The test of a draft’s success is measured over time. Years, not hours. So, we went back ten years to the 2007 NBA draft to see the long-term results of that draft.

As you prepare to enter the draft, what can you expect? What are your odds? SS wants you to be informed.

NBA teams have yet to master the art of the draft. Oh sure, the lottery picks are somewhat no-brainers, but what about the other 46 picks? THAT’S what you need to know.

Every player that enters a draft hopes for a long, successful NBA career. Let’s call it ten years. Here are the facts from 2007:

  • 33% of drafted players played 10 years in the NBA
  • 2 of the top 6 picks did not play 10 years in the NBA
  • Only 60% of the top 20 picks played 10 years in the NBA
  • 90% of second round picks did not play 10 years in the NBA

So, what’s that mean for you?

Getting drafted cannot be your goal. It is merely your first milestone. It is the first of many hurdles that you need to clear.

Players that make it have a few things in common:

Discipline – Hard work – Ability to overcome adversity – Teachable

More than anything, they surround themselves with the right people. Think about it. You need every advantage you can possibly come up with at this point.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news… but playing ten years is going to be an uphill climb. That said, you can do it!! Somebody will. There will be some guys that play ten years. Will it be you?