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The Best NBA Buys for the Money 

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List Rules Only players who were drafted after the 20th pick in the NBA draft

The best NBA buys for the money are the top professional basketball players who were either undrafted free agents or selected late in the NBA Draft. These are all NBA players who were selected outside of the draft's top-20 picks. Many of these players had successful careers, winning NBA championships in addition to a slew of other personal awards. Some ended up being among the best NBA players ever. You will see former Finals MVPs, Defensive Players of the Year, Sixth Men of the Year, all-NBA players and some the best players in the league. in addition, guys who carved out solid, above average careers are on this list. There are a lot of familiar names and you will be surprised to see some names who were passed over by a number of NBA teams. There are some superstars and some role players who were in the league for many years.

Unsurprisingly, the San Antonio Spurs are well represented on here. Drafting near the bottom of the draft for the better part of the 25 years, Gregg Popovich and company have managed to stay in contention due to smart drafting and getting bang for their buck with these picks. Finding players like Tony Parker, drafted 28th in 2001, and Manu Ginobili, drafted incredibly at 55 in 1999, are two examples of how well the Spurs have done in getting the best buys with their late round draft picks.

What the worst NBA execs have in common is that they don't have players that appear on this list. Which of these players is the ultimate late-round steal? Have your say by voting, adding or re-ranking this list of best NBA buys for the money.

 

list ordered by
1
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward and Power forward from Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
Pick 27, 1986
2
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard from Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Pick 55, 1999
3
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard from Bruges, Belgium
Pick 28, 2001
4
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center from Barcelona, Spain
Pick 48, 2007
5
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward and Center from White Hall, Alabama
FA, 1996
6
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward from Monroe, Louisiana
Pick 47, 2006
7
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
Pick 21, 2006
8
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward from Split, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Pick 29, 1990
9
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard from Elmhurst, Illinois
pick 46, 1986
10
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward and Center from Brazzaville, Congo
Pick 24, 2008
11
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center from Houston, Texas
Pick 35, 2008
12
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Shooting guard from Shreveport, Louisiana
13
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Beirut, Lebanon
Pick 50, 1988
14
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard and Shooting guard from Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
Pick 40, 2005
15
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard and Shooting guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia
Pick 45, 2008
16
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard from Tacoma, Washington
Pick 60, 2011
17
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center from Prijepolje, Serbia
Pick 26, 1989
18
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard and Small forward from North Babylon, New York
Pick 46, 2009
19
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard from Dallas, Texas
Pick 87, 1985
20
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Shooting guard and Small forward from Lakewood, California
Pick 51, 2003
21
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard from Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
Pick 31, 1981
22
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard from Seattle, Washington
Pick 21, 2005
23
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America
FA, 1990
24
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Power forward and Center from Marion, Indiana, United States of America
25
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard and Shooting guard from Florida, United States of America
Pick 31, 2001