The NBA’s “Mr. Irrelevant”


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.

Steve Kerr-1988

Drafted From:Arizona

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.

Isaiah Thomas-2011

Drafted From:Washington

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.

Zeljko Rebraca-1994

Drafted From:Croatia

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.

Semih Erden-2008

Drafted From:Turkey

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.

Alex Acker-2005

Drafted From:Pepperdine

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.

Sean Higgins-1990

Drafted From:Michigan

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.

Corsley Edwards-2002

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.

Maceo Baston-1998

Drafted From:Michigan

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.

Will Blalock-2006

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.

Andreas Glyniadakis-2003

Drafted From:Greece

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.

Pete Mickeal-2000

Drafted From:Cincinnati

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.

Dwayne Collins-2010

Drafted From:Miami

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.

Bryan Bracey-2001

Drafted From:Oregon

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.

Don Reid-1995

Drafted From:Georgetown

He comes in a close second in travel experience. 15 teams in 10 years. Never played beyond the D-League.

Robert Dozier-2009

Drafted From:Memphis

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…?

Milovan Rakovic-2007

Drafted From:Serbia

Drafted and traded, Rakovic has spent his entire career playing in Russia, Italy, and Lithuania.

Rashad Wright-2004

Drafted From:Georgia

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.

Darnell Robinson-1996

Drafted From:Arkansas

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.

Brett Roberts-1992

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.

Eddie Lucas-1999

Position: SG
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.

Ron Vanderschaaf-1987

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.

Toney Mack-1989

Drafted From:Georgia

Mack was the 1985 Florida Mr. Basketball winner. He never took a shot in the NBA.

Roberto Cueñas-1997

Drafted From:Spain

Never played, ever.

Tom Ivey-1986

Position:Can’t find it
Drafted From:BostonUniversity

Never, ever played…

Marcus Kennedy-1991

Drafted From:Eastern Michigan

Another draftee that never played. Who knows what happened to him.

Brian Wilson-1993

Position:Who Knows
Drafted From:Utah

I couldn’t even find information on this guy. Does that give you an idea of where he ended up?

Chris Remley-1985

Drafted From:Rutgers

“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.



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