NBA Stats

Jun 27 2013 6:12PM

Lucky No. 9?

We all know the importance of picking in the top 5 in the draft. Since the 1996 season, only three players have won Rookie of the Year honors after being picked outside of the top five: Amar'e Stoudemire (2002-03), Brandon Roy (2006-07) and Damian Lillard (2012-13) -- the latter two as members of the Portland Trail Blazers.

But if you look at the players selected from 6-10 in that same time frame, the ninth pick stands out as a potential impact player. Of those 6-10 picks over the past 16 years, half of the top 10 and four of the top five (as ranked by career PIE), were selected with the ninth pick.

Player Team Pick Year College GP MPG PPG APG RPG NETRTG PIE
Dirk Nowitzki MIL 9 1998 (Germany) 1108 36.1 22.6 2.6 8.2 7.2 16.3%
Tracy McGrady TOR 9 1997 (High School) 938 32.7 19.6 4.4 5.6 1.7 15.0%
Paul Pierce BOS 10 1998 Kansas 1102 36.6 21.8 3.9 6.0 4.1 14.3%
Amar'e Stoudemire PHO 9 2002 (High School) 670 34.0 21.3 1.4 8.6 4.0 13.8%
Andre Drummond DET 9 2012 Connecticut 60 20.7 7.9 0.5 7.6 -1.5 13.7%
Shawn Marion PHO 9 1999 UNLV 1030 35.5 16.1 2.0 9.1 3.5 13.5%
Brandon Roy MIN 6 2006 Washington 326 35.5 18.8 4.7 4.3 2.8 13.5%
Andrew Bynum LAL 10 2005 (High School) 392 26.0 11.7 1.2 7.8 4.3 13.2%
Greg Monroe DET 7 2010 Georgetown 227 30.8 13.5 2.4 8.9 -5.4 13.2%
Andre Miller CLE 8 1999 Utah 1126 33.4 13.8 7.1 4.0 1.2 12.5%