- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
It's a given that franchises often rest on the fate of No. 1 overall picks, but we've never seen anything quite like this before.
Former overall top choices Yao Ming, Andrew Bogut, Blake Griffin and Greg Oden each hobble into the preseason with injury-related question marks. That's four of the past nine No. 1 picks simultaneously recovering from serious injuries at the dawn of a new season. For some teams, their star's recovery could mean immediate title contention, but for others, a setback could delay their franchise's long-term rebuilding plans yet again.
Let's take a closer look at the shelved stars and how pivotal all the situations are for their respective franchises.
Remarkably, four of the past nine No. 1 overall picks are recovering from serious injuries this offseason. How will their returns affect their teams' short- and long-term prospects? Fans of the Rockets, Clippers, Bucks and Blazers are wondering just that.