Can You Identify These NBA Stars Drafted Outside of the Top 10 Picks?


By: Gavin Thagard

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

It's draft night in the NBA, and the names are called one by one. The first overall pick is usually known weeks if not months before the draft even happens. The next few picks are also pretty solid, especially after the experts make their predictions based off what they're hearing around the league. After that, everything starts to get a little more complicated, as some teams take chances on players who fit their team while others pass on stars because they are undersized or lack leadership qualities. 

The players who are overlooked in the draft all have one thing on their mind: make every NBA team that didn't select them regret their decision. It takes a special talent to accomplish this goal, though. Sure, there are plenty of late-round picks who become contributors on championship teams, but only a few of those late-round picks actually become stars in the league.

Are you familiar with the NBA players who went on to become stars in the league even though they weren't selected in the top 10? Some of these stars won multiple championships, while others hold records that might not ever be broken.

When you're ready, get started and find out if you'd make a good NBA general manager by identifying all the talent in this quiz.

This NBA star was in the MVP conversation in the 2018-19 season. Who is he?

With touch and court vision, Nikola Jokic has been one of the most unique players on the basketball court since he entered the NBA in 2016 as a second-round draft pick. His talents really shone through in the 2018-19 season when he made his first All-Star Game and was selected to the All-NBA First Team.


Can you identify this NBA star who dunks so ferociously that he should be charged with assault against the rim?

With the ability to go from the three-point arc to the basket in two steps, Giannis Antetokounmpo has earned his nickname "The Greek Freak." The NBA community honored his gifts in 2019 by naming him the league MVP after he averaged 27.7 points and 12.5 rebounds throughout the season.


A proven stud on the defensive side of the ball, which player is this?

Despite his 7-foot, 8-inch wingspan, Rudy Gobert slipped to the 27th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft when he was selected by the Denver Nuggets. However, before ever playing a game for the Nuggets, Gobert was traded to the Utah Jazz, where he has been a leader on defense ever since.


Are you familiar with this three-time champion who has been a centerpiece in the Golden State Warriors' dynasty?

With the ability to push the ball up the court almost as well as a point guard, Draymond Green has allowed the Golden State Warriors to play position-less basketball. This style of basketball changed the NBA, as every team around the league now looks for a player like Green at the top of the draft.


What's the name of this NBA star who is one of the hardest workers in the league?

Jimmy Butler is the perfect representation of how hard work leads to success. After being selected 30th overall in 2011, it took Butler two years to become a full-time starter in the NBA. Once he became a starter, his scoring increased each season with the Chicago Bulls, as he put himself in the All-Star category.


A two-way forward who terminates his competition, how well do you know this NBA star?

Considering Kawhi Leonard is a two-time Finals MVP, it's hard to believe that he was once a mid-round draft pick who averaged less than eight points his first season in the league. However, the three-time All-Star relied on his defense in his early years until he shaped himself into one of the most balanced stars in the NBA.


Is this member of the "Splash Brothers" a player you're familiar with?

Since entering the league, Klay Thompson has rarely received the recognition he deserves, even after winning three NBA titles and making five All-Star Games. Even without the recognition, Thompson continues to shoot lights out on the court, averaging over 40 percent from the three-point arc.


Do you recognize this guard who has proven he can be valuable on both ends of the court?

Jrue Holiday's biggest problem is his ability to stay healthy, as he has struggled to play over 70 games since he joined the New Orleans Pelicans. However, once he's on the court, Holiday is one of the best two-way players at the point guard position, earning recognitions on both sides of the ball.


"Lob City" was a spectacle to watch in part because of which player shown here?

Without a jump shot, DeAndre Jordan has struggled to assert himself as a high-volume scorer, but that doesn't mean he hasn't been one of the most valuable stars in the NBA. Not only can he pull down over 10 rebounds per game, but Jordan also has a .669 field goal percentage, which is currently the best all time.


A star who slid all the way to the second round, who is this?

A second-round draft pick, Marc Gasol made a name for himself by grinding against tough competition, leading a Memphis Grizzlies' team that relied heavily on defense for years. However, he never reached the NBA Finals until he was traded to the Toronto Raptors, where Gasol won the only title of his career.


