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
490 99
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
452 92
Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 55, 1999

3
384 90
Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 28, 2001

4
277 99
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center - Pick 48, 2007

5
261 80
Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center - FA, 1996

6
199 92
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward - Pick 47, 2006

7
256 128
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 21, 2006

8
183 120
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward, Center - Pick 24, 2008

9
166 79
Toni Kukoč is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Small forward - Pick 29, 1990

10
109 33
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Shooting guard

11
167 80
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - pick 46, 1986

12
175 57
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
161 77
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center - Pick 35, 2008

14
151 27
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
171 72
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 87, 1985

16
109 41
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
96 31
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Power forward, Center

18
127 74
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
128 62
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 83
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
120 75
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 31, 1981

22
126 67
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Shooting guard - Pick 60, 1986

23
125 78
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Center - Pick 26, 1989

24
135 64
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Point guard - Pick 21, 2005

25
105 73
Kenneth Faried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Power forward - Pick 22, 2011