Lucky 13 or unlucky 13, it all depends on perspective and optics.
The chances of the Raptors moving up in Tuesday night’s NBA lottery were next-to-nothing, which sums up the contributions of some of this decade’s 13th overall picks.
This decade, the most accomplished player to go 13th has been Richard Jefferson, whose first season with San Antonio ended in a second-round sweep by the Suns.
Here’s a look at the 10 players taken this decade at No. 13.
2000 — Courtney Alexander (SG). Originally drafted by Dallas, played in Washington and New Orleans; career highlight was a career-high 33 points in 2001; no longer in the NBA.
2001 — Richardson Jefferson (G/F). Draft rights traded from Houston to New Jersey, where he made back-to-back appearances in NBA final.
2002 — Marcus Haislip (PF). Drafted by Milwaukee, but ended up in Indiana, which needed a big following Jermaine O’Neal’s suspension in the wake of brawl in Detroit ... out of basketball.
2003 — Marcus Banks (PG). Memphis traded draft rights to Boston ... been traded four times ... Could be a serviceable backup if given playing time.
2004 — Sebastian Telfair (PG). Drafted by Portland ... so much hype when he left high school in Brooklyn, but so little substance.
2005 — Sean May PF/C. Stayed in state when Charlotte drafted this overweight slug ... an absolute bust who toils in Sacramento.
2006 — Thabo Sefolosha (G/F). Philly traded draft rights to Chicago ... has found a home and a role in Oklahoma City with his length, athleticism and defence.
2007 — Julian Wright (SF). Been a backup in New Orleans, where he posted averages of 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds this season.
2008 — Brandon Rush (SG). Drafted by Portland, but later traded to Indiana ... best used as a backup, but started 64 games this season.
2009 — Tyler Hansbrough (PF). Tough as nails but had an injury-riddled rookie season in Indy.