Greatest NBA number one #1 draft picks of all time

I’ve done so many rankings of NBA players, now its time for draft picks as well.

For those who don’t know, every year the NBA goes through a lottery process for teams to select players, either high school or college, that want to play in the NBA. Because NBA teams are world renowned, the first draft pick usually tends to be the best player out of all available players in the world. So its kind of a big deal, and while most number one picks end up busting, there are alot that lived up to the hype too. So here’s the top 10 number one draft picked players of all time!

1. Magic Johnson
Selected in 1979 by the Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson is considered by many to be the greatest passer of all time
Magic Johnson is considered by many to be the greatest passer of all time

Magic is the greatest #1 pick of all time. How many rookies can say that they won Finals MVP? He won 3 Finals MVPs in his career, 3 MVPs, 5 championships, and led the Lakers to NINE NBA Finals. All he did was win, be the greatest point guard of all time, and average 20/8/12 in the playoffs. Yeah, he lived up to the hype.

2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Selected in 1969 by the Milwaukee Bucks

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the NBA's all time leading scorer
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is the NBA’s all time leading scorer

Kareem is one of the greatest players ever. He won 6 MVPs, 6 Championships, 2 Finals MVPs, Rookie of the Year, the NBA’s #1 in points scored, #3 in rebounds and #3 in blocks. He won Rookie of the Year and led the Bucks to a championship in his second season. That’s what I call instant success.

3. Tim Duncan
Selected in 1997 by the San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan has won championships in 3 different decades
Tim Duncan has won championships in 3 different decades

The greatest power forward of all time, Duncan has led the Spurs to 5 championships split between 3 different decades, the 1990s,2000s & 2010s. He’s just a winner. 5 championships, 2 MVPs, 3 Finals MVPs, Rookie of the Year, Needless to say, the Spurs made a good pick on this one.

4. Lebron James
Selected in 2003 by the Cleveland Cavaliers

Lebron James is the most dominant player in the game today
Lebron James is the most dominant player in the game today

Lebron is either the best small forward or second best small forward of all time depending on where you rank Larry Bird. But either way he’s one of the greatest players of all time. 4 MVPs, 2 championships, 2 Finals MVPs, and Rookie of the Year, he’s the modern day Oscar Robertson, able to score, rebound and pass well. Cleveland definitely didn’t mess up this pick.

5. Hakeem Olajuwon
Selected in 1984 by the Houston Rockets

Hakeem Olajuwon is the all time leader in blocked shots
Hakeem Olajuwon is the all time leader in blocked shots

Even though the 1984 draft had Michael Jordan in it, Hakeem wasn’t a bad pick either for Houston. He ended winning 1 MVP, 2 championships, 2 Finals MVPs, and the all time leader in blocked shots. Probably the most versatile center ever, he also had a quadruple double once and is the only center who is top 10 in steals.

6. Shaquille O’Neal
Selected in 1992 by the Orlando Magic

Shaq was the most dominant center in the 2000s
Shaq was the most dominant center in the 2000s

Shaq was the most dominant center to play since Wilt Chamberlain. He was Rookie of the Year, beat Jordan’s Bulls and led the Magic to the Finals in his third season. He also had 4 championships, 1 MVP, 3 Finals MVPs, including a dominating 3-peat with the Lakers later in his career.

7. Elgin Baylor
Selected in 1958 by the Los Angeles Lakers

Elgin Baylor captained the Lakers to 8 Finals appearances
Elgin Baylor captained the Lakers to 8 Finals appearances

This Rookie of the Year was one of the most dominating players of the 60s along with West, Oscar, Russell and Wilt. He averaged 27/13.5/4.5 for his career, which is astounding, and shot 61 points in a Finals game before, still an NBA record. He led the Lakers to 8 Finals appearances, co-captaining the team along with Jerry West.

8. David Robinson
Selected in 1987 by the San Antonio Spurs

David Robinson led the Spurs for 10 years
David Robinson led the Spurs for 10 years

David Robinson was one of the greatest centers of all time, captaining the Spurs for 10 years until he teamed up with Duncan. He won 2 championships, 1 MVP, Rookie of the Year, scored 71 points in a game before, and had a quadruple double in a game before.

9. Allen Iverson
Selected in 1996 by the Philadelphia 76ers

Allen Iverson has the second highest playoffs scoring average in NBA history
Allen Iverson has the second highest playoffs scoring average in NBA history

Along with Isiah Thomas and Tiny Archibald, the greatest 6 footers to ever play the game, Allen Iverson won an MVP and led the Sixers to the Finals almost by himself. He also had Rookie of the Year, 4 scoring titles, and holds the second highest playoffs scoring average in NBA history at almost 30 points a game, second only to Michael Jordan.

10. Patrick Ewing
Selected in 1985 by the New York Knicks

Patrick Ewing captained the Knicks for 15 years
Patrick Ewing captained the Knicks for 15 years

While he didn’t win a championship like that other Knicks center legend Willis Reed, Ewing is probably the second greatest Knick to play, winning Rookie of the Year, and captaining the Knicks to 2 Finals appearances during the 1990s.

8 out of the top 10 #1 draft picks of all time won Rookie of the Year. Note that I left out Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson because they were territorial picks, but could’ve been number one as well

Hearthstone: Top 10 best legendaries

My Magic the Gathering top 10 lists have been the most popular articles on my site by far… so here’s one for Hearthstone! (up to the GvG expansion). The top 10 legendaries of all time… if you want some ideas on what to craft, this should be a good place to start.

