Interesting article by Bleacher Report:
They missed Ginobli, who might be the best second round pick of all time.
Gilbert Arenas was a legitimate star in his short prime too.
Carlos Boozer has had an under-the-radar career, but was a great second round pick by the Cavs.
Plenty of role players have come from the second round, but few stars have.
Who do you guys have?
Ginobili and Arenas instantly came to mind....Boozer can go f*ck himself, amnesty please
Manu. Alex English. Rodman. Hal Greer. Dennis Johnson. World B. Free
Technically, Willis Reed and Gus Johnson were 2nd rounders.
Artis Gilmore's a HOF and he was a 7th round pick.
Bill Laimbeer was a 3rd round pick.
George Gervin was a 3rd round pick.
Dan Issel was an 8th round pick.
Here are some others not drafted in the 1st round that were good players.
Ben Wallace , Anthony Mason , Danny Ainge , and Doc Rivers
I don't want to be "that guy" but all Arenas did was put up good scoring stats on (ungodly inefficient shooting percentages) a bad team. The best years of his career (his prime years of 04-07), his teams finished 45-37, 42-40, and 41-41 in the weak east. I wouldn't exactly call that a star. I honestly think the Eastern Conference was terrible before the Celtics Big 3 formed. The East before 07 was a disaster, and the Wizards were just the RUN TMC of that epoch. Or maybe the twilight of Arenas's career is clouding my vision of what kind of player he was
I completely agree. Arenas was a loser who played a dumb, losing brand of basketball. Terrible shot selection. Below average point skills with poor decision making. Poor defender despite his physical tools. In the end he put up numbers at his peak, but I think he will be remembered along the same lines as a guy like Marbury. You can tell just how good a player is when some of his athleticism leaves him. Arenas' athleticism left him and he turned to crap.
The most telling thing for me was during the 2006 Playoffs when the Wizards where playing the Cavs. LeBron walked up to Arenas in the closing seconds of the game, patted him on the chest, and talked smack too him. Arenas would then go on to miss the free throw, and lose the game…His career in one moment, and what I will always remember him for
Mark Price is the first guy who comes to mind for me as best second round pick ever.
willis reed was a 2nd round pick...michael redd also had a good run there for a lil while
I'd think Marc Gasol would get a little love, not as the best of all time, but if you're a GM would you rather of the career of Arenas or Gasol on your team? ?
That article was written three years ago. I'm sure that if it was written now, Gasol would be on there. That being said the writer somehow missed Ginobli.
Guys who keep mentioning Willis Reed etc, need to keep in mind that the original list only starts at 1990. Reed was technically a second rounder but he was also the 8th pick overall so he was hardly the underdog prospect like some of the 2nd rounders in more recent times.
He made the article, but Michael Redd was the first name to pop in my head.
Isn't this forum in love with Monta Ellis?
When all is said and done I think Chandler Parsons is going to make this list. And I'm surprised Luis Scola didn't make it
Currently- Parsons looks like a lock.
Recently- Redd and Ginobli for sure
Past- How about some love for Jeff Hornacek? Also, Rodman was in that same 2nd round...
And how about trailblazing Euro player Sarunas Marciulionis in the 6th in '87? Changed the scouting game big time.
willis reed is the answer end of discussion
Not best ever but nick van exel was a great steal. All-rookie first team his first year and eventually an all-star.
All good choices above....here's another possibility....Was Tony Kucov a second rounder?
The first thing that came to my head is Manu Ginobili...
Maybe not the greatest of all time, but definately my favorite of all time would be Dino Radja - 1989.
Neg me all day look at Willis reeds stats, and defensive accolades sick of these 15 year old kids on here not knowing the history of the game