In 1989 the NBA dropped the third round from their annual draft, and during these past twenty years hidden gems have been hard to find. A few NBA All-Stars have come from the second round, but the majority of these selections have turned out to be busts or role players at best. A look at the best of the second round since 1989.
In 1989, the Blazers selected "Uncle Cliff" with the 36th pick out of Connecticut. Robinson played for Portland for eight seasons in which he was named an All-Star in 1994, and in 1992-1993 he was awarded the leagues Sixth Man of the Year.
He signed with Phoenix in 1997, and became the oldest player to score 50 points in a game in 2000. Robinson retired from the NBA in 2007, and averaged 14.7 points and 4.6 rebounds during his career.
The Pacers drafted Davis with the No. 45 overall pick in the 1990 draft. The 6'9", 245lbs power forward played in Europe for three seasons before returning stateside for the 1993 season. He played a pivotal role for the Pacers until being traded to Toronto in 1999.
He was named to the 2001 All-Star game, and retired from the game of basketball in 2006. During his career, Davis averaged 9.7 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
The flashy left-handed point guard from Cincinnati played for 13 seasons in the NBA. Selected with the No. 37 overall pick of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, Van Exel averaged 14.9 points per game for the Lakers before being traded in 1998.
He was named to the All-Star game in 1998, and recorded 23 assists in a game during the 1997 season. He played for six different teams before retiring in 2006.
Selected No. 43 overall, the Bucks immediately traded Snow to Seattle where he played sparingly for over two seasons. Traded to Philadelphia in 1998, he immediately teamed with Allen Iverson to become one of the best guard combinations in the league.
Snow was a member of losing Finals squads for Seattle, Philadelphia and Cleveland. Known more for leadership and defense his career averages stand at 6.8 points, 5.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He retired in 2008 and currently works as a NBA broadcaster.
The road to the NBA was never easy for Jackson. Selected with the No. 43 pick of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, he was waived prior to the season and spent the next three seasons in the CBA and overseas.
Jackson was signed by New Jersey in 2000, and later played for the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in 2003. He has played for six different teams, and holds a career average of 16.1 points and 1.4 steals per game.
A draft day drop in 1998, the prep power forward was selected by Seattle with the third pick of the second round. At 6'10" he holds the Seattle franchise record for career three-pointers made, and was selected to the NBA All-Star game in 2005 and 2009. Lewis signed with Orlando in 1997 and holds career averages of 16.7 points and 5 rebounds per game.
Redd spent the majority of his rookie season fighting for minutes behind Ray Allen after the Bucks took him with the No. 43 pick of the 2000 NBA Draft. The former Buckeye shined during his sophomore season with an average of 15.1 points per game.
Redd was named to the 2004 NBA All-Star game and the 2008 USA Olympic squad. Although his numbers are beginning to decline, he holds a career average of 20.3 points per game and a 45 percent shooting percentage.
Arenas was selected with the No. 31 overall selection by Golden State out of Arizona in 2001. In 2003, he was named the leagues Most Improved Player and the MVP of the All-Star Rookie Game as a sophomore.
After two seasons with the Warriors, Arenas signed a free agent contract with Washington. He was named to All-Star game from 2005 until 2007 and averaged 29.3 points per game during the 2005-2006 season. Arenas' has been plagued by injuries, and suspensions during the past few years.
Boozer left Duke after his junior year to be selected with the No. 34 pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by Cleveland. His career started strong averaging 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a rookie only to follow that with 15.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Boozer signed with Utah in 2004, and has proceeded to earn to two trips to the NBA All-Star game and elevated his career statistics to 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Hailing from little know Shaw University, Murray was selected with the No. 41 pick by Milwaukee in 2002. Not a household name, he has played for eight different teams and his best season was averaging 13.5 points per game for Cleveland during the 2005-2006 season. His career average for scoring is 9.9 points per game.
Korver was selected No. 51 overall by the New Jersey Nets in 2003 out of Creighton. Traded on draft night to Philadelphia, Korver enjoyed his best season in 2006-2007, averaging 14.4 points per game and a 43 percent three-point shooting percentage.
Currently a reserve for the Utah Jazz, the shooting specialist has a career average of 9.9 points per game and an impressive 41 percent three-point shooting percentage.
The Brazilian was selected with the No. 30 pick of the 2004 NBA Draft by Orlando and traded shortly after to Cleveland. The 6'11", 260lbs Varejao worked his way into the Cavalier rotation, and has been counted on for rebounds and strong defensive play. In six seasons he has averaged nearly seven rebounds per game, and was named to the 2010 All-NBA Defensive Second team.
Ellis was selected out of Mississippi State with the No. 40 pick of the 2005 NBA draft by Golden State. He saw little playing time during his rookie season, only to be named the league's Most Improved Player during his sophomore campaign. In 2009-2010 he averaged over 25 points and 5.3 assists per game. His career scoring average stands just over 18 points per game.
The Utah Jazz selected Millsap with the No. 47 pick of the 2006 NBA draft. Hailing form Louisiana Tech, the 6'8" power forward finished the season leading all rookies with six double-doubles. An integral part of the Utah roster, Millsap has averaged 9.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in his four NBA seasons.
Selected with the first pick of the second round in 2007, Landry was soon traded to the Houston Rockets. As a rookie he was selected the All-NBA Rookie second team. During the 2009-2010 season, the former Purdue Boilermaker averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
His four year average is 12.2 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. Entering his second season in Sacramento look for Landry to continue to make his presence known in the league.