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NBA Draft 2012: Ranking the First Overall NBA Draft Picks from Last 25 Years

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NBA Draft 2012: Ranking the First Overall NBA Draft Picks from Last 25 Years
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Being the first overall pick in the NBA draft is a blessing and a curse.  On one hand, the lucky individual can say that out of all of the college prospects available, they were deemed to be the best.  On the other hand, they are probably under the most pressure out of all active players in their first year in the league.

Take last year's No. 1 pick, Kyrie Irving.  He only had 11 college games under his belt, but the Cleveland Cavaliers had enough faith in him to use the first pick on him.  Today, he is the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year.

In other cases, you have guys like Greg Oden, who were picked first and never lived up to the hype.

Seeing as how the draft lottery was last night and there's only a month to go until the big night, let's rank each of the first overall picks from the past 25 years and see how they stack up.

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