History of the 21st Pick

Welcome to Corner Three’s NBA Draft Pick History! How valuable is the 21st pick?

Of the 25 picks since 1995:

  • 2 players have made All-Star Teams (8%)
  • 1 player has made All-NBA Teams (4%)
  • The median career Win Shares is 5

Expected player values for the 21st pick would be:

BestMichael Finley
MedianJustin Anderson
WorstNolan Smith

The mean 21st pick has averaged:


Here’s what the latest contract for the 21st pick looks like:

3$2,726,880Team Option
4$4,343,920Team Option
5$6,259,588Qualifying Offer

And here’s every 21st pick since 1995:

PlayerTeamYearAll-Star TeamsAll-NBA TeamsWin Shares
Tyrese MaxeyPHI2020
Brandon ClarkeOKC20195
Grayson AllenUTA20181.2
Terrance FergusonOKC20174.6
DeAndre’ BembryATL20161
Justin AndersonDAL20154.6
Mitch McGaryOKC20141.3
Gorgui DiengUTA201327.4
Jared SullingerBOS201215.3
Nolan SmithPOR2011-0.8
Craig BrackinsOKC2010-0.2
Darren CollisonNOH200949.9
Ryan AndersonNJN200846.7
Daequan CookPHI20074.9
Rajon RondoPHO200659.8
Nate RobinsonPHO200527.8
Pavel PodkolzinUTA2004-0.1
Boris DiawATL200351.6
Qyntel WoodsPOR20021.4
Joseph ForteBOS2001-0.4
Morris PetersonTOR200035.7
Jeff FosterGSW199947.5
Ricky DavisCHH199828
Anthony ParkerNJN199724.5
Dontae’ JonesNYK1996-0.3
Michael FinleyPHO199585.2

Thanks to our sources, Basketball Reference and Spotrac.

Draft History compiled by Derek ReiferRJ Garcia.