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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.

 

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1
426 77
Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Dennis Rodman Small forward, Power forward - Pick 27, 1986

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2
390 78
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Manu Ginóbili Shooting guard - Pick 55, 1999

3
343 74
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Tony Parker Point guard - Pick 28, 2001

4
243 82
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Marc Gasol Power forward, Center - Pick 48, 2007

5
217 68
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Ben Wallace Power forward, Center - FA, 1996

6
166 77
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Paul Millsap Power forward - Pick 47, 2006

7
221 113
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Rajon Rondo Point guard - Pick 21, 2006

8
160 102
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Serge Ibaka Power forward, Center - Pick 24, 2008

9
141 66
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Toni Kukoč Small forward - Pick 29, 1990

10
144 43
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Steve Kerr Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 50, 1988

11
142 70
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard - pick 46, 1986

12
136 64
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
DeAndre Jordan Center - Pick 35, 2008

13
83 25
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Joe Dumars Shooting guard

14
105 17
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard - Pick 60, 2011

15
144 64
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Spud Webb Point guard - Pick 87, 1985

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16
140 69
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Monta Ellis Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 40, 2005

17
114 59
Danny Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Danny Green Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 46, 2009

18
79 22
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

19
111 52
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Goran Dragić Point guard, Shooting guard, Guard - Pick 45, 2008 

20
86 32
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Kyle Korver Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 51, 2003

21
112 67
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Vlade Divac Center - Pick 26, 1989

22
122 57
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Nate Robinson Point guard - Pick 21, 2005

23
103 68
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Danny Ainge Shooting guard - Pick 31, 1981

24
109 61
Drazen Petrovic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Drazen Petrovic Pick 60, 1986

25
97 66
Kenneth Faried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Kenneth Faried Power forward - Pick 22, 2011

26
83 60
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Maurice Cheeks Point guard - Pick 36, 1978

27
95 50
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Gilbert Arenas Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 31, 2001

28
88 46
Bruce Bowen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
wiabux added Bruce Bowen Shooting guard, Small forward - Undrafted, 1993

29
95 56
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
John Starks Shooting guard - FA, 1990

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30
94 59
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Doc Rivers Point guard - Pick 31, 1983

31
56 14
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

32
79 60
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Alex English Small forward - Pick 23, 1976

33
79 38
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Bill Laimbeer Center - Pick 65, 1979

34
77 55
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Arvydas Sabonis Center - Pick 24, 1986

35
79 60
Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Michael Redd Shooting guard - Pick 43, 2000

36
94 71
David Lee is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
David Lee Power forward, Center, Forward-center - Pick 30, 2005

37
65 44
Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Nick Van Exel Point guard - Pick 37, 1993

38
63 42
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Dennis Johnson Pick 29, 1976

39
66 38
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Mark Price Point guard - Pick 25, 1986

40
37 18
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
kasrashvilis added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

41
100 69
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Jeremy Lin Point guard - FA, 2010

42
54 27
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Latrell Sprewell Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 24, 1992

43
52 34
Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Michael Finley Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 21, 1995

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44
50 33
Tayshaun Prince is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Tayshaun Prince Small forward, Power forward - Pick 23, 2002

45
34 21
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

46
37 19
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Sam Cassell Point guard - Pick 24, 1993

47
50 34
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - Pick 24, 1999

48
50 43
Mo Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Mo Williams Point guard - Pick 47, 2003

49
58 44
Chandler Parsons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Chandler Parsons Small forward, Power forward, Point forward - Pick 38, 2011

50
57 54
Gerald Wallace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Gerald Wallace Small forward, Power forward - Pick 25, 2001