Hit and miss: An analysis of No. 2 picks in NBA Draft since 1985
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The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the second overall selection in the upcoming NBA Draft -- the highest position they have ever had.
Some say this is a weak draft class with few potential stars and only a handful of potential quality role players, though, and history shows No. 2 picks have included plenty of toss-ups, question marks, stretches and busts.
Since the initiation of the NBA Draft Lottery in 1985, No. 2 picks have won a collective three NBA championships, and eight of the selections have been named to at least one NBA All-Star team.
There are the all-timers, including Jason Kidd (10-time All-Star), Alonzo Mourning (NBA champion, two-time Defensive Player of the Year) and Gary Payton (nine-time All-Star, NBA champion). And then there are the busts that never materialized, such as Stromile Swift and Shawn Bradley.
The following is a look at the second overall picks in each NBA Draft since 1985, as well as the players who went No. 1 and other notable picks.
1985: F-C Wayman Tisdale, Indiana
- Career statistics (1985 to 1997): 15.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 50% FG.
- Notes: Recently deceased, Tisdale enjoyed a 12-year NBA career with Indiana, Sacramento and Phoenix. He was never selected to an All-Star game and averaged 20-plus points per game twice in his career.
- 1st overall pick: Patrick Ewing, New York.
- Other notable picks: Chris Mullin, Golden State (7th overall), Karl Malone, Utah (13th overall), Joe Dumars, Detroit (18th overall).
1986: F Len Bias, Boston
- Notes: Bias died from a cocaine overdose two days after the draft.
- 1st overall pick: Brad Daugherty, Cleveland.
- Other notable picks: Arvydas Sabonis, Portland (24th overall), Dennis Rodman, Detroit (27th overall).
1987: F-C Armon Gilliam, Phoenix
- Career statistics (1987 to 2000): 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg.
- Notes: Earning the nickname "The Hammer" in his days at UNLV, Gilliam never became a force in the NBA. In his best season, he averaged 18.3 points per game. He was never selected to an All-Star team.
- 1st overall pick: David Robinson, San Antonio.
- Other notable picks: Scottie Pippen, Seattle (5th overall), Reggie Miller, Indiana (11th overall).
1988: C Rik Smits, Indiana
- Career statistics (1988 to 2000): 14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg.
- Notes: The 7'4" "Dunkin Dutchman" had a solid NBA career for the Pacers, never averaging less than 10 points per game and being the second weapon for the Pacers in their 1990s playoff runs. Injury eventually sidelined Smits for good. He was named to the 1998 All-Star team.
- 1st overall pick: Danny Manning, L.A. Clippers.
- Other notable picks: Mitch Richmond, Golden State (5th overall), Dan Majerle, Phoenix (14th overall).
1989: F Danny Ferry, L.A. Clippers
- Career statistics (1989 to 2003): 7.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 apg.
- Notes: Better known for his standout play at Duke, Ferry never became the star he was in college while playing in the NBA. He averaged double figures in points only twice in his career. However, did win an NBA championship as a shooter coming of the bench for San Antonio in 2003.
- 1st overall pick: Pervis Ellison, Sacramento.
- Other notable picks: Glenn Rice, Miami (4th overall), Pooh Richardson, Timberwolves (10th overall), Tim Hardaway, Golden State (14th overall), Shawn Kemp, Seattle (17th overall).
1990: G Gary Payton, Seattle
- Career statistics (1990 to 2007): 16.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 6.7 apg.
- Notes: Arguably the greatest defensive point guard to ever play, "The Glove" won Defensive player of the Year in 1996 -- the first and only point guard to be given the award. He enjoyed an outstanding 17-year career and won an NBA title with Miami in 2006.
- 1st overall pick: Derrick Coleman New Jersey.
- Other notable pick: Felton Spencer, Timberwolves (6th overall), Gerald Glass, Timberwolves (20th overall), Toni Kukoc, Chicago (29th overall).
1991: G Kenny Anderson, New Jersey
- Career statistics (1991 to 2005): 12.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.1 apg.
- Notes: With a promising start to his young career, Anderson was named to the 1994 All-Star team. However, the journeyman could not land a solid spot on a team's rotation after 1996.
- 1st overall pick: Larry Johnson, Charlotte.
- Other notable picks: Dikembe Mutombo, Denver (4th overall), Luc Longley, Timberwolves (7th overall).
1992: C Alonzo Mourning, Charlotte
- Career statistics (1992 to 2008): 17.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.1 apg.
- Notes: Mourning will go down as one of the best people in basketball, but he was also a force in the paint --a two-time winner of Defensive Player of the Year, a seven-time All-Star and a champion with Miami in 2006.
- 1st overall pick: Shaquille O'Neal, Orlando.
- Other notable picks: Christian Laettner, Timberwolves (3rd overall), Robert Horry, Houston (11th overall), Latrell Sprewell, Golden State (24th overall).
1993: C Shawn Bradley, Philadelphia
- Career statistics (1993 to 2005): 8.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg.
