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ChiTownPacerFan
02-25-2011, 02:39 AM
I was looking through NBA finals history, and I may be mistaken, but it appears that no team has ever won a championship without a player who was taken 5th overall or higher. Sorry if this has been discussed before, but this really surprised me. I guess the NBA has been superstar driven for longer than I realized.

Storch
02-25-2011, 02:49 AM
Detroit Pistons? Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Sheed, Ben Wallace.

I may be wrong :shrug:

-----Edit------
Strike that billups was 3rd overall

thekmp211
02-25-2011, 02:52 AM
Detroit Pistons? Billups, Hamilton, Prince, Sheed, Ben Wallace.

I may be wrong :shrug:

nah sheed and billups were top 5 picks. hamilton went number 7 fwiw.

good question, though i'd say with good certainty the answer is no.

cbbeefy8
02-25-2011, 02:54 AM
The Pistons still also had #2 pick Darko milicic

central2003
02-25-2011, 03:07 AM
What about the 2009 and 2010 Laker squad I can't remember what number Gasol was drafted but I know Kobe was not a top 5 pick (talk about a steal).

Giraffes Rule
02-25-2011, 03:12 AM
What about the 2009 and 2010 Laker squad I can't remember what number Gasol was drafted but I know Kobe was not a top 5 pick (talk about a steal).

Pau went 3rd overall.

ChiTownPacerFan
02-25-2011, 04:58 AM
Well, I guess that answers that.

hans dolo
02-25-2011, 05:04 AM
thought provoking thread :clap: well done sir

KG2TB
02-25-2011, 05:11 AM
It makes sense...

ChiTownPacerFan
02-25-2011, 05:11 AM
thought provoking thread :clap: well done sir

Thanks. I'm still hoping for a definitive answer though.

J-Relo
02-25-2011, 05:14 AM
nice find

abe_froman
02-25-2011, 05:18 AM
I was looking through NBA finals history, and I may be mistaken, but it appears that no team has ever won a championship without a player who was taken 5th overall or higher. Sorry if this has been discussed before, but this really surprised me. I guess the NBA has been superstar driven for longer than I realized.

since the start.i dunno why,but people tend to not realize that its been star driven forever.

Ebbs
02-25-2011, 05:35 AM
Very interesting.

KG2TB
02-25-2011, 05:42 AM
since the start.i dunno why,but people tend to not realize that its been star driven forever.

You're not saying top talent wins games are you? Don't tell that to Jerry Krause :laugh2:

ackar
02-25-2011, 11:15 AM
You're not saying top talent wins games are you? Don't tell that to Jerry Krause :laugh2:

lmao krause have anyone seen the guy since lol!

RelaxedFan
02-25-2011, 11:52 AM
I researched to through the 1976 Boston Celtics and each team has someone on their Roster that was drafted Top 5. It is possible that the player wasn't a "super star" but a top 5 pick was on every team.

Tarheels23
02-25-2011, 12:15 PM
There are 15 players on a roster.... odds are that one of the 15 players was drafted in the top 5 (especially on championship calibur teams).

There are only 2 rounds of the draft and 30 teams. Not many 2nd round picks even make NBA rosters. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense

Atticus Finch
02-25-2011, 12:22 PM
Right now there's 66 players currently playing who were drafted #1-5, out of 435 total players. That's about 15% of the league, or enough for every team in the league to have 2 players who were a top 5 pick. I'd be surprised if there was a team right now that didn't have a top 5 pick on their roster.

KnicksR4Real
02-25-2011, 12:27 PM
im probs wrong but the spurs that won a few years back

KnicksR4Real
02-25-2011, 12:27 PM
dont know when timmy was drafted

charlsdq7
02-25-2011, 12:30 PM
Timmy went # 1

LakersIn5
02-25-2011, 12:38 PM
Right now there's 66 players currently playing who were drafted #1-5, out of 435 total players. That's about 15% of the league, or enough for every team in the league to have 2 players who were a top 5 pick. I'd be surprised if there was a team right now that didn't have a top 5 pick on their roster.

at first thought you would actually think that some teams dont have a top 5 pick player like cavs and pacers. but after some research i found out that jamison was a 4th pick and mike dunleavy was a 3rd pick. lol

same goes with charlotte. shaun livingston was drafted 4th overall.

WOOOAH. BE SURPRISE NOW DUDE. THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS DONT HAVE ONE. :speechless:

gsgs49
02-25-2011, 12:42 PM
Yeah nice find,there isn't any championship team without at least a #5 overall pick since 1980,I'm not sure about it before the 80's.
Another question:Any team reached the finals without at least a #5 overall pick?
I think the indiana pacers in 2000 is one.

Atticus Finch
02-25-2011, 12:44 PM
at first thought you would actually think that some teams dont have a top 5 pick player like cavs and pacers. but after some research i found out that jamison was a 4th pick and mike dunleavy was a 3rd pick. lol

same goes with charlotte. shaun livingston was drafted 4th overall.

WOOOAH. BE SURPRISE NOW DUDE. THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS DONT HAVE ONE. :speechless:

DUDE, Im seriously surprised. Nice find :clap:

LakersIn5
02-25-2011, 12:47 PM
DUDE, Im seriously surprised. Nice find :clap:

no prob dude

JordansBulls
02-25-2011, 12:53 PM
I think this is the answer.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/SEA/1979.html

Fred Brown went #6 and Jack Sikma #8, John Johnson #7

Edit: Wally Walker went #5

jezzyman05
02-25-2011, 12:58 PM
im probs wrong but the spurs that won a few years back

Scratch the Spurs from the list here is why....

In 1999 the Spurs Had Sean Elliott won was drafted in 1989 #3 overall behind Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry (Danny Later played on the spurs 2003 champ team)

David Robinson (1999 and 2003) was #1 overall pick in 87 but due to his 2 yr navy committment he didn't play until 1989-90

Tim Duncan was draft #1 overall from Wake Forest in the 1997 NBA draft

Now alot of people do not know this but the Spurs also had Antonio Daniels and he was drafted #4 overall in 1997 by Vancouver

on the 2003 team aside from Duncan and Robinson we also has Steve Smith who was drafted #5 overall by the Miami Heat in the 1991 Nba Draft


I know I went to in depth but I like talking about spurs history :)

jezzyman05
02-25-2011, 01:01 PM
Yeah nice find,there isn't any championship team without at least a #5 overall pick since 1980,I'm not sure about it before the 80's.
Another question:Any team reached the finals without at least a #5 overall pick?
I think the indiana pacers in 2000 is one.


nope Sam Perkins was the #4 overall pick in 1983 I believe

tdunk21
02-25-2011, 01:05 PM
dont know when timmy was drafted

timmy was #1 in 1997.....spurs tanked the season coz of an injury to david robinson and got lucky....

jezzyman05
02-25-2011, 01:07 PM
timmy was #1 in 1997.....spurs tanked the season coz of an injury to david robinson and got lucky....

I remember that 21-61 season robinson only played 17 games that season

tdunk21
02-25-2011, 01:08 PM
cant think of any teams.....