With a departure from expectations, the New Orleans Pelicans will pick Zion Williamson together with the first pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.
All indications are that he’ll offer the Pels to substitute their past high overall selection, Anthony Davis.
Recent history indicates the No. 1 pick is not as sure a bet as it seems. While some organizations have put up themselves for years of contention by selecting the most appropriate participant, others have set themselves back by picking the wrong one.
Here, we’ll look at the 30 players to go first in the draft, position them on the basis of longevity, their prime years , statistical production and impact. The tricky part is weighing a high draftee’s summit against the whole period of his career. While remaining power has value, teams with the top pick are hoping to get someone with a transcendent prime.
The higher up the list we go, the less we have to compare those two factors. The best top selections offer you both.