10. Harrison Jones
If facing the right decks, this card can be very very good. A 5/4 body that destroys the opponents weapon and draws you cards can put you in a winning position right away.

9. Bloodmage Thalnos
A very cheap legendary, but very effective. Gives you extra spell damage, and replaces itself when it dies. Simple and effective.

8. Vol'jin
This is a very powerful card because it can instantly bring any minion down to 2 health, and has a decent amount of power (6) to boot.

7. Sylvanas Windrunner
Her death rattle is a free Mind Control, which is a 10 mana card. You get a 5/5 body with it too. She forces your opponent to play around her, and that’s always a good thing.

6. The Black Knight
This is a sort of meta card, but a lot of decks run minions with taunt. If they do, then this is Assassinate on a stick, and a 4/5 body if you really need it.

5. Lord Jaraxxus
If your warlord deck can fit him, then run him. He’s really that good. If you are ever under 15 health, you turn into this guy, with a hero power that can summon 6/6s, and a 3/8 weapon. That’s insane.

4. Ragnaros the Firelord
One of the strongest minions ever because he does an incredible 8 damage right away before the opponent starts their turn. The opponent can’t do anything about it. And if the opponent doesn’t kill him the next turn, he’s just gonna take 8 damage every turn, which is quite a bit.

3. Tirion Fordring
The best class specific legendary minion in my opinion. Divine Shield and Taunt means the opponent has to waste at least two cards / hero powers on him, and when he does die, you get a 5/3 weapon, which is worth 15 damage. Is that amazing or what?

2. Loatheb
Loatheb is amazing against control decks, which is most of the competitive decks out there. He basically gives you tempo advantage by giving the opponent a turn which they can’t really play many spells. Under the right conditions, this could definitely mean the difference between a loss and a win.

1. Dr. Boom
No competition here. Dr. Boom is so good because he can go in any deck, and always be of value. He’s a 7/7 by himself, and the best thing is that he brings two other guys with him that does damage, which always results in card advantage or wasted resources from your opponent. Those guys do up to 4 damage each, which means in addition to a 7/7, you get 2 1/1s that can deal a possible 10 damage total which is incredible.

Hearthstone decklist

Everyone who reads my blog knows that I am a big fan of Magic the Gathering. But these days it seems Wizards of the Coast just keeps releasing more and more sets that kind of dilute the power of Magic cards. More and more cards seem overpowered or strictly superior to the older cards, that annoy me.

Recently, I found an online-only card game, called Hearthstone, which is very similar to Magic, except that its free to play, every card can be gotten for free (with enough grinding), and its very simple to play. Basically, they took Magic’s principles, kept the fun strategy and interaction and mana restraints, but eliminated the complicated stuff like tapping to attack, blocking, mana pools, turn phases, etc.

In Hearthstone, every player starts out with 3/4 cards and 30 life, has a maximum of 30 cards in a deck and 2 copies of any card, draws a card every turn, gains mana every turn, has a maximum of 10 mana, and only one turn phase in which they can do everything. All creatures (minions they are called) must wait a turn before attacking, and can either attack the player directly or another minion, just like Magic. Every player has a special hero ability that can be used once per turn for 2 mana. And the goal is to reduce the opponent’s life to 0. That’s it. They basically distilled Magic’s rules down while still keeping it fun, which is great.

That said, I’ve been playing Hearthstone a lot these days, and these are the decks I currently use online. As with Magic having 5 colors, Hearthstone has 9 classes you can play as with special cards available with each class.

Mech Mage
This is a Mage deck that uses Mechs and an aggro playstyle to win the game.

//22 common/basic
2x Frostbolt
2x Snowchugger
2x Fireball
2x Clockwork Gnome
2x Cogmaster
2x Annoy-o-Tron
2x Mechwarper
2x Harvest Golem
2x Spider Tank
2x Tinkertown Technician
2x Piloted Shredder
2x Polymorph
//2 rare
2x Goblin Blastmage
//5 legendary
1x Loatheb
1x Dr. Boom
1x Archmage Antonidas
1x The Black Knight
Midrange Paladin
This Paladin deck uses a ramp strategy which balances the cost of the cards in a normal distribution across the deck, going from small threats early game to big threats late game.

//1-2 cost
1x Equality
1x Ironbeak Owl
2x Knife Juggler
2x Shielded Minibot
//3 cost
1x Big Game Hunter
2x Muster for Battle
2x Aldor Peacekeeper
1x Acolyte of Pain
//4-5 cost
2x Piloted Shredder
2x Sludge Belcher
2x Truesilver Champion
2x Consecration
1x Loatheb
1x Harrison Jones
2x Quartermaster
//6+ cost
1x Tirion Fordring
1x Sylvanas Windrunner
1x The Black Knight
1x Dr. Boom
1x Ragnaros the Firelord
1x Cairne Bloodhoof
Fatigue Druid
The goal of this Druid deck is to run the opponent out of cards so that they have no options, and therefore lose the game eventually due to fatigue.

//14 common/basic
2x Naturalize
2x Wrath
2x Swipe
2x Poison Seeds
2x Explosive Sheep
2x Antique Healbot
2x Dancing Swords
//14 rare
2x Starfall
2x Coldlight Oracle
2x Deathlord
2x Sludge Belcher
2x Grove Tender
2x Keeper of the Grove
2x Abomination
//1 epic
1x Tree of Life
//1 legendary
1x King Mukla