Carlos Boozer (34th pick, 2002)
David Lee (30th pick, 2005)
Gerald Wallace (25th pick, 2001)
Gilbert Arenas (30th pick, 2001)
Josh Howard (29th pick, 2003)
Kevin Martin (26th pick, 2004)
Luis Scola (Argentina - 55th pick, 2002)
Mehmet Okur (Turkey - 37th pick, 2001)
Michael Redd (43rd pick, 2000)
Mo Williams (47th pick, 2003)
Paul Milsap (47th pick, 2006)
Rajon Rondo (21st pick, 2006)
Tayshaun Prince (23rd pick, 2002)
Tony Parker (France - 28th pick, 2001)
Who do you think deserve the choice as NBA's Best Draft Pick of the Decade?
Many were foreign players playing overseas such as Tony Parker or Mehmet Okur, while others were players whom the lottery teams didn't think would make an impact in the NBA.
Top 10 NBA Draft Picks of the Decade
Wed, 12/30/2009 - 5:18am
As the final hours of 2009 come upon us, NBADraft.net has taken to listing off the best picks of the past decade. The list is based on the value a player provided at his given pick spot in the draft. For instance, an All-Star picked 15th is more common than a starter picked 50th.
1. Michael Redd - 43rd pick in the 2000 draft by Milwaukee
Career stats: 20.3 ppg, 19.8 PER, 1x All-Star
The merits of some of the other players on this list may be greater than Redd's, but the former All-NBA third-team shooting guard lasted all the way until the middle of the second round of the worst draft in the lottery era. The bottom line is this: when healthy, Redd is one of the league's best sharpshooters. Without injuries, he could have followed right in line behind his mentor Ray Allen for the Bucks. But even with the injuries, the former Ohio State star was clearly the best player in the 2000 draft, an absurd and arguably unprecedented feat for such a low pick. Redd was a gold medalist for Team USA in 2008, one of just two players not selected in the first half of the first round to represent America in the games, joined by another player on this list. Injuries have slowed Redd down dramatically in 2009, but he still serves as a shining reminder of how valuable a second-round pick can end up being.
2. Tony Parker - 28th pick in the 2001 draft by San Antonio
Career stats: 16.7 ppg, 5.6 apg, 18.4 PER, 3x All-Star, 1x Finals MVP
I think it's fair, at this point, to say Tony Parker is now known as more than Eva Longoria's main squeeze. The French point guard has taken home three NBA Championships with the Spurs, starting for each title squad. He even stole an NBA Finals MVP trophy from Tim Duncan. To call it laughable that Parker was picked at the end of the same first round in which Kwame Brown was selected first overall is putting it mildly. These days, the 180-pounder has put a trademark on his tear drop shot in the lane, a big part of why he manages to consistently shoot nearly 50 percent from field goal range (his career mark is 49 percent). Parker has even continued developing his passing skills, a testament to the fact this guy is just 27 years old.
3. Carlos Boozer - 34th pick in the 2002 draft by Cleveland
Career stats: 17 ppg, 10 rpg, 20.7 PER, 2x All-Star
The other member of the "Redeem Team" that went for Olympic gold in Barcelona, Boozer's career path is not unlike Redd's. Similarly, he's never been one of the league's most exhilarating players to watch, but with a steady hand and hard work, Boozer has become among the league's most consistent. One of the most intruiging aspects of Boozer's career was that he went from second rounder to starter by the middle of his rookie season. By his second year, he was a budding All-Star playing next to the game's great new superstar, LeBron James. While it would have been great to watch them develop together, the 28-year-old former Dukie has grown into a star in his own right playing with Deron Williams in Utah, and the future remains bright.
4. Gilbert Arenas - 30th pick (second round) in the 2001 draft by Golden State
Career stats: 22.7 ppg, 5.6 apg, 20.6 PER, 3x All-Star
A crucial NBA talking point this season has been a discussion of whether Gilbert Arenas's time as a star in this league has expired. If it has, he's already exceeded expectations. The Warriors drafted Arenas out of Arizona not sure whether they were getting a point guard or a shooting guard or a combo guard who would never adjust to the NBA game. Turns out, they got a unique talent with a flair for the dramatic and a huge chip on his shoulder, one which only grew when he was shipped to Washington. Injuries essentially stole two years from Arenas's prime and have limited the signature quickness that made him unguardable in the past, but he remains one of the league's most exciting and unpredictable players.
