The overall #1 pick in the NBA draft: Will he stay… or will he eventually go?

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Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker? Will the Cavs hold on to the number one pick or will they make a trade?

Those two questions will be answered Thursday night when the NBA holds its annual draft. It will be interesting to see which team gets the number one pick (will the Cavs trade it or hold on to it?) and who they will take. In either case, that team is hoping whichever player they take will be the cornerstone of great success in the coming seasons.

Overall number one picks, however, don’t always turn out to the “saviors” that teams that select them hope they will be. Some get career-ending injuries, some just have crappy careers and end up out of the league earlier than expected. Others play a few years for the team that drafted them and then they leave via free agency or get traded. Consider this: Of the 53 players who were the overall number one pick in the NBA draft from 1947 to 1999, only eight of those players stayed with the team that drafted them for their entire career.

Following are the players drafted as the overall number one selection in the NBA draft that stayed their entire career with that team.

1958: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers (846 games with Lakers)
1972: LaRue Martin, Portland (271 games with the Trailblazers)
1973: Doug Collins, Philadelphia (415 games with the 76ers)
1979: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers (763 games with the Lakers)
1982: James Worthy, LA Lakers (926 games with the Lakers)
1986: Brad Daugherty, Cleveland (548 games with the Cavs)
1987: David Robinson, San Antonio (987 games with the Spurs)
2002: Yao Ming, Houston (486 games with the Rockets)

There are currently seven active players who were the overall number one pick in the draft that are still playing with the team that drafted them. Topping this list is San Antonio’s Tim Duncan who was the overall number one pick in 1997 by the Spurs. He just completed his 17th season with the team that drafted him.

Following are the active players drafted as the overall number one selection in the NBA draft that have played their entire career with that team.

1997: Tim Duncan, San Antonio (1254 games with the Spurs)
2008: Derrick Rose, Chicago (289 games with the Bulls)
2009: Blake Griffin, LA Clippers (308 games with the Clippers)
2010: John Wall, Washington (266 games with the Wizards)
2011: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland (181 games with the Cavs)
2012: Anthony Davis, New Orleans (131 games with the Pelicans)
2013: Anthony Bennett, Cleveland (52 games with the Cavs)

How many of the above seven players will play their entire career with the team that drafted them?

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