The 60th pick in the NBA Draft has a unique story. The last pick in each draft is different and ends with a happy ending. However, a few players stand out when being drafted No. 60 in the NBA Draft and these are the 10 best last picks in NBA history.
Most NBA fans do not know the last picks in an NBA Draft but after some years they look back and they wonder how did they drop to 60? Stories like Isaiah Thomas and Drazen Petrovic will be analyzed in this article. So here are the top 10 best 60th picks in NBA history who have stood out from the last thirty years.
10. Will Blalock (Detroit Pistons, 2006)
Will Blalock was a 6-0, 205lb point guard from the University of Iowa State. He was drafted in the 2006 NBA Draft, 60th overall by the Detroit Pistons. He made his official NBA debut on December 16th, 2006. Unfortunately for him, he only played 23 games in his NBA career and averaged only 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, in the 11 minutes he played for each game.
Due to the challenging level of play, Blalock decided to take his talents to Canada and play for the NBL Canada Season. He has also played in Germany and in Israel, but he did not have the talent to actually be a player in the NBA who would even come off the bench and give quality/energetic minutes to his team.
9. Marlon Redmond (Golden State Warriors, 1977)
Marlon Redmond was a shooting guard, 6-6 and 188lbs from the University of San Fransisco. He was drafted in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors with No. 60 overall pick in the third round and he played two NBA seasons as a professional basketball player.
He made his NBA debut on October 15th, 1978. In the 77 games he played, he averaged 6.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He played for the Kings (73 games) and the Sixers (4 games). However, injuries came into play, and he was not ready for the NBA and could not keep up with the pace of the game, so his career was short-lived.
8. Alex Acker (Detroit Pistons, 2005)
Alex Acker is a 6-5, 185lb shooting guard from Pepperdine University. He was born on January 21, 1983, and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 60th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on February 21st, 2006. He played only 30 games in the NBA while averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebound per game. He played only three seasons in the NBA, two with the Detroit Pistons and one with the LA Clippers. Because the NBA was really challenging and difficult for him, he decided to go overseas to Europe and try out European basketball, which he was really successful in.
With Olympiacos in 2006-2007 in the EuroLeague, he averaged 14.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He then went on to play for Barcelona, Milan and now he is currently playing for an Italian team, Pallacanestro Cantu.
The NBA was not for him because he had a really impressive successful and exciting career in the EuroLeague
7. Robert Sacre (Los Angeles Lakers, 2012)
Robert Sacre is a 7-0, 270lb center who was born on June 6, 1989. He came from Gonzaga University and was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2012 NBA Draft, 60th overall. He made his NBA debut on October 31st, 2012 and has played four years in the NBA. In his 189 games Sacre played in the NBA, he averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He loved to help his teammates and was the energy guy on the bench who played limited minutes but helped the team in the locker room.
He also played with Kobe Bryant the four years he was with the Lakers, but unfortunately, he could not take the extra step in becoming more successful and he remained a role player who played limited minutes off the bench.
6. Semih Erden (Boston Celtics, 2008)
Semih Erden is a 7-0, 240lb center who was born on July 28, 1986. He came from Istanbul, Turkey to the NBA and was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Draft, 60th overall. On July 5th, 2010, the Celtics signed him to a one-year minimum contract with a team option the second year. He made his NBA debut with the Celtics on November 2nd, 2010 and played three years in the NBA before taking his talents overseas to Europe.
In his 69 games he played in the NBA, he averaged 3.8 points per game and 2.8 rebounds. He played one season with the Boston Celtics, next to Shaquille O’Neal and two seasons in Cleveland, after he was traded away from Boston. On June 13, 2012, the Cavaliers made him a restricted free agent and so Erden returned to Europe and Turkey. He now plays for the EuroLeague champs, Fenerbahce.
5. Cory Jefferson (San Antonio Spurs, 2014)
Cory Jefferson is a 6-9, 218lb power forward who was born on December 26, 1990. He came from Baylor University to the NBA and was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, 60th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. In his two years in the NBA, Jefferson has already played 58 games and averaged 3.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He now plays in Italy for Milan, with his dream being a comeback to the NBA.
