Can You Name These NBA Star Players Drafted Out of High School?

By: Todd Betzold
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Can you imagine signing a multimillion-dollar contract with an NBA team at the age of 18? Not many of us can, but there have been a handful of players who have made the huge leap from high school right into the big leagues. Were they all slam dunks? Of course not, but we have seen some pretty stellar players come from this group of men.

I mean, Kobe Bryant was one of the first players to go from high school to the NBA, and we all watched as his career happened. This guy played all 20 of his NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs and one NBA Most Valuable Player award. This from a guy who graduated high school and then went on to become the youngest player to ever play in the NBA (at that time, but his record has been broken since).

Kobe is just one of the star players on this quiz, but can you pick them all out? We are testing your NBA knowledge today, so will you be a slam dunk or are you going to be shooting air balls the whole time?

Garnett was the first player drafted right out of high school in 20 years. He did not disappoint, as the awards followed him. He won the NBA Championship in 2008 with the Boston Celtics and was named NBA MVP in 2004. He ended his career with averages of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

During his run in the NBA, Kwame Brown played for seven different teams. He has an average of 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, which is far below the average for a #1 pick in the draft.

Amir Johnson was a second round selection by the Detroit Pistons in the 2005 NBA Draft. He only played in 11 games during his first two seasons. However, he is now a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and won the NBA Hustle Award during the 2018 NBA Awards.

The battle is often between Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the greatest of all time. James definitely deserves it, as he has won three NBA Championships, three NBA Finals MVPs and four NBA MVPs. After leaving Cleveland for the second time in his career, he is now a Laker.

Singh was selected with the 52nd overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He only played in two Summer Leagues for the Mavericks. Satnam is currently a player for the St. John's Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada.

Miles has had a slower transition into the NBA, as he played some D-League games for the Utah Jazz after they drafted him. He eventually caught his groove, as he is a big three-point threat, as he has made 1,200 in his career.

Chandler is a current member of the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the starting center for the Dallas Mavericks and played a pivotal role in helping them win the NBA championship in 2011.

DeShawn was a star at Washington Union High School in California, as he averaged 30 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during his senior season. He did end up playing 13 seasons in the NBA, but finished averaging 7 points, 2 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He did win an NBA championship as a member of the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

J.R. Smith was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 18th pick in the 2004 NBA Draft. That draft included eight high schoolers drafted to the pros. Of that 2004 draft class, Smith ranks seventh in career points scored.

Outlaw was selected with the 23rd pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. He would go on to only play in eight games his rookie season. He ended his career in 2014 with an average of 8 points and 3 rebounds per game.

Lang was picked in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. He never played for the Hornets, as they waived him later that year. James went on to play off-and-on between the NBA and the NBA Developmental League, but only ever scored 11 points in 11 NBA games total.

Jermaine O'Neal never got his groove with Portland, as he was traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2000. This is when his career took off, as he was voted an All-Star six times, won Most Improved Player in the 2001-02 season and made the All-NBA team three times.

Thon Maker had to fight to prove he graduated in 2015, but he won and was determined eligible for the NBA Draft in 2016. The Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 10th pick and his average minutes per game have increased in Maker's second season.

Smith went on to win the Slam Dunk Contest during his rookie season in 2005. He also broke a few NBA records, as he was the youngest player to have 10 blocked shots in a game against the Mavericks. He was also the youngest player to get to 500 and then 1,000 blocks total in his career.

It was quite a ride for Ricky Sanchez, as he didn't play one game in the NBA, yet the rights to him as a player were owned by five different teams. He was drafted by the Trail Blazers, who then traded him that night along with Linas Kleiza for the Nuggets #22 pick Jarrett Jack. He was then shifted from Philadelphia, Memphis and then Miami in 2012 before they waived him.

Eddy Curry was the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He is a current member of the Wolf Warriors of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). His current wife, Patrice Curry, stars on VH1's Basketball Wives LA.

Dwight Howard has been a dominant force in the NBA since joining the league in 2004. He is an eight-time NBA All-Star and eight-time All-NBA team member. He won NBA Defensive Player of the Year from 2009 to 2011. He has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Team six times and won the Slam Dunk contest in 2008.

