Pick/Year: No. 6/1978
School: Indiana State
Accolades: Basketball Hall of Fame, 3x MVP, 3x Champion, 2x Finals MVP, 12x All-Star, 10x All-NBA, 3x All-Defense, 1980 Rookie of the Year, 1980 All-Rookie
Crazy, right? The second best college player (Magic was the other) went at No. 6. Boston took him in 1978, but Bird decided to stay for his senior year at Indiana St. for one more showdown with Magic Johnson. The Celtics were able to retain his rights until the 1979 Draft. Leave it to Red Auerbach to grab Bird after five other teams passed. The rest, as they say, is history. Larry Legend and Magic Johnson continued their rivalry for a decade, became the best of buds, and saved the NBA in the process.