Basketball 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
486 96
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
448 89
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 55, 1999

3
382 88
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 28, 2001

4
275 97
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center - Pick 48, 2007

5
257 79
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center - FA, 1996

6
197 90
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward - Pick 47, 2006

7
254 125
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 21, 2006

8
164 78
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward - Pick 29, 1990

9
180 119
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center - Pick 24, 2008

10
106 31
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Shooting guard

11
165 79
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - pick 46, 1986

12
148 25
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard - Pick 60, 2011

13
171 55
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 50, 1988

14
158 76
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center - Pick 35, 2008

15
170 71
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 87, 1985

16
96 29
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Power forward, Center

17
127 72
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 46, 2009

18
107 40
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 51, 2003

19
126 61
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
148 81
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
124 66
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 60, 1986

22
117 75
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 31, 1981

23
123 77
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center - Pick 26, 1989

24
134 64
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 21, 2005

25
104 73
Kenneth Faried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward - Pick 22, 2011

26
108 55
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 31, 2001

27
85 21
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard, Small forward

28
90 69
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 36, 1978

29
108 61
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - FA, 1990

30
97 54
Bruce Bowen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
wiabux added Shooting guard, Small forward - Undrafted, 1993

31
103 66
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 31, 1983

32
86 66
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward - Pick 23, 1976

33
53 21
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
kasrashvilis added Shooting guard

34
85 62
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center - Pick 24, 1986

35
88 48
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Center - Pick 65, 1979

36
72 48
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Pick 29, 1976

37
100 79
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center, Forward-center - Pick 30, 2005

38
84 69
Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 43, 2000

39
71 51
Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 37, 1993

40
74 43
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 25, 1986

41
111 76
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - FA, 2010

42
61 31
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 24, 1992

43
57 38
Tayshaun Prince is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward, Power forward - Pick 23, 2002

44
46 24
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 24, 1993

45
64 58
Gerald Wallace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward, Power forward - Pick 25, 2001

46
58 40
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward, Power forward - Pick 24, 1999

47
55 42
Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 21, 1995

48
38 26
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Small forward, Power forward

49
53 49
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 47, 2003

50
41 46
Udonis Haslem is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward - FA, 2003