Let’s put it this way: There have been more players drafted at No. 17 named Sean/Shawne Williams (two) than players who have gone on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame (one).
In other words, it is tough.
The Boston Celtics will try to be one of the exceptions June 26 when they make the their second first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft. History shows that while getting an impact player at that slot is difficult, it is not impossible. A few fortunate teams have scooped up All-Stars and NBA champions, a trick the Celtics will try to replicate.
For your viewing pleasure, we ran through every draft since 1947 to find the best No. 17 draft picks ever. Honestly, the things we do for you people.
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