The 24 best picks at No. 24 in NBA Draft history

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 21, 2011

In his first eight seasons, all with the Warriors, Smith averaged at least nine rebounds per game.

1981: Jay Vincent, Dallas, 9

A teammate of Magic Johnson at Michigan State, Vincent played with Dallas, Washington, Denver, San Antonio Philadelphia and the L.A. Lakers. As a rookie with the Mavericks in 1981-82, he averaged 21.4 points, six more than that year's Rookie of the Year, Buck Williams.

1985: Terry Porter, Portland, 17

In his 10 seasons with the Trail Blazers, Porter made two All-Star teams and helped Portland to the NBA Finals twice. He still holds the Trail Blazers record for all-time assists with 5,319.

1986: Arvydas Sabonis, Portland, 7

Limited to 470 career games primarily because of injuries and not starting his NBA career until he was almost 31, Sabonis averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3.0 assists during his best statistical season in 1997-98.

1988: Brian Shaw, Boston, 14

A journeyman guard, Shaw averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 942 career games. He also played for four teams that made the NBA Finals.

1991: Rick Fox, Boston, 13

Fox helped the Lakers win three titles. In his best season, Fox averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals for Boston in 1996-97.

1992: Latrell Sprewell, Golden State, 13

A volatile attitude highlighted by an ugly attack on a coach overshadowed his terrific talents. Sprewell averaged at least 15 points in each of his first 12 seasons before averaging 12.8 in his final year. He averaged 18.3 points in 913 career games, made the All-NBA First Team in 1994 and was a four-time All-Star.

1993: Sam Cassell, Houston, 15

Cassell averaged 15.7 points in 993 career games, won three NBA titles, made one All-Star team and scored 15,635 points while dishing 5,939 assists.

1994: Monty Williams, New York, 9

He never amounted to more than a journeyman role player who bounced around, playing with the Knicks, Spurs, Nuggets, Magic and Sixers.

1996: Derek Fisher, L.A. Lakers, 15

A spot starter at point guard throughout his career, Fisher has won five championships and appeared in 1,110 career games. A tough-minded guard with a knack for hitting big shots.

1999: Andrei Kirilenko, Utah, 10

An all-around threat who can score, rebound, pass and defend. Kirilenko averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.6 steals during the 2004-05 season.

2002: Nenad Krstic, New Jersey, 7

On his way to becoming an All-Star in his third season before a knee injury derailed his career. Krstic averaged 10 points and 5.4 rebounds in 419 career games.

2004: Delonte West, Boston, 7

West has started 225 of 388 games and has made 37.3 percent of his 3-pointers with Boston, Seattle and Cleveland.

2006: Kyle Lowry, Memphis, 5

Blossomed into a starting-quality point guard in his fifth season, when he averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds with Houston.

2007: Rudy Fernandez, Phoenix, 3

A sharpshooter from Spain, Fernandez made 159 3-pointers as a rookie and has averaged 9.1 points on 36.4 percent shooting from downtown in his first three NBA seasons with Portland.

2008: Serge Ibaka, Seattle, 2

In just his second season, Ibaka led the NBA in total blocked shots with 198. In his first 155 games, Ibaka has averaged 8.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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