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Draft talk: Assessing No. 51 picks

6/10/2014

As the NBA Draft approaches on June 26, ESPN Dallas examines the draft through the Dallas Mavericks’ perspective this week.

The No. 51 pick in the draft usually ends in one of two places: Europe or out of the game within two or three years. There are a few exceptions to the trend this late in the draft, which are mentioned later on, but the Mavericks likely will be grabbing a convenient scratch-off ticket when they make their last pick in the second round.

As an aside, Shan Foster was pick No. 51 by the Mavs in the 2008 draft.

It’s appropriate to offer a look back at the five most recent players selected 51st overall in the draft. It should also be noted that every draft class is different, especially in this portion of the second round, and the players below don’t necessarily reflect the kind of player Dallas will select in the draft.

Note: A True Shooting Percentage is a shooting percentage that is adjusted to include the value of 3-pointers and free throws. The intention is to show a more accurate calculation of a player’s shooting percentage rather than field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage taken individually.

2009

Player: Jack McClinton

Team: San Antonio Spurs

Rookie stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Career stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Notes: McClinton is a Spurs project that has yet to pan out. He was waived by San Antonio, then played overseas in Turkey, Israel and Ukraine. Interestingly enough, current Spur Patty Mills was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers four picks after McClinton.

2010

Player: Magnum Rolle

Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Rookie stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Career stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Notes: Rolle was subsequently traded to the Indiana Pacers on draft night. He was competing with fellow rookie Lance Stephenson for a roster spot. Rolle lost the competition. He played in the D-League until the Atlanta Hawks signed him to a deal late in the season. He did not play in a game with the Hawks. He went on to play in Japan.

2011

Player: Jon Diebler

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Rookie stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Career stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Notes: Portland drafted Diebler with the intention of stashing him in Europe. He later signed a one-year deal with a team in Greece. His rights were traded to the Houston Rockets during the 2012 NBA draft. He currently plays in Turkey. Of note, Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas was selected as the final pick (No. 60) of the 2011 draft.

2012

Player: Kris Joseph

Team: Boston Celtics

Rookie stats: 0.9 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 25.7 True Shooting Percentage in 5.4 minutes played per game

Career stats: 0.9 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 25.7 True Shooting Percentage in 5.4 minutes played per game

Notes: After making the Celtics’ final 15-man roster, Joseph was assigned to the D-League. After several assignments, Boston waived Joseph. He signed a 10-day deal with the Brooklyn Nets later in the season. He was traded back to the team that drafted him as a player involved in the superstar deal that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry from Boston to Brooklyn. He now is playing basketball in France.

2013

Player: Romero Osby

Team: Orlando Magic

Rookie stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Career stats: N/A – Never played in the NBA

Notes: Osby played with the Magic’s summer league team and signed a non-guaranteed deal prior to the season to join the team during training camp. He was waived days prior to the season beginning. He then went on to play in the D-League. Osby suffered a season-ending shoulder injury.