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OutletPass
06-24-2003, 11:13 AM
These Draft sleepers had more impact in the NBA than many thought they would
Draft Sleepers: You Snooze, You Lose

By Rob Peterson, NBA.com







June 18 -- We knew about Oscar and Jerry (West and Lucas), Magic and Larry. We knew about Bill Russell, Patrick Ewing and Kareem. (Pardon me, Lew Alcindor.)
These players weren't just well-known coming out of college. They were stars with national championships, college Player of the Year awards and some had even won Olympic gold before they ever slipped on an NBA jersey.

But what about those guys who seemingly came out of nowhere, unheralded, from little schools and small conferences? What about those guys who, after playing a few years in the NBA, you asked: "He was a second-round pick?"

NBA.com takes a look at the greatest Draft sleepers in NBA History. These men made their GMs look smart. Really smart.

1. Willis Reed - New York Knicks

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 650 36.5 .476 N/A .747 12.9 1.8.3 N/A N/A 18.7


Why he's here: Drafted in the second round by the Knicks out of Grambling St., Reed became a fixture in the New York lineup for the next 10 seasons ... Became the first man to win the All-Star, regular season and Finals MVP awards in the same season in 1970 ... Created one of sports more indelible moments when injured, he took the floor for Game 7 of 1970 Finals ... Was named Finals MVP in 1973 as well ... Elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982 ... One of NBA's 50 Greatest Players ...


2. John Stockton - Utah Jazz

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1,504 31.8 .515 .384 .826 2.7 10.5 2.17 0.21 13.1


Why he's here: Drafted in the first round (16th overall) by the Jazz out of Gonzaga, Stockton, statistically, became the best point guard in the history of the NBA ... Retired as the NBA's career leader in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265), showing that he was a factor on both ends of the floor ... Since 1990, played and started in 1,034 of 1,052 games for the Jazz ... Didn't miss a game from the 1990 to 1997 season ... One of NBA's 50 Greatest Players ... Played on the 1992 Dream Team ... Future Hall of Famer


3. Nate "Tiny" Archibald - Kings, Nets, Braves, Celtics, Bucks

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 876 35.6 .467 .224 .810 2.3 7.4 1.05 0.83 18.8


Why he's here: Drafted in the second round by the Cincinnati Royals out of Texas El-Paso, Archibald became the only player ever to lead the NBA in points (34.0) and assists (11.37) in the same season (1972-73) with the Kansas City/Omaha Kings ... Three time All-NBA First Team (1973, 1975, 1976) ... One of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History ... Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer (1991)


4. Joe Dumars - Detroit Pistons

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1,018 34.5 .460 .382 .843 2.16 4.5 0.86 0.08 16.1


Why he's here: Drafted in the first round (18th overall) by the Detroit Pistons out of McNeese State, Dumars was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team four times (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993) ... Dumars, in leading the Pistons to the first of two NBA titles was named Finals MVP in 1989 ... Six time All-Star ... NBA's Sportsmanship Award winner is presented with the Joe Dumars trophy


5. Alex English - Bucks, Pacers, Nuggets, Mavs

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1193 31.9 .507 .217 .832 5.48 3.8 0.89 0.70 21.5


Why he's here: Drafted in the second round (23rd overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks out of South Carolina, English was one of the more prlofic scorers in NBA history ... Led the league in scoring with 28.4 points per game (1983) ... Four seasons later, tallied a career-high of 29.8 points per game ... Had a 24.4 points per game average in the playoffs ... Nuggets all-time leading scorer (21,645) and assists leader (3,679) ... Elected Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (1997)


6. Bill Laimbeer - Cavs, Pistons

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1,068 31.8 .498 .326 .837 9.74 2.04 0.66 0.90 12.9


Why he's here: Though he played at a major program (Notre Dame), drafted in the third round (65th overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers ... Flourished in Detroit, where he became an enforcer on the boards as he led the league twice (1984, 1986) ... Became one of the first big men to be able to hit the three-pointer as he was 202-for-619 for his career ... Free throw shooting improved each season and at age 35, shot a career-best .894 percent from the line in 1992-93 season


7. Maurice Cheeks - Sixers, Spurs, Knicks, Hawks, Nets

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1,101 31.6 .523 .255 .793 2.80 6.71 2.09 0.26 11.1


Why he's here: Drafted in the second round (36th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers out of West Texas State, Cheeks was the quiet floor leader of the Sixers 1983 championship team ... Is third on the NBA's all-time steals list with 2,310 and eighth on the assists list with 7,392... Named to the NBA's All-Defensive team four times (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986)


8. Dennis Rodman - Pistons, Spurs, Bulls, Lakers, Mavs

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 911 31.7 .521 .232 .584 13.1 1.76 0.67 0.58 7.3


Why he's here: Drafted in the second round (27th overall) by the Detroit Pistons out of Southeastern Oklahoma State, Rodman was one of the best rebounders and more colorful players of his era ... One of 22 men to win at five NBA titles, two with Detroit (1989, 1990) and three with Chicago (1996, 1997, 1998) ... led the NBA in rebounding a record seven consecutive seasons (1992-1998) ... NBA Defensive Player of the Year in (1990, 1991) and a member of the NBA All-Defensive first team seven times (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996)


9. Dennis Johnson - Sonics, Suns, Celtics

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1,100 32.7 .445 .172 .797 3.86 4.99 1.04 0.61 17.3


Why he's here: Drafted in the second round (29th overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics out of Pepperdine, Johnson played on three NBA championship teams, one with Seattle (1979) and two with Boston (1984, 1986) ... was named Finals MVP in 1979 ... A six time member of the All-NBA Defensive first team (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987)


10. Terry Porter - Blazers, Wolves, Heat, Spurs

STATS G MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 1274 27.8 .463 .386 .836 2.47 5.62 1.24 0.14 12.2


Why he's here: Drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers out of tiny Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Porter is 10th on the NBA's all-time assists list with 7,160 ... Led the Blazers to two NBA Finals appearances (1990, 1992) ... The Blazers all-time assists leader and holds the Finals' single-game record for most free throws made (15) without a miss (6/790) ... Winner J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1993)


Honorable mention: Al Attles, Sam Cassell, Bob Dandridge, Vlade Divac, Hal Greer, Tim Hardaway, Robert Horry, Jeff Hornacek, Toni Kukoc, Andre Miller, Mark Price, Jack Sikma, Jerry Sloan, Latrell Sprewell, Norm Van Lier

aexchange
06-24-2003, 12:35 PM
NVE definately needs to be on that list somewhere.

Mandyahl
06-24-2003, 12:50 PM
Originally posted by: aexchange
NVE definately needs to be on that list somewhere.

for sure.