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With the exception of Kevin Durant, 2nd picks from this decade looks... uhhhh..

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With the exception of Kevin Durant, 2nd picks from this decade looks... uhhhh..

Being the top pick of the draft class means that you're a valuable player... It means that teams have high expectations from you... If you're someone like LeBron James or a Derrick Rose, then you better prepare for a great deal of pressure surrounding your career... But these guys thrive for pressure and usually they deliver... Unless you're Michael Olowokandi or Joe Smith... But what about the second picks? They are usually perceived as the second best player available but that is not ALWAYS the case isn't it? Sometimes, teams haven't learned their lesson about drafting needs or best player available... This decade of 2nd picks have been, let's just say, a more up and down experience compared to the number 1 picks. There are some guys who clicked well but most are guys who never made much of an impact in their careers... And as the Sixers prepare for the Evan Turner pick (from which I'm sure they'll pick), let's try to run down the list of the 2nd picks in this decade in which some of them are uhhhhhhh...

Stromile Swift (selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000)- In what was considered as the worst draft class ever, Stromile Swift will stand out as one of those athletic big men who never lived up to their potential... The Shawn Kemp comparison was right on the money if Swift worked hard or knew how to handle the physical gifts he possessed...

Better choice: Hedo Turkoglu, Mike Miller, Michael Redd

Tyson Chandler (selected by the Los Angeles Clippers (then traded to Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand) in 2001- In a draft that was filled with many firsts, which included the first ever high school player chosen as the 1st pick, Tyson Chandler will stand out as a guy filled with the word "potential"... His athletic gifts and rebounding prowess earned a lot of praise even going as far as saying that he'll be "better than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar" (WOW)... But injuries after injuries had slowed him for most of his NBA career that even at the age of 28, he never found his true identity as a basketball player... His defense and rebounding is great but his offense needed a Chris Paul to burst him up...

Better choice: Pau Gasol, Jason Richardson

Jay Williams (selected by the Chicago Bulls in 2002) -He is widely regarded as the best player in the 2002 Draft... Although he played with inconsistency during his rookie season, I thought he would have been ready for the 2003-04... (Much like what Deron Williams did from his first 2 seasons in the L.) But sadly, Jay Williams' career fell way too early after a motorbike accident severely injuring him... We may never know what would have been...

Better choice: Amar'e Stoudemire, Caron Butler, Carlos Boozer

Darko Milicic (selected by the Detroit Pistons in 2003)- This one has to hurt the most, right? After all the excuses Detroit made at that time, still, you couldn't figure a crap why would they pass on Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade??? Heck even Kirk Hinrich and Chris Kaman have had better careers than Darko, the Human Victory Cigar who never became a dominant big when he joined the NBA... He has bounced from one team to another and has become one of the NBA's ultimate bust... After all, if you're the second pick in one of the strongest classes ever, you make sure you survive the criticism... Darko could not...

Better choice: Read my take on Darko...

Emeka Okafor (selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2004)- People forget how fans booed the Magic for drafting a high school stalwart named Dwight Howard over a proven and tested UConn star in Emeka Okafor... People thought that Charlotte was immediately going to build around the guy who provided defense in the interior... And while Okafor did win the ROY, it was Howard who has vastly improved in the last 6 years... As Okafor watches in envy, Dwight simply became the most dominant big man in the NBA... Okafor's stats aren't that bad but you have to look at it and say, damn! His stats all look the same in the last six seasons....LOL...

Better choice: none, but Andre Iguodala does have a better career than Okafor...

Marvin Williams (selected by the Atlanta Hawks in 2005)- Marvin has always had his upside since day one... You can't argue the fact that the Hawks drafted a potential franchise player for them even if their glaring need was a PG at that time...ehem.. (CP3 and D-Will)... Marvin was a logical choice because the Hawks thought they could have a LeBron-like franchise player in Williams... But lo and behold!, Marvin has never been close to a 3rd option with Atlanta as guys like Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby does most of the scoring along with J-Smoove's impact... With Chris Paul and Deron Williams doing their All-Star like performance for their respective teams, Marvin struggled to stay consistent with the Hawks... Even this site graded this drafting of the Hawks at A-... Still, at the age of 24, I'd like to see Marvin get a shot with the Hawks now that JJ is probably going to a new destination...

Better choice: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Danny Granger

LaMarcus Aldridge (selected by Chicago (traded to Portland for Tyrus Thomas and peanuts) in 2006)- I could never forgive Chicago for this... It was a galring need they had which is a low post presence with an array of offensive skills yet they traded him to a guy filled with oozing potential thinking they could be making a great risk... LaMarcus is currently enjoying his career in Portland while Tyrus Thomas is still looking for ways to improve even at their year 4 in the league... Despite Aldridge's career, he is not really a franchise player but he completes a puzzle to a champiosnhip caliber team...

Better choice: fellow Blazer, Brandon Roy...

