10. Sam Bowie: Bowie was originally selected with the second overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. Bowie played 10 seasons in the NBA with the Blazers, New Jersey Nets ad the Los Angeles Lakers. Bowie had unlimited potential coming out of Kentucky, but injury derailed his promising career. Even though injuries forced him to miss an entire season and most of four others, Bowie could play at a high level when healthy. His most productive season came in ’89-90 in his first season in New Jersey 14.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 blocks a game.
For his career, Bowie averaged 10.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 blocked shots in 511 games (349 starts).
9. Jerome Kersey: Kersey was originally taken with the 22nd pick in the second round (46th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers. Kersey spent his 17-year career playing for the Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Super Sonics, San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks. He most productive days were with the Trail Blazers where Kersey spent his first 11 seasons and was a key piece of two Portland runs to the NBA Finals. His most productive season came in ’87-88 in his first season as a full time starter when Kersey averaged 19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals a game. Kersey also stepped up big when it counted most. In the ’90 playoff run that ended in a finals loss to the Detroit Pistons, Kersey averaged 20.7 points and 8.3 rebounds including a 33 point, eight rebound effort in a game four defeat.
For his career, Kersey averaged 10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 1,153 games (571 starts).
8. Sam Perkins: Perkins was originally selected with the fourth overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. Perkins spent 17 seasons in the league playing for the Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics and Indiana Pacers. Although he played consistently at a high level with Dallas, his most productive season came with the Lakers in ’91-92 when Perkins averaged 16.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, one steal and a blocked shot a game.
For his career, Perkins averaged 11.9 points, six rebounds and 1.5 assists in 1,296 games (757 starts).
7. Kevin Willis: Willis was originally taken with the 11th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks. Willis played 21 seasons in the NBA for the Hawks, Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks. Willis was at his best with the Hawks where he averaged a double-double in five different seasons. The most impressive year of his career came in ’91-92 when Willis made the All-Star game after averaging 18.3 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists a night.
For his career, Willis averaged 12.1 points and 8.4 rebounds in 1,424 games (891 starts). Willis won an NBA Championship as a member of the ’02-03 Spurs.
6. Otis Thorpe: Thorpe was originally taken with the ninth overall pick by the Kansas City KIngs. Thorpe played 17 seasons in the NBA for the Kings, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons, Vancouver Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets. Thorpe averaged a double-double five times in an eight year stretch with the Kings and the Rockets. His best season with the Kings came in ’87-88 when Thorpe averaged 20.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game. Four years later Thorpe made his lone All-Star appearance while averaging 17.3 points on 59.2 percent shooting, 10.5 rebounds and three assists a game.
For his career, Thorpe averaged 14 points on 54.6 percent shooting, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 1,257 games (989 starts). Thorpe on an NBA Championship as a member of the ’93-94 Rockets.