Identify this champion who was picked by the Phoenix Suns before being traded to the Boston Celtics.

Rajon Rondo was the young star on a Boston Celtics team that won the NBA championship in 2008 by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. Rondo was a few years away from his prime, but he did play well in the Finals, particularly when it came to distributing the ball, as he averaged nearly seven assists per game.


Though not the biggest player, what's the name of this star who made a living with his hard-nosed play on the court?

In his first five seasons in the NBA, Kyle Lowry only started 30 games during the regular season and averaged no more than nine points per game. However, when he became a regular starter in 2010, all of his stats went up, particularly his scoring and assist totals.


Name this NBA shooting guard who outlasted many of his peers because of his ability to shoot the three-pointer.

Kyle Korver was in his 30s before he made his first All-Star Game in 2015. The main reason was that he was never a high-volume shooter, but Korver was always money when he did shoot, holding a .429 career three-point average.


Can you identify this star who could put up double doubles on a nightly basis during his prime?

While playing for the Chicago Bulls, Carlos Boozer had some wars with the Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, in the NBA Playoffs between 2011 and 2014. In 2011, the Bulls met the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals but went down in five games.


Few players wanted to body up this big man in the paint. Who is he?

For a player drafted near the end of the first round, Zach Randolph has had a lengthy NBA career, which began in 2001. He didn't see any action playing for the Sacramento Kings in the 2018-19 season, but the last time he was on the court, Randolph averaged 14.5 points per game.


The San Antonio Spurs' dynasty revamped in the early 2000s by adding stars like which one depicted in this image?

As "The Admiral" David Robinson aged, the San Antonio Spurs needed a new star to pair with Tim Duncan if they wanted to stay in championship contention, and that's exactly what they found in Tony Parker. Parker won four NBA titles with the Spurs, three of which came in his first six seasons.


Are you familiar with this star who was so intense he could turn a basketball game into a UFC fight?

Ron Artest was as tough as they come on the basketball court, willing to go toe to toe with any player in the league. His ferocity earned him two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards, as he proved there was value in signing a defensive star.


Not many teams knew this player would become one of the biggest stars of his era. What's his name?

The best place for Manu Ginobili was coming off the bench for the San Antonio Spurs, and it wasn't because of his second-round draft status. Ginobili added a spark anytime he stepped on the court and proved there was value in being a sixth man for a championship team.


Do you know this NBA legend who made 12 NBA teams regret passing on him?

There was nothing Kobe Bryant didn't accomplish in the NBA, as he dominated the league with his "mamba" mentality. Mirroring his game off Michael Jordan, Bryant outworked all of his peers to become arguably a top 10 player all time.


This forward was a master from beyond the arc. How well do you know him?

Before the modern era of three-pointers began, Peja Stojakovic was a star from the three-point line. He utilized his shooting ability to win two NBA Three-Point Shootout championships during the 2002 and 2003 All-Star weekends.


The closest thing to a magician on the basketball court, who is this NBA star?

Steve Nash's career exploded when he teamed up with Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix, where D'Antoni put Nash in an up-tempo style offense. Nash's assist total was through the roof during this time, as he led the league in that category for five separate seasons.


Is this valuable rim protector a player you're familiar with?

Theo Ratliff made it tough for any offensive player to score, swatting ball after ball that came his way. During his best season, Ratliff averaged 4.4 blocks per game, leading the league while also earning a spot on the All-Defensive Team.


What's the name of this former star who humiliated the competition with his crossover dribble?

For a player drafted outside the top 10, Tim Hardaway came into the NBA ready to play. In his first four seasons, Hardaway made three All-Star Games as a starter for the Golden State Warriors. He then struggled to stay healthy for a few seasons but returned to All-Star form when he joined the Miami Heat in 1996.


There aren't many players in NBA history who could explode under the basket like which star shown here?

While playing for the Seattle SuperSonics, Shawn Kemp met the Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals. The Bulls had won an NBA record 72 games that season, but the SuperSonics were able to take them to six games before losing the NBA title. Kemp led his team in scoring and rebounds during the series.


Can you identify this late pick who played his best years with the Phoenix Suns?

Dan Majerle earned the nickname "Thunder Dan" because of his ability to slam the ball on a dunk. However, Majerle's game was very well rounded, as he not only dunked but shot the ball well and played tough defense.


