PARKER HEADLINES TOP PLAYERS PICKED AT NO. 28

Eric Patten, Clippers.com

6/16/14


The No. 28 selection in the NBA Draft is enviable and unenviable at the same time.

On one hand, it means that your team was amongst the league’s top three in the regular season the previous season. But on the other hand, it means you have a much broader, more inconsistent place to choose amateur talent come draft time.

The Clippers, who finished 2013-14 with the best record in franchise history (57-25), are selecting 28th in this month’s draft. Their own selection has never been lower than No. 25 in the first round, which occurred last season when they picked Reggie Bullock out of North Carolina.

This year, the Clippers will again be at the bottom of the round. However, that does not mean they have to come up empty. Norris Cole and Greivis Vasquez have entered the league from the No. 28 spot since 2010, and the San Antonio Spurs, permanent residents at the bottom of the first round for more than a decade, nailed the 28th pick five times in a seven-year span.

Beginning in 2001, when the Spurs picked future Hall of Famer Tony Parker, they chose five players who remain in the NBA, including Tiago Splitter, a starter on their 2014 Finals team, Ian Mahinmi, a key reserve with the Pacers, and point guards Leandro Barbosa and Ben Udrih. Perhaps, the common thread is that all five players San Antonio selected are foreign-born. In fact, the Spurs have owned the 28th pick six times since they chose Parker and have opted for an international player each time, including Livio Jean-Charles from French Guiana in 2013.

Of course, there have been other notable selections at No. 28. Sherman Douglas, Greg Ostertag and Lucious Harris all had lengthy careers as starters at certain stops and Dan Roundfield, the 28th pick to the Cavaliers in 1975, was a three-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection and finished fifth in the 1980 MVP voting with the Hawks and Pistons. 

In recent years, nearly all of the players picked at No. 28 have had viable NBA careers. Beginning with Utah’s selection of Scott Padgett in 1999, all but two players up to Cole in 2011 have appeared in at least 200 career games. 


NOTABLE PLAYERS DRAFTED AT NO. 28 OVERALL (Since 1966)

Player

Draft

Team

College

Norris Cole

2011

Chicago

Cleveland State

Greivis Vasquez

2010

Memphis

Maryland

Tiago Splitter

2007

San Antonio

Brazil

Ian Mahinmi

2005

San Antonio

France

Beno Udrih

2004

San Antonio

Slovenia

Leandro Barbosa

2003

San Antonio

Brazil

Tony Parker

2001

San Antonio

France

Greg Ostertag

1995

Utah

Kansas

Lucious Harris

1993

Dallas

Long Beach State

Sherman Douglas

1989

Miami

Syracuse

Gene Banks

1981

San Antonio

Duke

Dan Roundfield

1975

Cleveland

Central Michigan

Aaron James

1974

New Orleans

Grambling State


LAST FIVE PICKS AT NO. 28 OVERALL

Player

Draft

Team

College

Livio Jean-Charles

2013

San Antonio

France

Perry Jones

2012

Oklahoma City

Baylor

Norris Cole

2011

Chicago

Cleveland State

Greivis Vasquez

2010

Memphis

Maryland

Wayne Ellington

2009

Minnesota

North Carolina