With the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select ____________?
Too hard to predict. And while plenty of prospects have made their way to Verizon Center over the past week and others will follow suit right up until the draft next Thursday, figuring out who will be available and who the team targets that late in the draft is nearly impossible.
We'll provide a list of names that are projected to go around that time over the next week, but first let's look back at the history of the #46 pick.
We took a look at the last 50 years of NBA drafts and while there have been plenty of picks that either never played an NBA game or had a limited career, there were a handful of guys that had and are having very successful careers after being picked at #46.
1986 - Jeff Hornacek - Phoenix
Jeff Hornacek can probably claim the title of best #46 pick in NBA history. After being taken by the Suns in the 1986 draft, the 6'4 shooting guard from Iowa St. went on to play 15 seasons in the NBA with the Suns, Sixers, and Jazz and racked up over 15,000 points along the way. He shot over 40% from 3-point range for his career, was a two-time NBA 3-point shootout champion and was a member of the 1992 All-Star Game.
He now is the head coach of the Phoenix Suns and led them to a 48 win season in his first year at the helm.
2009 - Danny Green - Cleveland
After being drafted at #46 by the Cavs in 2009, Green played one season for Cleveland in which he appeared in 20 games before being waived. He was then signed, waived again, and signed again by the San Antonio Spurs in 2010-11, a season in which he appeared in just eight games. His breakout came in his third season, the lockout shortened season where he would appear in all 66 games and made 38 starts while averaging 9.1 ppg. He would really make a name for himself during the playoffs, where he made 27 3-pointers in the 2013 NBA Finals, an NBA record for most 3-pointers in an NBA Finals series. Although the Spurs would lose to the Heat in 2013, he and the Spurs got their revenge on Miami in 2014, where Green would take home his first NBA Championship.
1994 - Voshon Lenard - Milwaukee
Voshon Lenard, a 6'4 shooting guard from the University of Minnesota, was taken at #46 in the 1994 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. But after being drafted, Lenard opted to return to school for his senior season at Minnesota and would then join the CBA for the beginning of the 1995-96 season. He left mid-season for the NBA, where he would join the Miami Heat and go on to play five seasons with Miami. Lenard would play 11 seasons in the NBA and average 11.9 ppg during that span with four different teams. He made 936 3-pointers in his career and won the 2004 NBA 3-point contest. He averaged a career-best 14.3 points per game in 2002-03 with the Toronto Raptors.
1977 - James Edwards - Los Angeles Lakers
James Edwards, who was often called 'Buddha', played 19 years in the NBA with eight different teams. He averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds for his career. His best year came in 1978-79 with the Indiana Pacers, when he averaged 16.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Edwards was a member of the Detroit Pistons 'Bad Boys' team that won back-to-back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990. He also won a title with the Chicago Bulls in his final season in 1996.
1984 - Jerome Kersey - Portland
Jerome Kersey was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1984 draft and went on to play 11 of his 17 seasons in Portland. He had his best season during the 1987-88 campaign, where he averaged 19.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He would average 10.3 ppg over his 17 year career and would win an NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999.
1988 - Morlon Wiley - Dallas
Morlon Wiley played parts of seven seasons in the NBA with five different teams. He averaged 3.7 points per game over his career.
1983 - Kevin Williams - San Antonio
Kevin Williams played parts of five seasons in the NBA with five different teams, having his best year in 1987-88 with the Seattle Super Sonics, where he averaged 6.3 points per game.
1971 - Dave Wohl - Philadelphia
Dave Wohl was taken in the third round, #46 overall, by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1971 draft. He played for six teams over his seven year NBA career and had his best season as a rookie with the Sixers during the 1971-72 season, where he averaged 8.1 points per game. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 assists over his career and would later take on front office positions with various teams once his playing days were over.
1970 - Dennis Awtrey - Philadelphia
Dennis Awtrey, also taken by the 76ers at #46, played 12 seasons in the NBA with six different teams. He had his best season in 1974-75 with the Phoenix Suns, where he averaged 9.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. He won an NBA title in 1979 with the Seattle Super Sonics.
Below is the list of every #46 pick over the last 50 seasons and what kind of NBA career he had. 23 of the 50 players never appeared in an NBA game, while many others saw limited action.
No pick in the draft is ever a sure thing, but based on history it is possible that the Wizards could add a player that could contribute to the team at some point. Maybe it won't be next year, but it could be someone that develops into a role player down the line.
