Pick/Year: No. 1/1989
Team: Sacramento Kings
Players passed over: Shawn Kemp, Tim Hardaway, Glen Rice
Stats (years in the league): 9.5 PPG 6.7 RPG 1.6 BPG (1989-2000)
In college, Ellison earned the nickname "Never Nervous Pervis" for his ability to come up big in clutch situations, having led the Louisville Cardinals to a national title in just his freshmen year. However, when he took his game to the NBA, he was soon referred to as "Out of Service Pervis" instead—a name given to him by Danny Ainge—due to his repeated trips to the disabled list. During the 1992 season, though, Ellison would average 20 and 11, with 2.68 BPG, to earn the honor of Most Improved Player, seemingly making good on his potential. However, that season would end up being his best by a mile.
Knee problems would hinder Ellison for much of his career, as well as a toe injury that kept him out for the better part of three seasons. The Kings ended up only having Ellison for 46 games before trading him after one season. We're tempted to ask how a team can give up that quickly on a No. 1 overall pick, but it's hard to say that they made the wrong decision on this one.