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Ivan Renko Awards
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...but who the hell is Ivan Renko?

Once upon a time back in 1993, a 6-foot-8, 230 pound power forward from Yugoslavia (Serbia) entered the recruiting world off the lips of Indiana’s head coach Bobby Knight. Knight brought media attention to the player claiming that he committed to play for Indiana.

Knight's story was that while attending a coach's clinic in Europe, he was made aware of the player. His account of Renko's living conditions in the war torn country created a high buzz. But what happened next is one of the greatest April Fools jokes of in all of sports. Various experts responded by ranking Renko and publishing scouting reports. One even proclaimed him to be a white Larry Johnson, which today is like saying he's the next Kevin Durant. Another expert claimed to spot the strapping power forward on Indiana’s campus. But how could this be when Knight made the whole thing up?

Renko is imaginary. He never existed. Knight concocted him to expose the so-called recruiting experts he doubted were providing real scouting information.

This is the backdrop to the Ivan Renko Awards. It's given to the players who seemingly appeared out of nowhere with tremendous hype and acclaim through various media outlets. But like every award, there are stipulations.
  • Player must be drafted.
  • Player must be a surprise pick.
  • Player must be a lemon in Renko fashion.
The draft nerd (that's me) lists the following Renko Awards from 2000 onward:

2000: Kaniel Dickens – What do you get when you combine tremendous athleticism and show the ability to hit an occasional three point shot? The Answer is Dickens. What the Jazz wanted was Bryon Russell 2.0 what they got wasn't close Dickens played 19 games in the NBA.

2001: Kedrick Brown – Brown is the highest a juco player has gone and may be the reason along with Alek Radojevic why no other Juco players have been taken as high.

2002: Peter Fehse – The Seattle Supersonics admitted they didn’t even scout him. One would think an NBA draftee would have a productive career overseas, but Fehse has been anything but a star on any level, except the third division Germany league he was drafted from.

2003: Maciej Lampe – He was part of the international craze that saw 20 players drafted from international leagues. Lampe is a great player overseas, but lacks athleticism and all around skills. He is smart and fundamentally sound player for an overseas career player, but what NBA team drafted him for that?

2004: Ivan Chiriaev – Anytime a Canadian high school player heads for the pros, a scout's eyes will be watching. This relocated Russian bombed in the Canada all-star game and made no friends with his infamous interview line while announcing his candidacy for the NBA draft., “The NBA wants and needs Ivan Chiriaev.” He has yet to play in the NBA and his overseas career is extremely suspect.

2005: Orien Greene - What do you do when you're not getting playing time for a great team in a tough conference? You apparently transfer to a lower division and create a niche for yourself. At 6-4, Greene’s specialty was his self-proclaimed point guard status. With the love of a few media outlets, the Boston Celtics bit. But it turns out they ordered up the wrong meal. A greasy hamburger of a player can't be transformed into a juicy steak.

2006: Ejike Ugboaja "Who in the world!" basically sums up my thoughts on draft night. I obtained his profile stats through some detective work. He has yet to play in the NBA and I doubt he ever will.

2007: Milovan Rakovic – I had the opportunity to see this guy play several times, and each time I came away with the thought that Rakovic is a career overseas player who will play in a decent league, but not with a premier overseas team. Who is his genius agent? He's definitely earned more than his standard commission. Give that man double.

2008: Patrick Ewing_Jr. – You wouldn’t think being the son of an NBA Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing that Ewing Jr. would be on this list. Ewing worked hard through the predraft camps and slowly gained respect from scouts who had written him off. Despite this on draft night few had him pegged as a guaranteed draft pick. Ewing Jr. now works as the director of basketball operations at Georgetown.

2009: Taylor Griffin – No offense, but no one on draft night (except maybe his brother, Blake, and their parents) felt that both brothers would be drafted. It smells like an Agent favor, but thanks to his brother, Taylor had one of the best sports agencies backing him up.

2010: Ryan Reid – A valuable member of the Florida State basketball team Reid established himself as a tremendous post defender. With his limited upside and marginal offensive skills Reid’s selection was surprising.

2011: Chukwudiebere Maduabum & Tanguy Ngombo – A tie as both prospects were far from anybody’s draft list. Maduabum was essentially drafted out of the NBDL and never showed much of anything other than being tall. Ngombo was one of David Khan’s more mindboggling selections. Hilariously it later came out that Ngombo might have lied about his age that he was not 21 but 27 years old!

2012: Tomislav Zubcic – Another overseas player who was drafted like Peter Fehse after a face-up forward model of Dirk Nowitzki and Andrea Bargnani. Great shooter terrible rebounder and a marginal athlete I doubt he will ever reach the NBA.

