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When it comes to the NBA Draft, teams tend to do their homework. So when a player who starred in college slips to the late first or early second round, it’s typically because of some flaw that is expected to undermine him in the NBA—not because teams just don’t know about him.

And yet every year, we all scream and yell when our favorite college player slides out of the first round. Sometimes—as with Draymond Green, for example—the draftee proves us right and makes the NBA look foolish. But more often, the players we think are “steals” are actually just as inconsequential as most other second-round picks.

Here’s a sampling of players who have been labeled “steals,” only to wind up no better than their draft slot would suggest.

Donald Hodge: No. 33 overall to Dallas in 1991

“The way the Mavericks see it, they got two first-rounders in the NBA draft, not one.”

– Associated Press, June 28, 1991

Malcolm Mackey: No. 27 to Phoenix in 1993

“As usual, Phoenix made most of late pick with a steal in Mackey who should help address rebounding problem.”

– Palm Beach Post, July 1, 1993

Corey Benjamin: No. 28 to Chicago in 1998

“Corey Benjamin is physically gifted and a steal at No. 28.”

– Montgomery Advertiser, June 25, 1998

Brian Cook: No. 24 to Los Angeles Lakers in 1993

“Been a while since Illinois put out a good pro (Nick Anderson), but Big Ten MVP Brian Cook looks like a steal.”

– Shebyogan Press, June 27, 2003

Dominique Jones: No. 25 overall to Dallas in 2010

Devin Ebanks: No. 43 overall to Los Angeles Lakers in 2010

Derrick Caracter: No. 58 overall to Los Angeles Lakers in 2010

Keith Benson: No. 48 overall to Atlanta in 2011

Charles Jenkins: No. 44 overall to Golden State in 2011

Josh Selby: No. 49 overall to Memphis in 2011

Peyton Siva: No. 56 overall to Detroit in 2013

Erik Murphy: No. 49 overall to Chicago in 2013

Pierre Jackson: No. 42 to Philadelphia in 2013

Mike Muscala: No. 44 overall to Dallas in 2013

Shabazz Napier: No. 24 to Miami in 2014

Devyn Marble: No. 56 to Denver in 2014

About Alex Putterman

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