NBA Draft: History of the 16th, 19th picks

NBA Draft: History of the 16th, 19th picks
May 22, 2014, 11:00 am
Mark Strotman

For the first time since 2009, the Bulls have two first-round picks. Holding the No. 16 and No. 19 picks, general manager Gar Forman will have two chances to find core pieces of the future to go with what should be an exciting offseason of free agency.

So what kind of player should the Bulls be looking for at each spot? The quality and depth of each draft matters (2003 and 2008 good; 2006 not so much) so the players selected in each of the Bulls' slots doesn't mean much in 2014, which should be one of the deeper classes in recent memory.

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Players as good as Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton and as bad as felon Javaris Crittenton have been selected in these spots, evidence that, as always, the NBA Draft is a crapshoot. The Bulls' front office, scouts and coaches will do countless hours of research, scouting and interviews to figure out who to select at No. 16 and No. 19 (if they stay there), but sometimes it's just about getting lucky (think the Sonics/Thunder having Kevin Durant fall into their lap after the Blazers selected Greg Oden).

For now, here's a look back at the No. 16 and No. 19 picks the last 10 seasons, as well as which picks turned out "good," which were "bad" and which wound up "ugly."

No. 16 pick

YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2013 Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) Boston
2012 Royce White (Minnesota) Houston
2011 Nikola Vucevic (Southern Cal) Philadelphia
2010 Luke Babbitt (Nevada) Minnesota
2009 James Johnson (Wake Forest) Chicago
2008 Marreese Speights (Florida) Philadelphia
2007 Nick Young (Southern Cal) Washington
2006 Rodney Carney (Memphis) Chicago
2005 Joey Graham (Oklahoma State) Toronto
2004 Kirk Snyder (Nevada) Utah

THE GOOD

Nikola Vucevic: The 6-foot-10 junior wasn't the most highly touted international player in the draft (Enes Kanter, Jonas Valanciunas, Jan Vesely) but his junior season at Southern Cal saw him average 17.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 35 minutes per game. And to date he's been the best big man in the class; this past season he averaged 14.2 points and 11 rebounds for the Magic -- he was part of the Dwight Howard deal two years ago. Though he was selected just four years ago, he's the best player taken at No. 16 in the last decade.

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Nick Young: It took awhile, but this Trojan has become one of the better second-tier scorers in the NBA. The free-wheeling shooter (for his career he's averaging 10.3 field goals in 24 minutes per game) had his best year as a pro in his first season with the Lakers, averaging 17.9 points and 2.1 3-pointers in 28 minutes per game. His scouting report out of college was the same as it is now, and in his seventh season he's finally making good on it.

THE BAD

Luke Babbitt: The 6-foot-9 forward saw his stock climb rapidly as the draft approached, the main idea being that a player of his stature could shoot his way to an NBA career. His defensive limitations were evident, but he made himself a first-round pick based on upside. Unfortunately he hasn't broke the rotation in any of his first four seasons; he's shot just 37 percent from beyond the arc in 153 career games and incredibly has made just 39 percent of his 2-pointers. The one-trick pony hasn't made good on his lone skill coming out of college.

Kirk Snyder: A classic mid-major boom-or-bust pick, Snyder upped his stock after leading the Wolfpack to a Sweet 16 berth and stellar pre-draft workouts. But the athletic shooting guard never managed much in his four seasons in the NBA, finishing with career averages of 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17 minutes per game. He's been out of the NBA since 2008, and to add insult to injury the next four picks were Josh Smith, JR Smith, Dorell Wright and Jameer Nelson, four players still in the NBA 10 seasons later.

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THE UGLY

Royce White: The verdict is still out on one of the most talented players in the 2012 class. Diagnosed with anxiety, White understood that flying on planes just about every night would be impossible in the NBA. The fallout was almost entirely negative, and the Rockets sent him down to the D-League, where he spent his rookie season before leaving the team in March. White was traded to the 76ers last year before being waived right before the season, and signed a pair of 10-day contracts with Sacramento in March, where he played three games sparingly before the two parties split. It's unlikely he'll ever stick in the NBA because of his condition, but on talent alone (13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5 assists in his final season with Iowa State) the pick was worth the risk.