2013: Arsalan Kazemi – Not that Kazemi was unknown by scouts but the general public knew very little of him. He wasn’t on anyone’s top 75 draft list other than the Wizards. Great hustle player with limited upside has yet to play a game in the NBA. He is the NBA's first Iranian draftee.

2014: Bruno Caboclo – No player has been such a surprise to go in the first round since Martin Muursepp in 1996. Extremely young with potential yet the comparison to being the Brazilian Kevin Durant seems like a huge stretch.

2015: Juan Pablo Vaulet – So much of a surprise was Vaulet that even his native country was shocked by his selection. Vaulet is a young prospect with developing skills but nothing exceptional. Could he be the next Argentina draft steal like Manu Ginobili or enter the realm of the forgotten like Federico Kammerichs.

Congratulations to the Ivan Renko clones. So who's next? As if there won't be one every year! Someone is going to take a risk for no good reason. TDR will be here with draft day giggles to hand out the Award.
 
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Rest In Peace: Jim Loscutoff
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  • Name: Jim Loscutoff
  • Position: Forward
  • Height: 6-5 (1.96m)
  • Weight: 220 (100kg)
  • College Team: Oregon Ducks
  • Nationality: American
  • Birthplace: San Francisco, California
  • Birthdate: 2/4/1930 - 12/1/2015
  • Drafted: Selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (4th pick overall) of 1955 NBA Draft.

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Rest In Peace: Bill Stauffer
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2015 NBA DRAFT
Drafts
 
  First Round   Second Round    
  Team School Selection   Team School Selection
1 Cleveland
Minnesota
Kentucky Karl-Anthony Towns
Center
7-0/250
Freshman
31
Minnesota
Anadolu Efes
(Turkey)
Cedi Osman
Shooting Guard
6-6/195
95 International
2
LA Lakers
Ohio State D'Angleo Russell
Shooting Guard
6-5/180
Freshman
32
Houston
Louisville Montrezl Harrell
Power Forward
6-8/240
Junior
3
Philadelphia
Duke Jahlil Okafor
Center
6-11/270
Freshman
33 Boston
Boston
Louisiana State Jordan Mickey
Power Forward
6-8/235
Sophomore
4
New York
Baloncesto Sevilla
(Spain)
Kristaps Porzingis
Power Forward
7-1/220
95 International
34
LA Lakers
Stanford Anthony Brown
Small Forward
6-6/215
Senior
5
Orlando
FC Barcelona
(Spain)
Mario Hezonja
Shooting Guard
6-8/218
95 International
35
Philadelphia
Baloncesto Sevilla
(Spain)
Guillermo Hernangomez
Center
6-11/250
94 International
6
Sacramento
Kentucky Willie Cauley-Stein
Center
7-0/240
Junior
36
Minnesota
Syracuse Rakeem Christmas
Power Forward
6-9/250
Senior
7
Denver
Guangdong Southern
(China)
Emmanuel Mudiay
Point Guard
6-5/190
96 Draftee
37
Philadelphia
Bowling Green Richaun Holmes
Power Forward
6-8/245
Senior
8
Detroit
Arizona Stanley Johnson
Small Forward
6-7/245
Freshman
38 Detroit
Detroit
Villanova Darrun Hilliard
Shooting Guard
6-6/215
Senior
9 Charlotte
Charlotte

Wisconsin
Frank Kaminsky
Power Forward/Center
7-0/240
Senior
39
Charlotte
Bahia Estudiantes
(Argentina)
Juan Pablo Vaulet
Small Forward
6-6/200
96 International
10
Miami Heat
Duke Justise Winslow
Small Forward
6-6/225
Freshman
40
Miami
Tennessee Josh Richardson
Shooting Guard
6-6/200
Senior
11
Indiana
Texas Myles Turner
Center
6-11/240
Freshman
41
Brooklyn
Notre Dame Pat Connaughton
Shooting Guard
6-5/191
Senior
12
Utah
Kentucky Trey Lyles
Power Forward
6-10/250
Freshman
42 Utah
Utah
Boston College Olivier Hanlan
Point Guard
6-4/185
Junior
13 Phoenix
Phoenix
Kentucky Devin Booker
Shooting Guard
6-6/206
Freshman
43 Indiana
Indiana
Oregon Joseph Young
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-2/180
Freshman
14 Utah
Oklahoma City
Murray State Cameron Payne
Point Guard
6-2/175
Sophomore
44 Dallas
Phoenix

Kentucky

Andrew Harrison
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-6/210
Sophomore
15
Atlanta
Kansas Kelly Oubre Jr.
Shooting Guard
6-7/200
Freshman
45
Boston
William & Mary Marcus Thornton
Shooting Guard
6-4/190
Senior
16 Boston
Boston
Louisville Terry Rozier
Point Guard/Shooting Guard
6-2/190
Sophomore
46
Milwaukee
UCLA Norman Powell
Shooting Guard
6-4/215
Senior
17
Milwaukee
UNLV Rashad Vaughn
Shooting Guard
6-5/200
Freshman
47 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Zalgiris Kaunas
(Lithuania)
Arturas Gudaitis
Power Forward
6-10/250
93 International
18 Houston
Houston
Wisconsin Sam Dekker
Small Forward
6-9/230
Junior
48 Los Angeles
Oklahoma City

