Around this time each year, a few handfuls of underclassmen from the world of men’s college basketball make some of the biggest decisions of their young lives. Do they stay? Do they go? For many, the NBA and the promise of financial security beckons. For others, the timing just feels right. And then, of course, many underclassmen decide to give college basketball another go by staying in school for another year. I always wonder to myself, how will this pan out for some of these guys?
It’s easy to keep up with how the former Kentucky players are doing in the NBA or Developmental League. Even if you are like me and you rarely watch an actual NBA game, you keep up with enough of the information to know who is doing well and who is struggling. Sometimes though, I find myself wondering how all of the “other guys” from the draft have fared. Who is playing significant minutes? Who is still trying to solidify a roster spot? Who has disappeared? Did Gordon Hayward make an NBA career for himself? (Yes). Is Festus Ezeli still playing? (Yes). Did Isaiah Thomas, the last pick in the 2011 draft, find a spot in the NBA? (Yes). Do most players who were drafted in the Top 10 end up playing significant minutes in the NBA? (Yes, nearly all of the top 10 picks from the last 3 years have). I decided to look back at the last 3 NBA drafts– but not just checking up on the Kentucky guys or the top 10 guys. Below is a list of the players drafted with the 1st through 10th picks, the 25th pick, the 30th pick, the 40th pick and the 60th pick (to give a wide range) from the last 3 NBA draft classes:
*All stats are from the 2012-2013 NBA season only
2012 NBA Draft
1. Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
28.8 mpg, 13.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg. Davis played in 64 games for the Hornets, while starting in 60 of them.
2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky)
26.0 mpg, 9.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg. Kidd-Gilchrist played in 78 games for the Bobcats, starting in 77 of them.
3. Bradley Beal (Florida)
31.2 mpg, 13.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg. Beal played in 56 games for the Wizards, starting in 46 of them.
4. Dion Waiters (Syracuse)
28.8 mpg, 14.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.0 apg. Waiters played in 61 games for the Cavs, starting in 48 of them.
5. Thomas Robinson (Kansas)
15.9 mpg, 4.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg. Robinson played in 51 games for the Kings, starting in 0 of them. Robinson was then traded to the Rockets, where he played in 19 games, starting 0 of them.
6. Damian Lillard (Weber State)
38.6 mpg, 19.0 ppg, 3.10 rpg, 6.5 apg. Lillard played in 82 games for the Blazers, starting in all of them.
7. Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
25.4 mpg, 9.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg. Barnes played in 81 games for the Warriors, starting in all 81 of them.
8. Terrence Ross (Washington)
17.0 mpg, 6.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg. Ross played in 73 games for the Raptors, starting in 2 of them.
9. Andre Drummond (Connecticut)
20.7 mpg, 7.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg. Drummond played in 60 games for the Pistons, starting in 10 of them.
10. Austin Rivers (Duke)
23.2 mpg, 6.2 ppg, 2.1 apg. Rivers played in 61 games for the Hornets, starting in 26 of them.
25. Tony Wroten (Washington)
7.8 mpg, 2.6 ppg, 1.2 apg. Wroten played in 35 games for the Grizzlies, starting in 0 of them.
30. Festus Ezeli (Vanderbilt)
14.4 mpg, 4.0 rpg. Ezeli played in 78 games for the Warriors, starting in 41 of them.
40. Will Barton (Memphis)
12.2 mpg, 4.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg. Barton played in 73 games for the Blazers, starting in 5 of them.
60. Robert Sacre (Gonzaga)
6.3 mpg, 1.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg. Sacre played in 32 games for the Lakers, starting in 3 of them.
2011 NBA Draft
1. Kyrie Irving (Duke)
34.7 mpg, 22.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.9 apg. Irving played in 59 games for the Cavs, starting in all of them.
2. Derrick Williams (Arizona)
24.6 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg. Williams played in 78 games for the T’Wolves, starting in 56 of them.
3. Enes Kanter (Kentucky)
15.4 mpg, 7.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg. Kanter played in 70 games for the Jazz, starting in 2 of them.
4. Tristan Thompson (Texas)
31.3 mpg, 11.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.3 apg. Thompson played in 82 games for the Cavs, starting in all of them.
5. Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania)
23.9 mpg, 8.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg. Valanciunas played in 62 games for the Raptors, starting in 57 of them.
6. Jan Vesely (Serbia)
11.8 mpg, 2.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg. Veseley played in 51 games for the Wizards, starting in 4 of them.
7. Bismack Biyombo (Spain)
27.3 mpg, 4.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg. Biyombo played in 80 games for the Bobcats, starting in 65 of them.
8. Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
31.5 mpg, 13.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.0 apg. Knight played in 75 games for the Pistons, starting in all of them.
9. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
34.9 mpg, 17.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.7 apg. Walker played in 82 games for the Bobcats, starting in all of them.
10. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
14.0 ppg, 7.2 ppg, 1.3 apg. Fredette played in 69 games for the Kings, starting in 0 of them.
25. MarShon Brooks (Providence)
12.5 mpg, 5.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg. Brooks played in 73 games for the Nets, starting in 2 of them.
30. Jimmy Butler (Marquette)
26.0 mpg, 8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg. Butler played in 82 games for the Bulls, starting in 20 of them.
40. Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
10.1 mpg, 2.0 ppg. Leuer played in only 9 games for the Cavs before being traded to the Grizzlies. He has only seen action in 19 games for the Grizzlies (5.1 mpg).
60. Isaiah Thomas (Washington)
26.9 mpg, 13.9 ppg, 4.0 apg. Thomas played in 79 games for the Kings, starting in 62 of them.
2010 NBA Draft
1. John Wall (Kentucky)
*Wall was injured for the first half of the season. 32.7 mpg, 18.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.6 apg. Wall played in 49 games for the Wizards, starting in 42 of them.
2. Evan Turner (Ohio State)
35.3 mpg, 13.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.3 apg. Turner played in 82 games for the 76ers, starting in all of them.
3. Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech)
23.2 mpg, 9.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg. Favors played in 77 games for the Jazz, starting in 8 of them.
4. Wesley Johnson (Syracuse)
19.1 mpg, 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg. Johnson played in 50 games for the Suns, starting in 21 of them.
5. DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky)
30.5 mpg, 17.1 ppg, 9.9 rpg. Cousins played in 75 games for the Kings, starting in 74 of them.
6. Ekpe Udoh (Baylor)
17.3 mpg, 4.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg. Udoh played in 76 games for the Bucks, starting in 9 of them.
7. Greg Monroe (Georgetown)
33.2 mpg, 16.0 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.5 apg. Monroe played in 81 games for the Pistons, starting in all of them.
8. Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest)
27.2 mpg, 7.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg. Aminu played in 76 games for the Hornets, starting in 71 of them.
9. Gordon Hayward (Butler)
29.2 mpg, 14.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg. Hayward played in 72 games for the Jazz, starting in 27 of them.
10. Paul George (Fresno State)
37.6 mpg, 17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg. George played in 79 games for the Pacers, starting in all of them.
25. Dominique Jones (USF)
Jones is currently playing 31.1 mpg in the D-League. He is averaging 15.8 ppg.
30. Lazar Hayward (Marquette)
Hayward is currently injured. Hayward was waived by the D-League’s LA D-Fenders on April 4th. Hayward has bounced around between the NBA and the D-League since his arrival in the league.
40. Lance Stephenson (Cincinnati)
29.2 mpg, 8.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg. Stephenson played in 78 games for the Pacers, starting in 72 of them.
60. Dwayne Collins (Miami)
Collins last played for the Cimberio Varese team in Italy during the 2010-2011 season.