With a departure from expectations, the New Orleans Pelicans will pick Zion Williamson with the first pick in Thursday's NBA draft.
All signs are that he'll offer a franchise cornerstone to the Pels to substitute their last overall selection, Anthony Davis.
Recent history indicates the No. 1 choice isn't as sure a bet as it seems. Others have set themselves back by picking the wrong one by choosing the right player while some organizations have set themselves up for years of contention.
Here, we will have a look at the previous 30 players to go in the draft, position them on the grounds of longevity the prime years , statistical generation and total impact on the league. The tricky part is weighing a high draftee's summit against the duration of his profession. Teams with the best pick are likely hoping to have someone with a transcendent, while remaining power has value.
The higher up the list we go, the less we must compare these two factors. The best top selections offer both.

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