Kentucky

Dakari Johnson
Center
7-0/255
Sophomore
19
Washington
Notre Dame Jerian Grant
Point Guard
6-5/205
Senior
49
Washington
Iowa Aaron White
Power Forward
6-9/220
Senior
20
Toronto
Utah Delon Wright
Point Guard
6-5/190
Senior
50 Atlanta
Atlanta
FC Barcelona
(Spain)
Marcus Eriksson
Shooting Guard
6-7/180
93 International
21 Dallas
Dallas
Virginia

Justin Anderson
Shooting Guard
6-6/230
Junior

51
Orlando
Eastern Washington Tyler Harvey
Shooting Guard
6-4/185
Junior
22
Chicago
Arkansas

Bobby Portis
Power Forward
6-10/235
Sophomore

52
Dallas
IMG Academy (Fl.) Satnam Singh Bhamara
Center
7-2/290
H.S.-Post Graduate
23
Portland
Arizona Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Small Forward
6-7/215
Sophomore
53
Cleveland
St. John's Sir'Dominic Pointer
Small Forward
6-6/192
Senior
24
Cleveland
Duke Tyus Jones
Point Guard
6-1/190
Freshman
54 Utah
Utah
Gipuzkoa
(Spain)
Dani Diez
Small Forward
6-8/220
93 International
25
Memphis
Louisiana State Jarell Martin
Power Forward
6-10/235
Sophomore
55
San Antonio
Massachusetts Cady Lalanne
Power Forward
6-11/253
Senior
26 Minnesota
San Antonio
Partizan
(Serbia)
Nikola Milutinov
Center
7-0/230
94 International
56
New Orleans
Michigan State Branden Dawson
Small Forward
6-6/225
Senior
27
LA Lakers
Wyoming Larry Nance Jr.
Small Forward
6-8/235
Senior
57
Denver

Baloncesto Sevilla
(Spain)

Nikola Radicevic
Point Guard
6-6/176
94 International
28
Boston
Georgia State R.J. Hunter
Shooting Guard
6-5/180
Junior
58
Philadelphia
North Carolina J.P. Tokoto
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6-6/200
Junior
29 Brooklyn
Brooklyn
Syracuse Chris McCullough
Power Forward
6-10/210
Freshman
59
Atlanta
Olympiacos
(Greece)
Dimitrios Agravanis
Power Forward
6-10/235
94 International
30 Golden State
Golden State
UCLA Kevon Looney
Power Forward
6-9/220
Freshman
60
Philadelphia
Crvena Zvezda
(Serbia)
Luka Mitrovic
Power Forward
6-9/225
93 International

 

 
Mock Draft Update: 05/20/2015
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# Team Pick Ht. Wt. Pos. College Year
1. Minnesota Karl-Anthony Towns 7-0 250 PF/C Kentucky FR.
2. LA Lakers Jahlil Okafor 6-11 270 PF/C Duke FR.
3. Philadelphia Emmanuel Mudiay 6-5 190 SG/PG Guangdong INT.
4. New York D'Angelo Russell 6-5 180 PG/SG Ohio State FR.
5. Orlando Stanley Johnson 6-7 245 SF/SG Arizona FR.
6. Sacramento Willie Cauley-Stein 7-0 240 C Kentucky JR.
7. Denver Justise Winslow 6-6 225 SG/SF Duke FR.
8. Detroit Kristaps Porzingis 7-1 220 PF Cajasol INT.
9. Charlotte Mario Hezonja 6-8 215 SG/SF FC Barcelona INT.
10. Miami Devin Booker 6-6 206 PG Kentucky FR.

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Matthew Maurer of TheDraftReview.com talks about the positives, negatives and history regarding high school seniors in the NBA draft. What does the future hold for players like Emmanuel Mudiay?