James Johnson: One of the more exciting prospects in the 2009 draft, Johnson was a bit of a tweener -- built more like a power forward with the tendencies of a small forward -- and never fully realized his potential in Chicago. He's bounced around to four teams in five seasons but seemed to put it all together in Minnesota, averaging 7.4 points on a career-best 46 percent shooting, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals in 52 games. He found himself in the defensive-minded rotation and at just 27 years old, his best days may still be in front of him. He's only in the "ugly" category because of how much he's bounced around, as well as some untapped potential.

Other notable No. 16 picks: John Stockton (1984, Utah); Bill Wennington (1985, Dallas); Dana Barros (1989, Seattle); Brevin Knight (1997; Cleveland); Ron Artest (1999, Chicago); Hedo Turkoglu (2000, Sacramento)

No. 19 pick

YEAR PLAYER TEAM
2013 Sergey Karasev (Russia) Cleveland
2012 Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure) Orlando
2011 Tobias Harris (Tennessee) Milwaukee
2010 Avery Bradley (Texas) Boston
2009 Jeff Teague (Wake Forest) Atlanta
2008 JJ Hickson (NC State) Cleveland
2007 Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech) LA Lakers
2006 Quincy Douby (Rutgers) Sacramento
2005 Hakim Warrick (Syracuse) Memphis
2004 Dorell Wright (South Kent H.S.) Miami

THE GOOD

Tobias Harris: A freshman out of Tennessee, the 6-foot-6 swingman has come into his own in Year 3. A trade-deadline deal sent him from Milwaukee to Orlando in exchange for JJ Redick, and this past season he averaged 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 30 minutes per game. He'll be 22 next season, so the sky's the limit for one of the building blocks of the Magic franchise. The No. 7 high school prospect in the 2010 class, his talent was evident in just one season with the Vols, and though his declaring for the NBA Draft was met with some criticism it seems to have been the correct choice.

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Jeff Teague: In a point-guard heavy draft class, Teague was the seventh court general selected (11 were drafted in the first round alone). And while that class includes Ricky Rubio (No. 5), Stephen Curry (No. 7) and Brandon Jennings (No. 10), Teague has held his own. His Hawks have made the playoffs in each of his first five seasons and this past season he averaged a career-best 16.5 points and 6.7 assists. He came out as a sophomore, the best Demon Deacon point guard since Chris Paul, and he's made good on Atlanta's selection.

THE BAD

Javaris Crittenton: Oh, boy. Crittenton was a talented freshman for the Yellow Jackets and seemed like a solid pick in a draft with little point guard talent (only five were taken in the first round). But in his second season and two trades later, he and Gilbert Arenas were involved in a locker room confrontation that reportedly involved the two drawing guns on each other over a gambling debt. He was given a year of probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor gun charges and never played another minute in the NBA. Two years later he was indicted on murder and gang activity charges. While awaiting trial, he was arrested on serious drug charges. This was a bad pick; let's move on.

Quincy Douby: A stellar point guard at Rutgers, Douby played three seasons in Sacramento but averaged just 4.1 points and 0.6 assists in 11 minutes per game. He was a bust from Day 1 and was out of the league in 2009, just three years after the Kings drafted him. Fun side note: he scored 75 points in a Chinese Basketball Association game, the most in league history. He's currently playing in the Turkish Basketball Second League, his short NBA career a mere afterthought.

THE UGLY

Hakim Warrick: The 6-foot-9 forward was the stereotypical "athlete, not a basketball player" when the Grizzlies selected him in the first round. And he's actually put together quite a solid NBA career, playing eight seasons while averaging 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds on six NBA teams (including one with the Bulls). He's in the ugly category because of how talented he was at Syracuse, including a senior season in which he averaged 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds and winning a national championship with Carmelo Anthony as a sophomore. After such a stellar college career at a high-major school, more was expected from Warrick.

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Dorell Wright: The No. 12 recruit in the 2004 high school class (No. 25 was Rajon Rondo, for reference), Wright declared for the draft instead of heading to DePaul. He's carved out a nice NBA career, averaging 8.7 points and 1.1 3-pointers in 10 NBA seasons, most recently in a bench role with the Blazers this past season. He averaged 16.4 points in 2011 with the Warriors, but the fact that he could have stayed in college and perhaps developed more to get ready for the pros puts him on the ugly list for now. Consider him closer to "good" than "bad."

Other notable No. 19 picks: Zach Randolph (1995, Portland); Nate Archibald (1970, Kansas City); John Paxson (1983, San Antonio); Rod Strickland (1988, New York); Dee Brown (1990, Boston)