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Notable Draft Picks Made at No. 8 and Beyond
June 26, 2014
The Kings very own Vlade Divac was a 26th overall selection in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He stayed in LA for seven seasons and tallied 6,497 points, 4,513 rebounds and 833 blocks during that stretch. After two seasons in Charlotte, the nine-year pro signed with Sacramento for six seasons. Divac scored 5,176 points in six seasons for the Kings and helped lead Sacramento to its best season in franchise history, finishing the 2001-02 regular season with the best record in the NBA at 61-21, assuring the Kings the home court advantage throughout the playoffs. He also helped Sacramento claim its first-ever Pacific Division title that year. In all, Divac finished his career with 13,398 points, 9,326 rebounds, 3,541 assists and 1,631 blocks. Divac was inducted into the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame on September 12th during the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
En route to the Kings first Pacific Division title, Stojakovic averaged 20.4 points per game in 2000-01 and shot an even 40-percent from deep. That year, he finished second in voting for the Most Improved Player Award. A year later, Stojakovic was even better averaging 21.2 points per game and a 41-percent clip from long range as he helped lead the Kings to a Western Conference Finals berth. A three-time All-star and a member of the 2004 All-NBA Second Team, Stojakovic finished his 16-year career with 13,647 points, 3,782 rebounds and 1,408 assists.
A first round pick of the Golden State Warriors, Robert Parish was better known for his championship-caliber play with the Boston Celtics. The 7-foot center played four seasons on the west coast before joining the Celtics – where he spent 14-straight seasons. During that span, he helped lead Boston to three NBA titles. Parish averaged a double-double during his time with the Celtics at 16.5 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. He was a nine-time NBA All-Star, an All-NBA Second-Team selection in 1982 and an All-NBA Third-Team member in 1989. Over his 1,611 games played – most by any player in league history – Parish accumulated 23,334 points, 14,715 rebounds, 2,361 blocks 2,180 assists and 1,219 steals.
Sam Jones has the second most NBA championships of any player (10) behind his former teammate, Bill Russell (11). Jones enjoyed some of his best statistical seasons late in his 12-year career with the Boston Celtics. Jones finished with 15,411 career points, but more than half came in his final five seasons (7,934). In four of those five years, he scored 21 or more points per game per season.
This 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year award-winner and current Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford makes this list for his durability and consistency. Crawford came off of the bench in 45 of the 69 games in which he appeared last year and led all NBA reserves in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game. Crawford joins three other players as two-time winners after he won the 2009-10 Sixth Man of the Year award with the Atlanta Hawks. Crawford has played for six teams during his 15 seasons and has accumulated 14,946 points, 2,366 boards and 3,569 assists.
Another two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year selection, Detlef Schrempf spent 17 seasons in the NBA. Despite starting just 524 games, his role was not diminished, especially in Indiana and Seattle. After spending four seasons with Dallas – the team that drafted him – Schrempf joined the Pacers, where he averaged 17 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists over five seasons. Despite his contributions though, the Pacers struggled to finish above .500. Yet when Schrempf made the jump to Seattle in 1993, he helped the team with the Pacific Division title during his first year. Schrempf was a three-time NBA All-Star and made the All-NBA Third-Team list in 1995. In all, Schrempf accumulated 15,761 points, 7,023 rebounds, 3,833 assists and 856 steals in his career.
Milwaukee drafted the German forward with the ninth selection but on Draft day traded him to the Dallas Mavericks for Robert “Tractor” Traylor. Dirk would go on to become a sure-fire Hall of Famer, tallying 12 NBA All-Star selections, 12 All-NBA teams, earning the 2006-07 NBA MVP award and winning an NBA Championship with the Mavericks in 2011 while being named the Finals MVP. Over his 16 seasons Dirk has recorded 26,786 points, 9,594 rebounds and 3,139 assists, while nearly averaging the heralded 50-40-90 (50.0 FG%, 40.0 3P% and 90.0 FT%).
