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Ranking The NBA's 1st Overall Draft Picks Of The David Stern Era

David Stern was the Commissioner of the NBA for exactly 30 years. Throughout his tenure as Commissioner, he introduced seven new expansion teams, relocated six teams to new cities, and had four lockouts. Larry O'Brien preceded Stern and Adam Silver succeeded him. To pay homage to O'Brien, Stern renamed the championship trophy from the Walter A. Brown Trophy in his inaugural year, 1984. David Stern has gone through the good and the bad in the NBA; he created the salary cap, the hand-check rule, implemented a dress code, and had to deal with the whole Tim Donaghy situation.

Whether you like Stern or not, you can't argue his lasting impact on the game of basketball for better or worse. While Silver has been great in his new role, only time will tell how good of a commissioner he really is. The difficult times determine a person's true colors. Just look at how Roger Goodell has handled situations. He isn't very popular anymore, is he? Who knows if Silver will prove himself or fold when the going gets rough.

Thirty times David Stern announced the no.1 overall pick, and I'm here to rank them in order. Stern introduced many talented players into the NBA but who ranks as no.1? From year 1 to year 30, the talent has not diminished. Who would you pick as no.1? Who would you change on this list? Maybe we will be able to make a list of Adam Silver's first overall picks if he holds office for as long as David Stern did. For now, here we are ranking the first overall picks of the David Stern era.

30 Anthony Bennett - 2013

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29 Kwame Brown - 2001

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28 Greg Oden - 2007

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27 Michael Olowokandi - 1998

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Olowokandi was a huge bust. The seven-footer had his best seasons with the Clippers but also played for the Timberwolves and Celtics. Olowokandi was drafted before some NBA greats. This was one of the better draft classes of the 90s, but the Clippers missed out on the party.

26 Joe Smith - 1995

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25 Andrea Bargnani - 2006

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24 Kenyon Martin - 2000

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23 Andrew Bogut - 2005

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22 Pervis Ellison - 1989

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21 Danny Manning - 1988

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20 Elton Brand - 1999

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19 Derrick Coleman - 1990

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18 Dwight Howard - 2004

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17 Brad Daugherty - 1986

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16 John Wall - 2010

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15 Larry Johnson - 1991

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14 Yao Ming - 2002

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13 Kyrie Irving - 2011

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12 Glenn Robinson - 1994

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Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson made an immediate impact for the Milwaukee Bucks. Averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in his first four seasons he looked to be a superstar. While he never quite got over the hump, he had a great NBA career regardless. Not every no.1 pick is going to be a Hall of Famer.

11 Blake Griffin - 2009

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10 Derrick Rose - 2008

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9 Anthony Davis - 2012

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8 1993- Chris Webber

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Chris Webber played for five teams in his career. After his time at Michigan with the Fab Five, everyone had high expectations. He fulfilled them, with many seasons where he averaged 20-plus points per game. He was very much worthy of a first overall pick.

7 Patrick Ewing - 1985

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6 Allen Iverson - 1996

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5 2003- LeBron James

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4 David Robinson - 1987

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3 Shaquille O'Neal - 1992

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2 Tim Duncan - 1997

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1 Hakeem Olajuwon - 1984

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David Stern's first ever NBA draft started with a bang. What a player to be your first for David Stern. Throughout his career he averaged 21 points per game, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. "The Dream" was everything you could ever ask for in a center. With the Rockets he won two championships in back to back seasons. In those two seasons, he scored 27 points per game. Olajuwon won the MVP award in 1994 and he won the finals MVP in both of his championships. While he may not have as many championships as Duncan, he was truly the total package.

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