Previous No. 1 picks to be traded in NBA Draft history



In the wake of the Celtics-76ers swap over the weekend in which the Celtics sent the No.1 pick in Thursday’s draft to Philly for the No. 3 pick and a future first-round pick, let’s look at teams that have traded the top pick.


-1950 Chuck Share: The Celtics selected the Bowling Green center with the No. 1 pick and traded him to the Fort Wayne Pistons for Bill Sharman. Share averaged 8.3 points and 8.4 rebounds during his nine years in the NBA, while Sharman was an eight-time all-star and claimed four titles with Boston.


-1957 Hot Rod Hundley: The Rochester Royals drafted Hundley with the No. 1 pick but traded him to the Minneapolis Lakers in a seven-player deal headlined by Clyde Lovellette and Jim Paxson. Lovellette finished his Hall of Fame career with averages of 23.4 points and 12.1 rebounds but was traded after one year. Paxson retired after just one season with the Royals. Hundley was a two-time All-Star during his six-year career.

The Rochester Royals send Hot Rod Hundley to the Minneapolis Lakers in a seven-player deal.

The Rochester Royals send Hot Rod Hundley to the Minneapolis Lakers in a seven-player deal.

(Hoff, Charles)


-1980 Joe Barry Carroll: The day before the 1980 draft, the Celtics traded the No. 1 and No. 13 picks to the Warriors for center Robert Parish and the No. 3 selection. Golden State selected 7-foot center Carrol at No. 1 and another center, Rickey Brown at No. 13. Boston selected Kevin McHale. McHale and Parish went on to win three titles during 13 years with Boston and were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Carroll averaged 20.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in seven seasons in Golden State while Brown averaged 5.2 points over just three seasons.


-1986 Brad Daugherty: Prior to the draft, the 76ers traded the No. 1 overall pick to the Cavaliers for forward Roy Hinson. Cleveland selected UNC center Daugherty with the No.1 pick. Daugherty spent his entire eight-year career in Cleveland, averaging 19 points and 9.5 rebounds and receiving five all-star selections. Hinson spent two seasons in Philly before he was traded to the Nets.

The Celtics send Joe Barry Carroll to the Warriors for a guy named Robert Parish.

The Celtics send Joe Barry Carroll to the Warriors for a guy named Robert Parish.

(Rogers Photo Archive/Getty Images)


-1993 Chris Webber: The Magic traded 1993 No.1 overall pick, Webber, to the Warriors for No. 3 pick Penny Hardaway and three future first-round picks. Webber averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds during his 15-year career, but he only spent one season with the Warriors. Hardaway paired with Shaquille O’Neal and helped the Magic reach the Finals in 1995.


-2014 Andrew Wiggins: Wiggins was regarded as one of the most prized prospects in recent years. The Cavaliers selected him with the No.1 overall pick in 2014, but traded him and fellow No.1 pick Anthony Bennett to Minnesota in a three-team deal headlined by Kevin Love. Wiggins was Rookie of the Year and has averaged 20.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. Love helped Cleveland win the title in 2016.

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