The 2007 NBA draft was feast or famine. On the positive side there were four All-Stars, one of the best second-round picks to date and one of the elite players in the world today. One the downside, 10 players drafted in the first round played less than five years in the league, including one who never played at all. The Utah Jazz were on the famine side as they took Morris Almond out of Rice with the No. 25 overall pick. He played just 34 games over two seasons with the Jazz and averaged 3.1 points on 38.1 percent shooting before he was out of the league. He returned to the NBA two years later, but played just four games in Washington with very little success. The draft consisted of 60 picks over two rounds, with 49 players playing in at least one regular-season game, according to Basketball-reference.com. There were also a handful of players who built solid careers after going undrafted. Here is a look at how the 2007 draft would have gone if we knew then what we know now.
Anthony made the Miami Heat as an undrafted free agent and has pieced together a 10-year career. His best season with the Heat came in 2011-12 when he averaged 3.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 64 games.
Neal has been an impactful bench scorer since the moment he made an NBA roster. After going undrafted, Neal found his way to the San Antonio Spurs, where he proved to be a valuable bench contributor. One of his best years came with the Spurs in 2010-11 when he averaged 9.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 80 games.
Another undrafted free agent, Teletovic has used his sweet outside stroke to make his mark in the league. His best year came with the Phoenix Suns in 2015-16 when he averaged 12.2 points on 39.3 percent shooting from distance while adding 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 79 games.
Smith has been a steady contributor as a backup big man since landing with the Miami Heat with the No. 20 overall pick. His most productive season came with the New Orleans Hornets in 2011-12 when he averaged 9.9 points on 52 percent shooting with 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 40 games.
Tolliver is a stretch-4 who has done most of his damage from beyond the arc. One of his best years came with the Sacramento Kings in 2016-17 when he averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 65 games.
Fernandez spent four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers coming off the bench before heading back to Europe. His best season came as a rookie in 2008-09 when he averaged 10.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc while chipping in with 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 78 games.
Thornton made a big splash on the offensive end early on after he was the No. 14 overall selection by the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came in 2008-09 when he averaged 16.8 points a game on 44.6 percent shooting from the floor. He also contributed 5.2 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 67 starts.
He couldn't maintain that success however, as his minutes and numbers would drop each season after that and he was out of the league two years later.
Injuries destroyed a very promising career for the No. 1 overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. Oden played just 105 games over three seasons but showed glimpses of why he was the top pick. His productive season came in 2009-10 when he averaged 11.1 points on 60.5 percent shooting to go along with 8.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 21 games.
Davis had a solid eight-year career while playing with the Celtics, Magic and Clippers after he was taken with the No. 5 pick in the second round (35th overall). One of his most productive seasons came in Boston in 2010-11 when he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 78 games.
Young is the definition of a volume shooter who is hard to stop when his shot is falling. After he was picked No. 16 overall by the Wizards, he has played for four teams in 10 seasons, including the last four with the Lakers. One of his best seasons came in 2013-14, when he averaged a career-high 17.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 64 games.
McRoberts is the perfect glue guy who can do just a bit of everything. He has played for six teams since he was the No. 7 pick in the second round (37th overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers. His best year came in Charlotte in 2013-14 when he started 78 games and averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.3 minutes.
While injuries have done a number on his career, he is a very efficient offensive player when healthy. He has played for six teams in nine years after he was the No. 8 overall pick, with his best years coming with the Dallas Mavericks. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he averaged 9.1 points on 67.7 percent shooting with 4.2 rebounds in 58 games.
Brooks has been an offensive spark plug since he was taken by the Rockets with the No. 26 overall pick. While he has been a second-unit player most of his career, his best season came as a starter in Houston in 2009-10 when he averaged 19.6 points, 5.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 82 games.
The outside shooting marksman has become one of the best second unit scoring threats in the league today. Selected with the No. 18 overall pick by Golden State, Belinelli has played for six teams in 10 years, including two years in San Antonio, where he averaged 10.4 points on 40.5 percent shooting from distance.
Sessions was a great choice by the Milwaukee Bucks with the No. 26 pick in the second round (56th overall). He has played for seven teams over 10 seasons where he has proven to be a solid floor general and an effective scorer. One of his best years came with the Bucks in 2008-09 when he averaged 12.4 points, 5.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 79 games.
