May 21

Options Abound With Tenth Pick

By caseyholdahl

The Portland Trail Blazers were not able to beat tremendous odds to get either the first, second or third pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery.

But all is not lost. The 10th pick, even in a what many consider a weak draft, still has plenty of value, especially when considering that the current collective bargaining agreement forces teams to mind their cap space more carefully than ever before. Rookie contracts are typically considered to be the best bargains in the NBA -- for example, Pacer's third-year forward Paul George earned just over $2.5 million in 2012-13 -- so even if there's not a lot of all-star talent in this class, there's still the opportunity to get a quality rotation player at a heck of a price.

"We have been, and will continue to, prepare for multiple draft scenarios," said Portland General Manager Neil Olshey. "With the results of tonight's Lottery establishing the official draft order we are confident we will have the opportunity to select a quality player at No. 10."

In the last twenty drafts, 35 percent of players taken with the No. 10 pick went on to play in at least one All-Star Game, so there's talent to be had even at the tail end of the lottery.

Of course, there's also a chance the team will trade the pick, which some have already suggested as a significant possibility.

No. 10 picks from the last 20 years

2012: Austin Rivers, Hornets
2011: Jimmer Fredette, Bucks (traded to Kings)
2010: Paul George, Pacers
2009: Brandon Jennings, Bucks
2008: Brook Lopez, Nets
2007: Spencer Hawes, Kings
2006: Mouhamed Sene, SuperSonics
2005: Andrew Bynum, Lakers
2004: Luke Jackson, Cavaliers
2003: Jarvis Hayes, Wizards
2002: Caron Butler, Heat
2001: Joe Johnson, Celtics
2000: Keyon Dooling, Magic
1999: Jason Terry, Hawks
1998: Paul Pierce, Pistons
1997: Danny Fortson, Bucks
1996: Erick Dampier, Pacers
1995: Kurt Thomas, Heat
1994: Eddie Jones, Lakers
1993: Lindsey Hunter, Pistons


  1. I just got goose bumps reading that. Thanks. One thing stands out in my mind when i think draft nowadays...Manu Ginobli was picked 57th in the second round. 57 TH !!!!!!! My gawd man, who was drafting that year ? In all fairness its hard to tell who's going to be how good. The last credible guy to go number 1 that wasnt able to play immediately or had just come off a major surgery was Kenyon Martin. Out of Cincinatti with a broken leg and went # 1. This kid Nerlen looks a little light in the back pockets to come up in here kicking up any major dust. Marc Gasol would post him up so hard he'd have a concussion. Nevermind the Mad Muppet Kendrick Perkins . His scowl alone is gonna scare the rook.Best case scenario, Marcus Camby. Worst case scenario, Marcus Camby. We need a big 2 guard. Wesley off the bench. And BUY a Big. Period.

    by commontongue on 5/21/2013 9:17 PM
  2. That's a heck of a list of players at 10! Looking forward to this up coming season.

    by biggsstar21 on 5/21/2013 9:27 PM
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