The art of the 'steal': Hidden value in the NBA Draft

    (CNN)The draft "steal."

    In pro sports, these can make or break a franchise. These are the underrated players chosen low in the draft but who go on to have long, successful careers.
    They can provide unexpected value to a team, pushing them into the playoffs or maybe even a championship.
      NBA playoffs

      For updates, stories, video and features about the NBA playoffs go to

      But for every other team, these success stories can bring anguish to their fans and their front office: "How did we not choose this guy? How did we pass him up?"
      In many cases, it's their size -- or lack thereof.
      Take Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas. He averaged nearly 30 points a game this season and led his team to the top of the Eastern Conference standings. But because he's only 5-foot-9, he was chosen dead last -- 60th overall -- by the Sacramento Kings in 2011.
      Even tall guys are overlooked for this reason. Draymond Green is 6-foot-7, but in the NBA that's considered small for the front-court positions he was projected to play. So he wasn't taken until the second round -- 35th overall, in 2012.
      It worked out for the Golden State Warriors, though. Green's fiery competitiveness helped lift the team to an NBA title in 2015. This year, he led the league in steals and was an All-Star.