Each summer, the National Basketball Association’s annual Draft shines a light on the top college and international players looking to enter the pros—and it also affords professional teams the opportunity to improve their roster by bringing in young talent and strengthening the key offensive and defensive skills necessary to put together a winning record.

Presently, the draft consists of two rounds, and qualifying players must either be college graduates or have declared their intent to refuse further college eligibility (in the case of underclassmen) in order to enter. International players of at least 22 years of age can also qualify, while those younger must adhere to the underclassmen rule of declaring their own eligibility.

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10. Pete Maravich (SG)- Born: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #3 overall in 1970
  • Drafted by: Atlanta Hawks
  • University: LSU
  • Years in NBA: 10

9. Billy Owens (SF/PF/SG)- Born: Carlisle, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #3 overall in 1991
  • Drafted by: Sacramento Kings
  • University: Syracuse
  • Years in NBA: 10

8. Jim Baechtold (SF)- Born: McKeesport, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #2 overall in 1952
  • Drafted by: Baltimore Bullets
  • University: Eastern Kentucky University
  • Years in NBA: 5

7. Maurice Stokes (PF/C)- Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #2 overall in 1955
  • Drafted by: Rochester Royals
  • University: Saint Francis University
  • Years in NBA: 3

6. Earl Monroe (SG/PG)- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #2 overall in 1967
  • Drafted by: Baltimore Bullets
  • University: Winston-Salem State
  • Years in NBA: 13

5. Sam Bowie (C)- Born: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #2 overall in 1984
  • Drafted by: Portland Trail Blazers
  • University: Kentucky
  • Years in NBA: 10

4. Armen Gilliam (PF/SF)- Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #2 overall in 1987
  • Drafted by: Phoenix Suns
  • University: UNLV
  • Years in NBA: 13

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF/PF)- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #2 overall in 2012
  • Drafted by: Charlotte Bobcats
  • University: Kentucky
  • Years in NBA: 8

2. Ernie Beck (SG)- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #1 overall in 1953
  • Drafted by: Philadelphia Warriors
  • University: Penn
  • Years in NBA: 7

1. Dick Ricketts (PF/C)- Born: Pottstown, Pennsylvania

  • Draft pick: #1 overall in 1955
  • Drafted by: St. Louis Hawks
  • University: Duquesne
  • Years in NBA: 3You may also like: Highest NFL draft picks from Pennsylvania