Best 12th overall picks in NBA history: #3 - Cedric Maxwell
Cedric Maxwell is, at times, a very overlooked component of the dominant Celtics teams of the early '80s. While he was never selected as an All-Star or had any other major accolades, he was a two-time NBA Champion and was selected as the Finals MVP in the Celtics' 1981 championship run.
Maxwell was selected 12th overall by the Celtics in the 1977 NBA Draft, the year after they acquired Robert Parish from the Golden State Warriors in the previous draft. At the time, Maxwell was considered to be one of the Celtics' best young players, which was cemented by a breakout sophomore season in the league in the 1978-'79 season.
With that in mind, the Celtics then selected Larry Bird in the draft in the following offseason, and he almost immediately took the reigns as the C's most electrifying young player. He, Tiny Archibald, and Robert Parish were all selected as All-Stars, while Maxwell was seemingly forgotten.
Maxwell and Bird reportedly had a rocky relationship, and while they were able to win another championship together in 1984, their differences culminated in Maxwell being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 1985.
That all being said, Maxwell need not be forgotten, as he served as a key contributor for the Celtics for several years and was a key component of their 1981 championship in particular. For being a 12th overall draft pick, I would say that's more than a team could ever ask for.