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History Of The NBA's 12th Pick

Jason Huber
May 14, 2019 - 8:49 pm

The very slim one percent chance that the Charlotte Hornets had to land the NBA's No. 1 pick didn't come to fruition, but the Hornets will still be picking in the lottery, selecting 12th overall on June 20. 

Who Charlotte will pick is the biggest question, but another thought that comes to mind is how successful have players chosen 12th panned out?

Since the first NBA Draft in 1950, only seven No. 12 picks have been named All-Stars.

The most notable No. 12 selection is Julius "Dr. J" Erving, who was named MVP in the 1981 season and is looked upon as one of the greatest players in NBA history. 

Last season, the Los Angeles Clippers selected Michigan State forward Miles Bridges. The Hornets then swapped their 11th pick with the Clippers for Bridges.

Bridges averaged 7.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game his rookie year. 

Charlotte has selected 12th just once in their history. In 2009, the-then Bobcats selected Duke shooting guard Gerald Henderson.

Henderson spent six seasons with the Bobcats/Hornets and averaged a career-best 15.5 points per game in 2012, but Henderson never came close to an All-Star caliber player. 

Hornets shooting guard Jeremy Lamb was selected 12th in 2013 by the Houston Rockets before being traded to Charlotte two years later. Lamb hasn't been an All-Star player but has been a valuable role player who can likely expect a decent contract this upcoming offseason. 

However, the 12th pick hasn't produced an All-Star since 1989. 

Steven Adams (2013) is arguably the best player chosen at 12 over the last 30 years. Even Adams took a few years to break out. 

Here is a look at notable No. 12 picks since 1950. 
*Bold= All-Star

1950 Boston Celtics- Chuck Cooper: Hall of Famer. 
First African American player to be drafted into the NBA 

1954 Philadelphia Warriors- Larry Costello: 6x All-Star 

1962 Syracuse Nationals- Chet Walker: 7x All-Star

1972 Milwaukee Bucks- Julius Erving: 11x All-Star and 1981 MVP 

1974 Los Angeles Lakers- Brian Winters: 2x All-Star 

1977 Boston Celtics- Cedric Maxwell: NBA Finals MVP and 2x Champion

1979 Portland Trail Blazers- Tim Paxson: 2x All-Star

1981 Detroit Pistons- Kelly Tripucka: 2x All-Star 

1987 Washington Bullets- Muggsy Bogues: Charlotte's all-time leader in minutes played

1989 New Jersey Nets- Mookie Blaylock: 1x All-Star

2009 Charlotte Bobcats- Gerald Henderson: 2009-15 with Charlotte

2012 Houston Rockets- Jeremy Lamb: 2015-present with Charlotte

2018 Los Angeles Clippers (traded to Charlotte)- Miles Bridges 

Here is a look at potential players in this year's draft class that could be selected by the Hornets at No. 12 (No particular order) 

Romeo Langford, SG Indiana

PJ Washington, SF Kentucky

Jaxson Hayes, PF Texas

Rui Hachimura, PF Gonzaga

Bol Bol, C Oregon

Brandon Clarke, F Gonzaga

Nassir Little, F UNC 

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, SG Virginia Tech

Bruno Fernando, C Maryland

Sekou Doumbouya, SF France 

Kevin Porter Jr., SG USC 

Every 12th pick: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/history-of-the-nba-draft-by-pick/histo...

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