5. Reggie Lewis: Lewis was originally taken with the 22nd overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Lewis spent his entire six-year career with the Celtics. After barely cracking the line-up his rookie year, Lewis became a starter in year two. In his five years as a starter he never averaged less than 17 points a game. His best season came in 1991-92 when Lewis made his lone All-Star game after averaging 20.8 points on 50.3 percent shooting from the field, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks while starting all 82 games.
For his career, Lewis averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.5 steals and nearly a block in 450 games (352 starts). Lewis was on the path to be a Celtics great before his untimely passing after only his sixth season in the NBA.
4. Kevin Johnson: Johnson was originally taken with the seventh overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Johnson barely played half a season in Cleveland before being traded to the Phoenix Suns for Larry Nance. He turned out to be a great move for Johnson who spent the last 11 and a half seasons of his career with the Suns. One of his most impressive seasons came in 1989-90 when Johnson averaged 22.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 11.4 assists and 1.3 steals while starting all 74 games he played in. That year, Johnson made his first of three All-Star games and was named All-NBA second-team for the second consecutive season.
For his career, Johnson earned All-NBA second or third-team honors five times while averaging 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 735 games (623 starts).
3. Reggie Miller: Miller was originally taken with the 11th overall pick by the Indiana Pacers out of UCLA. Miller spent his entire 18-year career with the Pacers and was one of the games best outside shooters. The five-time All-Star had one of his best seasons in 1989-90 when Miller made his first All-Star game after averaging 24.6 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the field, 3.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals while starting all 82 games.
During his Hall of Fame career, Miller led the league in free-throw percentage five times and is eighth all-time at 88.8 percent from the line. Miller also earned All-NBA third team honors three times while averaging 18.2 points, three rebounds, three assists and 1.1 steals in 1,389 games (1,304 starts).
2. Scottie Pippen: Pippen was originally taken with the fifth by the Seattle SuperSonics before being traded to the Chicago Bulls for Olden Polynice. Pippen played for 17 seasons with the Bulls, Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers. His best seasons came in Chicago where Pippen helped to lead the Bulls to six NBA Championships in eight years. The seven-time All-Star had one of his best statistical seasons in 1993-94 when Pippen averaged 22 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.9 steals.
For his career, Pippen earned All-NBA first, second or third-team honors seven times as well as well as making the NBA All-defensive first or second team 10 times. Pippen averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists and two steals in 1,178 games (1,053 starts). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
1. David Robinson: the San Antonio Spurs got it right when they selected Robinson with the first overall pick. Even though they had to wait two years for his services, Robinson arrived with a splash in San Antonio in 1989. Robinson played his entire 14-year career with the Spurs and was a 10-time All-Star. Robinson finished top 10 in MVP balloting nine times and earned All-NBA first, second or third-team 10 times. One of his best seasons came in 1994-95 when Robinson won the NBA MVP after averaging 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.2 blocks. As good as Robinson was on the offensive end, he may have been better on defense. Robinson was NBA All-defensive first or second-team eight times and won the defensive Player of the Year in ’91-92.
For his career, Robinson averaged 21.1 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals and three blocks in 987 games (985 starts). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.