The NBA Finals are over, the Miami Heat are Champions, and it's now officially draft week.
On Thursday night, most attention will be on the No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis and the few picks that follow, but there will certainly be some hidden gems to be found in the second round.
Throughout the history of the NBA draft, the second round has produced numerous All-Star selections, an abundance of NBA champions and a handful of Hall of Famers. Whether it's clear to basketball fans by now or not, this year's draft class will likely produce several second-round steals.
In its current format, the NBA draft features 30 selections in each of the two rounds; however, that hasn't always been the case.
Over the years, the draft has undergone a dramatic evolution.
From 1947-1965, the NBA Draft featured "territorial picks," which allowed a team to forfeit its first-round pick to select a player from its specific region. As documented by the NBA's official website, several territorial selections had a direct effects on Championship teams:
In 1956, the Celtics used a territorial pick to select Tom Heinsohn from Holy Cross in nearby Worcester, Mass. He went on to average 18.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, helping the Celtics to eight NBA championships in his nine-year career.
The New York Knicks struck gold when they selected Hall of Fame forward Willis Reed with the first pick in the second round, but if Reed would have been drafted in 2012 instead of 1964, he would have been considered a "lottery pick" as the eighth overall selection.
Six years later, the second round of the 1970 NBA draft produced eventual All-Stars Calvin Murphy and Nate "Tiny" Archibald, but as the 18th and 19th picks, respectively, they would have been drafted in the middle of Round 1 by today's standards.
Because the draft's format and the overall layout of the league have changed so much, there are obvious discrepancies in regard to who should be considered on a list of second-round "steals."
The current NBA features 30 franchises, which is the result of numerous additions over the past few decades, so for that reason, this list of the 10 biggest second-round steals will consist only of players selected after the first 20 selections of their given years.
Many of the members on the list are still currently playing in the NBA, while others are either on the sidelines as coaches or far, far away from the game of basketball.
Let's take a look at the 10 biggest second round steals in NBA history.