No. 1, Sacramento Kings, 1989
Suffering from injury, Ellison barely played half his rookie season and was quickly traded to Washington Bullets. Injuries remained a big issue in his career and caused his retirement in 2000.
Should have chosen: Glen Rice (No. 4, Miami), Tim Hardaway (No. 14, Golden State), Shawn Kemp (No. 17, Seattle), or Vlade Divac (No. 26, Los Angeles).