The Spurs won 56 games after drafting Tim Duncan in 1997.

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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.
No. 1 picks since 1966
Gallery: No. 1 picks since 1985

Year-by-Year Lottery Picks
From Patrick Ewing to Marcus Banks, take a look at every lottery pick since the system was implemented in 1985.
Top 14 selections since 1980
Historical draft video

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.

Evolution of the Lottery
Determining the order of selection in the draft has come a long way from the days of territorial picks and coin flips. Here's a look at the history of the draft lottery.

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