Cavs’ drive for five: A history of the No. 5 overall picks

Kevin Love of the Cavaliers was picked No. 5 overall in the 2008 draft and traded by the Grizzlies to the Timberwolves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers proved to be unlucky when it came to the NBA’s draft lottery, falling out of the top three to the fifth pick Tuesday night in Chicago.

In their 49-season history, the Cavaliers have never selected fifth in the NBA Draft, though current Cavalier Kevin Love was taken No. 5 overall in the 2008 draft out of UCLA by the Memphis Grizzlies and traded that night to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Millerin in exchange for Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric, O.J. Mayo and Antoine Walker.

Here’s a look at the all-time No. 5 overall picks in the NBA Draft:

Year Player School/Country – Team

2018 — Trae Young, Oklahoma – Dallas Mavericks
2017 — De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky – Sacramento Kings
2016 — Kris Dunn, Providence – Minnesota Timberwolves
2015 — Mario Hezonja, FC Barcelona Basquet – Orlando Magic
2014 — Dante Exum, Australia – Utah Jazz
2013 — Alex Len, Maryland – Phoenix Suns
2012 — Thomas Robinson, Kansas – Sacramento Kings
2011 — Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania – Toronto Raptors
2010 — Demarcus Cousins, Kentucky – Sacramento Kings

2000s
2009 — Ricky Rubio, Spain – Minnesota Timberwolves
2008 — Kevin Love, UCLA – Memphis Grizzlies
2007 — Jeff Green, Georgetown – Boston Celtics
2006 — Shelden Williams, Duke – Atlanta Hawks
2005 — Raymond Felton, North Carolina – Charlotte Bobcats
2004 — Devin Harris, Wisconsin – Washington Wizards
2003 — Dwyane Wade, Marquette – Miami Heat
2002 — Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Italy – Denver Nuggets
2001 — Jason Richardson, Michigan State – Golden State Warriors
2000 — Mike Miller, Florida – Orlando Magic

1990s
1999 — Jonathan Bender, Picayune HS (Miss.) – Toronto Raptors
1998 — Vince Carter, North Carolina – Golden State Warriors
1997 — Tony Battie, Texas Tech – Denver Nuggets
1996 — Ray Allen, Connecticut – Minnesota Timberwolves
1995 — Kevin Garnett, Farragut Academy (Ill.) – Minnesota Timberwolves
1994 — Juwan Howard, Michigan – Washington Bullets
1993 — Isaiah Rider, UNLV – Minnesota Timberwolves
1992 — LaPhonso Ellis, Notre Dame – Denver Nuggets
1991 — Steve Smith, Michigan State – Miami Heat
1990 — Kendall Gill, Illinois – Charlotte Hornets

1980s
1989 — J.R. Reid, North Carolina – Charlotte Hornets
1988 — Mitch Richmond, Kansas State – Golden State Warriors
1987 — Scottie Pippen, Central Arkansas – Seattle Supersonics
1986 — Kenny Walker, Kentucky – New York Knicks
1985 — Jon Koncak, Southern Methodist – Atlanta Hawks
1984 — Charles Barkley, Auburn – Philadelphia 76ers
1983 — Sidney Green, UNLV – Chicago Bulls
1982 — LaSalle Thompson, Texas – Kansas City Kings
1981 — Danny Vranes, Utah – Seattle Supersonics
1980 — James Ray, Jacksonville – Denver Nuggets

1970s
1979 — Sidney Moncrief, Arkansas – Milwaukee Bucks
1978 — Purvis Short, Jackson State – Golden State Warriors
1977 — Walter Davis, North Carolina – Phoenix Suns
1976 — Wally Walker, Virginia – Portland Trail Blazers
1975 — Darryl Dawkins, Evans HS (Fla.) – Philadelphia 76ers
1974 — Bobby Jones, North Carolina – Houston Rockets
1973 — Kermit Washington, American – Lakers
1972 — Fred Boyd, Oregon State – Philadelphia 76ers
1971 — George Trapp, Long Beach State – Atlanta Hawks
1970 — Sam Lacey, New Mexico State – Cincinnati Royals

1960s
1969 — Larry Cannon, La Salle – Chicago Bulls
1968 — Don Smith, Iowa State – Cincinnati Royals
1967 — Walt Frazier, Southern Illinois – New York Knicks
1966 — Jack Marin, Duke – Baltimore Bullets
1965 — Bill Cunningham, North Carolina – Philadelphia 76ers
1964 — Jeff Mullins, Duke – St. Louis Hawks
1963 — Gerry Ward, Boston College – St. Louis Hawks
1962 — Wayne Hightower, Kansas – Philadelphia Warriors
1961 — Wayne Yates, Memphis State – LA Lakers
1960 — Lee Shaffer, North Carolina – Syracuse Nationals

1950s
1959 — Johnny Green, Michigan State – New York Knicks
1958 — Guy Rodgers, Temple – Philadelphia Warriors
1957 — Brendan McCann, St. Bonaventure – New York Knicks
1956 — Joe Holup, George Washington University – Syracuse Nationals
1955 — Ed Conlin, Fordham University – Syracuse Nationals
1954 — Togo Palazzi, College of the Holy Cross – Boston Celtics
1953 — Frank Ramsey, University of Kentucky – Boston Celtics
1952 — Ralph Polson, Whitworth – New York Knicks
1951 — John McConathy, Northwestern State University – Syracuse Nationals
1950 — Larry Foust, La Salle University – Chicago Stags

1 Comment on "Cavs’ drive for five: A history of the No. 5 overall picks"

  1. Philip Rusch | May 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm | Reply

    In a deep draft, #5 would still be a pretty good spot to be. In a thinner draft, you’ll need a particularly sharp eye to avoid ending up with a Darko Milicic type player. They’ll probably also be tested whether to take the chance with Cam Reddish.

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