On Thursday MLive.com wrapped up its four-part series on the recent history of players taken at No. 9 in the NBA Draft.
The impetus for the series, of course, is that the Detroit Pistons will draft No. 9 in Thursday's NBA Draft. And as with most any spot in the Top 10, a look back shows there is plenty of boom, and plenty of bust.
Part I of the series ran from 1992-97, culminating with eventual two-time scoring champion and potential Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady. Part II, 1998-2001, includes studs like Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, but also Rodney White, who the Pistons took -- regrettably -- in 2001.
Part III, which spanned 2002-06, was highlighted by Amare Stoudemire, the No. 9 overall selection in 2002 and future Rookie of the Year, and low-lighted by Patrick O'Bryant, who landed in the D-League before playing abroad in Greece, China and Puerto Rico.
Which brings us to Part IV. Jaokim Noah, the No. 9 pick in 2007, has had the best career to date, but it's probably too soon to tell with some of the other players -- Gordon Hayward in 2010 and Kemba Walker in 2011.
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