NBA Draft 2012: Late-Round Steals Who Could Be the Next Jeremy Lin

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IFebruary 16, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: Late-Round Steals Who Could Be the Next Jeremy Lin

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    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin not only has created a stir on the court, but he's created a stir in every other front office around the NBA as every team around the league is in search of the next diamond in the rough.

    Or the next Jeremy Lin.

    Here's a look at some guys that could be taken late in the 2012 NBA Draft, or not drafted at all that could offer up the type of impact that Lin has.

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

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    Canaan is the point guard from Murray State, and he has the Racers off to an impressive 25-1 start to the season.

    Similar to Lin, Canaan is from a small school and having a good season to at least get his name out there.

    He's a scorer, averaging 19.2 points on the season, but due to his lack of size, standing only 6' tall, there is a pretty good chance Canaan is, at best, a late second-round pick on draft day.

Doug McDermott, Creighton

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    Speaking of scorers, Creighton's McDermott can light it up with the best of them at the collegiate level.

    He's the nation's third leading scorer at 22.7 points per game and has the best PER in college basketball.

    McDermott has an extremely high basketball IQ, and has improved his perimeter game enough that he's now on the radar of NBA scouts.

    He's still likely to be a late second-round pick or go undrafted, but teams would be wise to eventually take a chance on McDermott.

Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara

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    Johnson's also one of the best scorers in the nation, averaging 19.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for the Gauchos.

    He's a shooting guard that's proven throughout the course of his collegiate career that he can play well against better competition, opening eyes in both the NCAA Tournament and the LeBron James Skills Academy, where his overall game was raved about.

    Johnson has an NBA body, and if he were playing at a bigger school, we could be talking about him as a potential first-round pick, but as it stands now, he will probably be a late second-round pick at best.

Scott Machado, Iona

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    Machado has a little bit of Lin in his game. He's a quick point guard that sees the floor very well.

    He also averages 10 assists per game, which currently leads the nation. Not only that, but he's done it against some pretty good competition as the Gales have scheduled pretty wel during Machado's four years at Iona.

    He began the year considered as a late first-round pick, but most now see him as a late second-round pick.

Bradford Burgess, VCU

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    Burgess' name should be familiar to fans after VCU's run to the Final Four a season ago.

    He's a 2-guard that can do it all and, similar to Lin, he's an unselfish player.

    Burgess is a great passer and his jump shot has no range. He's also a great rebounder and can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim effectively.

    His numbers, 13.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, won't wow anyone, but he quietly is a very good player that can be had very late in next year's draft.