There’s a certain notoriety that comes with being the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. The top pick each year typically goes on to become known as a superstar or a bust. On the good end of the spectrum are the Allen Iversons, Tim Duncans, Derrick Roses, LeBron James and Chris Webbers of the bunch. On the other end are the Kwame Browns, Michael Olowokandis and Greg Odens.
But what’s life like for No. 2? After reading the lost conversation between Chris Webber and Shaquille O’Neal, I realized that exactly 20 years ago, my hometown Philadelphia 76ers drafted Shawn Bradley No. 2 overall, sandwiched between Webber and the man he was traded for on draft day, third overall pick Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.
That got me thinking about who the second overall picks were from the past 20 years, and with the 2013 NBA Draft taking place tonight, what better time to take a walk down memory lane? So here’s a quick rundown of the second overall NBA draft picks from the past 20 years.