Some of the NBA’s top players didn’t get picked on draft night. Here are 10 best undrafted stars.
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However The road to the NBA is not always a straight line, and talent can be found anywhere. Stars are typically selected at the top, but good players can found at any spot in the draft. However, many didn’t hear their names called on draft night at all.
It’s difficult enough to reach the NBA, the pinnacle of professional basketball, as a high pick. It’s even harder to make it as an undrafted player. Guys often play in minor leagues or overseas before getting a shot in the NBA.
With this year’s draft behind us, here are the 10 best players to overcome the odds and reach the NBA,
guys who can serve as inspiration for prospects like Kansas’ Devon Dotson, Kentucky’s Ashton Hagans
and Marquette’s Markus Howard who not selected Wednesday night.10. Fred VanVleet
NBA’s top players didn’t get picked/ A three-year starter at Wichita State, VanVleet signed with the Toronto Raptors
and spent much of his first season in the G League.
VanVleet broke out
VanVleet broke out as a key contributor during the Raptors’ championship run in 2019
and is poised to cash in as one of the top names on this year’s free agent market after averaging 17.6 points a game in 2019-20.
Fred VanVleet has become a proven playoff contributor in his four years with the Raptors. (Photo: Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports) 9. Udonis Haslem
After playing a year in France, Haslem, 40, signed with the hometown Miami Heat in 2003 and hasn’t left.
A key piece of three NBA title teams as an inside defender and rebounder, Haslem is one of the most beloved players in franchise history.
He announced just last week that he intends to return in 2020-21 for his 18th season. 8. Raja Bell
Bell played 12 seasons as a 3-and-D wing before anyone knew what those were. He was a two-time All-Defensive team pick and career 40.6% shooter from 3-point range.
Bell’s best years came as a key cog in the “seven seconds
or less” Suns of the mid-2000s alongside two-time MVP Steve Nash.7. David Wesley
Wesley spent a year in the Continental Basketball Association before signing with the New Jersey Nets in 1993. He played 14 seasons in the NBA
as a solid combo guard and tenacious perimeter defender. Wesley averaged double figures in points in 10 consecutive seasons from 1995-96 to 2004-05.
however Standing shy of 6 feet tall, Armstrong found his role as an offensive sparkplug with the Orlando Magic in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He won Sixth Man of the Year and Most Improved Player in 1999 after averaging 13.8 points and 6.7 assists. Armstrong played 14 seasons in the NBA.5. Brad Miller
Miller carved out a 14-year career as a stretch center a decade before bigs who can shoot began to take over the league. Miller a two-time All-Star who averaged 11.2 points for his career and best known for his time as a key role player with the Sacramento Kings (2003-09) when they were perennial playoff contenders.4. Bruce Bowen
then After four years at Cal State Fullerton, Bowen spent five years bouncing between France and the CBA. Bowen finally caught on with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2000s and developed into one of the league’s best defenders. He named to the All-Defensive team eight times and won three championships with the Spurs.3. John Starks
meanwhile Starks caught on with the New York Knicks in the early 1990s and became a fan favorite over eight seasons in Madison Square Garden for his scrappy play and won’t-back-down attitude. He also made the All-Defensive second team in 1993, was an All-Star in 1994 and won the Sixth Man of the Year award in 1997.2. Avery Johnson
Johnson played 16 years in the NBA for six different teams, but he best known for his 10 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs over three stints. A steady hand at point guard, also Johnson averaged 8.4 points and 5.5 assists for his career and helped the Spurs win the 1999 championship.1. Ben Wallace
likewise Wallace’s career résumé stacks up well with the best defenders in league history, easily making him the best undrafted player ever. He also emerged as a defensive force in the early 2000s and anchored the Detroit Pistons teams that went to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals and won the 2004 title. and also Wallace won Defensive Player of the Year four times, named All-NBA five times and made the All-Defensive team six times.