It’s NBA Draft Day, and understandably, all of the pre-draft hype has surrounded the lottery teams and where the popular names like Hasheem Thabeet, Ricky Rubio, and Stephen Curry will land.
But the draft doesn’t end after the first 10 or so picks. There are still diamonds to be found in the rough. Sure, there aren’t many, but they’re out there if you look hard enough.
This list looks at some of the better picks that have been made late in the first round and into the second round in the last 15 years.
These “sleeper” picks have produced stat-stuffers, All-Stars, and NBA champions.