NBA Rankings: The League's No. 2 Overall Draft Selections Since 2000

James RiggioContributor IJune 21, 2011

NBA Rankings: The League's No. 2 Overall Draft Selections Since 2000

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    Having the second pick in the NBA Draft is generally thought to be a valuable piece of property for teams hoping to move up in the draft.

    But since 2000, the No. 2 slot has produced just one "franchise" player in Kevin Durant.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves, who own the second pick in this year's draft, can only hope their selection turns out to be as good as Durant and unlike many of the 11 players that make up this list.

No. 1 Kevin Durant 2007, Seattle

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 23:  Kevin Durant #35 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder react in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Aren
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    Durant is one of the game's elite players and has been named to the First Team All-NBA the past two seasons. A former Rookie of the Year, Durant has averaged 25.9 points per game over his first four seasons in the league.

    The city of Seattle lost an elite athlete when the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City after Durant's rookie season.

No. 2 LaMarcus Aldridge 2006, Chicago (Traded to Portland)

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    PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 21:  LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers celebrates a dunk against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2011 at the Rose Garden in Portland, O
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    Aldridge has been a very good, but not great, player since entering the league.

    This past season he averaged 21.8 points per game for the Trail Blazers and was named to the All-NBA third team.

    In his career he has averages of 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

No. 3 Emeka Okafor 2004, Charlotte

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20:  Emeka Okafor #50 of the New Orleans Hornets looks on while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif
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    The Orlando Magic actually thought about taking Okafor over Dwight Howard. They are glad they didn't.

    Okafor has had a solid, but not spectacular career. Now with the New Orleans Hornets, he has career averages of 12.9 points and 10.2 rebounds a game.

    He was named Rookie of the Year in 2005, when he averaged 15.1 points per game. He has never improved on that statistic.

No. 4 Michael Beasley 2008, Miami

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 03:  Michael Beasley #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves celebrates his three point shot in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves
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    Beasley is an interesting story. Like Okafor, the Chicago Bulls at one time considered taking him first overall. At the time, Beasley said Derrick Rose was only taken over him because he was from Chicago.

    Three years later he would have trouble convincing anyone that he should have been the top pick.

    Beasley spent two seasons with the Heat, averaging 13.9 points per game as a rookie and 14.8 in his second year. He was traded to Minnesota, where he averaged 19.2 points per game this past season for the team with the worst record in the league.

    While Beasley's numbers are impressive, he certainly was just the second-best player on the worst team in the league behind Kevin Love.

No. 5 Tyson Chandler 2001, (Los Angeles Clippers Traded to Chicago)

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    MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  Tyson Chandler #6 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts against the Miami Heat in the third quarter of Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    Chandler moves up on this list due to his recent play in helping the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA title.

    But the veteran center has, for the most part, failed to live up to his expectations. He drew comparisons to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when we was at Dominguez High in California.

    After a decade in the NBA, he has career averages of 8.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Chandler is a solid defender and was named to the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team this past season. He also averaged 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds a game this past season.

    Chandler was drafted by the hometown Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to Chicago for Elton Brand, a deal that turned out to be a good one for Los Angeles.

No. 6 Marvin Williams 2005, Atlanta

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    NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16:  Marvin Williams #24  of the Atlanta Hawks looks on against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or us
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    Williams has played his entire career with the Atlanta Hawks and has been consistently mediocre since he left the University of North Carolina after just one season.

    Williams averaged 10.4 points per game last season and has averaged 11.7 points per game over his career along with 5.3 rebounds a game.

    It is safe to say Williams is a solid player, but not a player one would expect to get with the second pick in the draft.

No. 7 Evan Turner 2010, Philadelphia

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers puts up a shot against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or
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    Turner is young and certainly could move up on this list.

    He averaged 7.2 points per game as a rookie with Philadelphia and will need to start producing double-digit scoring efforts consistently if he wants to avoid being labeled a bust down the road.

No. 8 Jay Williams 2002, Chicago

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    CHICAGO - JANUARY 13:  Jay Williams #22 of the Chicago Bulls smiles during the NBA game against the New York Knicks at the United Center on January 13, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls won 101-94.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agree
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    Now, one might wonder how a guy who played just one full season in the NBA could be ranked this high. Well, that is a testament to how bad some of the second overall picks have been.

    Had it not been for an unfortunate motorcycle accident that almost killed him, Williams probably would have been an All-Star.

    He averaged 9.5 points per game as a rookie after three years at Duke University, where he won a national title.

    Williams did graduate from Duke and is now doing a fine job covering prep and college basketball for ESPN.

No. 9 Stromile Swift 2000, Vancouver

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    DALLAS - NOVEMBER 22:  Stromile Swift #4 of the Houston Rockets shoots a free throw during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center on November 22, 2005 in Dallas, Texas.  The Mavericks won 102-93.  NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    Swift was certainly a bust.

    He has been out of the league the last two seasons. He played for five NBA franchises and had a career average of 8.4 points per game.

No. 10 Darko Milicic 2003, Detroit

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    PHOENIX - DECEMBER 15:  Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 128-122.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly
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    Milicic is certainly one of the biggest busts in NBA history. For some, it might be hard to believe he isn't last on this list.

    Milicic was once thought to be the best prospect ever out to come out of Europe. There were even some (not many) that thought he might be a better overall player than No. 1 pick King James.

    After you catch your breath from laughing so hard, I'll proceed.

    Now with his fifth team in the league, Milicic was the starting center for the Minnesota Timberwolves this past season.

    Yes, the team with the worst record in the league.

    Playing alongside Kevin Love and Michael Beasley in the frontcourt, he averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.

    For his career, he has averaged 6.1 points per game.

    If you haven't laughed hard enough yet, imagine that he was drafted ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and Chris Kaman.

No. 11 Hasheem Thabeet 2009, Memphis

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    PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 25:  Hasheem Thabeet #34 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 126-111.  NOTE TO US
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    He's only been in the league for two seasons and Hasheem Thabeet has already established himself as one of the biggest busts in NBA Draft history.

    A 7'3" center out of UConn, Thabeet's downfall has been a major surprise considering that he was a dominant player for one of the elite college basketball programs in the nation.

    A native of Tanzania, Thabeet averaged 3.1 points per game as a rookie with Memphis, but didn't even play the entire season with the team as he had a brief stay in the NBA's Development League.

    He was the highest drafted player ever to land in the Development League.

    He averaged just 1.2 points per game over 45 games in his second season in the league with Memphis before the team traded him and a first round pick to Houston for Shane Battier.

    He played two games for Houston this season and did not score in either. His height might be the only reason he'll be on NBA roster this upcoming season.