The Suns grabbed Amare Stoudemire with the ninth pick in the 2002 draft.
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The Class of 2002
Last year, the Houston Rockets made Yao Ming the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, followed by Duke's Jay Williams (Chicago) and Mike Dunleavy (Golden State). Rookie of the Year Amare Stoudemire fell to Phoenix at No. 9.

Cause and Effect
How important is the top draft pick? Take a look back at the rookie statistics for every No. 1 pick -- as well as the team records immediately before and after drafting the player -- since the lottery was instituted in 1985.
No. 1 picks since 1966
Gallery: No. 1 picks since 1985

Year-by-Year Lottery Picks
From Patrick Ewing to Marcus Haislip, take a look at every lottery pick since the system was implemented in 1985.
Cleveland wins 2003 Draft Lottery
Top 13 selections since 1980
Historical draft video
Evolution of the lottery

Complete First Round History
In 1962, the Boston Celtics took NBA great John Havlicek with the final pick in the first round, seventh overall. Peruse our complete list of NBA Draft first rounds dating back to 1957.