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In Line With The NBA Draft 2015, Here Are Some Notable Players Who Weren’t Able To Get First Pick

By Lorenzo Soliman | June 25, 2015 11:53 AM EDT

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Just in time for the 2015 NBA Draft with college standouts Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor as the frontrunners, we take a look at the top players in the league that weren't able to take the number one or two pick but proved to be one of the best players in the league.

The list may be endless for the players who weren't able to get first or second pick in the draft but picked their team up from the ashes.

Kobe Bryant - In the 1996 NBA Draft may be tagged as one of best draft class with superstars such as Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen, Peja Stojakovic, Steve Nash, among others. But it was the 13th pick of the draft, which was by the Charlotte Hornets that got Kobe Bryant, who was traded to the Lakers on the same day, which became noticeable.

Bryant is one of the elite players in the league and can be tagged to be one of the best alongside the names of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, among others.

Jimmy Butler - It was in the 2011 draft that the Chicago Bulls got a star in their 30th position in the draft that got Jimmy Butler in the Bulls rotation. Butler started slow in his rookie years but picked up his game in his third and fourth year where he was awarded an All-Star pick and a "Most Improved Player" award in 2015, averaging 22.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 3.2 apg.

Tony Parker & Manu Ginobili - From Bleacher Report, the San Antonio Spurs seemed to have a very good luck during drafts after getting Tony Parker as the 28th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. Years before that, the Spurs got a gem in the second to the last pick in the 1999 NBA Draft where they picked Manu Ginobili from Argentina.

Parker and Ginobili won four NBA titles with team throughout their career.


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