Best 12th overall picks in NBA history: #4 - Mookie Blaylock
Mookie Blaylock was selected 12th overall by the New Jersey Nets in the 1989 NBA Draft and played 13 years in the league, mostly with the Atlanta Hawks. Blaylock was named an All-Star in the 1993-'94 season was named to an NBA All-Defensive Team six times in his career.
Generally speaking, Blaylock was known as an incredibly disruptive defensive-minded point guard from the very start of his career. Despite sharing his time on the court with a veteran point guard, he was able to average 10.1 points, 4.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game in his rookie year with the Nets.
One of the biggest gripes that the Nets had with Blaylock though was his inability to shoot, which ultimately resulted in him being traded to the Atlanta Hawks. His All-Star year came in the same season that the Hawks decided to trade away their best player in Dominique Wilkins. Even in the absence of Wilkins, though, Blaylock cemented himself as one of the best defenders of the early to mid-'90s.
He was particularly known for his ability to steal the ball and was frequently among the steal leaders in the league for the majority of his career. In fact, he averaged over two steals per game in 11 of his 13 seasons in the NBA. While he doesn't have any championships to show for it, Blaylock served as a key component of both the Nets and Hawks for several years and is more than deserving of recognition for that.