5. Josh Howard - 29th pick (first round) in the 2003 draft by Dallas
Career stats: 15.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 17.7 PER, 1x All-Star
I fully expect, 10 years from now, to look back on Howard's career and never be sure how good he was or wasn't. With the Maverick offense centered around Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, and opponents doing the same, Howard has emerged as a key cog but hardly a superstar for the Mavs. There are times when he looks completely dominant and others where he blends in and plays his part. In seemingly every phase of the game he qualifies as "above average." It was that lack of stand-out ability and potential that kept him from the top of a super-talented draft class. But it has been that versatility keeping him as a starter in this league.
6. Rajon Rondo - 21st pick in the 2006 draft by Boston (via Phoenix)
Career stats: 10 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 spg, 16.7 PER
We've long understood that greatness, in the NBA at least, is defined by playoff performances. We'll never see Mitch Richmond in the same light as Reggie Miller. And we'll always think of Rajon Rondo as the guy who put up three triple-doubles in two harrowing series last spring. Rondo finished the 2009 playoffs with averages of 16.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.8 assists in 41.2 minutes per game. In doing so, he made a serious argument for his status as the most valuable player on a team known for its "Big Three" - a group Rondo is noticably missing from. And to think, this is a guy whose draft rights were traded by the Suns for a pick they later traded for journeyman James Jones and cash.
7. Danny Granger - 17th pick in the 2005 draft by Indiana
Career stats: 16.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 17 PER, 1x All-Star
Granger has averaged 25.5 points per game the past two seasons. While it's worth keeping in mind that he essentially asked to carry a bad Pacers team on a nightly basis, that number speaks for itself on some level. After a serious slip on draft night, one that saw several significantly worse swingmen drafted ahead of the powerful shooter, Granger has played with intensity and grace, proving too big in the post for most small forwards while stepping outside and burning power forwards. He's a scoring machine and still has room to grow.
8. Monta Ellis - 40th pick in the 2005 draft by Golden State
Career stats: 17.1 ppg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 16.3 PER
Similar to Granger, Ellis scores at a fairly unbelievable clip. But Ellis is even more a product of his team. The perfect fit for Warrior coach Don Nelson's fun-and-gun system, Ellis has taken off as an unrestrained gunner. He flings shots with reckless abandon and runs the offense -- if you can call four shooters and a combo-guard at the point an offense -- with great confidence, if not hubris. For Ellis to make the jump to true star -- and he certainly has that potential at just 24 years old -- the former high school pick will have to be reeled in occasionally. But for now, sit back and watch the show.
9. Mehmet Okur - 37th pick in the 2001 draft by Detroit.
Career stats: 13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 17.4 PER, 1x All-Star
The same year the Jazz brought in Boozer, they brought in Okur. The results have been just as steadying. The Turkish import is an absolute model of consistency, providing a great perimeter shooting from the center position and decent rebounding and team defense. That he was an All-Star may have been an issue of voters putting too much weight into statistics, but Okur is a valuable commodity for an offense with a star post player and a lack of shooters, particularly in the starting lineup.
10. Mo Williams - 47th pick in the 2003 draft by Utah
Career stats: 13.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 15.8 PER, 1x All-Star
Williams made his name subbing for the oft-injured T.J. Ford in Milwaukee. Ford was a stud in college and a top-10 pick; Williams earns the right to be called the latest pick to make it onto this list. You don't expect much out of players picked in the draft's final quarter, and you certainly don't expect a perfect running mate for an MVP. Williams has given the Cavs a scoring point guard and a stabilizing force, though he does need to step his game up in the playoffs.
Honorable mention; Marc Gasol (48th pick in 2007), David Lee (30th pick in 2005), Kevin Martin (26th pick in 2004), Paul Millsap (47th pick in 2006), Tayshaun Prince (23rd pick in 2002), Luis Scola (55th pick in 2002), Gerald Wallace (25th pick in 2001), Josh Smith (17th pick in 2004)
Basketball-reference.com used as a reference for statistics.
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eventhough Parker and Prince are not the ones with the highest draft pick number on the list they are number 1. and 2. simply because they had a huge impact on their NBA title winning teams..
statisticly there are better scorers/rebounder one on the list but they are without a title..
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some of the people on the forum are allowed to do whatever they want as long as they have guys from upstairs holding their back. way to go interbasket!
Yep definitely Tony P. He was NBA finals MVP. That is better than any statistics.