 
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2014 NBA DRAFT
Drafts
 
  First Round   Second Round    
  Team School Selection   Team School Selection
1 Cleveland
Cleveland
Kansas Andrew Wiggins
 Small Forward
6-8/200
Freshman
31 Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Roanne
(France)
Damien Inglis
Small Forward
6-9/240
95 International
2 Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Duke Jabari Parker
Small Forward
6-8/235
 Freshman
32 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Clemson K.J. McDaniels
Small Forward
6-6/200
 Junior
3 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Kansas Joel Embiid
Center
7-0/250
Freshman
33 Cleveland
Cleveland
Virginia Joe Harris
 Shooting Guard
6-6/215
 Senior
4 Orlando
Orlando
Arizona  Aaron Gordon
Small Forward/Power Forward
6-7/225
Freshman
34 New York
New York
Wichita
State
Cleanthony Early
Small Forward
6-7/210
Senior
5 Utah
Utah
Lake Ginninderra
(Australia)
Dante Exum
Shooting Guard/Point Guard
6-6/188
95 International
35 Utah
Utah
Tennessee Jarnell Stokes
Power Forward
6-8/260
Junior
6 Boston
Boston
Oklahoma State Marcus Smart
Point Guard
6-4/225
Sophomore
36 Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Louisiana
State
Johnny O'Bryant III
Power Forward
6-9/256
Junior
7 Lakers
LA Lakers
Kentucky Julius Randle
Power Forward
6-9/250
Freshman
37 Toronto
Toronto
Connecticut DeAndre Daniels
Small Forward
6-9/195
Junior
8 Sacramento
Sacramento
Michigan Nik Stauskas
Shooting Guard
6-5/190
Sophomore
38 Detroit
Detroit
Colorado Spencer Dinwiddie
Shooting Guard
6-6/200
Junior
9 Charlotte
Charlotte

Indiana
Noah Vonleh
Power Forward
6-10/240
Freshman
39 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Syracuse Jerami Grant
Small Forward
6-8/210
Sophomore
10 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Louisiana-Lafayette Elfrid Payton
Point Guard
6-3/190
Junior
40 Minnesota
Minnesota
Michigan Glenn Robinson III
Small Forward
6-6/210
Sophomore
11 Denver
Denver
Creighton Doug McDermott
Small Forward
6-8/225
Senior
41 Denver
Denver
Mega Vizura (Serbia) Nikola Jokic
Power Forward
6-11/253
95 International
12 Orlando
Orlando
Cibona Zagreb (Croatia) Dario Saric
Small Forward
6-9/215
94 International
42 Houston
Houston
Arizona Nick Johnson
Shooting Guard
6-3/200
Junior
13 Minnesota
Minnesota
UCLA Zach Lavine
Shooting Guard
6-5/180
Freshman
43 Atlanta
Atlanta
Gran Canaria (Spain) Walter Tavares
Center
7-3/260
92 International
14 Phoenix
Phoenix
North Carolina State T.J. Warren
Small Forward
6-8/230
Sophomore
44 Minnesota
Minnesota

Oklahoma
State

Markel Brown
Shooting Guard
6-3/190
Senior
15 Atlanta
Atlanta
Michigan State Adreian Payne
Power Forward
6-10/245
Senior
45 Charlotte
Charlotte
Stanford Dwight Powell
Power Forward
6-10/240
Senior
16 Chicago
Chicago
Cedevita (Croatia) Jusuf Nurkic
Center
6-11/271
94 International
46 Washington
Washington
Missouri Jordan Clarkson
Point Guard
6-5/195
Junior
17 Boston
Boston
Kentucky James Young
Shooting Guard
6-6/215
Freshman
47 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Louisville Russ Smith
Point Guard
6-0/165
Senior
18 Phoenix
Phoenix
Syracuse Tyler Ennis
Point Guard
6-2/180
Freshman
48 Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Pittsburgh

Lamar Patterson
Shooting Guard
6-5/225
Senior
19 Chicago
Chicago
Michigan State Gary Harris
Shooting Guard
6-4/210
Sophomore
49 Chicago
Chicago
New Mexico Cameron Bairstow
Power Forward
6-9/250
Senior
20 Toronto
Toronto
E.C. Pinheiros (Brazil) Bruno Caboclo
Small Forward
6-9/200
95 International
50 Phoenix
Phoenix
Wisconsin-Green Bay Alec Brown
Center
7-0/225
Senior
21 Ok City
OK City
Michigan

