Does Draft Position Matter?
Draft Position
  First Second Third Fourth Fifth Sixth Seventh
  W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc
1988 9 6   4 13 2   1 8 7   5 9 6   3 7 8   7 8 7   6 4 11   10
1989 13 3 1 6 10 10 4 11 1 11 9 7 5 7 9 9 7 9 8 4 12 12
1990 12 5 1 10 7 4 9 8 5 7 9 1 8 8 9 7 6 11 10 12 5 2
1991 5 12 11 7 9 1 7 8 9 6 9 8 5 6 11 9 7 9 1 8 6 11 10
1992 7 10 9 7 10 10 7 9 1 8 9 8 5 10 7 2 6 11 12 10 7 4
1993 6 12 12 7 11 10 10 8 5 13 5 1 8 10 6 6 12 11 8 10 7
1994 9 6 2 3 6 11 11 7 8 2 8 11 6 2 9 8 6 9 8 5 7 8 2 9
1995 11 6 4 4 13 11 7 9 1 8 8 8 1 6 6 10 1 10 7 10 9 14 3 2
1996 8 9 8 10 7 5 12 5 1 12 5 2 8 9 9 6 11 11 6 11 12
1997 11 6 3 7 10 9 8 9 8 14 3 1 9 8 7 11 6 2 3 14 14
1998 11 6 2 8 9 9 14 3 1 8 9 10 8 9 11 4 13 14 8 8 1 7
1999 6 11 12 10 7 4 7 9 1 11 4 12 1 14 7 9 1 10 9 8 6 12 5 2
2000 8 9 8 8 9 9 11 6 1 7 10 12 9 8 6 10 7 4 8 9 10
2001 8 9 10 10 7 3 8 9 9 4 12 1 14 10 7 4 9 8 5 7 9 1 11
2002 6 11 12 7 10 10 10 7 4 8 9 9 9 7 1 5 9 8 7 11 6 3
2003 9 8 6 3 14 14 13 4 1 9 8 9 11 6 2 3 13 1 13 10 7 5
2004 8 9 10 9 8 5 8 8 1 7 8 9 9 10 7 2 8 9 11 10 7 3
2005 11 6 3 5 12 14 10 7 4 8 9 8 7 10 10 13 4 1 6 11 12
2006 6 11 12 13 4 1 12 5 2 6 11 10 11 6 4 11 6 5 7 10 9
2007 13 4 1 11 6 4 5 11 1 12 8 9 7 12 5 3 8 9 8 7 8 2 9
2008 8 9 9 8 9 7 12 5 1 9 8 6 10 7 3 8 9 8 10 7 2
2009 12 5 2 7 10 9 10 7 4 6 11 11 9 8 5 8 9 6 10 7 3
2010 9 8 5 8 9 9 6 10 1 13 14 3 1 9 8 8 7 9 1 10 9 7 1 4
2011 10 6 1 2 8 9 10 10 7 4 10 7 3 7 8 2 9 11 5 1 1 7 9 1 11
                                                         
Avg 9 7.8 1.5 6.3 8 8.9 1 7.8 9 7.5 1.1 5.8 8.8 8 1 6.7 8.6 8.1 1.3 6.4 8 8.8 1 7.5 8.2 8.4 1.3 7.2
  Eighth Ninth Tenth Eleventh Twelfth Thirteenth Fourteenth
  W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc W L T Plc
1988 6 9 9 1 14 11 11 4 2 6 8 1 8      
1989 10 6 3 9 7 6 9 7 4 7 8 1 7 10 6 2    
1990 7 10 9 6 11 11 5 12 12 11 6 3 8 8 1 6    
1991 4 13 12 13 4 2 13 3 1 1 12 4 1 3 10 7 4    
1992 6 11 11 13 4 1 9 8 6 7 9 1 7 10 7 3    
1993 13 5 2 10 8 4 7 11 9 13 5 3 7 11 8    
1994 11 5 1 1 5 11 1 12 8 9 7 8 7 2 4 7 10 10    
1995 2 15 12 8 8 1 5 8 9 7 11 6 3 13 2 2 1    
1996 9 8 7 10 7 6 5 12 13 11 6 4 6 11 10 11 6 3 5 12 14
1997 11 6 4 6 11 12 7 10 10 10 7 5 6 11 13 6 11 11 10 7 6
1998 4 12 1 13 8 8 1 8 9 8 6 9 7 1 4 9 8 5 10 7 3 7 10 12
1999 13 4 1 9 8 5 8 9 9 8 8 1 7 5 12 13 8 9 8 11 6 3
2000 8 9 7 8 9 11 5 12 14 6 11 13 10 7 5 10 7 3 11 6 2
2001 8 9 7 7 10 12 10 7 2 14 3 1 9 8 6 7 10 13 8 9 8
2002 3 14 14 8 9 8 6 11 13 6 11 1 11 12 5 2 14 3 1 9 7 1 6
2003 7 10 11 8 7 2 8 10 7 4 7 9 1 10 7 10 12 9 8 7 11 6 3
2004 5 12 14 8 8 1 6 6 11 12 9 8 4 15 2 1 6 11 13 8 9 8
2005 8 9 6 9 7 1 5 8 9 9 6 10 1 11 13 4 2 6 11 13 8 9 7
2006 6 11 13 8 9 7 7 10 8 6 11 14 6 11 11 11 6 3 9 8 6
2007 4 12 1 14 6 11 11 12 5 2 7 10 10 9 8 6 5 12 13 10 7 5
2008 7 10 10 10 7 5 4 13 12 6 11 11 10 7 4    
2009 8 9 7 8 9 8 5 12 12 6 11 10 13 4 1    
2010 9 8 7 4 13 14 8 7 2 6 10 7 3 7 10 11 6 10 1 12 10 7 2
2011 10 7 5 3 14 14 6 10 1 13 9 7 1 7 9 7 1 6 8 8 1 8 6 10 1 12
                                                         
Avg 7.5 9.3 1 8.3 7.7 8.9 1.2 8 7.8 9 1.3 8 8.5 7.9 1.1 6.8 9.2 7.7 1.3 6.2 8.4 8.5 1 7.9 8.8 8.1 1 6.7
This chart shows the final record of each draft position, for that season.
Example: In 1988, the team that drafted finished 9-6, in 4th place.
               The average first draft pick finished with 8.9 wins, 7.9 losses and 2 ties. And averaged 6.3th place.
* Through 2001, the 11th and 1st have been the most successful draft spots.
* I've updated the past 10 seasons, and now the 3rd and 12th draft spots have been the most successful in terms of finishing position.
* The best average winning percentage comes from the 12th spot.
* The 8th spot has the worst winning percentage, but 2 champions have come from there.
* The 8th spot is also the worst average finishing position.
Championships By Draft Position
3rd 5
1st 3
4th 3
12th 3
8th 2
2nd 2
5th 2
9th 1
10th 1
11th 1
13th 1
6th 0
7th 0
14th 0