He bounced out of the NBA, became an All-Star for his team in the D-League, and then decided to take his talents overseas to Italy. At 24 years old, Jefferson has all the potential of coming back to the NBA and becoming a high energy, role/bench player, who will come off the bench and give it his absolute best for 7-10 minutes a game.
4. Chris Engler (Golden State Warriors, 1982)
Chris Engler was a 6-11, 245lb center who was born on March 1st, 1959 and came from the University of Wyoming. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1982 NBA Draft, in the third round, 60th overall and made his NBA debut on October 29th, 1982. He played 195 games while averaging 1.8 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
He played 9 seasons in the NBA for five different teams. For the Warriors (2 seasons), the Nets (3 seasons) the Blazers (1 season), the Bucks (2 seasons) and the Bulls (1 season). A role player who came off the bench, playing only some limited minutes per game, who also tried out European basketball in Italy for one year.
3. Michael Cooper (Los Angeles Lakers, 1978)
Michael Cooper was a 6-5, 170lb shooting guard from the University of New Mexico. He was born on April 15, 1956. He made his NBA debut on December 22nd, 1978. For his career, Cooper averaged 8.9 points, 4.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game in 873 games. A popular player among Lakers fans, home crowds were known to chant, "Coooooooop" whenever he controlled the ball.
When he left the team after the 1989–90 season, he was ranked among the club's all-time top 10 in three-point field goals (428), games played (873), total minutes played (23,635), steals (1033), blocked shots (523), assists (3,666), defensive rebounds (2,028), offensive rebounds (741) and free throw percentage (.833). A 5x time NBA champion, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1987), a 5x NBA All-Defensive Team, and a 3x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, Cooper exceeded expectations and became one of the best 60th picks in the history of the NBA.
Finally, after his retirement, he started coaching as an assistant coach for the Lakers, the Nuggets and is now coaching the Atlanta Dream WNBA team.
2. Drazen Petrovic (Portland Trail Blazers, 1986)
Drazen Petrovic was a 6-5, 195lb shooting guard from Croatia. He was born on October 22, 1964, and unfortunately, died in a car accident in Germany (28 years old) on June 7th, 1993. Despite that, Petrovic was a really great basketball player who showed in four years in the NBA how good he can be.
He made his NBA debut on November 3rd, 1989 and played 290 games in the NBA, averaging 15.4 (!) points, 2.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. In 1993 he even made the All-NBA Third Team. He played 3 seasons with the Nets and two with the Blazers. In his days in Europe, he became a 2x time EuroLeague champion and Finals Top Scorer while also becoming a 2x time Croatian Sportsman of the Year.
A lot of people and experts compare him to Klay Thompson as to which player reminds you of Petrovic in today’s game. Finally, he was also inducted into the 2002 Hall of Fame.
A FIBA World Championship MVP, EuroBasket MVP and a top 50 FIBA Greatest Player, Petrovic showed that 60 is just a number, as he exceeded expectations and became a legend. His number (3) was also retired by the Brooklyn Nets.
1. Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings, 2011)
What can you say about Thomas? Isaiah Thomas is a 5-9, 185lb point guard from the University of Washington. He was born on February 7th, 1989. He made his NBA debut on December 26th, 2011 with the Kings. For his career, Thomas showed that not only 60 is just a number, but also height is just a number.
Isaiah Thomas has played 441 games so far with averages of 19.1 points, 5.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. In the 2016-2017 NBA season, he averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game having one of the best individual seasons in the NBA and finishing 5th in the MVP voting(!).
After his first three seasons with the Kings, he was traded to the Suns, where he played for one year and then he was traded in an exchange with Boston, where his career took off. He started to be the sixth man for the Celtics, and then he suddenly took off, scoring career highs, winning games, becoming the leader of the team.
He made the All-Star team twice and at 27 years of age, Thomas is in his prime, leading a team to the Eastern Conference Finals. A few days ago he was traded to the Cavaliers to play next to LeBron James, and have a run at the NBA championship. Many doubted him, but six years later, the diminutive guard is a legitimate MVP candidate and All-Star player.