4. Jae Crowder
Last season, Jae Crowder was one of the hottest commodities on the trade market. He was so highly desired that the Milwaukee Bucks parted ways with five second-round picks in order to acquire his services (unfortunately, that move didn’t age too well).
But there is a reason why people wanted Crowder so badly. Everywhere he goes, he wins. Before his time in Milwaukee, he made the conference finals/NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Phoenix Suns.
But guess what? Before he earned himself a reputation as a Robert Horry-type winner, Crowder was a member of the Pelicans. You don’t remember that? Well, it’s because, like everyone else on this list, he never played a single minute with the team.
Okay, so he wasn’t actually ever a member of New Orleans in the way that Richards was. New Orleans traded Crowder before he was even selected by them.
In 2009, the then-Hornets traded their 2010 second-round pick and 2012 second-round pick to the Miami Heat for Marcus Thornton. That second pick, the 2012 second-round pick, ended up being Crowder! And Crowder has went on to make a spectacular career for himself as a journeyman two-way forward.
One can’t help but wonder what would have happened if New Orleans kept their pick and drafted Crowder. Maybe we would have gotten our first-ever Western Conference Finals appearance.