I’ve been playing with Python on my iPad, scraping Basketball Reference. The dots represent all the NBA players drafted in the second round (draft picks 31-60) between 2010 and 2019. Those that have actually played, that is.
You can see plenty of players drafted early in the second round go on to play major roles for their team. Khris Middleton, for example, drafted 39th in 2012 and playing 31.5 minutes a game for his career.
But Isaiah Thomas is the clear outlier. The little guy. Drafted last in 2011. He’s made himself indispensable. Made himself an All Star.