Mitch McGary
Center
6-10/265
Sophomore

51 New York
New York
Delaware
(NBDL)
Thanasis Antetokoumpo
 Small Forward
6-7/215
92 Draftee
22 Memphis
Memphis
UCLA

Jordan Adams
Shooting Guard
6-5/180
Sophomore

52 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Mega Vizura (Serbia) Vasilije Micic
Point Guard
6-5/200
94 International
23 Utah
Utah
Duke Rodney Hood
Shooting Guard
6-8/215
Sophomore
53 Minnesota
Minnesota
Olimpia Milano (France) Alessandro Gentile
Small Forward
6-7/230
 92 International
24 Charlotte
Charlotte
Connecticut Shabazz Napier
Point Guard
6-1/185
Senior
54 Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Mega Vizura (Serbia) Nemanja Dangubic
Shooting Guard
6-7/193
93 International
25 Houston
Houston
Elan Chalon (France) Clint Capela
Power Forward
6-11/220
94 International
55 Miami
Miami
Xavier Semaj Christon
Point Guard
6-3/190
Sophomore
26 Miami
Miami
Texas (NBDL) P.J. Hairston
Shooting Guard
6-5/225
92 Draftee
56 Orlando
Orlando
Iowa Roy Devyn Marble
Shooting Guard
6-6/200
Senior
27 Phoenix
Phoenix
Partizan (Serbia) Bogdan Bogdanovic
Shooting Guard
6-6/205
92 International
57
Indiana
Paris-Levallois (France) Louis Labeyrie
Power Forward
6-10/220
92 International
28 Clippers
LA Clippers
Washington C.J. Wilcox
Shooting Guard
6-5/195
Senior
58 San Antonio
San Antonio
Tennessee Jordan McRae
Shooting Guard
6-9/275
Senior
29 OK City
OK City
Stanford Josh Huestis
Power Forward
6-7/230
Senior
59 toronto
Toronto
San Diego
State
Xavier Thames
Point Guard
6-3/195
Senior
30 San Antonio
San Antonio
UCLA Kyle Anderson
Small Forward
6-9/230
Sophomore
60 San Antonio
San Antonio
Baylor Cory Jefferson
Power Forward
6-8/245
Senior
** NBA
NBA Ceremonial Pick
Baylor Isaiah Austin
Power Forward/Center
7-1/220
Sophomore

 

 
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NBA Draft Coin Results
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Flip Of A Coin

Coinflip

NBA Coin Flip- From 1966 through 1984 the NBA held a coin flip between the teams with the worst record in each conference or division (when there was no conference) to determine which team would choose first in the NBA draft.

This system lasted until the NBA's first lottery was held in 1985. The reamining teams picked in inverse order of their won-lost records. The team with the worst record between the two would yell out heads or tails as the NBA's Commissioner would flip it in the air.

 

 

YearTeam CallingCallResultWinnerSelection
1966 Detroit Tails Heads New York Cazzie Russell
1967 Baltimore Tails Heads Detroit Jimmy Walker
1968 San Diego Heads Heads San Dieago Elvin Hayes
1969 Phoenix Heads Tails Milwaukee Lew Alcindor
1970 San Diego Heads Tails Detroit Bob Lanier
1971 Portland Heads Tails Cleveland Austin Carr
1972 Portland Tails Tails Portland LaRue Martin
1973 Philadelphia Heads Heads Philadelphia Doug Collins
1974 Philadelphia Heads Tails Portland Bill Walton
1975 Atlanta Tails Tails Atlanta David Thompson
1976 Houston Heads Heads Houston John Lucas
1977 Kansas City Heads Tails Milwaukee Kent Benson
1978 Kansas City Heads Tails Portland Mychal Thompson
1979 Chicago Heads Tails LA Lakers Earvin Johnson
1980 Utah Heads Tails Golden St. Joe Carroll
1981 Detroit Heads Tails Dallas Mark Aguirre
1982 LA Lakers Heads Heads LA Lakers James Worthy
1983 Houston Heads Heads Houston Ralph Sampson
1984 Portland Tails Heads Houston Akeem Olajuwon
 
Last Man Standing
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Imagine this. You're NBA draft eligible as a graduating senior or you've declared for early entry. In years past, through the long practices, backyard shooting and playground battles, you kept on dreaming big in anticipation of the big day. Now it's finally here, draft night, and you’re riding an emotional roller coaster. One by one the draftees are announced, but you’re still anxiously waiting in the ranks for your name to be called. Then comes the doubled-edged sword. You're in with the final pick, the "Last Man Standing".

Information on the early years of the NBA Draft is quite limited. We pretty much know the basics - which players were picked. But it’s unclear, specifically in years 1952-1956, what order each player was selected. Throughout the draft’s 50+ years (of known order of selection) there have only been six final picks that ever had the opportunity to actually play in a NBA game.

Roland West

One of the earliest known Last Men was Roland West, drafted by the Baltimore Bullets in the twentieth round (162nd overall) of the 1967 NBA draft. He had quite the reputation as University of Cincinnati's top defensive player. West had a quiet but effective career, earning All Conference in the Missouri Valley. He then went on to a short, four game stint with the NBA during his one and only season with the Bullets. West is President and CEO of Roland D. West & Associates, a management consulting firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the early 1980's neither of these next men went on to actually play in the NBA, but to deny them a place on this list of Last Man Standing would dishonor their memory and courage.