Landry is an underrated inside presence who can really score the ball when given minutes. A 53.5 percent career shooter from the floor, Landry was the first pick in the second round (31st overall) by the Houston Rockets. His best year came during a season split between the Rockets and the Sacramento Kings when he averaged 16.8 points on 53.6 percent shooting with 5.9 rebounds in 80 games.
While best known for his defensive skills, Brewer has been productive offensively, averaging double figures in scoring four times so far in his career. Since joining the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 7 overall pick, he has played for five different teams, including two stints in Minnesota. His best year came with the Timberwolves in 2013-14 when he averaged 12.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.7 assists while starting 81 games.
The well-traveled big man has found a role as stretch-5 who is also a decent rebounder. Selected with the No. 10 overall pick, Hawes has played for seven teams in 10 years, including stints in Sacramento, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Milwaukee. His best season came in 2013-14, when he averaged 13.2 points while connecting on 41.6 percent of his shots from 3-point range. He also chipped in with 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 blocks in 82 games.
While not much of a 3-point shooting threat, Stuckey has had a solid career as a scorer since he was taken with the No. 15 overall pick by the Detroit Pistons. One of his best seasons came in Detroit in 2010-11 when he averaged 15.5 points on 43.9 percent shooting while adding 5.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 70 games.
Splitter was the perfect fit in the Spurs' frontcourt next to Tim Duncan when he came into the league three years after he was drafted with the No. 28 pick. One of his best seasons came in 2012-13 when he averaged 10.3 points on 56 percent shooting while adding a career-best 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 81 games.
He was also a huge piece of the 2013-14 championship team as he averaged 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 23 playoff games.
Dudley has been a key glue guy no matter where he has played because he is willing to do the little things to help his team have success. After spending just a year and a half in Charlotte — where he was the No. 22 overall pick — he moved on to Phoenix where he had his best years, including 2011-12 when he averaged 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 65 games.
After struggling through his first two seasons in Detroit, Afflalo found new life in Denver and has been a productive player ever since. His best years came with the Orlando Magic when he averaged 17.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 137 games.
Even though health issues hindered his career, he has always been a really good second or third option. One of his best seasons came with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008-09 when he averaged 16.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the field while adding a career-high 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 78 starts.
Chandler is an underrated wing player who has been very productive throughout his career. He has averaged at least 13 points a game during eight of his nine seasons in the league, including 15.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the field in 2016-17. Not bad for a guy who was picked at No. 23.
Even though he has bounced around the league some, Young has put up good numbers wherever he has played. One of his most productive seasons came with the Brooklyn Nets in 2015-16 when he averaged 15.1 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the field. He also added 9.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 73 games.
Although he hasn't made an All-Star game yet, Conley has quietly become one of the best point guards in the league. His best season came in 2016-17 when he averaged a career-high 20.5 points a game on the strength of 40.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc. He added 6.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 69 games.
While his best years are clearly behind him, Noah was an elite defensive player in his prime. He is a three-time All-Defensive team honoree, a two-time All-Star and the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year. His best year came in 2013-14 when he was the All-NBA first-team center after he averaged 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals in 80 games.
Horford was the perfect pick for the Atlanta Hawks at the No. 3 spot. He is a four-time All-Star who has averaged double figures in scoring for 10 straight years. One of his best seasons came in 2010-11 when he earned All-NBA third-team honors after he averaged 15.3 points on 55.7 percent shooting to go along with 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.o blocks in 77 games.
Gasol was the steal of the draft by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 18th pick in the second round (No. 48 overall). While the Lakers never took advantage of his skills — he was traded before ever playing an NBA game — the Memphis Grizzlies sure have. In his nine years in the league he has made three All-Star games, earned All-NBA recognition twice and won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012-13.
Durant has been a scoring machine since the moment he stepped onto the floor for the Seattle SuperSonics who drafted him No. 2 overall. He is an eight-time All-Star, a seven-time All-NBA performer, a four-time scoring champ and the 2013-14 MVP. His most impressive season came in that MVP year when he averaged 32 points on 50.3 percent shooting from the field. He added 7.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 81 games.