The NBA's Best Second Round Draft Picks in the Last 20 Years
Obviously, teams find almost all of their talent in the first round of the draft, but who are some of the bigger NBA stars who were found in the second round?
I am quite sure these players would be first rounders if teams could redo the drafts again.
So many second round draft picks are never even able to play a game in the NBA, but this group has gone far beyond their draft day value.
Here are the 10 best second round draft picks in the last 20 years:
*where a player was picked in the second round of the draft has nothing to do with their ranking
10. Mehmet Okur (Drafted 37th overall in 2001)
Mehmet Okur is a versatile big man who is capable of knocking down shots from almost any spot on the court.
While he is usually overshadowed by teammates Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer, Okur has still played an integral part in Utah's success over the years.
Okur has made one All-Star game, back in 2007.
9. Clifford Robinson (Drafted 36th overall in 1989)
Clifford Robinson gets the slight edge over Mehmet Okur because he was a better defender. Both men have very similar attributes, and while Okur is the better rebounder of the two, Robinson's sharper defensive skills gives him the superior ranking.
Robinson was a model of consistency throughout his career. He never missed a game in his first five seasons and only missed a total of 14 games in his first nine years in the league.
Robinson averaged over 20 points per game in three consecutive seasons from 1993 to 1995.
He made one All-Star game in 1994.
Clifford made second team all-defensive honors in 1999-00 and 2001-02.
He also won the Sixth Man of the Year award for the 1992-93 season.
8. Mo Williams (Drafted 47th overall in 2003)
Mo Williams has established himself as an exceptional point guard in the league. He is proving he could be the point guard on a championship caliber team this season.
Williams, now in his sixth season, averaged a career high in points this year with 17.8 per game. He is continuing to elevate his game and is headed into the prime years of his career.
He made his first All-Star game in 2009, and I don't think it's his last.
7. Nick Van Exel (Drafted 37th overall in 1993)
Van Exel was a very prominent point guard during his 13-year NBA career.
Nick Van Exel gets the nod over Mo Williams because, so far, he is the better ball distributor of the two. During his prime, Van Exel was considered one of the better passers in the game at the time.
Van Exel appeared in one All-Star game in 1998.
6. Monta Ellis (Drafted 40th overall in 2005)
Monta Ellis is putting up stellar numbers in the early stages of his young career. He is only 23 years old, and it's scary to think about what he could do in the upcoming years.
Ellis was honored with the Most Improved Player award in 2006-07.
5. Michael Redd (Drafted 43rd overall in 2000)
Redd has emerged as a prolific scorer in his career. He has averaged over 21 points per game in each of the past six seasons.
Each year, the Milwaukee Bucks depend on Redd to be their playmaker and team leader.
Redd made third team All-NBA honors in 2003-04.
Redd has also made one All-Star appearance in 2004.
4. Rashard Lewis (Drafted 32nd overall in 1998)
Rashard Lewis is one of the better sharpshooters from long distance in the game today.
He can be a nightmare for opposing defenses with his six foot 10 inch frame and his ability to pull up and shoot from anywhere on the court.
With a healthy Jameer Nelson next year, Rashard Lewis and the Magic are one of the top teams to look out for in the 2009-10 season.
Rashard has appeared in two All-Star games, once back in 2005 and the other this past season.
3. Manu Ginobili (Drafted 57th overall in 1999)
Ginobili has been an essential component in the San Antonio Spurs magnificent success since 2002.
The Spurs have won three NBA championships since Ginobili has come aboard, and they have made the playoffs every season since his arrival. He has been the type of player that can do just about anything to help his team win games.
Ginobili has appeared in one All-Star game, back in 2005.
He won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 2007-08.
Manu was awarded second team All-Rookie honors in 2002-03 and also third team All-NBA honors in 2007-08.
2. Carlos Boozer (Drafted 34th overall in 2002)
Carlos Boozer has been a double-double machine for just about his entire career.
He has been one of the most dominant low post players in recent years. In two of his past three seasons, he has averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Boozer is averaging a double-double for his career, with 16.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.
He has appeared in two All-Star games, back-to-back in 2007 and 2008.
He was awarded second team All-Rookie honors in 2002-03 and also third team All-NBA honors in 2007-08.
1. Gilbert Arenas (Drafted 30th overall in 2001)
I know, Arenas has virtually not even played the last two seasons, but I still feel he earns the award as the greatest talent found in the second round of the draft in the last 20 years.
Before Arenas' unfortunate knee issues, he was one of the elite players in the NBA.
Arenas may never return to his old self again—that remains to be a big question mark—but finding a player of Gilbert Arenas' value in the second round of the draft is almost too good to believe.
He has averaged 22.8 points, 5.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals a game for his career...not too shabby for the 30th overall pick in the 2001 draft.
Gilbert has appeared in three All-Star games from 2005-07.
He was given the award as the most improved player in 2002-03.
He was awarded third team All-NBA honors in 2005 and 2006, and he was also awarded second team All-NBA honors in 2007.