10 Recently Traded Draft Picks NBA Teams Wish They Could Have Back

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10 Recently Traded Draft Picks NBA Teams Wish They Could Have Back
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When NBA trades are made, we often see draft picks included. How often do those come back to bite the team that did the trading though?

Basketball-Reference has a nice feature near the bottom of every player’s profile page, which has the player’s entire trade history, including when they were still in the embryonic “pick” stage.

I found the top players over the last decade who were either traded before they were drafted, or at the time they were drafted (because draft-day trades are really just the same).

For each player, I include their pre-draft trade history from their respective profile page, which you can reach by clicking on the “Trade History” link. I also speculate on what might have been.

Obviously, there is a bit of a butterfly effect at play here, so it’s fun to look at a slightly different timeline for each of the players and teams, and how, in some parallel reality, the trading teams are faring better by never having executed the transaction in question.

The players are listed subjectively, based on a combination of what they have done and what they still can do, with more weight being put on what has already been accomplished.

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