Markelle Fultz joins club of No. 1 NBA draft picks who have yielded mixed results

The Philadelphia 76ers traded up and got their guy, point guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington, with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. So what should Sixers fans expect out of Fultz?

History tells us the top pick in the NBA draft is anything but a sure thing. All you have to do is look at the top picks of this millennium to see the wide range of possible outcomes. You have all-time greats like LeBron James, Hall of Famers like Yao Ming and complete duds like Anthony Bennett and Greg Oden. Here’s a quick glimpse of every top draft pick since 2000 and how each player fared.

Markelle Fultz – 2017 – Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers traded up to select Fultz first overall in the NBA draft.

Ben Simmons – 2016 – Philadelphia 76ers

Has not played an NBA game due to injury.

Karl-Anthony Towns – 2015 – Minnesota Timberwolves

Career stats:
21.7 points per game
11.4 rebounds per game
2.3 assists per game
1.5 blocks per game
164 games, 2 seasons (active)
NBA Rookie of the Year, zero NBA All-Star teams

Andrew Wiggins – 2014 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Career stats:
20.4 ppg
4.1 rpg
2.1 apg
245 games, 3 seasons (active)
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 (waived by Nets in January 2017)

Anthony Davis – 2012 – New Orleans Hornets

Career stats:
22.4 ppg
10.2 rpg
1.8 apg
2.4 blocks per game
335 games, 5 seasons
2-time All-NBA First Team, 4-time NBA All-Star

Kyrie Irving – 2011 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Career stats:
21.6 ppg
3.4 rpg
5.5 apg
381 games, 6 seasons
4-time NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year

John Wall – 2010 – Washington Wizards

Career stats:
18.8 ppg
4.4 rpg
9.2 apg
500 games, 7 seasons
4-time NBA All-Star

Blake Griffin – 2009 – Los Angeles Clippers

Career stats:
21.5 ppg
9.4 rpg
4.1 apg
471 games, 7 seasons
5-time NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year

Derrick Rose – 2008 – Chicago Bulls

Career stats:
19.5 ppg
3.7 rpg
6.0 apg
470 games, 8 seasons
NBA MVP, All-NBA First Team, 3-time NBA All-Star, NBA Rookie of the Year

Greg Oden – 2007 – Portland Trail Blazers

Career stats:
8.0 ppg
6.2 rpg
0.5 apg
105 games, 3 seasons (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 (last played in NBA in 2016)
Zero NBA All-Star teams

Andrew Bogut – 2005 – Milwaukee Bucks

Career stats:
10.0 ppg
8.9 rpg
2.3 apg
1.6 blocks per game
671 games, 12 seasons (active)
Zero NBA All-Star teams

Dwight Howard – 2004 – Orlando Magic

Career stats:
17.5 ppg
12.7 rpg
1.5 apg
2.0 blocks per game
954 games, 13 seasons (active)
5-time All-NBA First Team, 3-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, 8-time NBA All-Star

LeBron James – 2003 – Cleveland Cavaliers

Career stats:
27.1 ppg
7.3 rpg
7.0 apg
1,061 games, 14 seasons (active)
4-time NBA MVP, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 11-time All-NBA First Team, 13-time NBA All-Star

Yao Ming – 2002 – Houston Rockets

Career stats:
19.0 ppg
9.2 rpg
1.6 apg
1.9 blocks per game
486 games, 8 seasons (retired)
Basketball Hall of Famer, 8-time NBA All-Star

Kwame Brown – 2001 – Washington Wizards

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