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.