By now, we have all heard that guys like Chandler Parsons and Isaiah Thomas were absolute steals in the second round of their 2011 NBA draft. But, what about the other, older guys? Here are ten guys that you probably didn’t know heard their name called in the second round of their NBA drafts.
Paul Millsap – 47th overall
Millsap has been reigning terror against opposing power forwards in the NBA for a long time now. His ability to step and shoot the jumper – even out to the three point line – makes him a unique stretch four. Millsap has had healthy averages of 13.1 points (an average dragged down by his first few seasons in Utah) and 7.2 rebounds a game. He was also an Eastern conference all star last season. I’ll take those career accolades from a second rounder anyday.
Monta Ellis – 40th overall
Monta Ellis, the ultimate All Star snub. Ellis has a ridiculous career averages of 19.4 PPG and 4.9 APG, yet no All Star appearances. Still, finding that kind of value at 40th overall is extremely uncommon. Ellis has had tours with the Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, and now the Dallas Mavericks. He is definitely one of the top second round gems of the decade.
Marc Gasol – 48th overall
Infamously known as Pau Gasol’s brother, Marc was not as hyped up as his brother was in the draft. His brother went third overall to Atlanta (who shipped him to Memphis), while Marc was taken just before 5oth by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Amazingly, later that year he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a deal for his brother Pau, who went to the Lakers. This is the only time a brother has been traded for another brother. Gasol started 74 games of his rookie season in Memphis, and is now considered the best player on his team by many.
Manu Ginobli – 57th overall
Three time champion, two time all star, and sixth man of the year award winner. I’d say that the second round pick the Spurs used on him has worked out well.
Ginobli has been an integral part of the Spurs title contenders and winners over the last few seasons, and it is hard to picture the Spurs without this Argentinian mastermind.
Gilbert Arenas – 31st overall
Arenas left the NBA early due to some legal troubles, but damn was he good. Arenas was selected with the first pick in the second round to Golden State, where he played two seasons before going to Washington. In Washington, his stardom caught on.
His career high season came in 2005-2006, where he averaged 29.3 PPG for the Wiz. His career averages of 20.7 PPG and 5.3 APG are amazing for any player, especially a second round pick.
Carlos Boozer – 35th overall
Boozer was selected 35th overall by the Cavs, where he enjoyed success in his rookie and sophomore seasons. After that, he was on a Utah team that used him heavily. Boozer used to be one of the biggest paint monsters in the game. He averaged big numbers in Utah, including 21.1 PPG and 10.4 RPG in the 2007-2008 season.
A bit washed up now, Boozer still goes down as a great value for a second rounder anyday.
Mo Williams – 47th overall
Mo Williams has been somewhat of a journeyman in the NBA, but that doesn’t take away from the success he has experienced. Drafted 47th overall by Utah, Williams has done tours with the Jazz (twice), Bucks, Cavs, Clips, Blazers, and now Timberwolves.
His peak season was in ’08-’09 with Cleveland, where he averaged just shy of 18 PPG and shot a near 44% clip from beyond the arc. His career averages stand at 13.3 PPG, 4.9 APG, and 38.5% from three. Those are great sixth man numbers, and even greater second round pick numbers.
Trevor Ariza – 43rd overall
Ariza, an NBA champion, was taken 43rd overall by the Knicks. He has enjoyed success in New York, LA, Orlando, Houston, New Orleans, and Washington.
Ariza has a modest career average of 9.7 PPG, but his emergence as a top three and D guy in the NBA makes him a very valuable player, something anyone would want from their second round pick.
Luis Scola – 56th overall
Scola is the definition of scrappy. He may not be a go-to scorer, but he will fight hard. He also has pretty good career numbers, which peaked in 2010-2011 with 18.3 PPG, and in 2008-2009 with 8.8 RPG.
Scola is definitely a big guy you want on your team because he does it all – shoot, rebound, pass, and shoot high percentage shots. The Argentinian big man has averaged 50.1 % from the field for his career. Not too shabby for 56th overall, eh?
Kyle Korver – 51st overall
Kyle Korver is the best three point shooter in the league at the moment, something very few players get to be called in their careers. Korver has never had busty point averages, but he was always one of the most reliable bombers in the game. Korver has hit 43.8% of his three point shots over his career, and has even shot over 53% in a career year with Utah.
The floppy haired forward has hit 2.6 threes a game the last two seasons with Atlanta and goes down as my best second round draft pick on this list.