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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
464 88
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

2
428 84
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
368 83
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
265 90
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
245 74
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
186 83
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
242 119
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
173 111
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
154 74
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
155 76
Jeff Hornacek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Jeff Hornacek Shooting guard - pick 46, 1986

11
131 21
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard - Pick 60, 2011

12
161 51
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Steve Kerr Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 50, 1988

13
149 71
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
DeAndre Jordan Center - Pick 35, 2008

14
94 29
Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Joe Dumars Shooting guard

The Greatest Lakers of All Time

15
159 69
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Spud Webb Point guard - Pick 87, 1985

16
88 26
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
StacyWolfe added Zach Randolph Power forward, Center

17
121 67
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
145 76
Monta Ellis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Monta Ellis Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 40, 2005

19
121 57
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
99 37
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
119 74
Vlade Divac is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Vlade Divac Center - Pick 26, 1989

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

22
118 64
Dražen Petrović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Drazen Petrovic Shooting guard - Pick 60, 1986

23
112 74
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
129 62
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Nate Robinson Point guard - Pick 21, 2005

25
100 71
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
88 66
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
77 18
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

28
102 54
Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Gilbert Arenas Point guard, Shooting guard - Pick 31, 2001

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

29
102 61
John Starks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
John Starks Shooting guard - FA, 1990

30
94 52
Bruce Bowen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
wiabux added Bruce Bowen Shooting guard, Small forward - Undrafted, 1993

31
84 64
Alex English is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Alex English Small forward - Pick 23, 1976

32
99 65
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Doc Rivers Point guard - Pick 31, 1983

33
83 60
Arvydas Sabonis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Arvydas Sabonis Center - Pick 24, 1986

34
49 21
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
kasrashvilis added DeMar DeRozan Shooting guard

35
84 45
Bill Laimbeer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Davy040 added Bill Laimbeer Center - Pick 65, 1979

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36
97 77
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
82 67
Michael Redd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Michael Redd Shooting guard - Pick 43, 2000

38
68 48
Nick Van Exel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Nick Van Exel Point guard - Pick 37, 1993

39
68 46
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Dennis Johnson Pick 29, 1976

40
71 42
Mark Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Mark Price Point guard - Pick 25, 1986

41
106 76
Jeremy Lin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Jeremy Lin Point guard - FA, 2010

42
57 31
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

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

43
54 37
Tayshaun Prince is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Tayshaun Prince Small forward, Power forward - Pick 23, 2002

44
42 23
Sam Cassell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Sam Cassell Point guard - Pick 24, 1993

45
55 38
Andrei Kirilenko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Andrei Kirilenko Small forward, Power forward - Pick 24, 1999

46
53 41
Michael Finley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Michael Finley Shooting guard, Small forward - Pick 21, 1995

47
61 57
Gerald Wallace is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
Gerald Wallace Small forward, Power forward - Pick 25, 2001

48
37 25
Detlef Schrempf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
aboutfreelance added Detlef Schrempf Small forward, Power forward

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

50
26 3
John Stockton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best NBA Buys for the Money
John Stockton Point guard