We see it all the time, when it comes to the NBA Draft. Sam Bowie before Michael Jordan. Greg Oden before Kevin Durant. Darko Milicic before Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. Six guys being picked before Stephen Curry was taken, and twelve guys being picked before Kobe Bryant was taken. We look back at these NBA Drafts and wonder: “how did that NBA superstar get passed over so many times?”
Unsurprisingly, we saw the same thing in 2011. Namely, 12 different teams taking 14 different players before the San Antonio Spurs swooped in and took Kawhi Leonard with the 15th overall pick. So who were those 14 other guys that teams selected before Leonard, and how did those picks fare?
Let’s take a look.