History of the 2nd Pick

Welcome to Corner Three’s Draft Pick History (more here)! How valuable is the 2nd pick?

Of the 26 picks since 1995:

  • 8 players have made All-Star Teams (31%)
  • 5 players have made All-NBA Teams (19%)
  • The median career Win Shares is 21.0

Expected player values for the 2nd pick would be:

BestKevin Durant
MedianStromile Swift
WorstHasheem Thabeet

The mean 2nd pick has averaged:


Here’s what the latest contract for the 2nd pick looks like:

3$9,603,360Team Option
4$12,119,440Team Option
5$15,815,870Qualifying offer

And here’s every 2nd pick since 1995:

PlayerTeamYearAll-Star TeamsAll-NBA TeamsWin Shares
James WisemanGSW20200.7
Ja MorantMEM20197.0
Marvin BagleySAC20185.3
Lonzo BallLAL20179.2
Brandon IngramLAL201614.8
D’Angelo RussellLAL201510.0
Jabari ParkerMIL201413.5
Victor OladipoORL201324.6
Michael Kidd-GilchristCHA201221
Derrick WilliamsMIN201114.1
Evan TurnerPHI201020.2
Hasheem ThabeetMEM20094.8
Michael BeasleyMIA200815.6
Kevin DurantSEA2007 146.7
LaMarcus AldridgeCHI2006112.6
Marvin WilliamsATL200565.1
Emeka OkaforCHA200445.3
Darko MiličićDET20037.1
Jay WilliamsCHI20020.8
Tyson ChandlerLAC2001102.1
Stromile SwiftVAN200021.3
Steve FrancisVAN199954.1
Mike BibbyVAN199873.2
Keith Van HornPHI199741.7
Marcus CambyTOR199681.6
Antonio McDyessLAC199569.8
Italicized players are still active

Thanks to our sources, Basketball Reference and Spotrac.

Draft History compiled by Derek ReiferRJ Garcia.