In any sport that conducts the drafting of players, so much is often made of landing the number one overall pick. The NBA is no different.
The first pick of the draft is often regarded as the best player, or the one with the highest upside. And like every sport, it has had its fair share of hits, as well as misses.
But what about the next guy, the number two pick? You know the one that should have a chip on his shoulder because some front office executive thought he wasn’t good enough.
Well the number two pick of the NBA draft over the past two decades has had it’s fill of misses, but it’s also had its success of hits. And when I say hits, I’m speaking of the Hall of Fame variety.
Over the past two decades, the second draft pick has yielded four Rookie of the Year winners and seven All-Stars.
This group also has three players that are regarded as locks for the Hall of Fame when they become eligible. It could have as many as six depending on how the careers pan out for a few of the younger prospects.
The 20 players listed have filled our hearts with excitement as well as disappointment.
Regardless of what they have or haven’t accomplished, we owe them an amount of gratitude for without them, the today's game would cease to be.
So enjoy the rankings and I hope they invoke fond memories of the game so many of us have come to love.