Lakers’ 4 on the floor: A history of the No. 4 overall picks

Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul are two examples of the caliber of player taken at No. 4 in the draft.

The Los Angeles Lakers didn’t hit the jackpot in the NBA Draft Lottery, but they were indeed winners.

LeBron James’ team moved up seven spots, drawing the No. 4 overall pick in the June 20 draft.

Some great players have been drafted in that spot through the years, including former legendary Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan (1965, Baltimore Bullets), Lou Hudson (1966, St. Louis Hawks), Dave Cowens (1970, Boston Celtics), Byron Scott (1983, San Diego Clippers), Sam Perkins (1984, Dallas Mavericks), Dikembe Mutombo (1991, Denver Nuggets), Chris Bosh (2003, Toronto Raptors), Chris Paul (2005, New Orleans Hornets), Mike Conley (2007, Memphis Grizzlies), Russell Westbrook (2008, Seattle SuperSonics) and Kristaps Porzingis (2015, New York Knicks).

If owner Jeanie Buss, general manager Rob Pelinka opt to hold onto the fourth selection, it will mark the first time in the storied history of the Lakers’ franchise that it will utilize the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.

Here’s a history of the No. 4 overall picks in the NBA Draft:

Year Player School/Country – Team

2018 — Jaren Jackson, Michigan State – Memphis Grizzlies
2017 — Josh Jackson, Kansas – Phoenix Suns
2016 — Dragan Bender, Israel – Phoenix Suns
2015 Kristaps Porzingis, Baloncesta Sevilla – New York Knicks
2014 — Aaron Gordon, Arizona – Orlando Magic
2013 — Cody Zeller, Indiana – Charlotte Bobcats
2012 — Dion Waiters, Syracuse – Cleveland Cavaliers
2011 — Tristan Thompson, Texas – Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 — Wesley Johnson, Syracuse – Minnesota Timberwolves

2000s
2009 — Tyreke Evans, Memphis – Sacramento Kings
2008 — Russell Westbrook, UCLA – Seattle Supersonics
2007 — Mike Conley Jr, Ohio State – Memphis Grizzlies
2006 — Tyrus Thomas, Louisiana State – Portland Trail Blazers
2005 — Chris Paul, Wake Forest – New Orleans Hornets
2004 — Shaun Livingston, Peoria HS (IL) – LA Clippers
2003 — Chris Bosh, Georgia Tech – Toronto Raptors
2002 — Drew Gooden, Kansas – Memphis Grizzlies
2001 — Eddy Curry, Thornwood HS (IL) – Chicago Bulls
2000 — Marcus Fizer, Iowa State – Chicago Bulls

1990s
1999 — Lamar Odom, Rhode Island – LA Clippers
1998 — Antawn Jamison, North Carolina – Toronto Raptors
1997 — Antonio Daniels, Bowling Green – Vancouver Grizzlies
1996 — Stephon Marbury, Georgia Tech – Milwaukee Bucks
1995 — Rasheed Wallace, North Carolina – Washington Bullets
1994 — Donyell Marshall, Connecticut – Minnesota Timberwolves
1993 — Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky – Dallas Mavericks
1992 — Jim Jackson, Ohio State – Dallas Mavericks
1991 — Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown – Denver Nuggets
1990 — Dennis Scott, Georgia Tech – Orlando Magic

1980s
1989 — Glen Rice, Michigan – Miami Heat
1988 — Chris Morris, Auburn – New Jersey Nets
1987 — Reggie Williams, Georgetown – LA Clippers
1986 — Chuck Person, Auburn – Indiana Pacers
1985 — Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State – Seattle Supersonics
1984 — Sam Perkins, North Carolina – Dallas Mavericks
1983 — Byron Scott, Arizona State – San Diego Clippers
1982 — Bill Garnett, Wyoming – Dallas Mavericks
1981 — Al Wood, North Carolina – Atlanta Hawks
1980 — Kelvin Ransey, Ohio State – Chicago Bulls

1970s
1979 — Greg Kelser, Michigan State – Detroit Pistons
1978 — Micheal Ray Richardson, Montana – New York Knicks
1977 — Greg Ballard, Oregon – Washington Bullets
1976 — Leon Douglas, Alabama – Detroit Pistons
1975 — Alvan Adams, Oklahoma – Phoenix Suns
1974 — John Shumate, Notre Dame – Phoenix Suns
1973 — Mike Green, Louisiana Tech – Seattle Supersonics
1972 — Corky Calhoun, Penn – Phoenix Suns
1971 — Ken Durrett, La Salle – Cincinnati Royals
1970 — Dave Cowens, Florida State – Boston Celtics

1960s
1969 — Terry Driscoll, Boston College – Detroit Pistons
1968 — Tom Boerwinkle, Tennessee – Chicago Bulls
1967 — Sonny Dove, St. John’s – Detroit Pistons
1966 — Lou Hudson, Minnesota – St. Louis Hawks
1965 — Jerry Sloan, University of Evansville – Baltimore Bullets
1964 — Lucious Jackson, Pan American – Philadelphia 76ers
1963 — Ed Miles, Seattle – Detroit Pistons
1962 — Len Chappell, Wake Forest – Syracuse Nationals
1961 — Ray Scott, Portland – Detroit Pistons
1960 — Jack Moreland, Louisiana Tech – Detroit Pistons

1950s
1959 — Dick Barnett, Tennessee State – Syracuse Nationals
1958 — Pete Brennan, North Carolina – New York Knicks
1957 — Win Wilfong, Memphis State – St. Louis Hawks
1956 — Ron Shavlik North Carolina State University – New York Knicks
1955 — Kenny Sears, Santa Clara University – New York Knicks
1954 — Dick Rosenthal, University of Notre Dame – Fort Wayne Pistons
1953 — Richie Regan, Seton Hall University – Rochester Royals
1952 — Joe Dean, Louisiana State University – Indianapolis Olympians
1951 — Zeke Sinicola, Niagara University – Fort Wayne Pistons
1950 — Dick Schnittker, Ohio State University – Washington Capitals

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