Special Report

Best Athletes Drafted in the Last Round

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17. Toni Kukoc
> Drafted: 1990 NBA draft, 2nd round (29 overall)
> Position, drafted by: Small forward, Chicago Bulls
> Career accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 1x All-rookie team, 1x Sixth Man of the Year

Toni Kukoc was drafted out of Croatia in 1990, a time when many doubted European players could succeed in the NBA. Kukoc found a niche on the Michael Jordan Bulls teams of the late 1990s, scoring off the bench. The Croatian sensation averaged over 14 points per game during his seven seasons in Chicago, helping the Bulls win their fourth, fifth, and sixth championships. He was also named Sixth Man of the Year in 1996.

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16. Al Cowens
> Drafted: 1969 MLB draft, 75th round (1,026 overall)
> Position, drafted by: Right field, Kansas City Royals
> Career accolades: 1x Gold Glove, MVP runner up

Al Cowens was technically not drafted in the last round of the 1969 MLB Draft, but he was selected 1,026th out of the 1,042 picks that year, making his Major League career incredibly improbable. The 75th-round pick had his best year in 1977, in which he hit .312, knocked in 112 runs, won a Gold Glove, and placed second in the MVP voting.

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15. Paul Millsap
> Drafted: 2006 NBA draft, 2nd round (47 overall)
> Position, drafted by: Power forward, Utah Jazz
> Career accolades: 4x All-star

After being selected 47th overall in 2006, Paul Millsap played seven solid seasons in Utah. But his career really blossomed in Atlanta. After signing with the Hawks as a free agent in 2013, Millsap was named an All-star for four consecutive seasons, averaging 17.4 points per game. As of 2019, Millsap plays for the Denver Nuggets.

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14. Brian Elliott
> Drafted: 2003 NHL draft, 9th round (291 overall)
> Position, drafted by: Goaltender, Ottawa Senators
> Career accolades: 1x Jennings Trophy

Brian Elliott was picked 291st out of 292 NHL draftees in 2003. Yet he was able to earn a spot with the Ottawa Senators and has become one of the better netminders in the NHL. Elliott played his best hockey after leaving Ottawa for St. Louis. With the Blues, he led the NHL in save percentage twice as well as won a Jennings Trophy as the goalie who allowed the fewest goals.

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13. Donald Driver
> Drafted: 1999 NFL draft, 7th round (213 overall)
> Position, drafted by: Wide receiver, Green Bay Packers
> Career accolades: 3x Pro Bowl, 1x Super Bowl

Before he became the all-time leading receiver in Green Bay Packers history with over 10,000 yards, Donald Driver was an afterthought, drafted 213th overall in 1999. Driver had just three catches his rookie season, but he worked his way up to Pro Bowl status by 2002, teaming with Brett Favre to haul in 70 catches for over 1,000 yards. He racked up six more seasons with 1,000 or more yards and was named to the Pro Bowl twice more. Driver helped bridge the gap between Favre and new quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He was a key member of the 2010 team that won Super Bowl XLV.