Detroit Pistons: Ranking the last 10 number one picks in the NBA Draft
#4: Karl-Anthony Towns (2015)
Towns has been a scoring machine from the second he entered the league and has already made three All-Star teams even though his Timberwolves haven’t won much. They did make the play-in last season and hope to go even further after adding Rudy Gobert, so that may all be about to change.
Gobert will allow Towns to play more on the perimeter, where he is probably the best shooting big in the NBA, hitting over 40 percent from 3-point range last season. He can’t defend, but is pretty much a guaranteed 25 points per night.
#3: Zion Williamson (2019)
If Zion Williamson were healthy all of the time, I think he’d be atop this list, as this guy was an absolute terror in his one full season in the league, averaging 27 points and seven rebounds on historic efficiency.
But that “when healthy” tag is going to follow him until he can prove he can stay on the court. I know a lot of people wouldn’t put him this high because of his health problems, but I also cover the Pelicans and have literally watched every one of this guy’s games, and when he is on the floor, there is no one like him.
He’s one of the few players in the league who creates a buzz when he walks into the gym, an unstoppable point/post player who can initiate the offense himself or play off teammates. If Zion is healthy this season, he’ll be an MVP candidate, but that is a huge IF.