NBA: Looking back at the past 2nd round picks

Kevin Durant

Kevin DurantIn sports you always learn that if you don’t finish first, you finish last. When you get drafted first overall, you get the money, but you also have the most pressure on you to succeed. If not you go down in history as a huge failure or what we call a bust. People forget about who was drafted second overall. Lets take a look back ten years and see where they are now.

2001- Tyson Chandler drafted by the Clippers but traded to Chicago. Averaging 8.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. He is known for his defense around the rim and most recently won a championship in Dallas. He left via free agency to the Knicks where he is currently chasing after another ring.

2002- Jay Williams drafted by Chicago stayed in the League only a year, because of a horrible motorcycle accident where he suffered serious injuries. He was never able to overcome those injuries, even though in his brief stint he showed promise.

2003- Darko Milicic drafted by Detroit currently averaging 5 points, 4 rebounds a game for Minnesota. Yes, he is still in the league and he was starting for the Wolves before a recent injury. Now he finds himself riding the pine once again and probably will not be in the league much longer.

2004- Emeka Okafor drafted by Charlotte currently averaging 9 points and 8 rebounds for the Hornets. He has actually been given a change of scenery and has been doing pretty well for them. Luckily for Okafor he was able to escape that dark hole they call Bobcats but he will not be anything more than a player off the bench.

2005- Marvin Williams- drafted by the Hawks averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds for them. Williams has actually played pretty well for the Atlanta but they haven’t been able to make it to the Championship. He has been linked to trade rumors as of late, most recently to Cleveland.

2006- Lemarcus Aldridge drafted by Chicago then traded to Portland. Aldridge has been amazing for the Blazers averaging 22 points, and 8 rebounds a game. He is quietly having an amazing season and has a great career ahead barring any serious injuries.

2007- Kevin Durant drafted by Seattle(Oklahoma) averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds a game. He has breathed new life into this franchise and will be a superstar for years to come.

2008- Michael Beasley drafted by Miami averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds for Minnesota. His problem is not his talent but his off the court issues. He has a chance being on a young team to start a new path, so we will definitely keep an eye on him.

2009- Hasheem Thabeet drafted by Memphis now playing for Houston averaging 1 point and 1 rebound a game. This is actually very disappointing for a that’s 7’3″. There’s not that many 7 footers left in the league and he has the God-given tools to dominate. Unfortunately he will be nothing more than a bench warmer.

2010- Evan Turner drafted by Philadelphia averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds a game. Turner has had some up and down times in his two years. He has talent, but to be a superstar? I don’t think so.

Overall, some teams have hit gold with their drafts but most No. 2 picks have not panned out. It goes to show you that drafting is like a box of chocolates. you never know what you’re going to get