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Selection: No. 49, 2005
Before questioning the merits of classifying Blatche among the "best" of this list, keep something in mind: He wasn't selected until the second round of the 2005 draft—19 picks into that second round to be precise.
Given how few second-rounders even make it in this league, Blatche's career has been nothing if not a success story.
It took several seasons for Blatche to get his feet wet, but he started producing some pretty impressive numbers when the time arrived. He was subsequently rewarded with a lucrative contract extension in 2010 that paid him about $35 million over the course of five years. At times, Blatche struggled to measure up to that contract, and his popularity suffered as a result.
So too did his stint with Washington.
The organization amnestied Blatche in 2012, feeding the perception that he was damaged goods.
In turn, Blatche had a strong bounce-back season with the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in just 19 minutes per game during the 2012-13 campaign. With a little extra playing time, Blatche built upon those numbers even further this season.
The 27-year-old has since opted out of his contract for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent. He could, however, still sign a long-term deal with Brooklyn if the two sides can agree on a price.