Cato was a big man, who played, frankly like a big man should. During 10-year NBA career he averaged nearly identical 5.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. As a reserve, he was used to clog up the idle, alter shots and get boards, and $46 million in career earning later, I think he can sleep well at night knowing he filled his roll.
Other Notable Big 12 Players Drafted 15th: Antoine Wright, Texas A&M Aggies, by the New Jersey Nets in 2005.
Best Non-Big 12 Player Drafted 15th: Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington Eagles, by the Detroit Pistons in 2007.
Don't get me wrong, Rodeny Stuckey has played well in his four years in the league, but if the best draft pick over the past 14 years is Stuckey, you can kind of call this a dead man's pick.
In preparation for the 2011 NBA Draft, each day until June 23 we'll count down the best Big 12 player drafted with each pick. This list only takes into account players who played in the Big 12, so it starts with the 1997 draft. In total 70 Big 12 alumni have been selected, filling 43 of the 60 possible slots.