Spurs: Tim Duncan (1997)
  • San Diego Rockets: Elvin Hayes (1968)
  • San Francisco Warriors: Fred Hetzel (1965)
  • Toronto Raptors: Andrea Bargnani (2006)
  • Washington Wizards: John Wall (2010)
  • Washington Wizards: Kwame Brown (2001)

List of NBA #1 Draft Pick Players A To Z

  • Akeem Olajuwon
  • Allen Iverson
  • Andrea Bargnani
  • Andrew Bogut
  • Andrew Wiggins
  • Andy Tonkovich
  • Anthony Bennett
  • Anthony Davis
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Art Heyman
  • Austin Carr
  • Ben Simmons
  • Bill McGill
  • Bill Walton
  • Blake Griffin
  • Bob Boozer
  • Bob Lanier
  • Brad Daugherty
  • Cade Cunningham
  • Cazzie Russell
  • Charlie Share
  • Chris Webber
  • Clifton McNeely
  • Danny Manning
  • David Robinson
  • David Thompson
  • Deandre Ayton
  • Derrick Coleman
  • Derrick Rose
  • Dick Ricketts
  • Doug Collins
  • Dwight Howard
  • Elgin Baylor
  • Elton Brand
  • Elvin Hayes
  • Frank Selvy
  • Fred Hetzel
  • Gene Melchiorre
  • Glenn Robinson
  • Greg Oden
  • Howie Shannon
  • James Worthy
  • Jim Barnes
  • Jimmy Walker
  • Joe Barry Carroll
  • Joe Smith
  • John Lucas
  • John Wall
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Kent Benson
  • Kenyon Martin
  • Kwame Brown
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Larry Johnson
  • LaRue Martin
  • LeBron James
  • Lew Alcindor
  • Magic Johnson
  • Mark Aguirre
  • Mark Workman
  • Markelle Fultz
  • Michael Olowokandi
  • Mychal Thompson
  • Oscar Robertson
  • Patrick Ewing
  • Pervis Ellison
  • Ralph Sampson
  • Ray Felix
  • Rod Hundley
  • Shaquille O'Neal
  • Sihugo Green
  • Tim Duncan
  • Walt Bellamy
  • Yao Ming
  • Zion Williamson

