NBA Draft 2012: 5 Second-Round Steals for the Philadelphia 76ers
Last June, the Philadelphia 76ers struck gold in the second round of the NBA draft when they selected Lavoy Allen with the 50th overall pick. With two second-round selections this year (Nos. 45 and 54), will the Sixers find a player with that kind of impact this Thursday?
While the answer to that remains to be seen, here's a look at five potential second-round steals for the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 NBA draft.
The Sixers have lacked a true backup point guard for years, but could rectify that situation by drafting Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor if he's still on the board in the second round.
The 6'3" Taylor isn't a natural playmaker, but as the lead guard for the Jayhawks the past four years, he's well-accustomed to playing on the big stage. Furthermore, he's a decent mid-range shooter with NBA range (38.2 percent on three-pointers last season).
His 1.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio last season is a bit disconcerting, but since Taylor doesn't project to play more than 10-15 minutes per game as a rookie, then it shouldn't be much of an issue.
Kim English starred in April's Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (18.3 PPG), and the 6'6" swingman could be an intriguing option if he's still on the board when the 76ers are on the clock in the second round.
English isn't going to necessarily break his man down off of the dribble, but he is a deadly three-point shooter who would create opportunities for Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner and others to attack the basket. His ceiling may not be all that high, but English is the perfect type of low-risk, high-reward pick in the back end of the draft.
Duke's Miles Plumlee will be 24 years old by the time next season begins, but the seven-foot center could be a solid rotation player for the 76ers in 2012-13.
Plumlee's numbers are unimpressive on the surface (6.6 PPG, 7.1 RPG in 20.2 minutes per game), but on a per-40 minute basis, the 252-pound Duke center was the fifth-most productive rebounder in all of college basketball.
Offense will never be Plumlee's forte, but he is a tough big man who doesn't shy away from contact—the type of player that the Sixers need in the worst way.
With Jodie Meeks likely to wind up on a different team next season, his role as the 76ers' designated sniper could be filled by 6'5" shooting guard Doron Lamb.
Like Meeks, Lamb also hails from the University of Kentucky, but the latter is far more adept at creating his own shot off of the dribble. Lamb is also significantly better defensively than Meeks, who struggled to stay in front of opposing backcourt players. Most importantly, Lamb was one of the better shooters in all of college basketball last season (46.6 percent from three-point range last season) and would instantly be the best deep threat on the Sixers' roster.
Kevin Jones doesn't have the size or speed of a typical power forward, but he is a high motor player who can do a little bit of everything on the court.
Averaging 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game in the Big East is no small feat, but his lack of athleticism will make things considerably harder for him at the pro level. That said, he's an extremely competitive, ultra-productive player who could be a solid energy guy off of the bench.