Landon Turner was who most on the Indiana Hoosiers team (‘79-’81) would call Coach Knight's whipping boy. Bobby Knight constantly tested not only this thriving athlete's toughness, but also at times, his very manhood. Turner's athleticism and
Landon Turner
incredible development as one of college’s premier basketball powerhouses all but sealed his probable first round destiny. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned. After the 1981 championship game, as Turner drove down a stretch of road in Indiana, his car veered off the shoulder. Turner quickly whipped the steering wheel back, but was too late. The car flipped violently, crushing Turner’s spinal cord. As a result, he was dealt with permanent paralysis that has bound him to his wheelchair for the rest of his life. Knight, ever so the solider, aided Turner by organizing exhibition games to raise money for the Landon Turner Trust Fund. Along with various alumni, including NBA great Isaiah Thomas, $490,000 was raised to aid Turner’s dependent lifestyle. But Knight's support didn't end there. Through his efforts, he arranged for Boston Celtic's Red Auerbach to take Landon Turner with the last draft pick. Although Turner remains paralyzed his spirit does not.
Dan Trant

Dan Trant may not have been as polished a ballplayer, but none has truly paid the price as an American. On September 11, 2001, Trant's company, Cantor Fitzgerald, located on the 101st floor of the World Trade Center Tower 1, was struck by one of the two terrorist-hijacked airliners. Trant left a basketball legacy as two time All American Division III and Clark's third all time leading scorer, acclaimed by many to be one of the finest schoolboy legends in the New England area. The game never left him, as he coached youth ball during his last ten years while living in Long Island. His wife and their three children survive Trant.

For a twenty-three year stretch, no Last Man Standing had contributed anything to a NBA team other than having his name listed as a draftee. In 1990, Sean Higgins changed that in a big way. While in high school, Higgins was all everything - McDonald's All American, Parade Magazine Nominee, and Streets & Smith's Top 20, but despite all the positive hype, Higgins also had drama. He originally signed a Letter of Intent with UCLA, but later, in a story that some Hollywood screenwriters have yet to concoct, Higgins explained that he signed only after his stepfather brandished a baseball bat, threatening to strike the young prodigy if he didn't sign with UCLA. Later in his senior year, the Collegiate Commissioners Association ruled that the letter of intent was null and void due to the fact that Higgins had signed under duress. While at Michigan, Higgins was enigmatic and streaky - one game you’d see a future NBA All Star, the next, a struggling unconfident player. Despite not performing up to the expectations of many scouts and GM's before the start of his junior season, Higgins still decided to go for the NBA draft against
Europe has slowly gained ground in the NBA
better judgment. In the end, this poor decision probably cost him the guaranteed millions that most first rounders enjoy. During his 6 seasons with the NBA, Higgins never found a home nor did he master a position. His finest season as a pro player was in 1992, when he latched on with the newly formed expansion team, the Orlando Magic. Higgins averaged 8.6 points per game.

In 1994, the NBA draft began to slowly see a change in how foreign players were evaluated and perceived. The NBA was coming alive with players that, despite playing in foreign basketball leagues, showed they did indeed belong in the limelight that is the NBA. As a result every team searched for the next Vlade Divac, Dino Radja, Drazen Petrovic, and Sarunas Marciulionis.

Zeljko Rebraca had rarities uncommon for a Last Man Standing. There was potential, time to develop, and more importantly, a spot on one of Europe’s most dominant teams, Partizan. At the age of 22, Rebraca exhibited some awesome selling points. During his seven seasons overseas he was generally considered by many to be one of Europe’s best players. Then in 2001, Rebraca finally decided to take his place on basketball’s biggest stage. Although drafted by Seattle, his rights were generally treated as trade filler. He moved between several teams before being waived by the Los Angeles Clippers in April 2007 after being plagued by a back injury. After his exit from the NBA, he signed with Pamesa Valencia in the Spanish basketball league.

Don Reid during his 8 seasons in the NBA
But how is it that a Last Man Standing stays in the NBA longer than ten first round picks? The answer is simple. It's comes by doing the dirty work that no one wants to do and smiling about it. Don Reid is the best Last Man Standing in draft history, playing for three teams during his 8 plus seasons in the NBA. He outlasted eighteen second round players drafted before him. Coming out of Georgetown University, Reid’s prospects for the NBA were marginal at best. Even though he was the team’s captain in his senior year, Reid didn’t get starter minutes on the team roster that included NBA prospects Othella Harrington, Allen Iverson, Jahidi White and Jerome Williams. Say what you will about Reid’s physical skills, but he serves as a reminder that talent is nothing without heart and desire.

Our final Last Man Standing, Maceo Baston, finishes like the first pioneer of this group, Roland West. Baston played more games (16 in all) but unfortunately ended up with the same lackluster results. He was released at the end of his first season. During his formative years at Michigan University, Baston never developed as his prep highlights proclaimed. Armed with only athleticism and long arms, Baston’s team found out quickly how unprepared he was for the NBA. Since his release, Baston has become a steady force in Europe.

So we acknowledge our Last Men. They fought through the training camps against higher profiled teammates, they were low on management’s totem pole, but through hard work, perseverance and never settling, they have found that you can indeed accomplish your dreams. For some, the dream lasts 8 seasons like Don Reid, for others its only 16 games. But all in all, Last Men, you have beat the odds and defied the experts.

