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2011 NBA Draft Lottery: The 25 Best Non-Lottery Picks of the Last Decade

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIJanuary 1, 2017

2011 NBA Draft Lottery: The 25 Best Non-Lottery Picks of the Last Decade

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  NBA Commisioner David Stern speaks at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    The 2011 NBA Draft Lottery is coming up and in order for teams to best evaluate who to choose this year in the draft, they must first look at past picks.

    Lottery picks, especially high ones, can change a franchise.  While the second half of the first round and the second round are filled with good players, they are far more risky.  

    Non-lottery picks often take longer to develop than lottery picks.  They are not given the same opportunities immediately in their career.  Players in the 2010 draft class have not yet had the opportunity to stand out, and will not be counted in this slideshow.

    Who are the best players in the NBA who were not chosen in the lottery between 1999 and 2009? Click through to find out.

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Josh Howard (2003, No. 29 by Dallas Mavericks)

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26: Josh Howard #5 of the Washington Wizards against the Dallas Mavericks  at the Verizon Center on February 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this
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    Josh Howard's career with the Dallas Mavericks peaked in the 2007-08 season when he averaged 20 PPG and seven rebounds.

    Howard's production has decreased of late with the Wizards, but his contributions to the Mavericks during their heyday are not forgotten.  His play gets him a spot among the top players not chosen in the lottery.

Mo Williams (2003, No. 47 by Utah Jazz)

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    BOSTON, MA - MARCH 09:  Mo Williams #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers celebrates the win on March 9, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Boston Celtics 108-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Mo Williams was supposed to be the Cavaliers' final piece of the puzzle following the LeBron James era.  Now a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Williams averaged 14 PPG last season.

    Williams was a member of the 2009 All-Star team and averaged over 17 PPG between 2006 and 2009.

Hedo Turkoglu (2000, No. 16 by Sacramento Kings)

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Hedo Turkoglu #15 of the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    Hedo Turkoglu was one of the main reasons for the Magic's success just a couple seasons ago. He scored with shots off screens and had the ability to create his own shot—an ability many Magic players did not have.

    Now back with the Magic, Turkoglu has yet to again find his high-scoring ways.  But his contributions to the team in the regular season and clutch performances in the postseason between 2007 and 2009 put him on this list.

Gerald Wallace (2001, No. 25 by Sacramento Kings)

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    PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 28: Gerald Wallace #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers is fouled by Dirk Nowitski #41 of the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Quartefinals in the 2011 NBA Playsoffs on April 28, 2011 at the
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    Gerald Wallace has been a scorer throughout his career.  With the Bobcats, he was their leading scorer and became the closest team the team had to a star for a stretch between 2005 and 2010.

    Traded midseason to the Portland Trail Blazers, Wallace is not the center of attention as much now.  He is still scoring in bunches, but more within the flow of the game.  His consistency in scoring warrants a spot among the NBA's best.

Kendrick Perkins (2003, No. 27 by Memphis Grizzlies)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Center Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Arena in Oklahoma City,
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    Kendrick Perkins has never been a star, but he has been a stalwart for the Boston Celtics in the age of the Big Three and has contributed to the Oklahoma City Thunder's recent success.

    Perkins plays sensational defense on the NBA's biggest, strongest players.  Some Celtics fans blame Perkins, singly, for the Celtics inability to get past the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tayshaun Prince (2002, No. 23 by Detroit Pistons)

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    AUBURN HILLS, MI - FEBRUARY 11:  Tayshaun Prince #22 of the Detroit Pistons llooks to pass while playing the Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills on February 11, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Miami won the game 106-92.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Gett
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    The Detroit Pistons chose Tayshaun Prince the year before they won their championship.  Prince turned out to be the perfect fit for the Pistons. 

    His unselfish play and strong defense have made him one of the best role players in the NBA.

Al Jefferson (2004, No. 15 by Boston Celtics)

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Al Jefferson #25 of the Utah Jazz looks to against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 118-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Al Jefferson has as many post moves as any player in the NBA.  Jefferson averaged over 23 PPG in 2008-09 in addition to 11 rebounds.  

    After the addition of Kevin Love and other players, Jefferson's production has decreased, but his ability has not.  Minnesota has the best odds of receiving the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  With another top player, Jefferson and Love can become cogs on a winning team.

