4. Zach Randolph — 2001
The pride of Marion, Indiana, Zach Randolph’s career got off to an inauspicious start as the number 19 pick to Portland in 2001. Those early 2000s Portland teams got into so much trouble they were known as the “Jail Blazers,” and Randolph was considered a moody talent that didn’t work hard enough off the court and couldn’t put things together despite consistently putting up around 20 points and 10 rebounds a game.
Portland finally gave up on Z-Bo and traded him to the Knicks, and he was traded again to Memphis a year later where he finally found a home and flourished into the player we know today. Randolph made two All Star teams and was the heart and soul of the Grit n Grind Grizzlies, and he’s matured into a veteran leader as his career wanes… even if he’s never jumped more than about two or three inches.