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Markelle Fultz adds to recent list of disappointing No. 1 NBA draft picks

Markelle Fultz – 2017 – Philadelphia 76ers

Career stats:
7.7 points per game
3.4 rebounds per game
3.4 assists per game
33 games, 2 seasons

Andrew Wiggins – 2014 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Career stats:
19.5 ppg
4.2 rpg
2.1 apg
376 games, 5 seasons, 1 team
NBA Rookie of the Year, zero NBA All-Star teams

Anthony Bennett – 2013 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Career stats:
4.4 ppg
3.1 rpg
0.5 apg
151 games, 4 seasons, 4 teams (waived by Nets in 2017)

Greg Oden – 2007 – Portland Trail Blazers

Career stats:
8.0 ppg
6.2 rpg
0.5 apg
105 games, 3 seasons, 2 teams (retired)
Zero NBA All-Star teams

Andrea Bargnani – 2006 – Toronto Raptors

Career stats:
14.3 ppg
4.6 rpg
1.2 apg
550 games, 10 seasons, 3 teams (waived by Nets in 2016)
Zero NBA All-Star teams

Andrew Bogut – 2005 – Milwaukee Bucks

Career stats:
9.8 ppg
8.7 rpg
2.2 apg
1.6 blocks per game
694 games, 13 seasons, 5 teams (waived by Lakers in 2018)
Zero NBA All-Star teams

Kwame Brown – 2001 – Washington Wizards

Career stats:
6.6 ppg
5.5 rpg
0.9 apg
607 games, 14 seasons, 7 teams (retired)
Zero NBA All-Star teams

Kenyon Martin – 2000 – New Jersey Nets

Career stats:
12.3 ppg
6.8 rpg
1.9 apg
1.1 blocks per game
757 games, 14 seasons, 5 teams (retired)
1-time NBA All-Star

The Philadelphia 76ers traded up to draft Markelle Fultz out of Washington with the top pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Less that two years later, the Sixers have given up on the point guard by dealing him away to the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

Fultz was never able to stay on the court consistently for Philly due to ongoing injury issues and major problems with his jump shot. But he’s definitely not the first No. 1 NBA pick to fall well short of expectations. Recent history tells us the top pick is anything but a sure thing in this league.