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Decoding a Decade of No 1 Draft Picks; How will Bennett compare?

Hearing your name called first on NBA draft night is a prestigious honour, yet for the selectee it’s an accolade that comes with superstar expectations. On 27 June 2013 Anthony Bennett (pictured above) became the latest player to receive the coveted title of ‘No 1 Pick’. 

While some have gone on to exceed their billing, others have failed to live up to their pre-draft hype. Below is a statistical breakdown of each of the last ten number one draft picks to have completed their rookie campaign. In the years to come, where will Bennett rank among them?

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LeBron James

Born: Dec 30, 1984 (Akron, Ohio)
Height: 6’ 8”/2.03m; Weight: 250 lbs/113.4 kg
Prior to NBA: St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH)
Position: Small Forward
Drafted: 2003 (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2010); Miami Heat (2010-present)

NBA Honours:
2× NBA Champion (2012–2013)
2× NBA Finals MVP (2012–2013)
4× NBA Most Valuable Player (2009–2010, 2012–2013)
9× NBA All-Star (2005–2013)
2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2006, 2008)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2004)
NBA scoring champion (2008)
7× All-NBA First Team (2006, 2008–2013)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2007)
5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2013)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)
Cleveland Cavaliers all-time leading scorer

 

G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
765
764
39.7
0.490
0.337
0.747
7.3
6.9
1.7
0.8
27.6
Playoff
138
138
43.1
0.472
0.322
0.749
8.6
6.7
1.7
0.9
28.1
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Dwight Howard
Born: Dec 8, 1985 (Atlanta, Georgia)
Height: 6’11”/2.11m; Weight: 265 lbs/120.2 kg
Prior to NBA: SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
Position: Centre
Drafted: 2004 (Orlando Magic)
Teams: Orlando Magic (2004-2012), LA Lakers (2012-2013), Houston Rockets (2013-present)

NBA Honours:
7× NBA All-Star (2007–2013)
3× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2009–2011)
5× NBA rebounding leader (2008–2010, 2012–2013)
2× NBA blocks leader (2009–2010)
5× All-NBA First Team (2008–2012)
2× All-NBA Third Team (2007, 2013)
4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009–2012)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2005)
Orlando Magic all-time leading scorer
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
697
696
36.1
0.577
0.051
0.577
12.9
1.5
1.0
2.2
18.3
Playoff
61
61
38.9
0.601
0.000
0.580
14.1
1.4
0.8
2.7
19.7

 

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Andrew Bogut
Born: Nov 28, 1984 (Melbourne, Australia)
Height: 7’0”/2.13m; Weight: 260 lbs/117.9 kg
Prior to NBA: University of Utah
Position: Centre
Drafted: 2005 (Milwaukee Bucks)
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (2005-2012), Golden State Warriors (2012-present)
NBA Honours:
All-NBA Third Team (2010)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)
NBA blocks leader (2011)
#4 retired by Utah
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
440
432
32.1
0.519
0.087
0.572
9.2
2.3
0.7
1.6
12.2
Playoff
17
17
29.3
0.522
0.000
0.355
9.5
2.3
0.5
1.1
7.6
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Andrea Bargnani
Born: Oct 26, 1985 (Rome, Italy)
Height: 7’0”/2.13m; Weight: 256 lbs/ 116.1 kg
Prior to NBA:  Benetton Treviso (Italy)
Position: Power Forward/Centre
Drafted: 2006 (Toronto Raptors)
Teams: Toronto Raptors (2006-2013), New York Knicks (2013-present)
NBA Honours:
NBA All-rookie first team (2007)
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
433
316
30.3
0.437
0.361
0.825
4.8
1.3
0.4
0.9
15.2
Playoff
11
8
25.8
0.412
0.333
0.810
2.8
0.7
0.8
0.6
8.9
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Greg Oden
Born: Jan 22, 1988 (Buffalo, New York)
Height: 7’ 0”/2.13m; Weight: 285 lbs/129 kg
Prior to NBA: Ohio State
Position: Centre
Drafted: 2007 (Portland Trail Blazers)

