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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, Power forward
Pick 27, 1986
2
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
Pick 55, 1999
3
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 28, 2001
4
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center
Pick 48, 2007
5
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center
FA, 1996
6
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward
Pick 47, 2006
7
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 21, 2006
8
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward
Pick 29, 1990
9
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center
Pick 24, 2008
10
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Shooting guard
11
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
pick 46, 1986
12
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard, Shooting guard
Pick 50, 1988
13
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center
Pick 35, 2008
14
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard
Pick 60, 2011
15
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 87, 1985
16
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Shooting guard, Small forward
Pick 51, 2003
17
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Power forward, Center
18
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard, Small forward
Pick 46, 2009
19
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard
Pick 45, 2008
20
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard, Shooting guard
Pick 40, 2005
21
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
Pick 31, 1981
22
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center
Pick 26, 1989
23
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard
Pick 60, 1986
24
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard
Pick 21, 2005
25
Kenneth Faried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward
Pick 22, 2011