Looking Back at the Biggest Steals of the 2009 NBA Draft

March 14th, 2010 by Matt Gelfand Leave a reply »
On July 25, 2009 at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 60 talented young men fulfilled their dreams of making it to the NBA. 

On the other end of the spectrum, 30 NBA teams had the opportunity to get better.  Months of planning, debating, watching game tape, evaluating workouts, and crunching numbers all led up to the one night where all the analyzing would pay dividends, allowing each team to gain a chip that could bring them one step closer to a title.

The results left me dumbfounded, and wondering why NBA executives remain oblivious to the talent passing them by, and how someone like Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace (Hasheem Thabeet, No. 2 overall) still has a job.

It still amazes me that people who get paid to evaluate talent for a living—these mathematical geniuses and lifelong scouts—can let such undeniably skilled, NBA-ready players fall through the cracks.

As the season winds down, I believe it's time to take a look back at the players who arguably should've been drafted with the top 10 picks, how far they fell, and why.

No. 4 Overall: Tyreke Evans—Kings.  20.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 5.5 ...

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