Giannis Antetokounmpo has become a superstar for the Milwaukee Bucks, a two-way, athletic force who’s already dominating at 23 years old.
Yet four years ago, few people in the NBA could have ever seen this coming. When Antetokounmpo was taken 15th in the 2013 draft, he was lanky forward from Greece few people knew about. The potential was there, but could he put it all together?
Now, looking back, 14 teams missed the opportunity to draft a star that has become the clear-cut best player from the draft.
Take a look back at the 2013 draft and the 14 players picked before him.
The Cleveland Cavaliers took Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick.
Bennett never panned out in the NBA. He played on four teams in four years. He was most recently waived by the Suns in October.
The Orlando Magic took Victor Oladipo with the second pick.
Oladipo now plays for the Indiana Pacers. He has career averages of 16 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
The Washington Wizards took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick.
Porter signed a four-year, $100 million contract to stay with the Wizards this offseason.
The Charlotte Hornets took Cody Zeller with the fourth pick.
Zeller is still with Charlotte today. He has career averages of 8 points and 5 rebounds per game.
The Phoenix Suns took Alex Len with the fifth pick.
Len is still with the Suns and has career averages of 7 points and 6 rebounds per game.
The New Orleans Pelicans took Nerlens Noel with the sixth pick and traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 76ers traded Noel to the Mavericks last season where he still plays today.
The Sacramento Kings took Ben McLemore with the seventh pick.
After four season with the Kings, McLemore signed with the Memphis Grizzlies this offseason. He has career averages of 9 points and 2 rebounds per game.
The Detroit Pistons took Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the eighth pick.
Caldwell-Pope joined the Lakers this summer and has averaged 11 points and three rebounds per game over his career.
The Minnesota Timberwolves took Trey Burke with the ninth pick and traded him to the Utah Jazz.
Burke played on two teams in four years and now plays for the Knicks’ G-League affiliate.
The Portland Trail Blazers took C.J. McCollum with the 10th pick.
McCollum has become one of the best shooting guards in the NBA, averaging over 20 points per game the last three seasons.
The Philadelphia 76ers took Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick.
Despite winning Rookie of the Year, Carter-Williams has hopped around the NBA and now plays for the Hornets.
The Oklahoma City Thunder took Steven Adams with the 12th pick.
Adams is still with the Thunder and has become one of the best defensive centers in the NBA.
The Dallas Mavericks took Kelly Olynyk with the 13th pick, but traded him to the Boston Celtics.
Olynyk played four years with the Celtics and signed a $60 million contract with the Heat this summer.
The Utah Jazz took Shabazz Muhammad with the 14th pick but traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Muhammad is still on the Wolves today.
The Milwaukee Bucks took a risk with the 15th pick, drafting a little-known 19-year-old forward from Greece named Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo has developed into one of the best players in the NBA and is in the run for MVP this season.
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