Jameer Nelson (2004, No. 20 by Denver Nuggets)

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Jason Richardson #23 and Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NO
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    Jameer Nelson and Delonte West starred at mid-major St. Joseph's in college.  Nelson was clearly the star, yet he still fell to No. 20 in the draft.

    The NBA game has not slowed Nelson down.  Last season, he averaged 13 points and six rebounds per game in leading the Magic to one of the best records in the East.

Marc Gasol (2007, No. 48 by Los Angeles Lakers)

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    MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 13:  Marc Gasol #33 reacts after Tony Allen #9 of the Memphis Grizzlies made a three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 13, 2011 i
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    Marc Gasol was drafted by the Lakers and traded for his brother.  This postseason, the younger Gasol became a star in his own right, teaming with Zach Randolph to create one of the best front lines in the NBA.

    Gasol has consistently averaged double-digit points since he started playing for Memphis three seasons ago.  He has developed into a rebounding threat as his career has moved on.

Mehmet Okur (2001, No. 37 by Detroit Pistons)

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    CHICAGO - MARCH 09: Carlos Boozer #5 and Mehmet Okur #13 of the Utah Jazz leap for a rebound against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Jazz defeated the Bulls 132-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledg
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    Hampered by injuries, this past season was the worst of Mehmet Okur's career.  Since being drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft, Okur has done nothing but prove the skeptics wrong.

    In the 2005-06 season, Okur's career peaked as he averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game.

Kevin Martin (2004, No. 26 by the Sacramento Kings)

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    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 22:  Kevin Martin #23 of the Sacramento Kings is guarded by Matt Barnes #22 of the Orlando Magic during the game at Amway Arena on January 22, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Picked in the late first round of the 2004 NBA Draft, Martin has proven he can score with anyone in the NBA.  Martin has had five seasons where he averaged more than 20 PPG for the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings.

    While he has never taken a team far and he has been a go-to guy almost by default, his skills put him on this list.  With a bit more talent, his scoring might take a hit, but he'd have a few more wins under his belt.

Andrei Kirilenko (1999, No. 24 by the Utah Jazz)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket over Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half at Staples Center on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 120-91
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    Andrei Kirilenko was one of the most unique players in the NBA during his prime.  He is one of the best Russians to ever play in the NBA and brought a defensive European style to the American game.

    AK-47 has played his entire career for the Jazz.  He has never been their best scoring threat, but his defense and shot-blocking ability made him a force at all times.

Michael Redd (2000, No. 43 by Milwaukee Bucks)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - OCTOBER 29:  Michael Redd #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks drives to the basket past Chris Wilcox #54 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center on October 29, 2008 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Bucks won 98-87.  NOTE TO USER: User expres
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    Michael Redd is one of the NBA's outstanding shooters.  Somewhere in the middle of his career, he became one of the most potent offensive players in the game, averaging nearly 27 PPG in 2006-07. 

    Injuries have hampered Redd's career over the past three seasons, but in his prime, there were few NBA players that could score like Redd.

Zach Randolph (2001, No. 19 by Portland Trail Blazers)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 15:  Forward Zach Randolph #50 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts during a 90-105 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at Oklahoma City Aren
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    Zach Randolph had a difficult start to his career with off-the-court issues.  Talent was never the question with the 19th overall pick in 2001.

    He has consistently averaged around 20 points and 10 RPG throughout his career.  With Memphis this past season, he teamed with Marc Gasol to give the Grizzlies one of the best front lines in the game and upset the No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs in the West in the first round.

Tony Parker (2001, No. 28 by San Antonio Spurs)

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    MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 29:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots the ball while defended by Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on April 29, 2011 in Mem
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    Tony Parker was the perfect fit for the Spurs when he joined as a late first-round pick in 2001.  He has been the Spurs' starting point guard since his rookie season and given the team stability at the position.

    In his prime, Parker used his quickness to beat defenders and get to the basket or dish out to Manu Ginobili or a cutting Tim Duncan.

Gilbert Arenas (2001, No. 30 by Golden State Warriors)

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 28:  Gilbert Arenas #1 of the Orlando Magic against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 28, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    Before Gilbert Arenas' fall from grace in Washington, he was one of the few bright spots in the Washington sports scene.  In the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, Arenas averaged 29.3 and 28.4 PPG.

