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The Detroit Lions traded away their quarterback Mathew Stafford, in exchange for LA Ram's quarterback Jared Goff, 2 first round picks and a third round pick on January 30th 2021. The most interesting part about this trade (at least to me) is that both of these players were first overall draft picks. Stafford was the first overall pick of the 2009 draft, and Goff was the first overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Have 2 (or more) first overall draft picks (first pick of the first round of a draft) ever been been involved in the a trade in any of the North American big 4 leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL)?

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    Yes I mean specifically the overall first round pick, ie first pick of the first round. Will make this more clear in the question. – alamoot Feb 1 at 19:18
  • FWIW, I looked through the past top draft picks for the leagues other than the NBA, and I don't see any, unless there's an MLB trade of top picks at some point where one of them was a total bust and just a throw-in (very possible, MLB top picks fail a lot). But I didn't go back to, like, the 1900s or anything like that, would need a data driven process to give an answer. The OJ Simpson trade might be the closest (ended up being for a top pick, but the pick wasn't made yet or even known to be #1), if you count that. – Joe Feb 1 at 19:30
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In the NBA:

  • 2020: John Wall (2010 R1 P1) for Russell Westbrook (2009 R1 P4)
  • 2019: Chris Paul (2005 R1 P4) for Russell Westbrook (2009 R1 P4)
  • 2018: Blake Griffin (2009 R1 P1) for Avery Bradley (2010 R1 P19), Tobias Harris (2011 R1 P19)
  • 2017: Kyrie Irving (2011 R1 P1) for Ante Žižić (2016 R1 P23)
  • 2014: Kevin Love (2008 R1 P5) for Andrew Wiggins (2014 R1 P1), Anthony Bennett (2013 R1 P1)
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    Doesn't seem like any of these qualify, OP seems to be looking for R1P1 for R1P1. – Joe Feb 1 at 15:46
  • "Have 2 (or more) first round draft picks ever been been involved in the a trade in any of the North American big 4 leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL)?" All these qualify. – FRP Feb 1 at 16:12
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    The text does say that at one point, but I think that's a misstatement, given the title of the question. First round draft picks are traded for each other very frequently (as you show), so it's an uninteresting question otherwise. – Joe Feb 1 at 16:22
  • Hey FRP. I'm looking for trades of first overall picks for each other. That is first pick of the first round for another first pick of the first round. – alamoot Feb 1 at 19:18

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