Top 10 NBA 2nd rounders since 1998
In the NFL, 2nd rounders are typically the players who drop out of the 1st round are expected to be starters int heir team's futures.
In the NBA, however, 2nd rounders are typically bottom feeders, players fighting for a roster spot, international players who stay overseas forever with the dream to play for an NBA squad someday.
however, there have been several players that have succeeded out of the 2nd round and made a name for themself. So, here they are, the Top 10 2nd rounder sof this decade:
P.S. this list only does players drafted from 1999-2009, so my apologies if I missed a great player who was drafted in say, 1993.
No. 10: Ramon Sessions, Milwaukee Bucks
Sessions has had a very solid 2 year campaign with the Bucks, and he would be higher on this list if he had been playing 2 or 3 more years than he is now. Sessions has averaged 11.6 points over his career, but he is more valuable than the stats suggest.
No. 9: Luis Scola, Houston Rockets
Scola was drafted by the Spurs in 2002, but never played for them, and his draftr gihts were traded to the Rockets. Scola is an invaluable 6th man for the Rockets, and with the loss of Ron Artest, could find himself in the starting rotation more.
No. 8: Trevor Ariza, Houston Rockets
Ariza has a solid defensive game, and takes that defense to Houston to play for the Rockets. Ariza, like Sessions, has more value than the stats show. He is a clutch player, and it showed in his Finals performance against the Orlando Magic.
No. 7: Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors
Ellis has been a scoring machine for Golden State, but he has never been the leader on the court like a PG should be. He is really a SG in a PG's body. Still, it's hard to to argue with his numbers, averaging 16.0 points over his career.
No. 6: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers
Williams had a solid career with Milwaukee, and continued that success in Cleveland, averaging 13.5 points and 4.8 assists over his career. Williams, playing with Superstar LeBron James and supporters Shaq and Zydraunus Ilgauskus, Williams only figures to improve.
No. 5: Carlos Boozer, Utah Jazz
Boozer has been a solid player since he was drafted by Cleveland in 2002. he has averaged 16.8 points and 10 rebounds in his career. Boozer's fate with the Jazz is uncertain, but nevertheless, Boozer is a playmaker who will be playing somewhere next year.
No. 4: Rashard Lewis, Orlando Magic
Lewis was drafted by the Sonics in 1998, and after 2 years was a solid playmaker for the Sonics. Lewis left the Sonics for a $100 million deal with the Magic, and he's never looked back, helping the magic to their 2nd NBA Finals appearance. Lewis, a prominent shooter, has averaged 16.9 points over his career.
No. 3: Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks
Redd was drafted by the Bucks in 2000, and after a forgettable rookie season, he became one of the team's top scorers, averagin 20+ points 6 times in his career in Milwaukee. he has averaged a superb 20.5 points over his career. Redd's future with Milwaukee isn't bright, but he is still a solid contributor for any team.
No. 2: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs
Ginobili's numbers, like Sessions and Ariza, don't show his true value. with him in the lineup, the #3 seeded Spurs would likely have faced off against the Nuggets in the 2nd round. When Ginobili is out of the lineup, the Spurs are not contenders, plain and simple. He is a valuable piece of the puzzle for SA, which is what lands him #2 here.
No. 1: Gilbert Arenas
Arenas isn't the same player he was in his prime, but those prime years land him as the Top player in the 2nd round since '98. Drafted in the 2nd round by Golden State, Arenas moved on to Washington and tore it up, averaging an amazing 29.3 points during the 05-06 season. Arenas has been plagues by injuries the past 2 years, but, when he's healthy, he is an unquestioned Top 5 PG in the NBA.
Honorable Mention: Paul Millsap.