Teams will do almost anything for a shot at a No. 1 overall draft pick, even if the pick is far from a guaranteed shot at the title. Only five No. 1 picks since the NBA-ABA merger have brought their team to the promised land. A look at how far top picks have brought their teams:
Note: Picks from 2008-2012 are still on their original teams.
Championship - 5 (Magic Johnson, Lakers; James Worthy, Lakers; Hakeem Olajuwan, Rockets; David Robinson, Spurs; Tim Duncan, Spurs)
NBA Finals - 7 (Ralph Sampson, Rockets; Patrick Ewing, Knicks, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic; Allen Iverson, 76ers; Kenyon Martin, Nets; LeBron James, Cavaliers; Dwight Howard, Magic)
Conference finals - 5 (John Lucas, Rockets; Kent Benson, Bucks; Mark Aguirra, Mavericks; Brad Daugherty, Cavaliers; Glenn Robinson, Bucks)
Conference semifinals - 5 (Mychal Thompson, Blazers; Joe Barry Carroll, Warriors; Larry Johnson, Hornets; Kwame Brown, Wizards; Yao Ming, Rockets)
First round - 7 (Danny Manning, Clippers; Derrick Coleman, Nets; Chris Webber, Magic (immediately traded to Warriors); Joe Smith, Warriors; Andrew Bogut, Bucks; Andrea Bargnani, Raptors; Greg Oden, Blazers)
No playoff appearances - 3 (Pervis Ellison, Kings; Michael Olowokandi, Clippers; Elton Brand, Bulls)