NBA Draft: 3 Second-Round Steals Who Will Have Great Careers

Amy Streifer@AmyStreiferCorrespondent IJune 27, 2012

NBA Draft: 3 Second-Round Steals Who Will Have Great Careers

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    When we think of NBA stars, we usually think about those players that were drafted in the first round and then continued their success professionally. However, there are some players that will be drafted in the second round that still have a chance at having a great career.

    Some notable second round draft picks include San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili, five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman and NBA star Carlos Boozer.

    Here are three players in this year's NBA draft that despite being drafted in the second round, should find themselves in the position to have a fantastic career.

Jae Crowder: Marquette

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    Jae Crowder is one of the most widely spoken about players entering the draft this year who is predicted to be taken in the second round. However, he has the talent and skill of a first rounder. 

    He's a versatile defender, can rebound the ball and knows how to score. Crowder averaged 17.5 points per game in his senior year at Marquette.

    The 21-year-old will most likely end up on a team that needs a guy to play man-to-man defense. With a bit of experience in the NBA, it will be no surprise if Crowder has a successful career as a pro player.

Jeffery Taylor: Vanderbilt

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    At just 17 years old, Jeffery Taylor packed his bags, left Sweden and traveled to America to play basketball at Vanderbilt.It might have been the best decision the 6'7" 213-pounder has ever made.

    Taylor has the defensive skills that are needed to make a successful NBA player. After four seasons, Taylor finished his career at Vanderbilt with 1,897 points, ranking second on the school's all-time scoring list.

    While it's been discussed that Taylor may possibly be taken in the first round, it's more than likely he'll go early in the second round.

    Whichever team gets him will find themselves in a great situation. Taylor is a defensive-minded player and is tough on the court. When you watch highlights of Taylor from Vanderbilt, you can't help but think about what he would look like on the court of an NBA game. 

Kyle O'Quinn: Norfolk State

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    Kyle O'Quinn has seen plenty of success so far in his college basketball career. He was the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference 2012 Player of the Year, 2011 and 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, and 2012 MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player to name a few.

    At 6'10" and 240 pounds, this power forward who can also play center should have significant success in his NBA career.

    In 2011-2012 at Norfolk State, O'Quinn averaged 15.9 points per game, 10.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

    He comes fully equipped with an NBA physique and his wingspan is an amazing 7-foot-5. He's tough on the court and he brings enthusiasm with each play he makes.

    Some may doubt O'Quinn since he played at Norfolk State rather than another prestigious college basketball school, but don't let that fool you, O'Quinn was made for the NBA.

    The 22-year-old will have a great career in the NBA and his name is becoming recognized more with each day that we get closer to the NBA draft.