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NBA Draft History

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OMG! It’s Patrick Chewing!

 

Quick. How many college teams have had multiple #1 picks in the NBA draft? If you said 14, you win. There are at least 14 college teams that have notched the highest selection twice in the NBA draft. How many college teams have more than 2 selections as the NBA’s choice pick? The answer? Zero. With the general consensus of the teams that are the elite in college basketball, that is pretty amazing. Here is the list of multiple #1 draft picks in the NBA:

 

Year College Player
1960 Cincinnati Oscar Robertson
2000 Cincinnati Kenyon Martin
1963 Duke Art Heyman
1999 Duke Elton Brand
1955 Duquense Dick Roberts
1956 Duquense Sihugo Green
1985 Georgetown Patrick Ewing
1996 Georgetown Allen Iverson
1968 Houston Elvin Hayes
1984 Houston Akeem Olajuwon
1961 Indiana Walt Bellamy
1977 Indiana Kent Benson
1949 Kansas State Howie Shannon
1959 Kansas State Bob Boozer
1976 Maryland John Lucas
1995 Maryland Joe Smith
1966 Michigan Cazzie Russell
1993 Michigan Chris Webber
1982 UNC James Worthy
1986 UNC Brad Daugherty
1980 Purdue Joe Barry Carroll
1994 Purdue Glenn Robinson
1969 UCLA Lew Alcindor
1974 UCLA Bill Walton
1962 Utah Bill McGill
2005 Utah Andrew Bogut
1952 West Virginia Mark Workman
1957 West Virginia Rod Hundley

 

There are a ton of arguments this brings up, but two jump out at me. First, how in the world has UK gotten this far without a single #1 draft pick while non-basketball elites like Utah, Kansas State, and Duquense have multiple entries? Kansas is the only other tier 1 team to not have multiple entries but at least they have one (Manning in 1988). I realize basketball is a team sport and much of this depends on luck, but it is crazy to think that Kentucky has gone this long without a player at the top.

 

Second, which 2 team combo would you take in a game where your life was on the line? I think it comes down to Cincinnati, Georgetown, Houston, UNC, and UCLA. If you are building a team and starting with 2 players, this might be a different argument, but frame it as a 2 vs 2 game. That sort of eliminates UCLA as you lack a perimeter player. UNC is out as Daughtery and Worthy, while great, don’t measure up. As hard as it is to eliminate the Dream, Hayes being a forward doesn’t help that combo. That leaves Cincy vs G-town. I think the Hoyas crush Robertson and Martin in a head to head match-up. It would be difficult to dream up a better combo than Iverson/Ewing in a 2 on 2 game.

 

I’m sure you all have an opinion and I’m wiling to bet that BTI would put his money on Duquense. Let me know how you feel in the comments.

Article written by Christopher Johns