The Celtics and 76ers reportedly agreed to a trade this weekend that will send the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from Boston to Philly in exchange for the Sixers’ No. 3 pick and a future first-rounder. The swap – presumably to give the 76ers the right to select University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz -- is the seventh instance in league history of a team trading the top pick before the player selected played his first game. Here are the others, as well as how those trades panned out:
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1950: Chuck Share
In 1950, the Celtics, coming off a 22-46 season, took Bowling Green center Chuck Share with the No. 1 pick, then traded him to the Fort Wayne Pistons one year later, before Share had played his first NBA minute. In return, the Celtics got shooting guard Bill Sharman, who had just joined the Pistons through the dispersal draft following the shuttering of the Washington Capitols franchise.
Share went on to have a respectable pro career, averaging 8.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game over nine NBA seasons, and won a championship with the 1958 St. Louis Hawks. However, Sharman made eight all-star teams and won four NBA titles with the Celtics, and he and Bob Cousy are thought to be one of the one of the most accomplished backcourt tandems in league history.
Following his playing career, Sharman also became a successful coach, winning a championship with the Lakers in 1972, and then won five more rings with the Lakers as an executive during the Showtime era. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1976 and then again as a coach in 2004.
1957: Hot Rod Hundley
West Virginia guard Hot Rod Hundley went No. 1 overall to the Rochester Royals in 1957 but was immediately traded to the Minneapolis Lakers in a seven-player deal that netted the Royals — at the time in the midst of a move to Cincinnati — Clyde Lovellette and Jim Paxson Sr.
Lovelette, a future Hall of Famer, averaged 23.4 points and 12.1 rebounds in one season in Cincinnati before he was traded to the St. Louis Hawks for five players, including five-time All-Star Wayne Embry. Paxson — the father of future NBA players Jim and John Paxson — retired at age 26 after one season with the Royals.
Hundley, meanwhile, played six NBA seasons and made two All-Star teams with the Lakers before knee injuries cut his career short at age 28. He is perhaps best known as the longtime TV broadcaster of the New Orleans and Utah Jazz.
1980: Joe Barry Carroll
On the eve of the 1980 draft, the Celtics traded the rights to the No. 1 pick and the No. 13 pick to the Golden State Warriors for center Robert Parish and the rights to the No. 3 pick. Golden State ultimately selected the Purdue 7-footer Carroll first overall, then took another center, Rickey Brown, at 13, while the Celtics picked a big man of their own, Kevin McHale, at No. 3.
Over the course of seven subsequent seasons with the Warriors, Carroll averaged 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds, but his impact paled in comparison to that of Parish and McHale, each of whom became perennial All-Stars during their respective 13-year stints with the Celtics, who won three NBA championships during the 1980s.
McHale and Parish were later inducted into the Hall of Fame, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. Brown, meanwhile, averaged 5.2 points per game in three seasons with the Warriors.
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1986: Brad Daugherty
Though the death of Len Bias would ultimately become the biggest story of the 1986 draft, the event started with a massive trade the night before, as Philadelphia dealt the No. 1 pick to Cleveland in exchange for former Rutgers forward Roy Hinson, who had averaged 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Cavs the previous season.
Cleveland went on to take UNC center Brad Daugherty with the top pick, and Daughtery, a five-time All-Star, spent his entire eight-year career with the club, averaging 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game before back problems ended his career. Hinson, on the other hand, appeared in 105 games over two seasons with the Sixers before the team traded him to the New Jersey Nets.
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1993: Chris Webber
In 1993, the Warriors ended up on the losing end of yet another trade involving the No. 1 pick, this time trading No. 3 pick Penny Hardaway and three future first-round picks to the Orlando Magic on draft day in exchange for top selection Chris Webber.
Webber, of course, went on to have an outstanding NBA career that made him a Hall of Fame finalist in 2017 — unfortunately, most of it wasn’t with the Warriors. Webber spent just one season with Golden State, winning Rookie of the Year before he was traded to the Washington Bullets for Tom Gugliotta and three first-round picks, including two of the picks the Warriors had previously sent to the Magic. (One later became Vince Carter, whom the Warriors also immediately traded for Antawn Jamison.)
As for Hardaway, the four-time All-Star spent the six best seasons of his career in Orlando, teaming up with Shaquille O’Neal to lead the Magic to the 1995 NBA Finals. In addition, the one pick the Magic held on to from the Webber deal was ultimately used on 2000-01 Rookie of the Year Mike Miller.
2014: Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins was thought to be one of the most promising prospects in recent memory coming out of Kansas in 2014, but his time in Cleveland after going No. 1 overall ended before it even began, as the Cavaliers traded Wiggins and another No 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett, to Minnesota as part of a three-team deal that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland.
Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving have teamed up to make three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals since and won a championship together in 2016, however the deal wasn’t exactly a dud for the Timberwolves, either. Wiggins, the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year, has played in 245 of a possible 246 regular-season games since entering the league and has steadily improved each season.
At just 22 years old, Wiggins is coming off a season in which he averaged 23.4 points per game, and there are growing rumblings around the league that Love could soon be on the move. So we’ll call this one a win for both teams.