Kevin Durant (selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2007) Enough said...

Michael Beasley (selected by the Miami Heat in 2008) - He wasn't suppose to be this far behind in one of the deepest class in NBA Draft History... It has always been Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley... People said that he could even outdo Kevin Durant at the end of their careers... But Michael Beasley has always been a talented player, so what's the prob? It's the mental aspect that hurt him... His childish ways and lack of focus created a dangerous surface for the young kid who has always been regarded as an offensive firepower by any collegiate scouts... But his lack of exposure in terms of allowing him to learn from his mistakes, hurt him in the long run... So much so that guys like Russell Westbrook, Brook Lopez and OJ Mayo outplayed him for most part... His role as "Tito" to Dwyane Wade's Michael Jackson performance never sit right on him but people perceived it that way and instead of sulking on that, he needs to work harder in order for people to forget about the rehab and attitude issues he has since day one...

Better choice: OJ Mayo, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez... too many to mention...

Hasheem Thabeet (selected by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009)- You rarely find a genuine 7'3 center in the NBA today but the Grizzlies has one when they chose Thabeet in the 2009 Draft... But the thing was, of all possible players, why him? They could have drafted another guy who's more NBA ready than him... Enough with the silly excuses about their team having OJ and Rudy already... That's like a Jim Paxson and Clyde Drexler excuse by the Blazers on why they didn't draft Michael Jordan... They could have gone for James Harden or Tyreke Evans... But the Grizzlies have gone for size and Thabeet can provide that...But his raw offensive skills are obvious... In the end, he became the highest lottery pick ever sent to the D-League...

So there you have it, the second picks of the past decade... Do you think this next decade can produce a much better result when it comes to being the second pick????


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Do you think this next decade

Do you think this next decade can produce a much better result when it comes to being the second pick????
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Don't see why not. Trends like that tend to always change. For example the 90's produced a lot of good 2nd overall selections. Most of whom were point guards. Two future hall of famers in Gary Payton and Jason Kidd, 2 all stars in Steve Francis and Kenny Anderson and a long time starter in Mike Bibby. As well the #2 spot had another future HOF in Alonzo Mourning, another all star in Antonio McDyss and one of the best defensive bigs of the last ten years in Marcus Camby.

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omg marcus fizer is on

omg marcus fizer is on nbadraft forums can i have your autograph

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I still think Thabeet has a chance to be a solid NBA player, not as good as Curry, Evans, or any of the other point guards, but he could be a 10-10-3 guy.

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For another example of a

For another example of a trend. The #9 spot has had a number of very nice success stories from 1997-2007. That doesn't necessarily mean that the #9 spot is better than the #7 or the #8 pick or that the Jazz are destined to pick up another star who will take the franchise to the next level but it is interesting to note.

#9 selections

Amare Stoudemire
Dirk Nowitzki
Tracy McGrady
Shawn Marion
Andre Iguodala
Joakim Noah

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good point dwight

good point dwight...

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If Turner is selected #2 i

If Turner is selected #2 i dont think he will join the list of #2 pick busts. Everyone of the second picks that you listed that couldnt make it in the nba all had one thing in common: they were "potential" players.

Swift, Milicic, Chandler, Marvin Williams and Thabeet were all guys that teams knew were going to need to be developed. Beasley has character issues and is a cancer. Okafor and Aldridge are solid starters in the nba but not great and Durant is out of this world amazing.

Turner is most similar to Jay Williams- the most polished college player coming out and the college both the POY. We will never know how Williams would have turned out but he did show some promise. Turner is too talented and has a too good of an all around game to just flame out like most of the past #2 picks. I dont think hell be a superstar but could be great second option to one.

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Yeah I posted something like

Yeah I posted something like this about 2 months ago.

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Pat O'Bryant #9 Warriors.

Pat O'Bryant #9 Warriors.

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Okafor is a solid guy but he

Okafor is a solid guy but he seems to have had a lower ceiling than Howard and that is why he went second.

Beasley, it is still too early because he improved a lot his second year and Miami is a bad fit for him. Durant was able to come to a team and be the man and learn from his mistakes. Beasley is in a position that he is Wade's sidekick and he is on the bench if he makes mistakes. I think all that personality stuff is overblowned. Do you really think he is doing stuff that other NBA players that are currently hurting for money have not done. He may wind up in a better situation than them.

I think Beasley early on could not handle being suddenly famous on an NBA level and the expectations he is facing. If his name was something else people would think hey he is doing alright in his second year but the expectations were 20 and 10 out the gate. Kevin Durant did not even do this. Beasley's second year was kind of like Durant's first year cept Durant had more control of the offense and was more consistent.

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Funny How Emeka Okafor's

Funny How Emeka Okafor's Stats Declined since he was a rookie
LOL
Michael Beasley's Ok..
He had 15 points 6.4 rebounds this season in 30 minutes and it's only his 2nd year
i believe he's gonna keep improving

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