In a couple words, not much, although there have been
players who have had decent NBA careers that have been taken with the 50th
overall selection, which the Mavericks presently own in Thursday night’s
One thing about it: the Mavericks should be familiar with
the drill. They’ve had the 50th pick two other times in the
Here’s a look at the players who were chosen with the
50th pick since the millennium changed. You’ll notice a heavy
slant toward international players. I’ve added a comment about where
their careers have gone since getting drafted.
2009 -- Goran Suton, 6-10, Michigan State; Yugoslavian
played last season Russia.
2008 -- DeVon Hardin, 6-11, California; No NBA experience,
but played in the D-League.
2007 -- Renaldas Seibutis, 6-5, Lithuania; Has played in
Spain since Mavs drafted him.
2006 -- Ryan Hollins, 7-0, UCLA; Has bounced around the
league as a stopgap center.
2005 -- Ryan Gomes, 6-7, Providence; A fairly solid career
playing for poor teams.
2004 -- Vassillis Spanoulis, 6-4, Greece; Mavs took him and
he’s never been heard from.
2003 -- Paccelis Morlende, 6-2, France; Was a fringe player
with several French clubs.
2002 -- Darius Songaila, 6-8, Wake Forest; Journeyman has
averaged 7 points in 485 games.
2001 -- Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, 7-0, Georgetown; Great name,
not such a great game.
2000 -- Kaniel Dickens, 6-8, Idaho; Saw brief time in the
NBA before heading overseas.