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Shaq sending the Human Highlight's shot back
Pick 1: Shaquille O'Neal (Orlando Magic), 1992
With so many ridiculously talented players at this pick, it was a long race to the end, but the mammoth 7'1" center with more nicknames than Darryl Dawkins trumped his counterparts to hold on to the top spot.
With almost 30,000 points, 13,000 rebounds and over 3,000 combined blocks and steals to go along with four NBA championships, O'Neal has more than proven his worth as the top gun at No. 1.
The 15-time NBA All-Star and 14-time All-NBA player has been dominant on multiple levels throughout his storied career. One of the top 50 players of all time was also one of the most skilled passers as well.
Only his free-throw shooting made you cringe almost as much as his monstrous dunks during games. Some players broke backboards, but none ever brought down the whole darn structure as he did versus New Jersey.
O'Neal will go down as one of the most charismatic players of all time whose one-liners might never be matched. With nicknames such as "The Diesel," "Shaq Fu," "The Big Daddy," "Superman," "The Big Agave," "The Big Cactus," "The Big Shaqtus," "The Big Galactus," "Wilt Chamberneezy," "The Big Baryshnikov," "The Real Deal," "Dr. Shaq" (after earning his MBA), "The Big Shamrock," "The Big Leprechaun," "Shaqovic" and "The Big Aristotle" (just to name a few), you know the man was always something special on and off the court.
Notables from the first pick are Patrick Ewing (1985), David Robinson (1987), Allen Iverson (1996), Tim Duncan (1997), LeBron James (2003) and Dwight Howard (2004). All of these players have had or are having such a great impact on the game of basketball and will forever be remembered for their play, whether they have won a championship or not.
Biggest Bust: Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers), 2007
Kwame Brown (2001) had this award all wrapped up until the seven-footer from Ohio State came along. While unfortunate injuries have been the major cause for his downfall, it's safe to say no other No. 1 pick has had as little impact for his respective organization.
In five years, Oden has played in only 82 games. The Trail Blazers held on for dear life, hoping that his body would respond favorably and give his team some production from the No. 1 pick, but it never happened, and they finally released him.
The scary part is that teams will be willing to take a chance on the 24-year-old as they should because if healthy, he will possibly pass the torch back to Brown or Michael Olowokandi.