After looking through 63 NBA Drafts, I have developed a list of the 10 greatest sleeper picks in NBA Draft history.
After looking at all of these drafts, I have noticed the overwhelming talent that is the first round, but also noticed the underrated talent of the second round, and in drafts of many years ago, the third round, fourth round, etc.
Though these players are not necessarily thought of as the best of the bunch, they can often come out and shock the world, turning from nobody's into superstars.
For example, Gilbert Arenas, now known as the superstar guard for the Washington Wizards, was given the number 0 while playing for the University of Arizona. He was given the number to symbolize precisely how many minutes he was going to play.
Of course, Gil (who still wears the number 0 and has even started a shoe line based on the name) defied the odds and is enjoying much success with the Wizards.
Sleeper picks, in my opinion, cannot be from the first round, and should be at least twenty picks into the draft (remember, back in the old days, the first round could have as few as eight picks) Everyone on the list is a relatively well known player, some current, some retired.
Unfortunately, the records of the later rounds of the earlier drafts (1947, which was the year of the inaugural draft through the mid to late 1950's) was not available at my disposal, and though this probably doesn't have a major effect on the list, might have effected the list in a small way.
Though this list is about sleeper picks, it also includes players who went undrafted, which adds to the fun. Lets take a look at who cracked the top 10 (and just to add some more drama I set it backwards, from 10 to 1).