- Notes: Better known for in height (7-foot-6) and his ability to get dunked on, Bradley never was a dominant force in the league. Not once did he average more than eight rebounds per game. Bradley was never selected to an All-Star team.
- 1st overall pick: Chris Webber, Orlando (traded to Golden State).
- Other notable picks: Anfernee Hardaway, Golden State (3rd overall, traded to Orlando), Isaiah Rider, Timberwolves (5th overall), Vin Baker, Milwaukee (8th overall), Sam Cassell, Houston (24th overall).
1994: G Jason Kidd, Dallas
- Career statistics (1994 to present): 13.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 9.1 apg.
- Notes: Kidd is still playing and playing well in the league. He will go down as one of the best passers in the game, he has been selected to ten All-Star games.
- 1st overall pick: Glenn Robinson, Milwaukee.
- Other notable pick: Grant Hill, Detroit (3rd overall), Donyell Marshall, Timberwolves (4th overall).
1995: F-C Antonio McDyess, L.A. Clippers
- Career statistics (1995 to present): 12.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 apg.
- Notes: McDyess was traded to Denver on draft night for Rodney Rodgers and Brent Barry. Another journeyman who has bounced around throughout his career, McDyess was a powerful and reliable force for Denver, averaging 19-plus points per game four times and 1.5 blocks per game six times throughout his career. McDyess was named to the 2001 All-Star game.
- 1st overall pick: Joe Smith, Golden State.
- Other notable pick: Kevin Garnett, Timberwolves (5th overall).
1996: C-F Marcus Camby, Toronto
- Career statistics (1996 to present): 10.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.9 apg.
- Notes: Camby has always been a solid rebounder and defender. He has never been named to an All-Star team, but he was named the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year and has been named to an All-NBA Defensive team four times.
- 1st overall pick: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia.
- Other notable picks: Stephon Marbury, Milwaukee (4th overall, traded to Timberwolves), Ray Allen, Timberwolves (5th overall, traded to Milwaukee), Kobe Bryant, Charlotte (13th overall, traded to L.A. Lakers), Steve Nash, Phoenix (15th overall).
1997: F Keith Van Horn, Philadelphia
- Career statistics (1997- 2006): 16.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg.
- Notes: Van Horn started his NBA career by showing his ability to score, averaging 19-plus points per game in each of his first three seasons. His numbers dwindled from there.
- 1st overall pick: Tim Duncan, San Antonio.
- Other notable picks: Chauncey Billups, Boston (3rd overall), Paul Grant, Timberwolves (20th overall).
1998: G Mike Bibby, Vancouver
- Career statistics (1999 to present): 15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 5.7 apg.
- Notes: Bibby has never been named to an All-Star team and is currently pursuing his first championship with the Miami Heat. However, he earned a playoff reputation for clutch performances during his time with Sacramento.
- 1st overall pick: Michael Olowokandi, L.A. Clippers.
- Other notable picks: Dirk Nowitzki, Milwaukee (9th overall, traded to Dallas), Paul Pierce, Boston (10th overall), Rasho Nesterovic, Timberwolves (17th overall).
1999: G Steve Francis, Vancouver
- Career statistics (1999 to 2008): 18.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 6.0 apg.
- Notes: "Stevie Franchise" never lived up the name. However, he did entice with his highflying ability and scoring mentality. The disgruntled star's career took a nosedive after his first five years in Houston and one with Orlando.
- 1st overall pick: Elton Brand, Chicago.
- Other notable picks: Lamar Odom, L.A. Clippers (4th overall), Wally Szczerbiak, Timberwolves (6th overall), William Avery, Timberwolves (14th overall), Manu Ginobili, San Antonio (57th overall).
2000: F Stromile Swift, Vancouver
- Career statistics (2000 to 2009): 8.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg.
- Notes: Swift was chosen after leading LSU to the Sweet 16 but never made it in the league. The most points he averaged throughout a season was 11.8 with Vancouver and eventually could not find a spot on any team's roster. He is currently playing in China for the Shandong Lions.
- 1st overall pick: Kenyon Martin, New Jersey.
- Other notable picks: Jamal Crawford, Cleveland (8th overall, traded to Chicago), Michael Redd Milwaukee (43rd overall).
2001: C Tyson Chandler, L.A. Clippers
- Career statistics (2001 to present): 8.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg.
- Notes: After a rocky beginning to his career with Chicago and Charlotte, Chandler is finishing his best year professionally playing in Dallas. Usually hobbled with injuries, Chandler started 74 games in the regular season and was named to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team.
- 1st overall pick: Kwame Brown, Washington.
- Other notable picks: Pau Gasol Atlanta (3rd overall, traded to Vancouver), Joe Johnson, Boston (10th overall), Zach Randolph, Portland (19th overall).
2002: G Jay Williams, Chicago
- Career statistics (2002 to 2003): 9.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.7 apg.
