Jun 1 2010 4:56PM
The second round has been home to quite a few diamonds in the rough in the NBA Draft lottery era. NYKnicks.com is giving you the chance to vote for the all-time greatest second round draft picks by position until we come up with the ultimate starting five. Next up are the centers. Voting is open between now and June 7.
Point Guard: Gilbert Arenas (45.2% of the vote)
Shooting Guard: Manu Ginobili (60.8% of the vote)
Small Forward: Rashard Lewis (36.2% of the vote)Center: Vote Now!
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A 13-year NBA veteran, Davis averaged 10.0 points, 7.5 boards and 0.9 blocks while suiting up for four different teams. While he spent the bulk of his career in Indiana, where he became a fan favorite and key cog for the perennial playoff contending Pacers, he enjoyed his finest season as a member of the Toronto Raptors in 2000-01. Davis was named to the All-Star team that year while averaging 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.
The younger brother of the Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward Pau, Marc Gasol has made a name for himself with his stellar play over his first two seasons in the league. As a rookie, he averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks on his way to NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors. He represented the first year players during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in 2009, and returned to the game in 2010 as a member of the sophomores, when he averaged 14.6 points, 9.3 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.6 blocks during his second year in the NBA.
The Turkish born Okur has averaged 13.9 points, 7.2 boards and 1.7 assists in eight seasons. He won the NBA title during his second year in the league in 2004, when he emerged as a key sixth man for the Detroit Pistons, and signed as a free agent with the Utah Jazz the following season. Okur has been one of the best big men in the West since arriving in Utah, and was named an All-Star in 2007 when he averaged 17.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Robinson spent an astonishing 18 seasons in the NBA, averaging 14.2 points 4.6 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.0 blocks in 1380 career games, which ranks 8th most all-time in the history of the league. He won NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors in 1993 when he averaged 19.1 points, 6.6 boards, 2.2 assists and 2.0 blocks. Robinson was named to his lone All-Star team the following year, when he averaged 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. He was named to the leagues All-Defensive Second Team twice in 2000 and 2002 and, amazingly enough, his teams made the playoffs all but once during his 18 year career.
After finally debuting as a rookie for the 2007-08 season, Scola made an immediate impact, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting and earning All-NBA first team rookie honors by averaging 10.3 points, 6.4 boards and 1.3 assists. He appeared in two consecutive T-Mobile Rookie Challenges in 2008 and 2009, and dropped a career-high 44 points on March 13, 2010 against the New Jersey Nets. So far in his three-year career with the Houston Rockets, the Argentine is averaging 13.1 points, 7.9 boards and 1.6 dimes per game.
A fan-favorite around the league do to his hustle, grit and trademark hair, Varejao has averaged 7.0 points and 6.7 boards during his first sixth years in the NBA. The Brazilian is a quintessential glue guy in the NBA, often among league leaders in charges drawn, and appeared in the NBA Finals with the Cavaliers in 2007. Varejaos was finally recognized for his tenacious play in 2010 when he was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.