There have been many famous NBA Draft steals in recent memory. However, how many came in the second round? You might actually be surprised at how many current and former NBA stars were second-round picks between 2010 and 2020.
Whether they were picked with the first five picks of the second round, or the very last pick of the NBA Draft, this group has one thing in common, a second-round pick that has turned out to be a steal. Let’s take a look at the ten best second-round NBA Draft steals since 2010.
10. Eric Paschall – Golden State Warriors (2019)
We start the list with the most recent notable draft steal. Eric Paschall was selected with the 41st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. Paschall, a three-year starter at Villanova, received more playing time last season in Golden State than arguably most expected and had a phenomenal rookie season that earned him 2019-2020 All-Rookie First-Team honors.
Paschall so far through his 80 games played in the NBA has averaged 13 PPG and 4.2 RPG on 49.4% shooting from the field. This young player is just getting started in his NBA career and is off to a phenomenal start in his second season with the Warriors. Depending on what he does in the next two or three years, could Paschall end up being one of the best NBA Draft steals in recent memory?
9. Mitchell Robinson – New York Knicks (2018)
Mitchell Robinson was selected with the 36th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Robinson came off the bench during his first two seasons in New York but has emerged as the starter at center for the Knicks this season.
Robinson, one of the more exciting young centers in the NBA, has averaged 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game so far during his three-year NBA career, and has earned All-Rookie Second-Team honors during the 2018-2019 season. The big man is emerging as one of the top shot blockers in the NBA, and while the Knicks haven’t necessarily get it right most of the time before in the draft, it appears they got a steal in Mitchell Robinson.
8. Lance Stephenson – Indiana Pacers (2010)
Was Lance Stephenson a superstar? No, but because of what he did during his career, I would consider him a steal. “Born Ready” was selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. Stephenson played six seasons of his NBA career with the Pacers, where he averaged 9.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game during his time with Indiana.
While Stephenson never was the best player on his team during his time with the Pacers, he was a quality starter for a consistently good ECF caliber Indiana Pacers team from 2010-2014.
7. Josh Richardson – Miami Heat (2015)
It seems that the Miami Heat have a knack for developing second-round picks and undrafted players into very good role players, and there may be no greater evidence of that than Josh Richardson. Richardson was selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Floridian team.
The 27-year-old played in Miami for the first four years of his career, where he averaged 12.1 PPG. The former Tennessee Volunteer developed into a quality NBA starter and was arguably the key young piece that Miami used to land Jimmy Butler in a trade.