- Notes: A near-fatal motorcycle accident cut short his promising career in the summer of 2003, after his rookie season. He made one comeback attempt in 2006 with the New Jersey Nets, who cut him before the season, and was waived by the NBA Development League's Austin Toros the same year.
- 1st overall pick: Yao Ming, Houston.
- Other notable picks: Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix (9th overall), Carlos Boozer, Cleveland (35th overall).
2003: F-C Darko Milicic, Detroit
- Career statistics (2003 to present): 6.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg.
- Notes: One of the most questioned No. 2 overall draft picks in league history, Milicic is still giving Pistons fans a headache. He also played for Orlando, Memphis and New York before the Timberwolves acquired him in February 2010. They re-signed him to a four-year, $20 million deal last summer.
- 1st overall pick: LeBron James, Cleveland.
- Other notable picks: Carmelo Anthony, Denver (3rd overall), Chris Bosh, Toronto (4th overall), Dwyane Wade, Miami (5th overall), Ndudi Ebi, Timberwolves (26th overall).
2004: C-F Emeka Okafor, Charlotte
- Career statistics (2004 to present): 12.9 ppg, 10.2 rpg.
- Notes: There was tremendous debate surrounding this pick -- whether to take the experienced Okafor coming off an NCAA championship with UConn or the freak upside that turned into Dwight Howard. Now with New Orleans, Okafor is finding his role in the league and should be a solid contributor, but Orlando made the right decision.
- 1st overall: Dwight Howard, Orlando.
- Other notable pick: Josh Smith, Atlanta (17th overall).
2005: F Marvin Williams, Atlanta
- Career statistics (2005 to present): 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg.
- Notes: Williams was also coming off an NCAA championship victory with North Carolina. However, he was only a freshman and was drafted on potential. Still, with Atlant,a Williams has become a legitimate role player with room to improve.
- 1st overall pick: Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee.
- Other notable picks: Deron Williams, Utah (3rd overall), Chris Paul, New Orleans (4th overall), Rashad McCants, Timberwolves (14th overall).
2006: F LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
- Career statistics (2006 to present): 17.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg
- Notes: Aldridge has come into a zone this year for Portland, averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals. Many thought he was more deserving of an All-Star bid than Kevin Love, but Aldridge was given his recognition at the end of the year, being named to the All-NBA Third Team.
- 1st overall pick: Andrea Bargnani, Toronto.
- Other notable pick: Brandon Roy, Timberwolves (6th overall, traded to Portland), Randy Foye, Portland (7th overall, traded to Timberwolves), Rajon Rondo, Phoenix (21st overall, traded to Boston).
2007: F Kevin Durant, Seattle
- Career statistics (2007- Present): 25.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.7 apg.
- Notes: Possibly the best No. 2 overall pick of all time, Kevin Durant has already been named to two All-NBA First Teams, and the past two seasons, Durant has led the league in scoring, including 27.7 points per game this year.
- 1st overall pick: Greg Oden, Portland.
- Other notable picks: Al Horford, Atlanta (3rd overall), Corey Brewer, Timberwolves (7th overall), Joakim Noah, Chicago (9th overall).
2008: F Michael Beasley, Miami
- Career statistics (2008 to present): 15.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg.
- Notes: The first overall pick in 2008 was a toss-up between Beasley and Rose, who became the MVP this year for Chicago. However, Beasley has shown signs of promise, whether it was with Miami or now the Wolves. If he can handle some of his maturity problems, there is still potential for Beasley to turn into a good NBA player.
- 1st overall pick: Derrick Rose, Chicago.
- Other notable picks: O.J. Mayo, Timberwolves (3rd overall), Russell Westbrook, Seattle (4th overall), Kevin Love, Memphis (5th overall, traded to Timberwolves).
2009: C Hasheem Thabeet, Memphis
- Career statistics (2009 to present): 2.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg.
- Notes: Thabeet has played in only 47 career games, spending most of his time in the D-league and getting traded to Houston in February. He didn't begin playing basketball until age 15 and played three years at UConn. At 7-foot-3, Thabeet has raw talent that must still be developed.
- 1st overall pick: Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers.
- Other notable pick: Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves (5th overall), Jonny Flynn, Timberwolves (6th overall), Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee (10th overall), Ty Lawson, Timberwolves (18th overall, traded to Denver), Wayne Ellington, Timberwolves (28th overall).
2010: G Evan Turner, Philadelphia
- Career statistics (2010 to present): 7.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.0 apg.
- Notes: The consensus National Player of the Year coming out of Ohio State, Turner began playing well and found a spot in the 76ers rotation near the end of this season.
- 1st overall pick: John Wall, Washington.
- Other notable pick: Wesley Johnson, Timberwolves (4th overall), Luke Babbitt, Timberwolves (16th overall, traded to Portland), Eric Bledsoe, Oklahoma City (18th overall, traded to L.A. Clippers), Trevor Booker, Timberwolves (23rd overall, traded to Washington), Landry Fields, New York (39th overall).