History of the 6th Pick

Welcome to Corner Three’s Draft Pick History (more here)! How valuable is the 6th pick?

Of the 26 picks since 1995:

  • 5 players have made All-Star Teams (19%)
  • 2 players have made All-NBA Teams (8%)
  • The median career Win Shares is 13.3

Expected player values for the 6th pick would be:

BestDamian Lillard
MedianRobert Traylor
WorstJonny Flynn

The mean 6th pick has averaged:


Here’s what the latest contract for the 6th pick looks like:

3$6,395,160Team Option
4$8,109,063Team Option
5$10,817,490Qualifying offer

And here’s every 6th pick since 1995:

PlayerTeamYearAll-Star TeamsAll-NBA TeamsWin Shares
Onyeka OkongwuATL20201.9
Jarrett CulverPHO2019-0.2
Mohamed BambaORL20185.9
Jonathan IsaacORL20176.7
Buddy HieldNOP201615.2
Willie Cauley-SteinSAC201523.1
Marcus SmartBOS201424.0
Nerlens NoelNOH201326.8
Damian LillardPOR2012 92.3
Jan VeselýWAS20114
Ekpe UdohGSW201010.4
Jonny FlynnMIN2009-1.1
Danilo GallinariNYK200860.5
Yi JianlianMIL20073.1
Brandon RoyMIN200637.4
Martell WebsterPOR200524.7
Josh ChildressATL200425.7
Chris KamanLAC200324.6
Dajuan WagnerCLE20020
Shane BattierMEM200175.7
DerMarr JohnsonATL20006.4
Wally SzczerbiakMIN199953.3
Robert TraylorDAL199813.3
Ron MercerBOS19979.4
Antoine WalkerBOS199638.1
Bryant ReevesVAN199513

Thanks to our sources, Basketball Reference and Spotrac.

Draft History compiled by Derek ReiferRJ Garcia.