Last season, 59 selections passed before Sacramento selected former Washington guard Isaiah Thomas, making him the 2011 NBA draft's "Mr. Irrelevant."
The 5'9" guard became anything but irrelevant in his first season with the Kings. He established himself as a starter in the second half of the season and made an All-Rookie Team while compiling an impressive 12-3-4 on the nightly stat sheet.
It seems like, every year, there's a Thomas or Houston's Chandler Parsons—who was a big reason the team felt comfortable moving Chase Budinger for the No. 18 pick—waiting for teams to reap the rewards of their talent.
Here are a few projected second-rounders (using Chad Ford's latest mock draft) who, though they may not be future Hall of Famers, are certain to have long NBA careers..