Ranking the top five second round picks in recent NBA history

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This preseason has seen a lot of second round draft picks showing out. While a lot of the attention has been focused on former lottery picks like Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield and Joel Embiid, others have been making their names. 

Patrick McCaw produced a clutch night of shooting for the Golden State Warriors as they beat the Denver Nuggets in overtime while Paul Zipser and Kay Felder were two standout players during the encounter between Cleveland and Chicago. Tyler Ulis has also been impressive.

Now, we know you can't read too much into preseason performances, but it got us thinking; who are the top five second round draft picks in recent times? So here is our list. 

5. DeAndre Jordan

The third player in the L.A. Clippers' 'big three' was an early second round pick, being chosen by his current organisation with the 35th selection in 2008. 

He has developed into an elite center in the modern age, although his selection in the All-NBA first team this season caused some debate. He is certainly in the top five big men to be playing in the NBA right now.

4. Marc Gasol

Chosen with the 48th pick in 2007 by the L.A. Lakers, he never got a chance to represent the organisation as he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a deal that saw his older brother head the other way.

However, Marc has developed into a true star for the Grizzlies; heading to two All-Star games, being selected to the All-NBA first-team in 2015 and winning Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. 

3. Gilbert Arenas

After being drafted by the Golden State Warriors with the 31st pick in 2001, Arenas developed into a superstar-level player with the Washington Wizards. From 2005-07, he reached three All-Star games. 

In those three campaigns, he averaged over 20 points per game, peaking at 29.5 in 2006 as he came fourth in the scoring championship behind Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. 

2. Draymond Green

The Warriors drafted Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli before picking up Green with the 35th selection in 2012. 

A number of NBA teams doubted his ability to produce in the professional game but Green is well on his way to becoming a superstar. He is already a champion, came second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year, was top ten in the race for MVP and is an All-Star.

1. Manu Ginobili

One of the most consistent players since the turn of the century, Manu Ginobili is on the cusp of having a Hall of Fame career having won four rings with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Chosen with the 57th pick in the 1999 draft, Ginobili has averaged 14 points across his career - reaching a high of 19.5 in 2008 - and has shot an effective field goal percentage of 52.2.

Marc Gasol
Memphis Grizzlies
Southwest Division
Western Conference
Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
San Antonio Spurs
DeAndre Jordan
LA Clippers
Washington Wizards
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
Manu Ginobili

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