The Philadelphia 76ers have selected with the 1st-overall pick in the draft four times in their franchise history.
Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Allen Iverson had a wide range of successes and failures during their respective tenures with the Sixers. They also account for some of the most memorable stories in NBA history off the court.
Doug Collins also spent his entire career with the Sixers. They drafted him with the top pick three years before the ABA-NBA merger.
A long list of players drafted with the 1st-overall pick by other NBA franchises only had a quick cup of coffee with the 76ers. Most of them have worn the red, white, and blue outside their prime years.
1st-Overall Picks on the 76ers
The NBA Draft Lottery era began in 1985. Out of the 39 players selected with the 1st-overall pick, 10 of them have played for the Philadelphia 76ers. One more spent time within the organization without ever suiting up for a game.
The group includes an incredible range of talent, expectations, and success. Not many NBA fans will look at former All-Stars like Dwight Howard and Chris Webber and consider their stints in Philadelphia major parts of their legacies.
Many people might’ve forgotten about Kwame Brown making a short-lived appearance in a Sixers uniform.
Despite the persisting storyline about how the Sixers never surrounded Allen Iverson with enough talent, he surprisingly played with five former 1st-overall picks during his time with the 76ers.
Only three of the 38 players drafted with the top pick before 1985 played for the Sixers. Two additional players suited up for the Syracuse Nationals before they moved to Philadelphia in 1963.
One of the oldest franchises in the NBA has a history involving some of the greatest players ever to step on the hardwood.