Year Team Round Overall Player College
1950 Philadelphia 12th 136 Ed Montgomery Tennessee
1951 Baltimore 12th 87 John Burke Springfield (MA)
1952 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1953 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1954 Philadelphia 13th 101 John Holup George Washington
1955 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1956 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
1957 St. Louis 14th 83 Lavelle Langston Northwestern State
1958 Cincinnati 17th 88 John Powell Miami (OH)
1959 New York 14th 85 Jack Israel SW Missouri
1960 Cincinnati 21st 96 Jim McDonald West Virginia Wesleyan
1961 New York 15th 107 Vince Kempton St. Joseph's
1962 St. Louis 16TH 102 Wally Roundsville California Tech
1963 New York 15th 84 Ron Pickett Eastern Kentucky
1964 St. Louis 15th 101 Al Cech Detroit
1965 Baltimore 17th 115 Roger Taylor Illinois
1966 Baltimore 19th 112 Gene Visscher Weber St.
1967 Baltimore 20th 162 Roland West Cincinnati
1968 Chicago 21st 214 Willie Horton Delaware
1969 Baltimore 20th 218 Stan McKain Southern
1970 Portland 19th 239 Mark Gabriel Hanover
1971 Detroit 19th 237 Ed Jenkins Shaw
1972 Milwaukee 10th 156 Jolly Spight Santa Clara
1973 Buffalo 20th 203 Phil Trollestrop BYU
1974 Milwaukee 10th 179 Bruce Featherston SW Texas St.
1975 Boston 10th 174 Bill Endicott Massachusetts
1976 Golden St. 10th 173 Ken Smith San Diego St.
1977 Baltimore 8th 173 Art Allen Pepperdine
1978 Portland 10th 202 Tim Workington Biola (LA)
1979 Washington 10th 202 Steve Martin Gerogetown
1980 Boston 10th 214 John Nolan Providence
1981 Philadelphia 10th 225 Pete Mullenberg Delaware
1982 Boston 10th 226 Landon Turner Indiana
1983 Boston 10th 227 Andy Kupec Bentley
1984 Boston 10th 228 Dan Trant Clark
1985 Boston 7th 162 Chris Remly Rutgers
1986 Boston 7th 162 Tom Ivey Boston U
1987 Lakers 7th 161 Ron Vanderschaaf Central Washington
1988 San Antonio 3rd 75 Archie Marshall Kansas
1989 Philadelphia 2nd 54 Toney Mack Georgia
1990 San Antonio 2nd 54 Sean Higgins Michigan
1991 Portland 2nd 54 Marcus Kennedy Eastern Michigan
1992 Sacramento 2nd 54 Brett Roberts Morehead St.
1993 Phoenix 2nd 54 Byron Wilson Utah
1994 Seattle 2nd 54 Zeljko Rebraca (Yugoslavia)
1995 Detroit 2nd 58 Don Reid Georgetown
1996

Dallas

2nd 58 Darnell Robinson Arkansas
1997 Chicago 2nd 58 Roberto Duenas (Spain)
1998 Chicago 2nd 58 Maceo Baston Michigan
1999 Utah 2nd 58 Eddie Lucas Virginia Tech
2000 Dallas 2nd 58 Pete Mickeal Cincinnati
2001 San Antonio 2nd 58 Bryan Bracey Oregon
2002 Sacramento 2nd 58 Corsley Edwards Central Connecticut St.
2003 Detroit 2nd 58 Andreas Glyniadakis (Greece)
2004 Indiana 2nd 60 Rashad Wright Georgia
2005 Indiana 2nd 60 Alex Acker Pepperdine
2006 Detriot 2nd 60 Will Blalock Iowa St.
2007 Dallas 2nd 60 Milovan Rakovic (Serbia)
2008 Dallas 2nd 60 Semih Erden (Turkey)
2009 Miami 2nd 60 Robert Dozier Memphis
2010 Phoenix 2nd 60 Dwayne Collins Miami (Fl.)
2011 Sacramento 2nd 60 Isaiah Thomas Washington
2012 LA Lakers 2nd 60 Robert Sacre Gonzaga
2013 Memphis 2nd 60 Janis Timma (Latvia)

 

 

