It's not about when you draft, it's who you draft. While it's nice to have a top three, top five or top 10 pick, It doesn't mean you can't get a quality player if your pick is later than that. All you have to do is look at the 2013 draft to prove my point. While the top of the draft was a bit of a mess, there were still plenty of impactful players available at the back end of the first round. The biggest steal of the group was Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert. Gobert was taken with the 27th pick by the Denver Nuggets before he was traded to the Jazz, and is now widely considered one of the best players in the whole draft.

But Gobert's story is not unique. Plenty of great NBA players had to wait to hear their name called before going on to remarkable careers.

This list is my ranking of the best of those players — guys who were drafted outside the top 10 who went on to do special things in the NBA.


All statistical, award and draft information is from Basketball-reference.com.