5. Drazen Petrovic: Petrovic was originally taken with the 12th pick in the third round (60th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers. Petrovic played four seasons in the NBA with the Trail Blazers and the New Jersey Nets before he died in a car accident in the summer of summer of ’93. Petrovic was just beginning to reach his prime when the tragic accident happened. His best season came with the Nets in 1992-93 when he averaged 22.3 points on 51.8 percent shooting, 2.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 70 games. For his efforts that season, Petrovic was named third-team All-NBA.
For his career, Petrovic averaged 15.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and nearly a steal in 290 games (149 starts). He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.
4. Arvydas Sabonis: Sabonis was originally taken with the 24th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. Sabonis had a NBA career that is more difficult to quantify than others for the fact that he didn’t come into the league until he was 31 after a very successful career in Europe. Sabonis played seven years in the NBA in Portland with his most impressive statistical season coming in 1997-98. That year, Sabonis averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and 1.1 blocks in 73 games.
For his career, Sabonis averaged 12 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks in 470 games (314 starts). Sabonis was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 for his play both internationally and in the NBA.
3. Brad Daugherty: Daugherty was originally taken with the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Daugherty spent his entire eight-year career in the NBA with the Cavaliers and made five All-Star games along the way. His best statistical season came in 1991-92 when Daugherty made his fourth All-Star game in five years after averaging 21.5 points on 57 percent shooting from the floor, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 73 games.
For his career, Daugherty averaged 19 points on 53.2 percent shooting, 9.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 548 games (546 starts).
2. Mark Price: Price was originally taken with the first pick of the second round (25th overall) by the Dallas Mavericks and then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Price played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Cavaliers, Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors and the Orlando Magic. His best season came with the Cavaliers came in 1992-93 when Price earned first-team All-NBA honors after averaging 18.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, eight assists and 1.2 steals.
For his career, Price earned four All-Star appearances and was named third-team All-NBA three times while averaging 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 722 games (578 starts).
1. Dennis Rodman: Rodman was originally taken with the third pick of the second round (27th overall) by the Detroit Pistons. Rodman played 14 seasons in the NBA with the Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks and proved that you don’t have to score the ball at a high level to be great. He best statistical season came with the Pistons in 1991-92 when Rodman made his second All-Star game after he averaged 9.8 points, a career-high 18.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 82 games.
For his career, Rodman earned NBA defensive Player of the Year twice, All-defensive first-team seven times and third-team All-NBA twice. Rodman also added five championships while averaging 7.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 911 games (573 starts). He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 following his impressive career.