 
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Point Guards
 
  # Player School/Team Draft Class Ht. Wt. Forecast
1. Marcus Smart Oklahoma State SO. 6-4 220 Top 10
2. Tyler Ennis Syracuse FR. 6-2 180 Late Lottery
3. Shabazz Napier Connecticut SR. 6-2 180 Late Lottery - Mid 1st
4. Elfrid Payton LA-Lafayette JR. 6-3 190 Mid 1st
Mega Vizura 5. Vasilije Micic Mega Vizura 1994 6-4 185 Mid - Late 1st
6. Semaj Christon Xavier SO. 6-3 185 Late 1st - Early 2nd
7. Jahii Carson Arizona State SO. 5-11 180 Early 2nd - Mid 2nd
8. Deonte Burton Nevada SR. 6-1 190 Mid 2nd
9. Xavier Thames San Diego St. SR. 6-3 195 Mid - Late 2nd
10. DeAndre Kane Iowa State SR. 6-4 200 Late 2nd - Undrafted
Darkhorse Sleeper: Keith Appling, 6-2 175 - Michigan State

Shooting Guards
 
  # Player School/Team Draft Class Ht. Wt. Forecast
1. Andrew Wiggins Kansas FR. 6-8 220 Top 3
Ginninderra 2. Dante Exum Lake Ginninderra 1995 6-6 188 Top 10
3. Gary Harris Michigan State SO. 6-4 205 Top 10
4. James Young Kentucky FR. 6-6 205 Late Lottery
5. Nik Stauskas Michigan SO. 6-5 190 Late Lottery - Mid 1st
6. Zach Lavine UCLA FR. 6-5 180 Mid - Late 1st
7. Jordan Adams UCLA SO. 6-5 220 Late 1st
8. Nick Johnson Arizona JR. 6-3 200 Late 1st - Early 2nd
NBDL 9. P.J. Hairston Texas (NBDL) 1992 6-4 230 Late 1st - Early 2nd
10. K.J. McDaniels Clemson JR. 6-6 200 Late 1st - Early 2nd

Darkhorse Sleeper: Fuquan Edwin, 6-6 200 - Seton Hall

Small Forwards
 
  # Player School/Team Draft Class Ht. Wt. Forecast
1. Jabari Parker Duke FR. 6-8 235 Top 3
2. Kyle Anderson UCLA SO. 6-9 230 Mid - Late Lottery
3. Doug McDermott Creighton SR. 6-7 225 Mid - Late Lottery
Cibona 4. Dario Saric Cibona 1994 6-10 225 Late Lottery - Mid 1st
5. Rodney Hood Duke SO. 6-8 215 Late Lottery - Mid 1st
6. Jerami Grant Syracuse SO. 6-8 210 Mid - Late 1st
7. TJ Warren North Carolina St. SO. 6-8 225 Mid- Late 1st
8. Cleanthony Early Wichita State SR. 6-8 220 Late 1st
9. DeAndre Daniels Connecticut JR. 6-8 195 Late 1st
10. Glenn Robinson III Michigan SO. 6-6 210 Late 1st - Early 2nd

Darkhorse Sleeper: Jakarr Sampson, 6-9 215 - St. John's

Power Forwards
 
  # Player School/Team Draft Class Ht. Wt. Forecast
1. Julius Randle Kentucky FR. 6-9 250 Top 5
2. Noah Vonleh Indiana FR. 6-9 235 Top 10
3. Aaron Gordon Arizona FR. 6-9 215 Late Lottery
4. Adreian Payne Michigan State SR. 6-10 240 Mid - Late 1st
Chalon 5. Clint Capela Chalon 1994 6-10 215 Mid - Late 1st
6. Khem Birch UNLV JR. 6-9 220 Mid 2nd
7. James McAdoo North Carolina JR. 6-9 230 Mid - Late 2nd
8. Jarnell Stokes Tennessee JR. 6-8 260 Mid - Late 2nd
9. Corey Jefferson Baylor SR. 6-9 230 Late 2nd - Undrafted
10. Johnny O'Bryant LSU JR. 6-9 255 Late 2nd - Undrafted

Darkhorse Sleeper: Aaric Murray, 6-10 250 - Texas Southern

Centers
 
  # Player School/Team Draft Class Ht. Wt. Forecast
1. Joel Embiid Kansas FR. 7-0 250 Top 5
Cedevita 2. Jusuf Nurkic Cedevita 1994 6-11 280 Late 1st - Early 2nd
michigan 3. Mitch McGary Michigan SO. 6-10 265 Early - Mid 2nd
4. Isaiah Austin Baylor SO. 7-1 220 Early - Mid 2nd
Canaria 5. Walter Tavares Gran Canaria 1992 7-3 260 Mid - Late 2nd
6. Alec Brown Wis-Green Bay SR. 7-1 220 Late 2nd - Undrafted
7. Jordan Bachynski Arizona St. SR. 7-2 250 Late 2nd - Undrafted
avtodor 8. Artem Klimenko Avtodor 1994 7-1 230 Late 2nd - Undrafted
9. Alex Kirk New Mexico JR. 7-0 245 Undrafted
10. Sim Bhullar New Mexico St. SO. 7-5 360 Undrafted

Darkhorse Sleeper: Ondrej Balvin, 7-2 260 - Sevilla

  

 
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