The Best NBA Draft Pick Ever Taken with Each 1st-Round Selection

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The Best NBA Draft Pick Ever Taken with Each 1st-Round Selection
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With the 2014 NBA draft set for June 26, you might be wondering what type of player your favorite team will acquire with its first-round pick.

With a little help from the Draft Finder on Basketball-Reference, we have your answer. The tool allows for the user to see every player ever taken with every pick.

Based mostly on win shares, but with a little flexibility for active players, I found the best (for some selections the word "greatest" would be hyperbolic) player chosen in the first round with each selection.

One note for clarification: The player had to be chosen in the first round. For example, Alex English might be the best player ever taken with the No. 23 pick, but he was selected in the second round, so he didn’t qualify.

On each slide, the team that officially chose the player and the draft year are listed next to the name. Some teams and players will seem out of place because they were involved in draft-day trades. Those situations will be explained on the slide.

Other notable players appear on each slide as well. They are named according to the relative strength of the draft position, and they are presented here in order from 1-30.

Dare to dream.


Stats here are from unless otherwise specified.

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