The names of the players taken at No. 12 aren't likely to strike any fear into you, but it is not uncommon to find players who ended up having long and productive NBA careers.
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2000 No. 12 Pick: Etan Thomas (Dallas Mavericks)
Known more for his political activism and commitment to social causes than what he accomplished on the court, Thomas was still able to carve out a nine-year career, mainly with the Washington Wizards, where he was traded as part of an eight-player deal after not playing at all in 2000-01. The 6-9 forward missed all of the 2007-08 season after being diagnosed with a heart condition.
Could have taken: Hedo Turkoglu (16th), Jamaal Magloire (19th), Morris Peterson (21st)
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2001 No. 12 Pick: Vladimir Radmanovic (Seattle SuperSonics)
The 6-10 native of Serbia lasted more than a decade in the NBA because of his 3-point shooting. Almost half of his field-goal attempts came from that distance. He's perhaps known best for spending three seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, although he was traded before they went on their title run that ended with them defeating the Magic in five games.
Could have taken: Richard Jefferson (13th), Zach Randolph (19th), Tony Parker (28th)
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2002 No. 12 Pick: Melvin Ely (Los Angeles Clippers)
At the age of 35, Ely was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans this past April. The 6-10 forward/center had been out of the NBA since being waived by the Dallas Mavericks before the start of the 2012-13 season. In 375 career games, he has made only 55 starts, mostly with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Could have taken: Tayshaun Prince (23rd), John Salmons (26th)
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2003 No. 12 Pick: Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics)
There's something to be said for longevity. Collison has spent his entire career with the same organization -- first the SuperSonics and then, as of 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder. While he has never averaged as many as 10 points or seven rebounds in the past six season, he's a consummate professional.
Could have taken: David West (18th), Boris Diaw (21st)
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2004 No. 12 Pick: Robert Swift (Seattle SuperSonics)
Of all the horror stories about prospects who came to the NBA from high school, Swift's is among the scariest. The 7-footer had two mediocre seasons with the SuperSonics before rupturing an ACL in a 2006 preseason game and has been out of the league since 2009. He was in the news last year for refusing to vacate a house he lost due to foreclosure.
Could have taken: Al Jefferson (15th), Josh Smith (17th), Jameer Nelson (20th)
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2005 No. 12 Pick: Yaroslav Korolev (Los Angeles Clippers)
The 6-9 native of Russia played in a total of only 34 games over two years with the Clippers before they waived him. As bad as that was, it could have been worse. One pick before him, the Magic took Fran Vazquez, who has yet to set foot on American soil since the weekend after that draft.
Could have taken: Danny Granger (17th), Jarrett Jack (22nd), David Lee (30th)
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2006 No. 12 Pick: Hilton Armstrong (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets)
A project after four years at UConn, Armstrong has kicked around for six teams while never becoming more than a serviceable backup center. He hadn't played in an NBA game since 2011 before the Golden State Warriors signed him to the first of two 10-day contracts in February.
Could have taken: Thabo Sefolosha (13th), Rajon Rondo (21st), Kyle Lowry (24th)
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2007 No. 12 Pick: Thaddeus Young (Philadelphia 76ers)
The 76ers stumbled through a 26-game losing streak last season, but Young's efforts weren't to blame for that. The 6-8 forward from Georgia Tech averaged 17.9 points, the most in his seven years with the Sixers, and started in all but four of their 82 games.
Could have taken: Rodney Stuckey (15th), Jared Dudley (22nd), Arron Afflalo (27th)
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2008 No. 12 Pick: Jason Thompson (Sacramento Kings)
The 6-11 power forward out of Rider University has still yet to appear in a playoff game after six years with the Sacramento Kings. His scoring average dropped to a career-low 7.1 points per game last season, but he has generally been a solid if unspectacular part of the Kings' rotation.
Could have taken: Roy Hibbert (17th), Serge Ibaka (24th), George Hill (26th)
Though the Charlotte organization has not always drafted well -- the name Adam Morrison springs foremost to mind -- there should be no complaints about how Henderson has turned out. He's more effective at attacking the rim than shooting from long range, although his 3-point accuracy has improved.
Could have taken: Jrue Holiday (17th), Ty Lawson (18th), Jeff Teague (19th)
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2010 No. 12 Pick: Xavier Henry (Memphis Grizzlies)
Henry played one year at Kansas and has gone from Memphis to New Orleans to the Lakers since turning pro. While he had a couple of eye-popping performances off the Lakers' bench last season, the increase in his scoring average is a classic case of someone getting extended minutes on a bad team.
Could have taken: Eric Bledsoe (18th), Avery Bradley (19th), Greivis Vasquez (28th)
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2011 No. 12 Pick: Alec Burks (Utah Jazz)
As a member of the Jazz, Burks has played well out of the national spotlight. But when he wasn't being confused with Trey Burke, their first-round pick from 2013, the 6-6 shooting guard quietly developed into one of league's top sixth men as he doubled his scoring average from 7 to 14 points a game.
Could have taken: Markieff Morris (13th), Kawhi Leonard (15th), Nikola Vucevic (16th), Kenneth Faried (22nd)
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2012 No. 12 Pick: Jeremy Lamb (Houston Rockets)
When James Harden was traded to the Houston Rockets before the start of the 2012-13 season, the thinking in Oklahoma City was that acquiring Lamb would give the Thunder a player who could eventually provide instant offense in a similar way. But he has seldom gotten off the bench during their recent playoff run.
Could have taken: Maurice Harkless (15th), Terrence Jones (18th)
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2013 No. 12 Pick: Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Unlike Michael Carter-Williams, who was taken one turn ahead of him, Adams had the benefit of going to a winning team in the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has taken on an even larger role for them during the playoffs.
Could have taken: Kelly Olynyk (13th), Mason Plumlee (22nd), Tim Hardaway Jr. (24th)