Top picks at No. 25 from the last 25 years
The Portland Trail Blazers hold the No. 25 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. You’ve seen the hundreds of Mock Drafts on who Portland may select late in the first round, but now it’s time to take a look at the history of this selection!
Why? Because that’s always fun.
Let’s take a quick look at the best players who were selected at No. 25 over the past 30 years...
Picked No. 25 in 2014 by the Houston Rockets
Career Highlights: Capela was the NBA Field Goal Percentage Leader in 2018. Because of his enormous strides recently, he received a five-year contract with Houston in 2018, which is worth $90 million. He also earned NBA D-League All-Defensive First Team in 2015.
Career Stats: 12.0 pts, 9.2 rebs, and 0.9 asts
Fun Fact: Capela grew up playing his soccer. His soccer hero was Thierry Henry of France.
Picked No. 25 in 2008 by Houston Rockets then traded to Blazers
Position: Shooting guard/Small forward
Career Highlights: Batum moved into the Trail Blazers starting lineup in place of Travis Outlaw in Batum’s fourth game of his career. On January 21st of 2013, Batum recorded his first triple-double, scoring 12 points and adding 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Blazers loss to the Wizards.
Career Stats: 11.8 pts, 5.3 rebs, 3.8 asts
Fun Fact: In August 2011, at the time of NBA lockout, Batum signed one-year contract with SLUC Nancy in the French Basketball League -- Pending the end of lockout.
Picked No. 25 in 2001 by the Sacramento Kings
Position: Power Forward/Small Forward
Career Highlights: NBA Steals leader in 2006, NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2010, NBA All-Star in 2010.
Career Stats: 11.9 pts, 5.8 rebs, 2.1 asts
Fun Fact: Wallace is one of three players in NBA history (David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon) to average at least two steals and two blocks per game for an entire NBA season.
Picked No. 25 in 2014 by the Boston Celtics
Position: Point guard/Shooting guard/Small Forward
Career Highlights: NBA Champion in 2008; 3x NBA All-Defensive First Team player in 2012, 2013 and 2015; and 3x Defensive Second Team player in 2011, 2016, and 2017.
Career Stats: 8.1 pts, 3.5 rebs, and 1.3 asts
Fun Fact: In October of 2017, the Grizzlies announced they will retire Allen's No. 9 jersey when he retires.
Picked No. 25 in 1998 by the Indiana Pacers
Position: Center/Power Forward/Small Forward
Career Highlights: During Harrington’s 2001–02 season, he was putting up his best numbers to that point in his career, averaging 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, but that season he suffered a knee injury vs. the Celtics and had to miss the final 38 games. The following season he returned and was the only Pacer to play all 82 games.
Career Stats: 13.5 pts, 5.6 rebs, and 1.7 asts
Fun Fact: In the summer of 2017, Harrington competed in the inaugural season of the Big3 basketball league.