Kevin Durant Names Unlikely Former NBA All-Star as Favorite 2nd Round Draft Pick

Published 05/06/2022, 8:30 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group A – United States v Czech Republic – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – July 31, 2021. Kevin Durant of the United States applauds to celebrate after the match REUTERS/Brian Snyder

NBA drafts always produce the biggest stars. Teams follow college tournaments and make their picks for the first round to bring the biggest and brightest talents onto their roster. Young players aim to become the next Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, or Kevin Durant, or build their own legacy.

First-round picks are mostly the players who are on every team’s list, raise the most eyebrows and attract everyone’s attention. The teams like to grab these players as soon as possible. But sometimes over the course of all these years in the NBA, it has been seen that the 2nd round picks have also surprised all with their potential and talent, which was probably not initially expected.

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There have been players who have surprised the NBA by being the second-round picks but turned out to be great players in the NBA. Some of the best picks have been Draymond Green, Nikola Jokic, Marc Gasol, Isaiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Manu Ginobili, and many more.

Recently, Kevin Durant picked his favorite second-round pick on Twitter.

Kevin Durant picks Michael Redd as his favorite 2nd round pick

On Twitter, Travonne Edwards asked who was the 2nd round pick from NBA drafts over the years in the league. He himself picked Manu Ginobili, who was a brilliant player and one of the greats of the game. He was a 4 time NBA champion and a Hall of Famer. However, KD had an interesting choice.

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Kevin Durant picked Michael Redd as his best second-round pick. Michael Redd was a gem of a basketball player. The Milwaukee Bucks picked him as their 43rd overall pick in the second round of the NBA draft; he retired in 2012. Individually, he had many decent seasons. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks and then finished his career with the Phoenix Suns.

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Getting such praise from Kevin Durant, one of the greats of the NBA shows how good Redd once was. KD was the second overall pick for the Oklahoma City Thunder who were Seattle SuperSonics at the time. Kevin Durant has won the NBA championship twice and in both those finals, he won the finals MVP. He is also a 4-time scoring champion, making him one of the best scorers in the history of the NBA.

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Chaitanya Sharma

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Chaitanya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He completed his engineering from SRM University. Having determined an interest in football and basketball, he was inclined towards having a job in the sports industry.

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