NBA Draft: The 12 Greatest NBA Draft Steals of All-Time

BR StudiosFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2011

Jimmer Fredette, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams and Kemba Walker will all be drafted to play in the NBA. Each will have his name forever associated with the 2011 NBA Draft. But we won’t know who’s a steal, and who’s a bust for years to come.

Did your team just pick a winner, or did you just miss out on the next big thing?

Cleveland has a chance to rebuild, post-"The Decision." Toronto, Detroit and Minnesota are all looking for a chance to get back to being relevant. GMs have a chance to change their franchise’s future (both good and bad) and make a name for themselves (also good and bad).

In a world full of negativity, it’s easy to remember Joe Dumars botching his pick with the Darko decision. The Kandi man is still a joke of a pick. And Adam Morrison—well, at least he was good in college.

What gets less publicity is all the picks that worked out.  The guys who star and succeed in the league, but we forget weren’t selected so high.   

Everyone knows Manu Ginobili is great, but do you realize he was drafted so late?  Dirk just won a ring, and he barely cracked the top 10.   

Take a look as we rank the NBA’s biggest draft steals, and find out how some of the all-time greats were disrespected and passed over.  Anyone else we forgot?

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