    His career has fallen rapidly and he is now a bench player for the Orlando Magic, but Wizards fans will remember Agent Zero at his best for years to come.

David West (2003, No. 18 by New Orleans Hornets)

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 07: David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets moves against Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 7, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Hornets 85-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    David West has been one of the most consistent players for the New Orleans Hornets over the past seven seasons.

    Averaging over 16 points and seven rebounds per game, West quietly goes about his job and is a key cog on teams where he is often overshadowed by superstar point guard Chris Paul.

Josh Smith (2004, No. 17 by Atlanta Hawks)

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    ATLANTA, GA - MAY 12:  Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Luol Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Phillips Arena on May 12, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    Josh Smith might be the most versatile player in the NBA.  A 6'9" small forward, Smith blocks shots with reckless abandon and can score in bunches.

    Throughout his career, Smith has averaged nearly eight rebounds per game and has developed a reputation as one of the top defensive players in the game.

Danny Granger (2005, No. 17 by Indiana Pacers)

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    CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Loul Deng #9 of the Chicago Bulls battles for a rebound with Danny Granger #33 of the Indiana Pacers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 26, 2011 in Chicago, I
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    When Danny Granger slipped out of the lottery in the 2005 NBA Draft, experts were surprised—he was supposed to be as NBA-ready as any prospect.

    By 2008-09, Granger averaged 25 PPG and had cemented his position as the Pacers' best player.

David Lee (2005, No. 30 by New York Knicks)

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    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 20:  David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Madison Square Garden on February 20, 2010 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    The final pick of the first round in the 2005 NBA Draft was immediately a rebounding force for the New York Knicks.  

    David Lee's offensive game developed by the time his contract expired.  The Golden State Warriors signed him to a big contract and Lee did not disappoint, averaging 16 points and 10 RPG last season.

Monta Ellis (2005, No. 40 by Golden State Warriors)

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 25:  Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors in action against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena on March 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using thi
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    Monta Ellis is one of the most exciting players in the NBA—something that can't be said about many second-round picks.

    Ellis sometimes has questionable shot selection and turns over the ball his fair share of times, but his scoring ability is unquestionable, as he has averaged nearly 25 PPG over the past two seasons.

Ron Artest (1999, No. 16 by the Chicago Bulls)

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04:  Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots over Ron Artest #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the first quarter in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2011 in Los
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    Ron Artest is best known for his melee, but he is also one of the NBA's best players.

    He made a name for himself early on in his career for his defensive prowess.  His top scoring seasons came as a member of the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, but his best play has come playing Dennis Rodman to Kobe Bryant's Michael Jordan over the past two seasons.

Manu Ginobili (1999, No. 57 by the San Antonio Spurs)

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antionio Spurs drives against Marc Gasol #33 of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Antonio,
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    The San Antonio Spurs got a steal with the fourth-to-last pick in the 1999 NBA Draft.  When the other team knows the ball is going to Tim Duncan late in the game and shifts their defense to stop him, Ginobili is the other player on the court who can create his own shot.

    Ginobili's value has become even greater as Duncan has aged more quickly.  More of the scoring load falls on Ginobili.

Carlos Boozer (2002, No. 35 by Cleveland Cavaliers)

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls reacts against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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    Carlos Boozer might be the single reason the Miami Heat have had so much trouble defeating the Chicago Bulls this season—Chris Bosh simply can't guard him.

    Boozer is a force on the offensive and defensive end as a rebounder.  He offers the Bulls stability so their smaller players, like Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, have room to make plays.

Rajon Rondo (2006, No. 21 by Boston Celtics)

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    BOSTON, MA - MAY 09:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics tries to keep the ball from Mike Bibby #0 of the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 9, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  Th
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    Some Celtics fans were surprised when the Celtics chose Rajon Rondo in the 2006 draft over Marcus Williams of UConn.  No one is asking questions anymore as Rondo has become the best player on a team with three possible future Hall of Famers.

    Despite his poor shooting, Rondo finds ways to score on fast breaks and by getting creative with finishes around the basket.  His assist totals have jumped every year he has played, moving up to 11 APG last season.

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