Since 2000, a number of elite players were selected second -- along with many who never lived up to their potential.
Portland Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge is second only to Durant, and could be a free agent target of the Lakers this summer. Durant is certainly on the team's radar when his contract expires after the 2015-16 season.
Others haven't fared as well, including Darko Milicic (Detroit Pistons), Hasheem Thabeet (Memphis Grizzlies), Marvin Williams (Atlanta Hawks), Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Michael Beasley (Miami Heat).
The Lakers appear likely to draft either Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with their No. 2 selection on June 25. Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell may be a dark horse, among other prospects.
Past 15 second overall picks:
2014 -- Jabari Parker -- Bucks
2013 -- Victor Oladipo -- Orlando Magic
2011 -- Derrick Williams -- Timberwolves
2010 -- Evan Turner -- Philadelphia 76ers
2009 -- Hasheem Thabeet - Grizzlies
2008 -- Michael Beasley -- Heat
2007 -- Kevin Durant -- Thunder (formerly Seattle Supersonics)
2006 -- LaMarcus Aldridge -- Portland Trail Blazers (via trade from the Chicago Bulls)
2005 -- Marvin Williams -- Atlanta Hawks
2004 -- Emeka Okafor -- Charlotte Hornets
2003 -- Darko Milicic -- Detroit Pistons
2002 -- Jay Williams -- Bulls
2001 -- Tyson Chandler -- Mavericks (via trade from the Clippers)
2000 -- Stromile Swift -- Grizzlies (formerly of Vancouver)