The second round of the NBA Draft rarely produces meaningful talent. For every Michael Redd or Manu Ginobili that has come out of the second round, there are hundreds of players who failed to play on an NBA team, let alone make an impact on the league.
But don't try telling that to Isaiah Thomas. He found himself called last in the 2011 draft, and now he's in competition for the Rookie of the Year award.
The class of 2011 seems to be bucking the trend. Last year's draft hasn't produced any players, aside from Cleveland's Kyrie Irving, who look to be stars in the near future—but it has produced a strong crop of surprising talent, a good number of which was selected in the second round.
How does Isaiah rank up there with this year's surprising rookies? Let's take a look.