The number one pick in the NBA Draft holds a special significance, often being seen as a franchise-altering selection.

This list celebrates the top 10 players who were drafted first overall and lived up to, or even surpassed, the lofty expectations set for them.

Each of these players not only showcased exceptional talent and skill on the basketball court but also left a lasting impact on the game, transforming their teams and often the entire league.

  1. LeBron James (2003, Cleveland Cavaliers)

LeBron James, a player of immense skill and versatility, has significantly influenced the modern NBA. His career, adorned with multiple NBA championships and MVP awards, showcases his dominance in various aspects of the game. LeBron's ability to excel in scoring, playmaking, and leadership has cemented his status as one of the game's all-time greats.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969, Milwaukee Bucks)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, renowned for his signature skyhook, left an indelible mark on the NBA. His record as the all-time leading scorer, coupled with six MVP awards and six NBA championships, highlights his dominance. His consistency and impact on the game were unmatched, making him a true basketball icon.

3. Magic Johnson (1979, Los Angeles Lakers)

Magic Johnson revolutionized the point guard position with his exceptional playmaking and size. He led the Lakers to five NBA championships and earned three MVP awards. His impact extended beyond the court, as he played a key role in popularizing the NBA globally during the 1980s.

4. Tim Duncan (1997, San Antonio Spurs)

Known as "The Big Fundamental," Tim Duncan's career with the Spurs was marked by consistency and success. He led the team to five NBA championships and earned two MVP awards. Duncan's understated but effective style of play made him one of the best power forwards in NBA history.

5. Hakeem Olajuwon (1984, Houston Rockets)

Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the greatest centres in NBA history, was known for his defensive prowess and footwork. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships and was named MVP in 1994. His unique skill set redefined the centre position.

6. Shaquille O'Neal (1992, Orlando Magic)

Shaquille O'Neal, one of the most dominant centres in NBA history, was known for his physical prowess and charismatic personality. He won four NBA championships and was named MVP in 2000. Shaq's dominance in the paint was a key factor in his teams' successes.

7. David Robinson (1987, San Antonio Spurs)

David Robinson, also known as "The Admiral," combined athleticism with a strong work ethic. He led the Spurs to two NBA championships and was the 1995 MVP. Robinson's impact on and off the court made him one of the most respected figures in the sport.

8. Oscar Robertson (1960, Cincinnati Royals)

Oscar Robertson, known for his all-around game, was the first player to average a triple-double for a season. His versatility and skill set were ahead of his time, making him one of the most influential players in NBA history.

9. Elgin Baylor (1958, Minneapolis Lakers)

Elgin Baylor was known for his scoring and rebounding. He was a pioneer of modern basketball, known for his acrobatic style and scoring ability. Despite never winning an NBA championship, Baylor's impact on the game was profound.

10. Anthony Davis (2012, New Orleans Hornets)

Anthony Davis has made his mark as a versatile and dominant big man. His defensive ability and scoring talent have made him a key player in the NBA. Davis' career is still unfolding, and he continues to be a pivotal player for his t