Swift is 7 feet, 1 inch tall and the SuperSonics had high hopes for him. However, he ended up playing in only 97 career games in the NBA and averaged 4 points and 4 rebounds. He was been waived by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009, and currently plays for the Spanish club Círculo Gijón Baloncesto y Conocimiento of the LEB Plata league.

Green is a current member of the Houston Rockets, which is his second stint with the team. He is known for his dunking skills, as he won the dunk contest in 2007 and was runner-up in 2008.

Koreleone Young was drafted with the 40th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. At Hargrave Military College, he averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds. However, he ended up playing in only three NBA games and scored a total of 13 points.

The Hornets did draft Kobe with the 13th pick, but then traded him to the Lakers. He spent all 20 seasons of his career with the Lakers, where he won five championships. He is often thought of as the greatest NBA player of all time.

Shaun Livingston was voted Mr. Illinois Basketball 2004. In 2007, he would suffer a huge knee injury, which would sideline him for a year and a half. He has come back to help the Golden State Warriors win three NBA championships.

Tracy McGrady never won a championship, but he still had plenty of awards to speak of in the NBA. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star, seven-time All-NBA selection, won the scoring championship twice and won NBA Most Improved Player in 2001.

Despite injuries bothering him throughout his career, Bynum had a pretty stellar NBA career. He was named an All-Star and named to the All-NBA team in 2012. He was part of the 2009 and 2010 NBA championship teams for the Lakers.

Wright averaged 29 points and 11 rebounds in high school, but he did not make the move to the NBA very easily. It took some time, but he had a breakout season with the Warriors in 2010-11, as he was third in voting for NBA Most Improved Player that season.

Amar'e has had a lot of success in basketball, as he won Rookie of the Year in 2003 with the Suns. He went on to appear in six NBA All-Star Games and was named to the All-NBA team five times.

In high school, Telfair averaged 33 points and 9 assists. Over 10 seasons and eight teams in the NBA, he averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 assists.

Darryl Dawkins was given the nickname of "Chocolate Thunder" by Stevie Wonder. Dawkins was known for his powerful dunks, as he shattered the backboard twice in 1979. This led to the NBA breakaway rims.

Before his first NBA season, Blatche was shot in a carjacking and had to miss training camp. Maybe that slowed him down, but he never produced in the NBA and he last played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Lou Williams spent nine seasons with the 76ers and Atlanta Hawks before being traded to the Toronto Raptors in 2014. This was the move he needed, as he has gone on to win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2015 and 2018.

Diop played in 601 NBA games, but only averaged 2 points and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes per game. Two fans in Dallas made a Kris Kross parody video for Diop, as they turned the words from "Jump! Jump!" to "Diop! Diop!" DeSagana is currently a coaching assistant for the Utah Jazz.

Rashard Lewis would go on to be an All-Star twice and he was part of the championship-winning Miami Heat team in 2013. He holds the record for most three-pointers made for the SuperSonics.

Ebi currently plays for the Boulazac Basket Dordogne of the LNB Pro A. He committed to play for the University of Arizona out of high school, but changed his mind and decided to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft. He was drafted in the first round, but maybe he should have gone for more experience in college instead?

J.B. was the fifth pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. While he played in 78 games that first season, he suffered a knee injury and ended up playing just 71 games over the next four seasons. Bender headed over to the New York Knicks and ended up playing 25 games for them before retiring in 2009.

Webster's mother disappeared in 1990 when Martell was 4 years old. It is thought that the "Green River Killer" is responsible for her death. Webster is cousins with NBA veteran Jason Terry.

Perkins may be remembered for Game 6 of the 2005 Eastern Conference playoffs, as Paul Pierce was ejected. Before being ejected, Pierce was fouled and owed two free throws. Indiana coach Rick Carlisle got to select someone to shoot them for Pierce, so he picked Perkins, who had not played in the game yet and he went on to miss both shots! The Celtics did win the game in overtime, though.

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