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Evaluating the professional careers of the top 13 draft picks
Lottery Success in the NBA

The lottery picks (the first 13 selections) are the primary focus of draft analysts around the country. Throughout the years, teams have built their foundations through early first round selections. Some, however, have made errant picks that have mired their clubs in decade-long slumps.

How important is the first overall pick in the draft compared to the other lottery selections? Pretty important if you take a look at every NBA Draft over the last two decades.

Out of the 20 No. 1 overall selections since 1980, 16 players were all-stars at least once in their careers. No. 2 overall picks saw only eight of 21 players achieve all-star status. The most interesting note is that the No. 11 selection has produced more all-stars (seven) than picks 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

The chart below details the success of the top 13 draft selections since 1980.

Pick No. Active Players
in 2000-01
All-Star Players All-Star Games
Appearances
Most All-Star
Appearances
1 16 16 76 Hakeem Olajuwon
2 12 8 34 Isiah Thomas
3 12 9 46 Michael Jordan
4 12 3 11 Dikembe Mutombo
5 13 8 34 Charles Barkley
6 10 3 3 Antoine Walker,
Tom Gugliotta,
Hersey Hawkins
7 11 3 12 Chris Mullin
8 11 4 13 Vin Baker,
Tom Chambers
9 13 3 3 Charles Oakley,
Otis Thorpe,
Dale Ellis
10 10 3 6 Eddie Jones
11 15 7 15 Reggie Miller
12 10 1 1 Mookie Blaylock
13 11 4 18 Karl Malone
 
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