One year prior to Nowitzki, Tracy McGrady’s name was called with the ninth overall pick. Originally drafted by Toronto out of Mout Zion Christian Academy, the dynamic small forward would go on to lead the league in scoring two times (2002-04), both with the Orlando Magic. The high-flyer was also named to seven All-Star teams, seven All-NBA teams and would amass 18,381 points, 5,276 rebounds and 4,161 assists.
Over his 18 seasons with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant has posted some of the most prolific offensive seasons in league history. In 2005-06, Bryant had his best year as a pro, averaging 35.4 points per game. Although he was quiet through his first three seasons in the league, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard burst on the scene in 1999-00 and 2000-01, winning a title in the latter. He then posted his first 2000-point season in 2001-02 – one of eight in his career. Bryant is a five-time NBA champion, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, a 16-time NBA All-Star and the 2008 league MVP. As of this point in his career, Bryant has accumulated 31,700 points, 6,601 rebounds, 5,925 assists and 1,835 steals.
Considered one of the best power forwards to ever play the game, Karl Malone was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 13th overall selection in 1985. The “Mailman” would go on to spend almost all of his career in Salt Lake City, teaming with fellow Hall of Famer John Stockton to become one of the most dynamic pick-and-roll duos in NBA history. The big man from Summerfield, Louisiana would appear in 14 NBA All-Star Games and win All-Star Game MVP in 1989 and 1993, be named to three NBA All-Defensive first teams and one All-Defensive second team, as well as 11 All-NBA first teams, two All-NBA second teams and one All-NBA third team. Malone was also one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history, currently sitting at No. 2 all time with 36,928 total points.
One of a few players on this list to win a gold medal for the United States in 1992, Clyde Drexler was originally drafted by the Portland Trailblazers – a team he spent 12 seasons with. In six of those seasons, he averaged 20 or more points per game. Drexler – a native of New Orleans, Louisiana – also won an NBA championship in 1995 with the Houston Rockets. In his career, Drexler has racked up 22,195 points, 6,677 rebounds, 6,125 assists and 2,207 steals, as well as ten All-Star selections.
From the beginning of his career, Tim Hardaway was a star for the Golden State Warriors. In four of his first five seasons, the six-foot point guard averaged at least 20 points and 9 assists per game. The dynamic guard was also named to five All-Star teams and five All-NBA teams.
Steve Nash has proven to be one of the best prospects from the illustrious 1996 Draft. From 2000 to 2011, Nash never scored under 1,100 points and never dished out less than 630 assists. The Canadian point guard won back-to-back NBA MVP’s (2004-05 & 2005-06) and has led the league in total assists five times. At this point in his career, the 6-foot-3 guard has accumulated 17,387 points, 10,335 assists and 3,642 rebounds over 18 seasons with three different teams.
A Hall of Fame inductee in 2009, John Stockton joins teammate Karl Malone on this list as one of the best Draft steals ever. The 6-foot-1 guard was also part of one of the most talented Drafts in league history. In 19 seasons, Stockton was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a two-time All-NBA First Team selection, a six-time All-NBA Second Team member and a three-time All-NBA Third Team honoree. He also owns two NBA records for most assists and most steals. Although Stockton never won a championship, he made two NBA Finals appearances. Stockton finished his career with 19,711 points, 15,806 assists, 3,265 steals and 4,051 rebounds.
A six-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA Second Team selection, Shawn Kemp spent his first eight seasons in Seattle. Paired with Gary Payton, Kemp had some of his best seasons in the early 1990s, ultimately surpassing 10,000 points with the Supersonics. The 6-foot-10 power forward posted ten straight seasons with at least a 15 points per game season average, including his best offensive season in 1998-99 where he averaged 20.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. In all, Kemp amassed 15,347 points, 8,834 rebounds and 1,279 blocks over 14 seasons in the NBA.
Over 13 seasons – all with the Pistons – Dumars scored 15,632 points and dished out 4,222 assists. Dumars – a 2006 Hall of Fame inductee – won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. He was also named MVP of the Finals in 1989. Dumars was a six-time All-NBA selection and finished his career 16,401 total points, 2,203 rebounds and 4,612 assists.