How well do you know this legend who fell just outside the top 10 in the '87 NBA Draft?

Few players were as cold-blooded on the court as Reggie Miller, who once scored eight points in only nine seconds in a playoff game against the New York Knicks. Miller had a long-running rivalry with the Knicks, knocking them out of the playoffs on several occasions.


An NBA star who not only outplayed his draft pick but went on to become an NBA head coach, which player do you see here?

Undersized, Mark Jackson relied on his wit and determination to become a star in the NBA. He used these qualities when he became the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, where he took the team to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons before being fired in 2014.


Select the name of this big man who could do it all on the court from the center position.

Arvydas Sabonis spent the prime of his career playing overseas, not joining the NBA until nine years after he was drafted. Even in his later years, Sabonis was an excellent player who could dish out assists, score and pull down rebounds.


It's rare to see a second-round draft pick make four All-Star Games, but that's exactly what which player depicted in this image accomplished?

Mark Price spent the best years of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he became the starter in only his second season. Price earned the starting role as a crafty point guard who was willing to score when the moment called for it.


Are you familiar with this star who became a five-time NBA champion?

Dennis Rodman was the perfect teammate for a player who wanted to score like Michael Jordan. That's because Rodman didn't care about his points, but instead he went out to dominate the boards while playing stout defense, which always gave his team a chance to win.


Who is this shooting legend that rarely got the credit he deserved, including when it came to his draft status?

It took Jeff Hornacek a few seasons to come into his own, but after some up-and-down performances, he became a lights-out shooter, particularly beyond the arc. Hornacek, who played shooting guard, shot .403 from the three-point line and had a .496 overall field goal percentage.


Despite his draft class being loaded with talent at the top, what's the name of this player who still should've been drafted higher?

A two-time NBA MVP, Karl Malone was a walking double-double who rarely missed a game. By the time he retired, Malone had started an NBA record 1,471 games, almost all with the Utah Jazz.


Do you recognize this star who made the "Bad Boy" Pistons a formidable threat in the late '80s?

Joe Dumars was an integral part of the Detroit Pistons when they won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990. He was named the Finals MVP in 1989 after putting up 27.3 points and six rebounds per game in the series.


The only thing worse than being a late-round draft pick is not being drafted at all. Identify this defensive legend who went undrafted.

Considering NBA fans only recognize offensive production, Ben Wallace never gets the credit he deserves for what he accomplished on the basketball court. Not only did he win a record four Defensive Player of the Year awards, but he's also an NBA champion, a title he earned by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers.


The best ability is availability. Can you name this NBA player who proved his worth by rarely missing games?

A.C. Green played in two different eras for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning NBA titles alongside some of the greatest Lakers to ever take the court. However, since he played beside these legends, Green's contributions are often overlooked.


Drafted 16th in 1984, which star shown here took the point guard position to a whole new level?

If NBA executives knew exactly how good John Stockton was going to be, he probably would have gone higher in the NBA draft. Stockton does hold the all-time record for both assists and steals, after all, making him one of the top players the game has ever seen.


This star had plenty of hype coming out of college, but he still slipped in the draft. Who is he?

Clyde "The Glide" Drexler was drafted a year before his college teammate, Hakeem Olajuwon, became the first overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. The two stars teamed up in Houston in the 1994-95 season, winning an NBA title against the Orlando Magic.


Name this former player who was as determined on the defensive side of the ball as he was on offense.

After leaving the NBA as a player, Doc Rivers became one of the most valuable coaches in the league. He took the Boston Celtics to the 2008 NBA Finals, winning the series in six games by beating Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.


Every team had trouble stopping which player shown here under the rim?

Without much of a jump shot, Larry Nance relied on his athleticism and dunking ability to get easy points under the basket. This style of play worked for the big man, who finished his career with a .546 field goal percentage.


Are you familiar with this legend who knew how to turn it on in the playoffs?

A four-time All-Star, Maurice Cheeks was the defensive leader for the Philadelphia 76ers when they won an NBA title in 1983. Though there were bigger stars on the team like Moses Malone and Julius Erving, Cheeks was the perfect third option, as he made his presence felt in ways besides scoring.


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