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News » Community: Best second-round picks of the modern era

Community: Best second-round picks of the modern era

Community: Best second-round picks of the modern era
Think you can fall asleep once the first round of the NBA draft is over? Think again. It seems like every year, a player or two from the second round emerges as a solid NBA contributor, eventually developing into an All-Star caliber player. Community partner analysis

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6. Michael Redd, 2000, #34 (Milwaukee)Career Averages: 20.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, .452 FG%
In his eight seasons, the former second-round pick has gone from a work-in-progress to one of the best scorers in the league. He has averaged more than 22.7 points over the last four seasons and has developed one of the league's quickest and most lethal jump shots. He is able to make shots both inside (47.7%) and outside (38.8%) the arc. In 2004, Redd was named an All-Star and also made the All-NBA third team. He holds the record for most three-point field goals in a quarter with eight in the fourth period against the Houston Rockets in 2002, and he also takes care of the ball — his career turnover rate of 8.32 is the second best in league history.
Bonus points for: Being a good citizen, on and off the court ... improving his game every offseason ... developing into the best player to come out of the 2000 draft.
Negative points for: sketchy shot selection last season ... not having enough of a defensive mindset.

5. Manu Ginobili, 1999, #57 (San Antonio)
Career Averages: 14.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, .454 FG%
San Antonio picked Ginobili late in the second round of the 1999 draft, but he didn't sign with the Spurs until after the 2002 World Basketball Championship. He helped the Spurs win NBA titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007, and was voted to play in the 2005 All-Star Game. Last season, he was the Sixth Man of the Year and was named to the All-NBA third team. He is capable of hitting the long-range shot, but he is at his best when he attacks the hole relentlessly. In fact, when the Spurs need a bucket, they are most likely to go to Ginobili, who is able to create contact and score efficiently at the free throw line. With the big nose and the flowing locks, he's quite a sight on the basketball court.
Bonus points for: Being the latest pick on this list, and arguably the biggest steal in draft history ... leading the Argentinean national team to a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, becoming the only player ever to win the Euroleague, an Olympic gold medal and an NBA title ... being the human form of a whirling dervish.
Negative points for: Overreacting to any type of contact in the hopes of getting a call, frustrating countless opponents, coaches and fans in the process.

4. Mark Price, 1986, #25 (Dallas)
Career Averages: 15.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.7 apg, .472 FG %
Dubbed "too slow" and "too short" for the NBA game, Price was taken by Dallas with the first pick in the second round and traded on draft day to Cleveland, where he spent nine seasons and helped turn the Cavs into an Eastern Conference powerhouse. He was one of the best shooters in league history, and during the 1988-89 season, Price was one of only three players (along with Larry Bird and Reggie Miller) to shoot at least 50% from the field, 40% from the 3-point line and 90% from the free-throw line. In fact, he's the all-time career free-throw leader at 90.4%. Price made the All-Star game four times, was selected to the All-NBA third team three times and the All-NBA first team once, and averaged 15+ points and 7+ assists in seven consecutive seasons.
Bonus points for: Being a six-foot white guy who regularly took over games ... Having his number (not just his jersey) retired at Georgia Tech, his alma mater.
Negative points for: Like Hornacek, giving diminutive white kids everywhere unrealistic aspirations of playing in the NBA.

3. Dennis Rodman, 1986, #27 (Detroit)
Career Averages: 7.3 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, .521 FG%
"The Worm" was a perfect fit for the Pistons; his defensive intensity and role player mentality was just what Detroit needed to win back-to-back NBA titles in '89 and '90. One of the greatest rebounders in league history, Rodman won five titles in all (two with Detroit and three with Chicago), and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. In total, he was named to the All-Defensive Team seven times, he won the rebounding title seven consecutive years, he was named to the All-Star team twice, and was named to the All-NBA third team twice. Whew!
Bonus points for: Sleeping with both Madonna and Carmen Electra, back when it meant something.
Negative points for: Starring with Jean Claude Van Damme in "Double Team," winning three Golden Raspberries (Worst New Star, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple) in the process ... often dressing up in drag.

2. Carlos Boozer, 2002, #34 (Cleveland)
Career Averages:16.9 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, .541 FG%
Boozer made a huge leap in the 2006-07 season, averaging 20.9 points and 11.7 boards in his first healthy season since '03-'04. He was named to his first All-Star Game and led the Jazz to the Western Conference finals. Last season he averaged 21.1 points and 10.4 rebounds and was named to another All-Star Game and his first All-NBA team (third). Boozer is just 26, so he still has a lot of great years ahead of him. He looks like a perennial All-Star and All-NBA player, which is why he's ahead of Rodman on this list. He has taken a lot of criticism for the way things ended in Cleveland, but the Cavs shot themselves in the foot by not picking up his option (a mere $695K!), which would have given the team the ability to go over the cap to sign him a year later. It's a "he said/she said" situation with one side (the Cavs) saying that there was an illegal verbal agreement in place and the other side (Boozer) saying there wasn't.
Bonus points for: Having to deal with being vilified (if he didn't make a verbal agreement)
Negative points for: Leaving the Cavs in a lurch (if he did make a verbal agreement)

1. Gilbert Arenas, 2001, #31 (Golden State)
Career Averages: 22.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.5 apg, .428 FG%
Arenas was the second pick in the second round of the 2001 draft and used his draft position as motivation when he entered the league. He was named to the All-Rookie team in his first year and won the Most Improved Player in his second season. Two years later, in his first year in Washington, Arenas was named to his first of three All-Star games. He was named to the All-NBA third team in both 2005 and 2006, and to the All-NBA second team in 2007. He missed most of last season with a knee injury, so it will be interesting to see if Arenas can continue his remarkable career path going forward. If his game takes a dip, he'll surely fall down this list.
Bonus points for: Wearing the number "0" because that's how many minutes his critics said he'd play at the University of Arizona ... once taking a shower at halftime in full uniform ... throwing his jersey into the stands after every game ... Wizards fans coining the term "Gilbertology," which is used to describe his quirky behavior both on and off the court.
Negative points for: Once, during a regular-season game, trying to make a free throw by bouncing the ball off the court first.

There are some great players on this list, even a few of the so-called "franchise" players. What's the common theme? Size — six are guards. The other four are forwards, and none of them are traditional back-to-the-basket big men. Teams will keep selecting guys like Kwame Brown, Michael Olowokandi and Sam Bowie early in the first round, but I'll take the players on this list any day.

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