Eight straight seasons with 2,000 points or more makes Alex English one of the best players to ever don a Denver Nuggets uniform. A 1997 Hall of Fame inductee, English spent 11 seasons with the Nuggets after originally being drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and jumping around to four teams in his first six seasons in the league. He averaged 20 or more points per season from 1979 to 1988 and finished his career with 25,613 points, 6,538 rebounds, 4,351 assists and 1,067 steals.
Originally a draft pick of the Houston Rockets, Sam Cassell didn’t flourish until the early part of the 2000s. In his first three seasons Cassell scored just 2,109 points. Yet once he made the jump to Milwaukee, his scoring and distribution numbers skyrocketed. In five seasons with the Bucks, he nearly amassed 6,000 points while also racking up 1,254 rebounds, 2,269 assists and 374 steals. In his final four seasons in a Bucks uniform, his points per game per season never dipped below 18.2. In all, Cassell tallied 15,635 points, 3,221 boards, 5,939 assists and 1,058 steals.
As a 6-foot-7 power forward from Trenton, New Jersey, Dennis Rodman exceeded all expectations as a 27th overall pick in the 1986 Draft. Despite amassing just 6,683 total points over 14 seasons, Rodman was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 mainly for his contributions on the defensive end. Rodman totaled 11,954 rebounds, 1,600 assists, 611 steals and 531 blocks in his career. He also won five NBA titles with two different teams (Pistons 1989, 1990 and Bulls 1996, 1997 and 1998).
Recently off his fourth NBA championship, Tony Parker is one of the most notable Draft steals in recent history. Parker is a five-time All-Star, an NBA Finals MVP (2006-07) and the 6-foot-2 guard has averaged at least 20 points per game in the playoffs five times. An instant starter, Parker joined the league in 2001 and was inserted into the starting lineup 72 times in his rookie year. Since then, Parker has averaged at least 14.7 points per game per season. Currently, the Belgium native has accumulated 16,051 points, 2,800 rebounds, 5,635 assists and 872 steals.
Following an 18-year career with five different squads, Clifford Robinson makes this list for his durability, production and versatility. An All-Star in 1994, the Sixth Man of the Year for the 1992-93 season, a two-time member of the NBA All-Defensive second team and a two-time NBA finals competitor, Robinson was a solid contributor throughout the 1990s. He played the ninth-most games in NBA history, ranks 49th in all-time field goals, 34th in three-point field goals, 100th in made free throws, 48th in steals, 44th in blocks and 46th in total points. In all, Robinson scored 19,591 points, snagged 6,306 rebounds, added 3,094 assists and snatched 1,402 steals in his career.
A mid-second round selection, Monta Ellis has exceeded expectations over the past decade. After seeing the court just 49 times in his rookie year, Ellis posted back-to-back breakout seasons for the Golden State Warriors – the team that drafted him. In his second year, Ellis played in 77 games and averaged 16 points per contest. He then surpassed that mark in 2007-08 as he played in 81 games and averaged 20 points per game. Yet his best two seasons came in 2009-10 and 2010-11. In both of those years, he scored more than 24 points per contest over a 144-game stretch. In all, Ellis has amassed 11,594 points, 2,209 rebounds, 2908 assists and 1,033 steals.
A starter by his third year, Cedric Ceballos played 15 seasons in the NBA. He was crowned the NBA Slam Dunk contest champion in 1992 and was named an NBA All-Star in 1995. Ceballos was a member of a Phoenix Suns team that made the NBA finals in 1993. He finished his career 8,693 points, 3,258 boards and 723 assists.
During his 12 seasons with the Spurs, Manu Ginobili has won four NBA titles, been selected to two All-NBA third teams and has proven to be one of the top-ten Draft steals in league history. In 2007-08, the Spurs star won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. To this point in his career, Ginobili has totaled 11,657 points, 3,041 rebounds, 3,185 assists and 1,134 steals.