5. Detlef Schrempf: Schrempf was originally taken with the eighth pick by the Dallas Mavericks. Schrempf played 16 seasons with the Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Seattle SuperSonics and the Portland Trail Blazers. Even though Schrempf was solid during his time in Dallas, it wasn’t until he got traded to Indiana that Schrempf really began to show how valuable he could be. Used primarily off the bench in his first three seasons with the Pacers was a great fit for Schrempf who won back-to-back Sixth Man of the Year awards in ’90-91 and ’91-92. A year later, Schrempf became a full-time starter for the first time in his career and proceeded to make three All-Star games in a five-year span with the Pacers and the SuperSonics. One of the best years of his career came in ’92-93 when Schrempf averaged 19.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, six assists and a steal a game. Two years later, Schrempf earned All-NBA third team after averaging a career high 19.2 points on 52.3 percent shooting including 51.4 percent from the 3-point line.
For his career, Schrempf averaged 13.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 1,136 games (524 starts).
4. Joe Dumars: Dumars was originally taken with the 18th overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. Dumars spent his entire 14-year career with the Pistons and was a key piece on back-to-back NBA championship teams. In fact. Dumars was named the Finals MVP after Detroit’s first title in ’89. Dumars was one of the best two-way players of his generation earning NBA All-defensive first-team four times while also making six All-Star games. One of his most impressive seasons came in ’92-93 when Dumars earned All-NBA second-team after averaging a career-high 23.5 points to go along with 1.9 rebounds, four assists and one steal a contest.
For his career, Dumars averaged 16.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 1,018 games (944 starts). For his efforts, Dumars was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
3. Chris Mullin: Mullin was originally taken with the seventh overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. Mullin played 16 seasons for the Warriors and the Indiana Pacers and finished his career as one of the games best shooting wing players of all-time. In fact, Mullin shooting better than 50 percent from the floor for seven consecutive seasons. During five of those seasons, Mullin averaged more than 25 points a game and made the Western Conference All-Star team. One of his most impressive seasons came in ’88-89 when Mullin averaged a career-high 26.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals a game to earn All-NBA second team honors. Three years later, Mullin would earn All-NBA first team after averaging 25.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.1 steals.
For his career, Mullin averaged 18.2 points on 50.9 percent shooting to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 986 games (822 starts). Mullin was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 for his stellar career.
2. Patrick Ewing: Ewing was originally selected with the first overall pick by the New York Knicks. Ewing played 17 seasons with the Knicks, Orlando Magic and Seattle SuperSonics. Ewing started off his NBA career in dominant fashion by winning the Rookie of the Year Award after averaging 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 blocks a game. He followed that up with 12 more seasons of scoring more than 20 points a game. During that stretch, Ewing earned All-NBA second-team six times as well as All-NBA first-team in ’89-90. That season, Ewing averaged a career-high 28.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and four blocks a game.
For his career, the 11 time All-Star averaged 22 points, 10.3 rebounds, two assists, a steal and 2.6 blocks in 1,183 games (1,122). Ewing was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.
1. Karl Malone: Malone was originally selected with the 13th overall pick by the Utah Jazz. Malone spent 19 seasons in the NBA with the Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers and finished his career as one of the best power forwards in league history. The 14 time All-Star earned All-NBA first team 11 times and won the NBA MVP twice. He also finished in the top five in scoring 13 times and was a huge reason why the Jazz made it to a pair of NBA Finals in the late 90’s. On top of that, Malone was named NBA All-defensive first-team three times. One of the most impressive statistical years of his career came in ’89-90 when Malone averaged a career-high 31 points on 56.2 percent shooting to go along with 11.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals a game.
For his career, Malone averaged 25 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 1,476 games (1,471 starts). Malone was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 for his historic career.