What do Markelle Fultz (76ers, 2017) and Anthony Bennett (Cavaliers, 2013) have in common? They’re the most recent No. 1 overall draft choices not to start at the start of a season.
Prior to them, as best I can tell, the last pick of the litter to come off the bench was center Billy ‘The Hill’ McGill … through no fault of his own; Walt Bellamy already had established himself as the Chicago Zephyrs’ centerfold.
McGill was fresh in my mind when I began this column. I’d just read his depressing story in ‘Hard Labor’… authored by Sam Smith (The Jordan Rules). Starring Oscar Robertson and 13 other litigants who sued the NBA in 1970 to prevent the league from merging with the ABA, it’s exceptionally resourced and entrancingly educational.
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