[customads style=”wrapper”/] The NBA Draft is always a much-anticipated night and it hides lots of surprises for a bunch of teams every year. Teams make find gold through the draft, even at positions way below the top ones. Let’s break down which are the top 10 NBA Draft steals of the past decade.
No.10 Monta Ellis
Ellis, selected by the Golden State Warriors at the 40th spot in 2005, is considered as one of the biggest steals in the NBA Draft. He is a scoring machine and always makes an impact to his team’s offense.
No.9 Landry Fields
Fields recorded some excellent seasons after he entered the league in 2010. Right now he is just a role player in Toronto. Still, selected at the 39th spot he can be considered as a steal.
No.8 Kyle Korver
Korver now is considered as one of the best shooters in the league, arguably the best. However, has proven that he has many other skills throughout his career. For a late second-round pick (51st in 2003), Korver is a certain steal.
No.7 Carl Landry
Yet another big-man steal on draft night. Carl Landry certainly is not one of the best players in his position. Initially selected as the 31st overall pick, Landry has been playing like a first-rounder up to this point of his career.
No.6 Kevin Martin
Martin is one of the best shooters in the NBA currently. He has also started to emerge as a leader with the Minnesota Timberwolves this season. We have definitely seen way less from 22nd overall picks in the past.
No.5 Danny Granger
Granger may be in the middle of an injury slump the past few seasons. However, he can still be considered as a draft steal. He was selected as the 17th overall pick back in 2005 and has emerged as a superstar for the Indiana Pacers.
No.4 Paul Millsap
Another mid-second round steal, this time by the Utah Jazz in 2007. Millsap has been delivering with consistency for Utah ever since and now, as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, he is projected to continue to do so.
No.3 David Lee
When healthy, David Lee is one of the premier power forwards in the league. Has he been playing way above the expectations for a 30th overall pick? Definitely. Can he be considered as one of the biggest draft steals of the past decade? With no doubt.
No.2 Rajon Rondo
Rondo has established himself as one of the best playmakers in the league with the Boston Celtics. Despite his one weakness, shooting, his other skills, like ball handling, court vision and passing as well as his penetrating abilities make up for all his flaws. Rondo was selected at the 21st position in 2006 by the Phoenix Suns and was traded to the C’s. A big steal.
No.1 Marc Gasol
How many times do we see a mid-second round pick emerging as one of the best players in his position in the NBA and an NBA All-Star? Not many. That’s what happed with Marc Gasol, who was selected as the 48th overall pick in 2007.