With a departure from expectations, the New Orleans Pelicans will select Zion Williamson together with the first pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.
All indications are that he will offer a franchise foundation to the Pels to replace their last top choice, Anthony Davis.
Recent history indicates the No. 1 choice isn’t as sure a bet as it seems. By selecting the most appropriate player while some organizations have set up themselves for years of contention, others have set themselves back by picking the wrong one.
Here, we’ll have a look at the 30 players to go first position them on the basis of the years, longevity production and effect. The tricky part is weighing a draftee’s peak against the whole period of his career. Teams with the top pick are probably hoping to get someone with a transcendent prime while staying power has value.
The higher up the list we go, the less we must compare those two factors. The best top selections offer both.
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