I’m not even talking about when teams Lucky Charm themselves into a superstar — a Gilbert Arenas, a Carlos Boozer, a Michael Redd — who inexplicably slips through the cracks into the second round.
Take them out of the equation, and the fact remains that every good NBA squad has at least two or three key guys who were drafted in the second round, or not drafted at all: Mo Williams and Ben Wallace in Cleveland, Rashard Lewis and Rafer Alston in Orlando, Trevor Ariza and Luke Walton in L.A., Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap in Utah, Eddie House and Leon Powe in Boston, and the list goes on.
The ’09 Draft will be no different, as impact players litter the field of projected second-rounders, with UConn forward Jeff Adrien, Florida State guard Toney Douglas, Villanova forward Dante Cunningham, Temple guard Dionte Christmas and North Carolina swingman Danny Green leading the way. What they’ll miss in guaranteed money right off the bat, history says at least a couple of them will make up for it with some diamond-encrusted Godfather jewelry down the line.
On Draft night, when David Stern passes the mic to deputy commish Adam Silver and clocks out, don’t follow suit by changing the channel. If you do, you’ll miss the beginning of a championship career or two.