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers (2007-2012), Miami Heat (2013-present)

NBA Honours:
None

 

G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
82
60
22.1
0.577
0.00
0.666
7.3
0.6
0.4
1.4
9.4
Playoff
6
0
15.8
0.524
0.00
0.667
4.3
0.0
0.3
0.8
5.0
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Derrick Rose
Born: Oct 4, 1988 (Chicago, Illinois)
Height: 6’ 3”/1.91m; Weight: 190 lbs/86 kg
Prior to NBA: Simeon Career Academy (IL)
Position: Point Guard
Drafted: 2008 (Chicago Bulls)
Teams: Chicago Bulls (2008-present)
NBA Honours:
NBA Most Valuable Player (2011)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2009)
3× NBA All-Star (2010–2012)
All-NBA First Team (2011)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
NBA Skills Challenge champion (2009)
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
279
278
36.8
0.464
0.310
0.815
3.8
6.8
0.9
0.4
21
Playoff
29
29
41.8
0.425
0.256
0.825
4.8
7.3
1.1
0.6
25.1
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Blake Griffin
Born: Mar 16, 1989 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

 

Height: 6’ 10”/2.08m; Weight:251 lbs/114 kg
Prior to NBA: Oklahoma Christian School
Position: Power Forward
Drafted: 2009 (Los Angeles Clippers)

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers (2009-present)

NBA Honours:
3× NBA All-Star (2011–2013)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2011)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2012–2013)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2011)
NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (2011)

G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
228
228
35.5
0.529
0.206
0.611
10.4
3.6
0.9
0.6
20.4
Playoff
17
16
32.4
0.487
0.00
0.685
6.4
2.5
1.2
0.9
17.0
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John Wall
Born: Sep 6, 1990 (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Height: 6’ 4”/1.93m; Weight: 195 lbs/88 kg
Prior to NBA: Word of God Christian Academy (NC)
Position: Point Guard
Drafted: 2010 (Washington Wizards)
Teams: Washington Wizards (2010-present)
NBA Honours:
NBA Rising Star (2012)
NBA Rookie Challenge MVP (2011)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2011)
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
184
172
35.8
0.423
0.243
0.785
4.4
8.0
1.5
0.7
16.9
Playoff
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Kyrie Irving
Born: Mar 23, 1992 (Melbourne, Australia)
Height: 6’ 3” / 1.91m; Weight: 191 lbs. / 87 kg.
Prior to NBA: Duke
Position: Point Guard
Drafted: 2011 (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers (2011-present)

NBA Honours:
NBA All-Star (2013)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2012)
NBA Rising Stars Challenge MVP (2012)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012)
NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2013)
 
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
110
110
32.8
0.459
0.394
0.862
3.7
5.7
1.3
0.4
20.6
Playoff
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
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Anthony Davis
Born: Mar 11, 1993 (Chicago, Illinois)
Height: 6’ 10”/2.08m; Weight: 220 lbs/100 kg
Prior to NBA: Kentucky
Position: Power Forward/Centre
Drafted: 2012 (New Orleans Hornets)
Teams: New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2012-present)

NBA Honours:
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2013)
NBA Rising Star (2013)
G
GS
MPG
FG%
3P%
FT%
RPG
APG
SPG
BPG
PPG
Regular
64
60
28.8
0.516
0.00
0.751
8.2
1.0
1.2
1.8
13.5
Playoff
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
sportsillustrated.cnn.com
Anthony Bennett
Born: Mar 14, 1993 (Toronto, Ontario)
Height: 6’ 8”/2.03m; Weight: 240lbs/109kg
Prior to NBA: UNLV
Position: Forward
Drafted: 2013 (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-present)
Stats: N/A
NBA Honours: N/A
Who hit the jackpot and which teams would like a do-over? Let me know in the comments section.

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