The All Time Worst No. 1 Picks in NBA Draft History


Earning the top pick in the NBA Draft doesn’t always guarantee a team will wind up with a superstar.


For every LeBron James or Magic Johnson, there are plenty of players in NBA history who never lived up to their lofty top pick status. They remain cautionary tales for NBA general managers to not place more stock in potential than actual results.

These five former top picks in the NBA Draft have deservedly carved out a spot among the league’s biggest busts:
All stats are taken from individual player pages on