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Top 20 Home Run Picks: From Manu to Parker to future Hall of Famers Nash and Kobe

by | College Basketball Insider

Nash, a surefire Hall of Famer, fell to the Suns with the 15th pick. (Getty Images)  
Nash, a surefire Hall of Famer, fell to the Suns with the 15th pick. (Getty Images)  

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We know Gregg Popovich can coach, but he's also one heck of a general manager. Popovich, before turning over the reins to R.C. Buford, had a pretty impressive draft track record. In fact, we've got him responsible for the top two draft decisions in the last 25 years.

We've got Hall of Famers on this list that fell to the teens and All-Stars that went in the second round.

1: Manu Ginobili
Overall selection: 57
Year: 1999
Team: San Antonio Spurs
GM: Gregg Popovich
Career: Has played with the Spurs his entire career, made a pair of All-Star appearances and is averaging 15.2 points over the course of his time in San Antonio.

2: Tony Parker
Overall selection: 28
Year: 2001
Team:San Antonio Spurs
GM: Gregg Popovich
Career: A native of France, Parker has become one of the league's elite point guards and has three NBA titles under his belt.

3: Steve Nash
Overall selection: 15
Year: 1996
Team: Phoenix Suns
GM: Bryan Colangelo
Career: A future Hall of Famer and two-time MVP who will be remembered as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

The Lakers' gamble on high schooler Kobe Bryant has paid off with five titles. (Getty Images)  
The Lakers' gamble on high schooler Kobe Bryant has paid off with five titles. (Getty Images)  
4: Kobe Bryant
Overall selection: 13
Year: 1996
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
GM: Jerry West
Career: Was taken out of high school and is a five-time NBA champion, league MVP and one of the top scorers in league history.

5: Marc Gasol
Overall selection: 48
Year: 2007
Team: Los Angeles Lakers
GM: Mitch Kupchak
Career: Pau's younger brother is averaging 13.1 points and 8.1 boards over the first four years of his career. He was taken by the Lakers and then dealt to Memphis in a trade that involved his brother.

6: Paul Millsap
Overall selection: 47
Year: 2006
Team: Utah Jazz
GM: Kevin O'Connor
Career: Averaged 16.6 points and 8.8 boards this past season and has been a full-time starter for the Jazz the past two seasons. Terrific get all the way down at No. 47 overall.

7: Rajon Rondo
Overall selection: 21
Year: 2006
Team: Boston Celtics
GM: Danny Ainge
Career: One of the top five point guards in the NBA, the speedy Rondo fell in the draft because of to character questions and a weak jump shot.

8: Gilbert Arenas
Overall selection: 30
Year: 2001
Team: Golden State Warriors
GM: Garry St. Jean
Career: A trio of All-Star appearances in Washington, he was one of the top players in the league before the knee injury suffered in 2007.

9: Rashard Lewis
Overall selection: 32
Year: 1998
Team: Seattle SuperSonics
GM: Wally Walker
Career: A two-time All-Star, Lewis was drafted out of high school and has scored more than 15,000 career points.

10: Carlos Boozer
Overall selection: 34
Year: 2002
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
GM: Jim Paxson
Career: Has gone to a couple of All-Star Games and is averaging 17 points and 7.4 rebounds in his career.

11: David Lee
Overall selection: 30
Year: 2005
Team: New York Knicks
GM: Isiah Thomas
Career: Started slow as a rookie, but has been a big-time producer over the past four years in New York and now in Golden State. His career numbers: 14.3 points, 9.6 rebounds.

Josh Howard has averaged a solid 14.5 points per game since being taken 29th by the Mavs in 2003. (Getty Images)  
Josh Howard has averaged a solid 14.5 points per game since being taken 29th by the Mavs in 2003. (Getty Images)  
12: Josh Howard
Overall selection: 29
Year: 2003
Team: Dallas Mavericks
GM: Donnie Nelson
Career: In nine seasons, the former Wake Forest star is averaging 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. Not bad for a guy who almost fell out of the first round.

13: Kevin Martin
Overall selection: 26
Year: 2004
Team: Sacramento Kings
GM: Geoff Petrie
Career: An unknown out of Western Carolina, Martin has averaged 18.4 points over eight seasons in the NBA.

14: Monta Ellis
Overall selection: 40
Year: 2005
Team: Golden State Warriors
GM: Chris Mullin Career: He's undersized but can score the ball. He's put up nearly 8,500 points in seven NBA seasons and is averaging 19.5 points per contest.

15: Danny Granger
Overall selection: 17
Year: 2005 Team: Indiana Pacers
GM: Larry Bird
Career: Averaging 18.2 points over his career and is a huge reason why Indiana has had success the past few years.

16: Clifford Robinson
Overall selection: 36
Year: 1989
Team: Portland Trail Blazers
GM: Bucky Buckwalter
Career: Stuck around the NBA for what seemed like an eternity, but actually 18 seasons, and averaged 14.2 points while playing for five different teams.

17: Stephen Jackson
Overall selection: 42
Year: 1997
Team: Phoenix Suns
GM: Bryan Colangelo
Career: Has bounced around, but has had a productive career in which he's averaged 15.9 points. Began in the CBA and also spent time overseas.

18: Serge Ibaka
Overall selection: 24
Year: 2008
Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
GM: Sam Presti
Career: The Congo native is the NBA's top shot-blocker. He averaged 9.1 points, 7.5 boards and 3.7 blocks this past season for a team that reached the NBA Finals.

19: Michael Redd
Overall selection: 43
Year: 2000
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
GM: Ernie Grunfeld
Career: Made the All-Star Game and was putting up impressive numbers (he averaged more than 20 points for six consecutive seasons) for Milwaukee prior to a major knee injury in 2009.

20: Marcus Thornton
Number: 43
Year: 2009
Team: New Orleans Hornets via Miami Heat
GM: Jeff Bower
Career: Was traded from Miami to New Orleans on draft day, but has thrived since being moved to Sacramento in the 2010-11 campaign. Is averaging 14.9 points in his three years in the league.


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