All-Time #46 Picks
Year | Player | Drafted By | School/Country | NBA Experience | Stats
2013 - Erick Green | Utah | Virginia Tech | No NBA Experience
2012 - Darius Miller | New Orleans | Kentucky | 2 seasons | 97 games | 3.3 ppg | 0.9 apg | 1.3 rpg
2011 - Andrew Goudelock | LAL | College of Charleston | 41 games | 4.3 ppg | 0.5 apg | 0.8 rpg
2010 - Gani Lawal | Phoenix | Georgia I of T | 1 game | 0.0 ppg | 0.0 apg | 0.0 rpg
2009 - Danny Green | Cleveland | UNC | 5 seasons | 8.8 ppg | 1.4 apg | 3.0 rpg
2008 - Trent Plaisted | Seattle | BYU-Hawaii | No NBA Experience
2007 - Stephane Lasme | Golden St. | UMass | 1 season | 16 games | 5.2 ppg | 0.2 apg | 3.3 rpg
2006 - Dee Brown | Utah | University of Illinois | 2 seasons | 68 games | 2.1 ppg | 1.8 apg | 1.0 rpg
2005 - Erazem Lorbek | Indiana | Michigan St. | No NBA Experience
2004 - Ha Seung-Jin | Portland | Korea | 2 seasons | 46 games | 1.5 ppg | 0.1 apg | 1.5 rpg
2003 - Sani Becirovic | Denver | Slovenia | No NBA Experience
2002 - Jamal Sampson | Utah | Cal | 5 seasons | 72 games | 2.0 ppg | 0.4 apg | 3.4 rpg
2001 - Ousmane Cisse | Denver | Eastern Illinois | No NBA Experience
2000 - DeeAndre Hulett | Toronto | College of the Sequoias | No NBA Experience
1999 - J.R. Koch | New York | University of Iowa | No NBA Experience
1998 - Andrae Patterson | Minnesota | Indiana | 2 seasons | 40 games | 3.0 ppg | 0.4 apg | 1.7 rpg
1997 - Eric Washington | Orlando | Alabama | 2 seasons | 104 games | 6.9 ppg | 1.0 apg | 2.1 rpg
1996 - Marcus Brown | Portland | Murray St. | 2 seasons | 27 games | 3.4 ppg | 0.9 apg | 0.8 rpg
1995 - George Banks | Miami | UTEP | No NBA Experience
1994 - Voshon Lenard | Milwaukee | Minnesota | 11 seasons | 11.9 ppg | 2.1 apg | 2.8 rpg
1993 - Richard Petruska | Houston | UCLA | 1 season | 22 games | 2.4 ppg | 0.0 apg | 1.4 rpg
1992 - Robert Werdann | Denver | St. Johns | 3 seasons | 47 games | 2.5 ppg | 0.1 apg | 1.5 rpg
1991 - Richard Dumas | Phoenix | Oklahoma St. | 3 seasons | 10.6 ppg | 1.4 apg | 3.4 rpg
1990 - Kenny Williams | Indiana | Elizabeth City State | 4 seasons | 4.8 ppg | 0.6 apg | 2.7 rpg
1989 - Ricky Blanton | Phoenix | LSU | 1 season | 2 games | 3.0 ppg | 0.5 apg | 1.5 rpg
1988 - Morlon Wiley | Dallas | Cal St. Long Beach | 7 seasons | 3.7 ppg | 2.4 apg | 1.2 rpg
1987 - Bruce Dalrymple | Phoenix | Georgia Institute of Technology | | No NBA Experience
1986 - Jeff Hornacek | Phoenix | Iowa St. | 15 seasons | 14.5 ppg | 4.9 apg | 3.4 rpg
1985 - Adrian Branch | Chicago | University of Maryland | 4 seasons | 6.4 ppg | 0.7 apg | 1.9 rpg
1984 - Jerome Kersey | Portland | Longwood University | 17 seasons | 10.3 ppg | 1.9 apg | 5.5 rpg
1983 - Kevin Williams | San Antonio | St. Johns | 5 seasons | 4.9 ppg | 1.2 apg | 1.4 rpg
1982 - Tony Guy | Boston | Kansas University | No NBA Experience
1981 - Vernon Smith | Philadelphia | Texas A&M | No NBA Experience
1980 - Arnette Hallman | Boston | Purdue University | No NBA Experience
1979 - Andrew Parker | Washington | Iowa St. | No NBA Experience
1978 - Hollis Copeland | Denver | Rutgers | 2 seasons | 93 games | 5.0 ppg | 1.0 apg | 1.7 rpg
1977 - James Edwards | LAL | U of Washington | 19 seasons | 12.7 ppg | 1.3 apg | 5.1 rpg
1976 - Larry Cooke | Atlanta | VPI | No NBA Experience
1975 - John Ramsey | New York | Seton Hall | No NBA Experience
1974 - Bruce King | New Orleans Jazz | Texas Pan-American | No NBA Experience
1973 - Jim Retseck | Golden State | Auburn University | No NBA Experience
1972 - George Adams | Milwaukee | Gardner Webb | No NBA Experience
1971 - Dave Wohl | Philadelphia | U Penn | 7 seasons | 6.2 ppg | 3.4 apg | 1.2 rpg
1970 - Dennis Awtrey | Philadelphia | Santa Clara | 12 seasons | 4.8 ppg | 2.0 apg | 4.6 rpg
1969 - Hal Booker | Seattle | Cheyney University of Pennsylvania | No NBA Experience
1968 - Rich Johnson | Boston | Grambling St. | 3 seasons | 97 games | 4.7 ppg | 0.4 apg | 2.7 rpg
1967 - Dick Pruet | Chicago | Jacksonville University | No NBA Experience
1966 - John Jones | Baltimore | LSU | No NBA Experience
1965 - A.W. Davis | Los Angeles Lakers | University of Tennessee | No NBA Experience
1964 - Tom Lavelle | New York | Western Carolina | No NBA Experience