WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/24/09 4:53 pm EST

josh-smith1As we all know, the 76ers hold the 17thpick in the 2009 NBA Draft and even though we’re sitting outside the Lottery, history has shown that some very solid to great NBA prospects can be had with the 17th selection in the NBA Draft.

Did you know that since 1996 Draft, only four players chsoen in the 17th spot are no longer in the League? That means 9 out of the 13 picks or 69.2 % of the players drafted with the 17th pick in the NBA Draft since 1996 are still contributing in the NBA today. That’s good news for the Sixers and all of us here in Philadunkia nation.

Now to what extent the players chosen at 17 between 1996 and 2008 are still contributing is up for debate. Two current NBA stars  (Danny Granger and Josh Smith) were chosen with the 17th pick. One former All-Star who is now a role player is also in the 17th pick alumni group (Jermaine O’Neil) as well as three players who have had solid careers as role players (Desmond Mason, Rasho Nesterovic and Juan Dixon).

Finally, two NBA young cats who have shown a lot of promise were previously selected at #17 in recent years (Roy Hibbert and Shawne Williams of Dallas).

Below is a breakdown of what has happened at the 17th pick in the NBA Draft between 1996 and 2008

 

 

 

 

DRAFT

PLAYER

SCHOOL

DRAFTED BY

CURRENT

1996

Jermaine O’Neal

Eau Claire HS

Portland

Miami

1997

Johnny Taylor

Tenn.-Chattanooga  

Orlando

OUT

1998

Radoslav Nesterovic

 Kinder Bologna (Italy)

Minnesota

Toronto

1999

Cal Bowdler

Old Dominion

Atlanta (from SAC)

OUT

2000

Desmond Mason

Oklahoma State

Seattle 

Oklahoma

2001

Michael Bradley

Villanova

Toronto

OUT

2002

Juan Dixon

Maryland

Washington

Washington 

2003

Zarko Cabarkapa,

Serbia

Phoenix

OUT

2004

Josh Smith

 Oak Hill Academy

Atlanta

Atlanta

2005

Danny Granger

New Mexico  

Indiana

Indiana

2006

Shawne Williams

Memphis

Indiana

Dallas

2007

Sean Williams

Boston College

New Jersey

New Jersey

2008                    

Roy Hibbert

Georgetown

Indiana (from TOR)

Indiana

 


 
 
 

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