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.