there are 30 teams so i ranked 30 of the best valued steals for each of the last 30 years.best valued draft steals not in top 5. not next best player or best player that is a steal but best valued steal. player must be drafted to be on the list. many good players may be snubbed and something to be considered is who was drafted ahead of that player that year. if you missed any of the top five picks and want to look over them, you may read along here: http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/30-number-ones-30 years,http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/30-number-twos-30-years, http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/30-number-threes-30-years, http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/30-number-fours-30-years,http://www.nbadra... there definitely brings debate:
1983 - clyde drexler 14
1984 - john stockton 16
1985 - karl marlone 13
1986 - dennis rodman 27
1987 - mark jackson 18
1988 - vernon maxwell 47
1989 - clifford robinson 36
1990 - toni kukoc 29
1991 - bobby phills 45
1992 - latrell sprewell 24
1993 - nick van exel 37
1994 - wesley person 23
1995 - michael finley 21
1996 - kobe bryant 13
1997 - tracy mcgrady 9
1998 - rashard lewis 32
1999 - manu ginobili 57
2000 - michael redd 43
2001 - tony parker 28
2002 - luis scola 56
2003 - mo williams 47
2004 - kevin martin 26
2005 - monta ellis 40
2006 - paul millsap 47
2007 - marc gasol 48
2008 - nicolas batum 25
2009 - marcus thornton 43
2010 - paul george 10
2011 - chandler parsons 38
2012 - jae crowder 34
this is my final 30 in 30 forum during this period in time. hope you have enjoyed them. thank you for your thoughts. feel free to express any more on here if you would like.
Dont forget 2009, I was picked 10th by the Bucks, definitely looking like a steal now
Damn never realized the Jazz got Stockton and Malone in back to back years.
and they got them in the middle of the first round. it is so hard to get one star from there and they got 2 hall of famers in back to back years is incredible
Not sure about Jae Crowder, Jeff Taylor, Draymond Green are really solid second rounders. Mark my words: 3 years from now people will be wondering how Perry Jones fell all the way to OKC. The rest of the list is gravy. Shved should get an honorable mention he wasn't even drafted
I agree with you, Shved was a huge steal, but he said the players had to be drafted to be mentioned on the list.
And I hope you're right about Perry Jones lol
Playing behind Kevin Durant should help him, I expect him to be a Lamar Odom/Tim Thomas type of player, but confidence I a huge key in this guys development. Last year in college games he hit a three pointer he averaged 22 points and 9 rebounds, in games he didn't hit a three, he averaged 13 points and 7 rebounds.
I think in 2008 you could switch Batum with Ibaka who was drafted 24th, Carlos Boozer in 2002 in the 2nd round was a bigger steal then Scola given how Scola didnt come over till later and past his prime. But yeah great list
Instead of McGrady picked with the 9th pick Stephen Jackson was the steal of that draft at 43.
Neither guys were stars for other of the teams that drafted them, we let McGrady walk and he blew up in Orlando; Jackson didn't play in the NBA until 2000
Wesley Matthews went undrafted but he would have been the biggest steal in that draft year.
I would put Drummond at #9 the draft steal of 2012. 2008 I would also consider Ibaka who was picked right before Batum.
Zach Randolph and David Lee. They should be above guys like Crowder, Thornton etc. imo ...
don't forget Agent zero, he was a beast!
Only good thing Isiah Thomas did was draft David Lee in the 2nd round.
David Lee was a first round pick
I would say that if Gilbert arenas didn't mess up his own career then be would have to be there... Drafted 30th in 2001
I like Isaiah Thomas the last pick of the 2011 draft but parsons was a steal as well. I like that Thomas is so small and expected to never do much but he does a good amount of things.
i almost put paul pierce ahead of rashard lewis and tim hardaway and shawn kemp were close against clifford robinson. this year's rookies i just took a flyer. it was the hardest one to do.