Year: 1988

In 1988, the Indiana Pacers took a stab at bringing Larry Bird back to his home state by offering a package deal of Chuck Person and the No. 2 overall pick in that year's NBA Draft. But then president and vice chairman Red Auerbach turned down the offer. The Pacers treated the rejection as a blessing in disguise, saying, "We made our pitch, but I'd have to say we were very fortunate that they (the Celtics) didn't accept it." So, who eventually became the No. 2 pick in 1988? Rik Smits.