who are gonna be the steals of this year's draft?
DeJuan Blair will be a steal. Jodie Meeks is probably considered a steal if he can last 5 seasons in the NBA. Sam Young, Chase Budinger, Patrick Mills, and Marcus Thornton are the most likely steals from the 2nd round this year. Taj Gibson and Demarre Carroll are also likely steals from the late 1st round.
Recent steals are mostly guys with proven college track record (upperclassmen) who are overlooked due to limited upside.
2008: Mario Chalmers, DeAndre Jordan, Luc Mbah a Moute, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Courtney Lee, Kyle Weaver, George Hill, Ryan Anderson
2007: Glen Davis, Ramon Sessions, Wilson Chandler, Aaron Brooks, Marc Gasol, Jared Dudley, Rudy Fernandez, Dominic McGuire, Aaron Gray
2006: Paul Millsap, Leon Powe, Rajon Rondo, Craig Smith, Daniel Gibson, Renaldo Balkman, Steve Novak, Ryan Hollins
2005: Danny Granger, Monta Ellis, David Lee, Lou Williams, Brandon Bass, Ronny Turiaf, Linas Kleiza, Von Wafer, Marcin Gortat, Andray Blatche, Nate Robinson, Francisco Garcia, Jarrett Jack
2004: Jameer Nelson, Trevor Ariza, Kevin Martin, Chris Duhon, Anderson Varejao, Delonte West, Josh Smith, J.R. Smith
2003: Dwyane Wade, Josh Howard, Mo Williams, Leandro Barbosa, David West, Kyle Korver, Kendrick Perkins, Jason Kapono, Steve Blake, Willie Green, Zaza Pachulia, Keith Bogans, Matt Bonner, James Jones
2002: Carlos Boozer, John Salmons, Tayshaun Prince, Flip Murray, Luis Scola, Rasual Butler, Matt Barnes, Roger Mason Jr., Darius Songaila, Nenad Krstic
2001: Gilbert Arenas, Mehmet Okur, Tony Parker, Jamaal Tinsley, Zach Randolph, Bobby Simmons, Gerald Wallace, Samuel Dalembert, Brendan Haywood, Earl Watson, Trenton Hassell, Jarron Collins, Brian Scarlabrine
2000: Michael Redd, Eddie House, Jamaal Magloire, Hedo Turkoglu, Desmond Mason, Speedy Claxton, Morris Peterson, Quentin Richardson, DeShawn Stevenson, Jason Hart, Brian Cardinal, Marko Jaric, Jake Voskuhl, Primoz Brezec, Mark Madsen
1999: Andrei Kirilenko, Manu Ginobili, Gordan Giricek, Ron Artest, Todd MacCulloch, Lee Nailon, Francisco Elson, Corey Maggette, Jeff Foster, James Posey, Kenny Thomas, Calvin Booth, Michael Ruffin
1998: Rashard Lewis, Ruben Patterson, Cuttino Mobley, Rafer Alston, Al Harrington, Ricky Davis, Greg Buckner, Nazr Mohammad, Tyronn Lue, Brian Skinner, Sean Marks, Ryan Bowen, Jerome James
1997: Stephen Jackson, Mark Blount, Bobby Jackson, Alvin Williams, Peja Drobnjak, Marc Jackson, Anthony Johnson, Jacque Vaughn, Anthony Parker
1996: Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal, Shandon Anderson, Malik Rose, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Peja Stojakovic, Derek Fisher, Jerome Williams, Othella Harrington, Jeff McInnis
1995: Michael Finley, Eric Snow, Theo Ratliff, Travis Best, Bob Sura, Fred Hoiberg, Andrew Declercq, Greg Ostertag
1994: Voshon Lenard, Aaron McKie, Howard Eisley, Wesley Person, Charlie Ward, Lawrence Funderburke, Anthony Goldwire, Zeljko Rebraca
1993: Nick Van Exel, Sam Cassell, Lucious Harris, Bryon Russell, Chris Whitney, Chris Mills, Ervin Johnson, Corie Blount
1992: Latrell Sprewell, P.J. Brown, Matt Geiger, Popeye Jones, Jon Barry, Brent Price, Sean Rooks, Hubert Davis, Tracy Murray
1991: Rick Fox, Chris Gatling, Randy Brown, Doug Overton, Isaac Austin, Bobby Phills (R.I.P.)
