Robertson is one of several NBA legends who dominated the league in the 1960s. In just his second year with the Cincinnati Royals, 'The Big O' became the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season. He led the franchise to six consecutive playoff appearances, but wouldn't win a championship until playing with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971.
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Patrick Ewing, 1985 New York Knicks
Believe what you want about the controversial 1985 NBA Draft Lottery. Ewing brought hope to the Big Apple when he was the No. 1 overall pick in the first year of the NBA Draft Lottery. He was a dominant force throughout his 17-year career in New York, leading the Knicks to the NBA Finals twice, but falling short of a championship.
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Patrick Ewing, 1985 New York Knicks
While Alcindor is best known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his years with the Los Angeles Lakers, he was just as dominant early in his pro career with the Milwaukee Bucks. Alcindor led the franchise to its lone NBA championship in 1971 and their only other Finals appearance in 1974.
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David Robinson, 1989 San Antonio Spurs
Robinson led the Spurs to a remarkable turnaround in his rookie season and earned numerous honors throughout his entire career in San Antonio. But perhaps his biggest contribution to the franchise was a season-ending injury in 1997 that led to another No. 1 draft pick. Surrounded by new talent in the form of fellow future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, 'The Admiral' won his first championship in 1999 and another in his final season in 2003.
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Elgin Baylor, 1958 Minneapolis Lakers
Baylor led the Lakers to eight NBA Finals appearances in the 1960s. However, he could never get past Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics dynasty. Baylor set numerous scoring records during his career, and his 61-point performance in an NBA Finals game has yet to be broken.
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James Worthy, 1982 Los Angeles Lakers
The defending champion Los Angeles Lakers picked up Worthy with their second No. 1 overall pick in four years in 1982. He became a key player on a star-studded roster that won three more NBA championships after his arrival. 'Big Game James' was named Finals MVP after the Lakers' 1988 title run and is one of a handful of Laker greats to have their number retired.
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LeBron James, 2003 Cleveland Cavaliers
James was held in high regard at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio before he ever put on a NBA uniform. The Cavaliers took James No. 1 in 2003 and he led the franchise to its first-ever NBA Finals appearance in 2007. In 2010, he bolted to Miami, where he won titles in 2012 and 2013, before making his return to Cleveland and leading the Cavs back to the NBA Finals in 2015 and winning it in 2016.
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Hakeem Olajuwon, 1984 Houston Rockets
Olajuwon was taken No. 1 overall in the 1984 NBA Draft over several other future legends, including Michael Jordan. The big man left the Rockets with no regrets after winning back-to-back NBA titles and Finals MVPs in the mid-1990s.
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Tim Duncan, 1997 San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have been a championship contender every season since drafting Duncan No. 1 overall in 1997. Duncan helped lead the Spurs to their first title in just his second season and have gone on to win four more NBA crowns since. He's been named league MVP twice and has countless other honors during his Hall of Fame career before retiring in 2016.
Magic Johnson, 1979 Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers' 1979 No. 1 overall pick was an instant success. Magic led the team to an NBA championship and was named Finals MVP in his rookie season. The Lakers won four more titles in nine trips to the Finals during his career, making him arguably the greatest player in franchise history.