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No. 1 Picks: Rookie Performances

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:


Team Record
YEAR
PLAYER
TEAM
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
BEFORE
AFTER
2006
TOR
65
2
25.1
.427
.373
.824
3.9
0.8
0.49
0.82
11.0
27-55
47-35
2005
MIL
82
77
28.6
.533
.000
.629
7.0
2.3
0.60
0.80
9.4
30-52
40-42
2004
ORL
82
82
32.6
.520
.000
.671
10.0
0.9
0.94
1.66
12.0
21-61
36-46
2003
CLE
79
79
39.5
.417
.290
.754
5.5
5.9
1.65
0.73
20.9
17-65
35-47
2002
HOU
82
72
29.0
.498
.500
.811
8.2
1.7
0.38
1.79
13.5
28-54
43-39
2001
WAS
57
3
14.3
.387
.000
.707
3.5
0.8
0.28
0.46
4.5
19-63
37-45
2000
NJN
68
68
33.4
.445
.091
.630
7.4
1.9
1.15
1.66
12.0
31-51
26-56
1999
CHI
81
80
37.0
.482
.000
.685
10.0
1.9
0.81
1.63
20.1
13-37
17-65
1998
LAC
45
36
28.4
.431
.000
.483
7.9
0.6
0.60
1.22
8.9
17-65
9-41
1997
SAS
82
82
39.1
.549
.000
.662
11.9
2.7
0.67
2.51
21.1
20-62
56-26
1996
PHI
76
74
40.1
.416
.341
.702
4.1
7.5
2.07
0.32
23.5
18-64
22-60
1995
GSW
82
82
34.4
.458
.357
.773
8.7
1.0
1.04
1.63
15.3
26-56
36-46
1994
MIL
80
76
37.0
.451
.321
.796
6.4
2.5
1.44
0.28
21.9
20-62
34-48
1993
GSW
76
76
32.1
.552
.000
.532
9.1
3.6
1.22
2.16
17.5
34-48
50-32
1992
ORL
81
81
37.9
.562
.000
.592
13.9
1.9
0.74
3.53
23.4
21-61
41-41
1991
Larry Johnson
CHA
82
77
37.2
.490
.227
.829
11.0
3.6
0.99
0.62
19.2
26-56
31-51
1990
NJN
74
68
35.2
.467
.342
.731
10.3
2.2
0.96
1.34
18.4
17-65
26-56
1989
Pervis Ellison
SAC
34
22
25.5
.442
.000
.628
5.8
1.9
0.47
1.68
8.0
27-55
23-59
1988
LAC
26
18
36.5
.494
.200
.767
6.6
3.1
1.69
0.96
16.7
17-65
21-61
1987
SAS
82
81
36.6
.531
.000
.732
12.0
2.0
1.68
3.89
24.3
21-61
56-26
1986
Brad Daugherty
CLE
80
80
33.7
.538
.000
.696
8.1
3.8
0.61
0.79
15.7
29-53
31-51
1985
NYK
50
50
35.4
.474
.000
.739
9.0
2.0
1.08
2.06
20.0
24-58
23-59

(1) Chris Webber was drafted by Orlando at No. 1, then traded to Golden State for Anfernee Hardaway.
(2) David Robinson played his rookie season in 1989-90, after fulfilling his committment in the U.S. Navy.



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