Ranking the 5 best NBA number-one overall draft picks in the last 20 years

Victor Wembanyama's monumental rookie season is over but his potential greatness prompts the question of who the best number one draft picks have been over the last 20 years.
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3. Anthony Davis

When Anthony Davis was drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2012, they were still referred to as the Hornets. One year later, they changed their name to the current iteration and Davis was the face of the franchise makeover. He averaged 13.5 points and eight rebounds his rookie year. In his sophomore season, he upped his production to 20 points per game and hasn't performed under that mark ever since.

What separates Davis from the two previous players on this list is his defensive expertise. AD won Most Outstanding Player in the National Championship game during his only season as a Kentucky Wildcat and he did it with defense. He scored six points and added five assists but The Brow truly made his presence felt by pulling down 16 rebounds and blocking six shots.

His time in the league has been a bit inconsistent, mostly due to injuries but when healthy, Davis has been a force. He is supremely skilled on both sides of the ball, making multiple All-Star and All-Defensive teams. He won his first championship alongside LeBron James during the bubble season in 2020 and even though LeBron won MVP of the NBA Finals, Davis had a strong case for the award. He continues to dominate the court with a well-rounded arsenal.