Can You Recognize These No. 1 NBA Draft Picks From A Single Image?

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

The NBA draft pick, which dates back to 1947, is an annual process which involves the selection of eligible basketball players to join the National Basketball Association. The first pick is done by the winning team of the NBA draft lottery. Rules for this event states that in order for a player to be considered eligible they must be at least nineteen years of age. They must also have completed basketball eligibility at an American high school and must be one year removed from graduation.

Since the introduction of this event, 71 players have made the first pick. Among this list, eleven have won the NBA MVP award. This includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who holds the highest record of six wins. Others include LeBron James and Magic Johnson who are four-time and three-time winners respectively. Another seven of those number one picks, which includes Shaquille O’Neil, Andrew Bogut and Glenn Robinson were awarded an NBA title.

The draft pick is also open to international players who must comply with slightly different rules. In 1978, Mychal Thompson of The Bahamas became the first international player to be drafted first overall.

How many of the number one draft picks do you know? Well if you are a true fan of this sport, you should be able to identify most of them. Take this quiz to find out how well you know your NBA players.

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal was born on March 6, 1972, in Newark, New Jersey. He is 7 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 325 pounds! He was drafted first overall in 1992.

Patrick Ewing was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on August 5, 1962. He was drafted 1st overall by the New York Knicks in 1985.

Allen Iverson was born on June 7, 1975, in Hampton Virginia. He was selected 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996.

Yao Ming was born in Shanghai, China, in 1980. He stands 7 feet 6 inches tall and was drafted 1st in 2002 by the Houston Rockets.

Hakeem Olajuwon was born in Nigeria in 1963. He stands 7 feet tall and was drafted by the Houston Rockets 1st overall in 1984.

Doug Collins was born in 1951 and was drafted 1st overall in 1973 by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played from 1973 - 1981.

John Lucas II was drafted 1st overall by the Houston Rockets in 1976. He played in the NBA from 1976 - 1990.

Anthony Bennett was born on March 14, 1993 in Toronto, Ontario. He stands 6 feet 8 inches tall and was selected 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013.

Born on March 10, 1948, Austin Carr was drafted 1st overall in 1971 by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played with the Cavaliers from 1971 - 1980.

Kwame Brown was born on March 10, 1982, and stands 6 feet 11 inches tall. He was drafted 1st overall in 2001 by the Washington Wizards. He played in the NBA from 2001 - 2013.

Kyrie Irving was born in 1992 and was selected 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season.

Andrea Bargnani was born in Rome, Italy, in 1985. He was selected 1st overall in 2006 by the Toronto Raptors. He is 7 feet tall.

Derrick Rose was born on October 4, 1988, in Chicago, Illinois. He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and was selected 1st overall in 2008 by the Chicago Bulls. He played with the Bulls until 2016.

Kent Benson was born in 1954 in New Castle, Indiana. He was drafted 1st overall in 1977 by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played with the Bucks as a center until 1989.

LaRue Martin was selected 1st overall by the cin 1972. He played center for the Trail Blazers until 1976.

John Wall is a point guard in the NBA. He was drafted 1st overall in 2010 by the Washington Wizards. He stands 6 feet 4 inches tall.

Andrew Wiggins was selected 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014. He is a shooting guard who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Born in 1959, Mark Aguirre was selected 1st overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 1981. He was named an NBA All-Star in 1984, 1987 and 1988, and won two NBA championships in 1989 and 1990.

James Worthy was born on February 27, 1961, in Gastonia, North Carolina. Standing 6 feet 9 inches tall, he was selected 1st overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1982 and played in the NBA for 12 years.

LeBron James was drafted 1st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2003. He has won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award!

Pervis Ellison was born on April 3, 1967, in Savannah, Georgia. While attending Louisville, he was drafted 1st overall by the Sacramento Kings in 1989.

David Thompson was a shooting guard and small forward who was drafted 1st overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 1975. He was named NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1979.

Born in Gary, Indiana, in 1973, Glenn Robinson stands 6 feet 7 inches tall. He was selected 1st overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1994 and played in the NBA until 2005.

Danny Manning was a power forward in the NBA from 1988 until 2003. He was drafted 1st overall by the Los Angeles Clippers. He now serves as head coach of the Wake Forest basketball team.

Andrew Bogut was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1984. He was drafted 1st overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005. He stands 7 feet tall!

Greg Oden was born on January 22, 1988, in Buffalo, New York. At 7 feet tall, Oden was drafted 1st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2007.

Kenyon Martin was born on December 30, 1977, in Saginaw, Michigan. He was selected 1st overall in 2000 by the New Jersey Nets. He played 15 years in the NBA.

Magic Johnson's real name is Earvin Johnson Jr. He was drafted 1st overall in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers. He is the current President of Basketball Operations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Michael Olowokandi was born in Nigeria in 1975. He stands 7 feet tall and was selected 1st overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1998. He played in the NBA until 2007.

Bob Lanier was born in 1948 in Buffalo, New York. He was selected 1st overall by the Detroit Pistons in 1970 and played as a center in the NBA until 1984.

Brad Daugherty was born in 1965 and stands 7 feet tall. He was drafted 1st overall in 1986 by the Cleveland Cavaliers with whom he played his entire career until 1994.

Anthony Davis played one season at the University of Kentucky before he was selected 1st overall in 2012 by the New Orleans Hornets. He has been named an NBA All-Star from 2014 - 2017.

Born in the Bahamas in 1955, Mychal Thompson played power forward and center in the NBA. He was selected 1st overall in 1978 by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Selected 1st overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1995, Joe Smith played for various teams in the NBA for 16 years. He retired in 2011 after a season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mayce Edward Christopher Webber III was born in 1973 in Detroit, Michigan. He was selected 1st overall by the Orlando Magic in 1993. He was a power forward and center.

Joe Barry Carroll was born on July 24, 1958, in Arkansas. He stands 7 feet tall and was drafted 1st overall by the Golden State Warriors in 1980. He played in the NBA for 10 seasons.

Currently the General Manager of the Delaware 87ers, Elton Brand was selected 1st overall in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He played power forward and center.

Dwight Howard was born on December 8, 1985, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was selected 1st overall by the Orlando Magic in 2004. He has been named an NBA All-Star 8 times.

Derrick Coleman attended Syracuse University before he was selected 1st overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He played in the NBA for 15 years.

Karl-Anthony Towns was selected 1st overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2015. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2016.

Lawrence Demetric Johnson was born on March 14, 1969, in Tyler, Texas. He was selected 1st overall in 1991 by the Charlotte Hornets. He played in the NBA until 2001.

Ralph Sampson was born in 1960 and grew to be a 7 foot 4 inch professional basketball player. He was selected 1st overall by the Houston Rockets in 1983.

Tim Duncan was born in Saint Croix in 1976. He was selected 1st overall in 1997 by the San Antonio Spurs where he played his entire career until 2016.

David Robinson was drafted 1st overall by the San Antonio Spurs in 1987. He played his entire career with the Spurs until 2003.

Blake Griffin was born in 1989 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He stands 6 feet 10 inches tall and was drafted 1st overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Bill Walton was born in La Mesa, California, in 1952. He was selected 1st overall in 1974 by the Portland Trail Blazers. He then played with the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics before retiring in 1987.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. He played 20 seasons in the NBA in a career that began when he was drafted 1st overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1969.

Elvin Hayes was born on November 17, 1945. He was selected 1st overall in the 1968 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets.

Ben Simmons played one season at Louisiana State University before he was drafted 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2016. He was born in Australia.

Markelle Fultz was born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in 1998. He played one season at the University of Washington before he was drafted 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017.

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