I thought I’d dig deep for this one. How deep? How bout the last pick of every NBA draft since 1985 deep. Some successes. Some interesting tidbits. Without further ado, the last picks of the NBA draft in order of greatest NBA success.
Kerr was a fan favorite out of Zona and had perhaps the most useful and successful of all the NBA careers in this list. He played from 1988 to 2003 with 7 teams. He is a 5x NBA Champion (4 with Chicago, 1 with San Antonio) and the NBA record holder in career 3-point percentage at .454, though he never averaged higher than 8.6 PPG in a season.
Though only time will tell, but Thomas is becoming a key role player for the Kings. In his three starts for Sacramento, he’s averaged 38 minutes, 21.7 points, 7.3 assists and 2.7 3-pointers. Keep that up and he could become the greatest (and most relevant) last draft pick the NBA has ever seen.
With three teams, Rebraca played in 215 total games averaging 5.9 PPG and 3.2 RPG. He played his last basketball in 2007 in Spain.
Erden has bounced back and fourth between Europe and the NBA. Though his success in America has been limited, he has posted just 3.8 PPG to go with a weak 2.8 RPG as a 7 footer.
Acker played 30 games in 3 seasons averaging 2.7 PPG. His most recent NBA appearance was for the LA Clippers in 2009. He now plays for Olimpia Milano of Italy.
Higgins helped Michigan win the 1989 national championship. He managed 6.3 PPG in the NBA but played for 13 teams in 16 years (not all in the NBA). He was a player coach for the Albany Patroons.
Drafted From:Central Connecticut
Edwards may be the most traveled player ever. Since his debut, he has played for 18 teams from China to Saudi Arabia, Egypt to Poland and about everywhere in between. He did average 2.7 PPG in 10 games with the Hornets in 2005.
Baston had little success in the NBA playing for both the Pacers and the Raptors on two separate but short lived stints (2.7 PPG). He’s real success is in Europe where he is a three time Israeli League champion and a two time Euroleague Champion.
Drafted From:Iowa State
Blalock played one season in the NBA and averaged just 1.8 PPG. He left to play in Israel, Germany and Australia before signing to play for the NBA of Canada for the Saint John Mill Rats.
Most of his career has been playing in the NBA D-League and the NBA Summer League. In a short stint with Seattle, he averaged 1.3 PPG. He currently plays for Olympiacos BC.
The first last draft pick of the new millennium, Pete’s career never got off the ground, but he gets the award for playing for the funniest professional team not called the Harlem Globetrotters (though I’m sure he wished he played for them), the talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association.
His career at Miami offered little hope for him in the NBA, just 10 PPG and 7.8 RPG. The fact that he has yet to play a single second in the NBA proves that.
Bracey was signed by the Spurs but went on to play only one game in the NBA’s D-League. He’s played in Israel, Italy, Spain, Greece, Russia, France, Belgium, Cyprus, and Puerto Rico.
He comes in a close second in travel experience. 15 teams in 10 years. Never played beyond the D-League.
Dozier, though drafted by the Heat chose to sign with the Greek League Club Colossus Rhodes. He has never played in an NBA game. Maybe is was this move that freed up the cap space to sign LeBron…?
Drafted and traded, Rakovic has spent his entire career playing in Russia, Italy, and Lithuania.
In his seven seasons of basketball, he has never played in the NBA and has never played for a team for longer than a single season.
Robinson, a McDonald’s All-American in High school. Was the California all-time leading scorer when he graduated, then a National Champion in college, then never played in the NBA. His coach in Greece referred to him as “one of the greatest underachievers I’ve ever been involved with.” He gets dropped just for having a quote like that linked to his name.
Drafted From:Morehead State
Roberts was the 1991-92 NCAA scoring champion! And ended up last in the draft and never made a roster anywhere. He was also selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 amateur draft. He’s now an assistant principal.
Drafted From:Virginia Tech
Eddie’s basketball career went nowhere from the start. He was not offered a spot with the Jazz (who drafted him) and spent parts of 3 seasons playing in Argentina, France, Russia, Israel, and Poland.
Drafted From:Central Washington
Ron is ranked 3rd in Central Washington History in points in a single season, but that really doesn’t make a difference. He never played in the NBA and is currently the owner of Ron Vanderschaaf Accent Insurance in Issaquah, WA.
Mack was the 1985 Florida Mr. Basketball winner. He never took a shot in the NBA.
Never played, ever.
Position:Can’t find it
Never, ever played…
Drafted From:Eastern Michigan
Another draftee that never played. Who knows what happened to him.
I couldn’t even find information on this guy. Does that give you an idea of where he ended up?
“There’s only 162 guys taken in the draft and I feel privileged. I was taken. A lot of people can’t say that,” Remley said. “Besides, if I was second to last in the draft no one would know about me.” You are absolutely right.