1990: Antonio Davis, Cedric Ceballos, Elden Campbell, Jayson Williams, Toni Kukoc, Tony Massenburg, Greg Foster,
Bimbo Coles, Duane Causwell,
1989: Clifford Robinson, Vlade Divac, Tim Hardaway, Shawn Kemp, Dana Barros, Chucky Brown, BJ Armstrong
1988: Anthony Mason, Vernon Maxwell, Rod Strickland, Dan Majerle, Steve Kerr, Vinny Del *****, Brian Shaw, Mark Bryant
1987: Mark Jackson, Reggie Lewis (R.I.P.), Chris Dudley
1986: Dennis Rodman, Jeff Hornacek, Johnny Newman, David Wingate, Mark Price, Dell Curry, Arvydas Sabonis, Kevin Duckworth (R.I.P.), Drazen Petrovic (R.I.P.), Scott Skiles, Nate McMillan
1985: Karl Malone, A.C. Green, Joe Dumars, Terry Porter, Spud Webb, Mario Elie, Sam Mitchell, Hot Rod Williams, Manute Bol, Michael Adams, Arvydas Sabonis
1984: Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Jerome Kersey
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Wow you put a lot of work into this question. For that you get a gold star! But anyways, I think Dejuan Blair will be the steal of this draft. I know it is only preseason, but he had 19 rebounds last night, along with 16 points. Good Question!
- 1 decade ago
I have to say blair the sprus took him the seem to always get a good player i still think abount in 1999 when the had the pick to the last pick and it was manu no one that he be this good Manu Ginobili is the biggest steal all time and ever becaues there has never ben a player drafted 57 and was a all star so sprurs keep up the good luck geting blair. You can look on wki and see that in 1999 there wer only 58 players picked in the draft now its 60 Manu Ginobili was almost the last pick thats why he the biggest steal ever only way he can be top is if somone was drafted 60 pick and was a all star. I like to find out the real reason why he fall to 57 if you known send me a email but DeJuan Blair a big steal so is patrick mills and youngSource(s): best answer homie
- 1 decade ago
Great question and i value your effort but i do have a different view on what a draft "steal" is. To me, a steal is someone that plays well above their draft position for an extended period of time. Most of the players you mentioned don't fall into that catagory.
1-5: Hall of Famer
6-11: Multiple yr. all-star and 1 or 2 yrs all NBA
12-22: Contributing starter
23-40: Contributing bench player
41-60: Roster Filler/D-League guys.
If Carroll wasn't drafted by those goofs at Mem. i would say he's would be my pick for steal of the draft. Number two option would be Blair but I just don't like undersized guys with physical issues, history states that you won't get the same player you drafted 4yrs in(Larry Johnson perfect Ex.). So im left with Stephen Curry. Thats right im saying this guy will be a HOFer!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Dejuan Blair the "grizzly blair". 16 points and 19 rebounds in like 22 minutes. This guy takes up so much space, kinda like a smaller shaq. Every other team in the league was so devastated when the Spurs drafted this grizzly blair!
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- Heatfan9Lv 51 decade ago
Dejaun Blair, I MEAN HE GOT LIKE 19 REBOUNDS IN 22 MINUTES, THAT's CRAZY!!!! He is a beast.
EDIT:Glad you put Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers on that list, which maybe took you a long time to find and type.
- 1 decade ago
Keep your eyes on Stephen Curry
- TWASLv 51 decade ago
Tyreke Evans, poor man's Dwade
- Anonymous1 decade ago
chase budinger. Did you see him against the spurs last night