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Low draft picks who became NBA superstars

By Kyle Almond, CNN

Updated 1638 GMT (0038 HKT) April 14, 2017
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Isaiah Thomas has been the driving force for the Boston Celtics, the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed going into the NBA playoffs. The point guard might only be 5-foot-9, but he finished the regular season as the league's third-leading scorer (28.9 points a game). What might be even more amazing was that Thomas was picked dead last -- 60th overall -- in the 2011 NBA Draft. Here are some more NBA superstars who weren't high draft picks. Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images
Tony Parker, left, and Manu Ginobili celebrate after the San Antonio Spurs won the 2003 NBA Finals. Both Parker and Ginobili were draft steals who came from outside of the United States. Ginobili, an Argentine, was taken 57th overall in 1999. Parker, a Frenchman, went 28th overall in 2001. The two have won four championships with San Antonio and are likely Hall of Famers. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images
Golden State's Draymond Green was taken in the second round, 35th overall, in 2012. Many viewed him as undersized for the power forward position. But he's already become one of the league's best defensive players, making two All-Star teams and leading the league in steals this season. He was a major contributor to the Warriors' title in 2015. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
Speaking of defense, there aren't many better at it than the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan. Jordan, like Green, was chosen No. 35 in the draft. And like Green, he made the league's All-Defensive Team in 2015 and 2016. Jordan also led the league in rebounding in 2014 and 2015. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Dennis Rodman, perhaps the greatest rebounder in NBA history, went 27th overall in the 1986 NBA Draft. He played college at Southeastern Oklahoma State, a small NAIA school. Bettmann/Getty Images
Joe Dumars played with Rodman on the Detroit Pistons team that won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990. Dumars made six All-Star teams during his Hall of Fame career. Not bad for a guy taken 18th overall out of McNeese State. Dick Raphael/NBAE/Getty Images
OK, the 13th overall pick isn't exactly a low draft pick. But considering it was Kobe Bryant -- one of the league's greatest players of all time -- you have to consider it one of the biggest draft steals in league history. Bryant was taken by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night in 1996. He spent 20 seasons with the Lakers, winning five NBA titles and making 18 All-Star teams. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Steve Nash was drafted just two picks after Bryant in 1996. He became one of the league's best-ever point guards. Nash made eight All-Star teams in his career, and he was also the league MVP in 2005 and 2006. Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images
The Utah Jazz got two Hall of Famers in back-to-back drafts. Karl Malone, left, was the 13th overall draft pick in 1985. John Stockton, right, was the 16th overall pick a year earlier. The two were perennial All-Stars who played together for nearly their entire careers. They also starred on the iconic "Dream Team" -- the U.S. Olympic team that won gold in 1992. Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty Images
Clyde "The Glide" Drexler, another member of the 1992 "Dream Team," was the 14th overall pick in 1983. He made 10 All-Star teams and won a title with Houston in 1995. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. Brian Drake/NBAE/Getty Images
Alex English, right, was a prolific scorer who made eight All-Star teams in his Hall of Fame career. He was drafted 23rd overall in 1976. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Dennis Johnson won three NBA titles in his Hall of Fame career: one with Seattle and two with Boston. The point guard, one of the best defensive players of his era, was drafted 29th overall in 1976. NBA Photo Library/NBAE/Getty Images
Nate "Tiny" Archibald was taken 19th overall in 1970. Three seasons later, he led the league in points and assists. Archibald made six All-Star teams and won a title with Boston in 1981. He made the Hall of Fame in 1991. Neil Leifer/NBAE/Getty Images
Jimmy Butler has blossomed into one of the league's best players since Chicago took him 30th overall in 2011. He's made the All-Star team the last three seasons and become one of the league's best defensive players. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Philadelphia took Maurice Cheeks with the 36th pick in 1978. The point guard won a title with the Sixers in 1983 and finished his career as the league's all-time leader in steals. He also averaged nearly seven assists a game, and Philadelphia retired his number. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images
Kawhi Leonard was taken 15th overall in 2011. Indiana traded him to San Antonio on draft night, and he's become yet another steal for the Spurs. He was MVP of the NBA Finals in 2014, and he's made the last two All-Star teams. Tony Gutierrez/AP