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Rajon Rondo, Celtics
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Rajon Rondo, Celtics

No. 21 -- first round, 2006

Michael Jordan (third pick in 1984) and Larry Bird (sixth pick in 1978) easily could headline this list, but the focus here is on high-impact players chosen in the middle of the first round or later. The list is in reverse chronological order.

Rondo has emerged as one of the top point guards in the NBA despite his lack of shooting range. He quarterbacked the Celtics to the 2008 title in his first season as a full-time starter, and since then he's made three All-Star teams, been a fixture on the All-Defensive team and led the league in assists (11.7 in 2011-12).

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