NBA Draft #1 Pick By Year

  • 1947 NBA Draft: Clifton McNeely, Pittsburgh Ironmen
  • 1948 NBA Draft: Andy Tonkovich, Providence Steamrollers
  • 1949 NBA Draft: Howie Shannon, Providence Steamrollers
  • 1950 NBA Draft: Charlie Share, Boston Celtics
  • 1951 NBA Draft: Gene Melchiorre, Baltimore Bullets
  • 1952 NBA Draft: Mark Workman, Milwaukee Hawks
  • 1953 NBA Draft: Ray Felix, Baltimore Bullets
  • 1954 NBA Draft: Frank Selvy, Baltimore Bullets
  • 1955 NBA Draft: Dick Ricketts, Milwaukee Hawks
  • 1956 NBA Draft: Sihugo Green, Rochester Royals
  • 1957 NBA Draft: Rod Hundley, Cincinnati Royals
  • 1958 NBA Draft: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1959 NBA Draft: Bob Boozer, Cincinnati Royals
  • 1960 NBA Draft: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals
  • 1961 NBA Draft: Walt Bellamy, Chicago Packers
  • 1962 NBA Draft: Bill McGill, Chicago Zephyrs
  • 1963 NBA Draft: Art Heyman, New York Knicks
  • 1964 NBA Draft: Jim Barnes, New York Knicks
  • 1965 NBA Draft: Fred Hetzel, San Francisco Warriors
  • 1966 NBA Draft: Cazzie Russell, New York Knicks
  • 1967 NBA Draft: Jimmy Walker, Detroit Pistons
  • 1968 NBA Draft: Elvin Hayes, San Diego Rockets
  • 1969 NBA Draft: Lew Alcindor, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1970 NBA Draft: Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons
  • 1971 NBA Draft: Austin Carr, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 1972 NBA Draft: LaRue Martin, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1973 NBA Draft: Doug Collins, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1974 NBA Draft: Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1975 NBA Draft: David Thompson, Atlanta Hawks
  • 1976 NBA Draft: John Lucas, Houston Rockets
  • 1977 NBA Draft: Kent Benson, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1978 NBA Draft: Mychal Thompson, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 1979 NBA Draft: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1980 NBA Draft: Joe Barry Carroll, Golden State Warriors
  • 1981 NBA Draft: Mark Aguirre, Dallas Mavericks
  • 1982 NBA Draft: James Worthy, Los Angeles Lakers
  • 1983 NBA Draft: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets
  • 1984 NBA Draft: Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
  • 1985 NBA Draft: Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks
  • 1986 NBA Draft: Brad Daugherty, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 1987 NBA Draft: David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
  • 1988 NBA Draft: Danny Manning, Los Angeles Clippers
  • 1989 NBA Draft: Pervis Ellison, Sacramento Kings
  • 1990 NBA Draft: Derrick Coleman, New Jersey Nets
  • 1991 NBA Draft: Larry Johnson, Charlotte Hornets
  • 1992 NBA Draft: Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando Magic
  • 1993 NBA Draft: Chris Webber, Orlando Magic
  • 1994 NBA Draft: Glenn Robinson, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1995 NBA Draft: Joe Smith, Golden State Warriors
  • 1996 NBA Draft: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 1997 NBA Draft: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
  • 1998 NBA Draft: Michael Olowokandi, Los Angeles Clippers
  • 1999 NBA Draft: Elton Brand, Chicago Bulls
  • 2000 NBA Draft: Kenyon Martin, New Jersey Nets
  • 2001 NBA Draft: Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards
  • 2002 NBA Draft: Yao Ming, Houston Rockets
  • 2003 NBA Draft: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2004 NBA Draft: Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
  • 2005 NBA Draft: Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks
  • 2006 NBA Draft: Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors
  • 2007 NBA Draft: Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 2008 NBA Draft: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
  • 2009 NBA Draft: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • 2010 NBA Draft: John Wall, Washington Wizards
  • 2011 NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2012 NBA Draft: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets
  • 2013 NBA Draft: Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2014 NBA Draft: Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2015 NBA Draft: Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2016 NBA Draft: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2017 NBA Draft: Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2018 NBA Draft: Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
  • 2019 NBA Draft: Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans
  • 2020 NBA Draft: Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2021 NBA Draft: Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons

List of #1 Overall NBA Draft Picks

YearPlayerTeamPositionCountry
1947Clifton McNeelyPittsburgh IronmenGuardUnited States
1948Andy TonkovichProvidence SteamrollersGuard/ForwardUnited States
1949Howie ShannonProvidence SteamrollersCenterUnited States
1950Charlie ShareBoston CelticsCenterUnited States
1951Gene MelchiorreBaltimore BulletsGuardUnited States
1952Mark WorkmanMilwaukee HawksCenterUnited States
1953Ray FelixBaltimore BulletsGuard/ForwardUnited States
1954Frank SelvyBaltimore BulletsForward/CenterUnited States
1955Dick RickettsMilwaukee HawksGuard/ForwardUnited States
1956Sihugo GreenRochester RoyalsGuard/ForwardUnited States
1957Rod HundleyCincinnati RoyalsGuardUnited States
1958Elgin BaylorMinneapolis LakersForwardUnited States
1959Bob BoozerCincinnati RoyalsForwardUnited States
1960Oscar RobertsonCincinnati RoyalsGuard/ForwardUnited States
1961Walt BellamyChicago PackersCenterUnited States
1962Bill McGillChicago ZephyrsForward/CenterUnited States
1963Art HeymanNew York KnicksForward/GuardUnited States
1964Jim BarnesNew York KnicksCenter/ForwardUnited States
1965Fred HetzelSan Francisco WarriorsForward/CenterUnited States
1966Cazzie RussellNew York KnicksForward/GuardUnited States
1967Jimmy WalkerDetroit PistonsGuardUnited States
1968Elvin HayesSan Diego RocketsCenter/ForwardUnited States
1969Lew AlcindorMilwaukee BucksCenterUnited States
1970Bob LanierDetroit PistonsCenterUnited States
1971Austin CarrCleveland CavaliersGuardUnited States
1972LaRue MartinPortland Trail BlazersCenterUnited States
1973Doug CollinsPhiladelphia 76ersGuard/ForwardUnited States
1974Bill WaltonPortland Trail BlazersCenterUnited States
1975David ThompsonAtlanta HawksForward/GuardUnited States
1976John LucasHouston RocketsGuardUnited States
1977Kent BensonMilwaukee BucksCenterUnited States
1978Mychal ThompsonPortland Trail BlazersForward/CenterBahamas
1979Magic JohnsonLos Angeles LakersGuard/ForwardUnited States
1980Joe Barry CarrollGolden State WarriorsCenterUnited States
1981Mark AguirreDallas MavericksForwardUnited States
1982James WorthyLos Angeles LakersForwardUnited States
1983Ralph SampsonHouston RocketsCenterUnited States
1984Akeem OlajuwonHouston RocketsCenterNigeria
1985Patrick EwingNew York KnicksCenterUnited States
1986Brad DaughertyCleveland CavaliersCenterUnited States
1987David RobinsonSan Antonio SpursCenterUnited States
1988Danny ManningLos Angeles ClippersForwardUnited States
1989Pervis EllisonSacramento KingsCenterUnited States
1990Derrick ColemanNew Jersey NetsForward/CenterUnited States
1991Larry JohnsonCharlotte HornetsForwardUnited States
1992Shaquille O'NealOrlando MagicCenterUnited States
1993Chris WebberOrlando MagicForwardUnited States
1994Glenn RobinsonMilwaukee BucksForwardUnited States
1995Joe SmithGolden State WarriorsForwardUnited States
1996Allen IversonPhiladelphia 76ersGuardUnited States
1997Tim DuncanSan Antonio SpursForward/CenterUnited States
1998Michael OlowokandiLos Angeles ClippersCenterNigeria
1999Elton BrandChicago BullsForwardUnited States
2000Kenyon MartinNew Jersey NetsForwardUnited States
2001Kwame BrownWashington WizardsCenterUnited States
2002Yao MingHouston RocketsCenterChina
2003LeBron JamesCleveland CavaliersForwardUnited States
2004Dwight HowardOrlando MagicCenterUnited States
2005Andrew BogutMilwaukee BucksCenterAustralia
2006Andrea BargnaniToronto RaptorsForward/CenterItaly
2007Greg OdenPortland Trail BlazersCenterUnited States
2008Derrick RoseChicago BullsGuardUnited States
2009Blake GriffinLos Angeles ClippersForwardUnited States
2010John WallWashington WizardsGuardUnited States
2011Kyrie IrvingCleveland CavaliersGuardUnited States
2012Anthony DavisNew Orleans HornetsForward/CenterUnited States
2013Anthony BennettCleveland CavaliersForwardCanada
2014Andrew WigginsCleveland CavaliersForward/GuardCanada
2015Karl-Anthony TownsMinnesota TimberwolvesCenterDominican Republic
2016Ben SimmonsPhiladelphia 76ersForward/GuardAustralia
2017Markelle FultzPhiladelphia 76ersGuardUnited States
2018Deandre AytonPhoenix SunsCenterBahamas
2019Zion WilliamsonNew Orleans PelicansForwardUnited States
2020Anthony EdwardsMinnesota TimberwolvesGuardUnited States
2021Cade CunninghamDetroit PistonsGuardUnited States

FAQ

Which NBA team has gotten the most #1 Draft Picks?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten the most #1 draft picks 6 times in 1971, 1986, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2014.

Which NBA teams have gotten the least #1 Draft Picks?

Many NBA teams have only gotten the #1 draft pick once in history. They include the Atlanta Hawks in 1975, Boston Celtics in 1950, Charlotte Hornets in 1991, Chicago Packers in 1961, Dallas Mavericks in 1981, New Orleans Pelicans in 2019, Phoenix Suns in 2018, Sacramento Kings in 1989, Toronto Raptors in 2006.

Who was the most recent #1 NBA Draft pick in 2021?

Cade Cunningham was selected by the  Detroit Pistons in 2021 and is the most recent #1 pick in the NBA draft.