have worst draft failure By the franchise with the first choice. Conversely, there were better deals on the night of the annual USA Basketball Awards. There are four international players on the cut-down five-player roster. Their footprint in the major leagues is real. It still applies to some of them.Here are five of the best steal in NBA draft history.
The second-to-last overall pick in the 1999 draft, the elegant Argentine left-back landed for the San Antonio Spurs. Manu Ginobili will spend his entire career with the Texas team. The latter would make him a valued member of the Tim Duncan and Tony Parker triumvirate. Manu Ginobili, who retired at 41, enjoyed a successful career. Personally, he was voted the MVP of the Olympics and Euroleague. And this, in addition to two All-Star NBA. The Bahia Blancans have collectively won three of the world’s most prestigious competitions. Started in the Europa League with Bologna in 2001 and made four NBA appearances with Spurs (2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014). And also participated in the Olympics with his country (gold medal in Athens in 2004). advanced!
Isaiah Thomas was one of the smallest NBA players of the 2010s. But his heart is so big! The obstacles and difficulties encountered on a sporting and personal level did not disappoint him. Like his last pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Thomas went the extra mile to prove to everyone that they were wrong for not keeping him earlier in the year. He averaged over 11 points per game, and he was impactful in his first season in the majors. Then he changed dimensions and became an All-Star five years later! The following season, Isaiah Thomas emerged as one of the best scorers in the NBA. The game averaged nearly 29 points per game! His rise is amazing. However, his subsequent downfall was just as dramatic.
The Serbia international is one of the NBA’s rising stars. An All-Star for the past four seasons and even the MVP to be crowned a champion in 2021, Nikola Jokic is an XXL size. Few could have predicted such a future for him. I have to say that when he was young, the client was an obese teenager who was addicted to Coca-Cola. His incredible sense of teamwork, his excellent handball agility for a 2-13 player and his versatility make him an essential player in Mike Malone’s system. His selection with the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA draft now looks like an aberration. All other teams in the tournament missed this gem.
Like his compatriot Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola is on the radar of all NBA teams. Except for one team, the San Antonio Spurs! The Olympic champion caught the attention of the Texas organization. Open to international basketball since the late 1990s, Argentina’s interior has never worn Spurs’ colours. The 56th overall pick in the 2002 draft didn’t make his NBA debut until 2007. That was another team in Texas, the Houston Rockets. There, Luis Scola established himself as a key player. Notably, he averaged over 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists per game during his one season there. All-Star Stats! After a lot of transfers (Suns, Pacers, Raptors and Nets), Scola left the NBA in 2017 at the age of 37!
Marc Gasol is one of the greatest steals in NBA draft history. He did get drafted in the second round, more precisely 48th overall. The Lakers then had the rights to him because the team had already drafted him. Unlike his big brother Pau Gasol, Marc waited a year to join the majors. Meanwhile, Los Angeles and Memphis have also made moves, including two brothers. Paul will be the Double in Los Angeles, and Mark will be the Grizzlies’ well-deserved successor. Was even voted the championship’s best guard and a three-time All-Star. 2019 will be Marc Gasol’s year of dedication. He’ll be the Raptors’ NBA champion and Spain’s world champion. Be the main part of both teams at the same time!