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Top-10 Players Selected Seventh Overall

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10. Mike Gminski, 1980, Nets

The big man averaged 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds over 14 NBA seasons. His best season came in 1988-89 when he averaged 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a member of the 76ers.

9. George Yardley, 1953, Pistons

Yardley was a six-time All-Star, a two-time All-NBA player and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. In seven NBA seasons, Yardley averaged 19.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. His best season came in 1957-58 when he led the league with 27.8 points per game to go along with 10.7 rebounds.

8. Richard Hamilton, 1999, Wizards

The Man In The Mask was a three-time All-Star and was part of the 2004 championship Pistons team. In 14 NBA seasons, Hamilton averaged 17.1 points per game. His best season came in 2005-06 when he averaged 20.1 points per game while shooting a league-best 45.8 percent from the 3-point line.

7. Nene, 2002, Nuggets

Hard to believe it’s already been 15 seasons for Nene. In those years, he’s averaged 12 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. His best season came in 2008-09 when he averaged 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

6. Luol Deng, 2004, Bulls

In 13 NBA seasons, Deng has made the All-Star team twice, was part of the 2011-12 All-Defensive Team and the 2004-05 All-Rookie Team. Throughout his career, he’s averaged 15 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. His best season came in 2006-07 when he averaged 18.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.

5. Bernard King, 1977, Nets

King, a Hall of Famer, was a four-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA selection and a member of the 1977-78 All-Rookie Team. In 1984-85, he led the league with 32.9 points per game.

4. Stephen Curry, 2009, Warriors

Curry will probably be No. 1 on this list when it’s all said and done. In his eight seasons, Curry is a four-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA player and a two-time MVP. In his career, he’s averaged 22.8 points and 6.8 assists per game. His best season came in 2015-16 when he led the league with 30.1 points per game to go with 6.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.

3. Kevin Johnson, 1987, Cavaliers

In his career, Johnson was a five-time All-NBA player, a three-time All-Star and was the league’s Most Improved Player in 1988-89. In 12 seasons, Johnson averaged 17.9 points and 9.1 assists per game. His best season came in 1989-90 when he averaged 22.5 points and 11.4 assists per game while shooting 49.9 percent from the field.

2. Chris Mullin, 1985, Warriors

Mullin was a five-time All-Star and a four-time All-NBA player. In 16 NBA seasons, he averaged 18.2 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from the 3-point line. The Hall of Famer’s best season came in 1988-89 when he averaged 26.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game.

1. John Havlicek, 1962, Celtics

Hondo played 16 seasons in the NBA and was a 13-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA selection, eight-time NBA Champion, eight-time All-Defensive Team selection and the 1973-74 Finals MVP. The Hall of Famer averaged 20.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game throughout his career. His best season came in 1970-71 when he averaged 28.9 points, nine rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.