10. Kenny Smith: Smith was originally taken with the sixth overall pick by the Sacramento Kings. Smith played 10 seasons in the NBA for the Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and the Denver Nuggets. His most productive season came with the Rockets in 1990-91 when Smith averaged 17.7 points on 52 percent shooting from the field, 2.1 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 78 games as a starter. Although his minutes and production dropped of with the Rockets, Smith was still a huge piece for Houston when they won back-to-back NBA Champions in the mid 90’s.
For his career, Smith averaged 12.8 points, two rebounds, 5.5 assists and one steal in 737 games (650 starts).
9. Ken Norman: Norman was originally taken with the 19th overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. Norman played 10 years in the NBA with the Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. His best statistical season came with the Clippers in 1988-89 when Norman averaged 18.1 points on 50.2 percent shooting from the floor, 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 80 games (79 starts).
For his career, Norman averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 646 games (441 starts).
8. Armen Gilliam: Gilliam was originally taken with the second overall pick by the Phoenix Suns. Gilliam played 13 years in the NBA with the Suns, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz. His most productive season came with the Nets in 1995-96 when Gilliam averaged 18.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 78 games (76 starts).
For his career, Gilliam averaged 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 929 games (527 starts).
7. Horace Grant: Grant was originally taken with the 10th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. The rugged power forward played 17 seasons in the NBA with the Bulls, Orlando Magic, Seattle SuperSonics and the Los Angeles Lakers. His best season came in 1993-94 when Grant made his only All-Star team after averaging 15.1 points, 11 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.2 blocks in 70 games. Grant was also a very solid playoff performer who was a starter on four NBA Championship teams (three with the Bulls and one with the Lakers).
For his career, Grant averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, one steal and one block in 1,165 games (1,037 starts).
6. Mark Jackson: Jackson as originally taken with the 18th overall pick by the New York Knicks. Jackson played for 17 seasons with the Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets. Jackson had his best season in the league in 1988-89 when he made his only All-Star game appearance after averaging 16.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.9 steals in 72 games as a Knicks starter. While his scoring numbers never reached that mark again, Jackson was a brilliant lead guard who really knew how to pass the ball. In fact, Jackson finished in the top 10 in assists per game 12 times including a league leading 11.4 assists a night in ’96-97.
For his career, Jackson averaged 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, eight assists and 1.2 steals in 1,296 games (1,092 starts). He is currently fourth in NBA history in total assists with 10,334.