NBA Draft Winners and Losers: Biggest Steals and Flops of Late 1st Round

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18:  Arnett Moultrie #23 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs rebounds the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The NBA draft always has its fair share of steals and head-scratchers. 

The 2012 NBA draft saw some teams shock the world (in a bad way), while others garnered heaps of praise from draft experts and fans alike.

The end of the first round was, well, interesting. While some picks were predictable, others seemed to come out of nowhere.

Here's a look at the steals and flops in the late first round of the 2012 NBA draft. 


LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies reacts after a put-back dunk in the second half against the Oregon State Beavers during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on Mar
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25. Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten Jr., G, Washington

Given Tony Wroten Jr.'s characters concerns and inconsistency at Washington, he dropped further than many would have imagined before the predraft process. But his talent is unquestioned; he has the quickness to fly past defenders, with the scoring ability and passing skills to be a terror on the hardwood. He's a nice combo guard and provides depth for the Grizzlies, with the potential to become a starter down the line. 

27. Philadelphia 76ers (via MIA): Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State

How Arnett Moultrie dropped so far, I have no idea. He's an explosive, athletic big man he uses his length to gobble up rebounds and has a nice perimeter game. He has the potential to be Elton Brand's successor in Philadelphia and could provide a dangerous forward combo with Moe Harkless.

28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III, F, Baylor 

There may be concerns about Perry Jones' character and desire, but, at No. 28 overall, this is a low-risk, high-reward pick. Jones has the explosiveness to be a handful in the NBA if he can stay committed and provides depth to an already-dangerous Thunder team.


ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 15:  John Jenkins #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores shoots against the Harvard Crimson during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 15, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  (Photo by Ronald M
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23. Atlanta Hawks: John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt

John Jenkins may be one of the best shooters in the draft, but the rest of his game doesn't project him as a legit first-round prospect. He lacks ideal size for a shooting guard in the NBA (6'4", 212 pounds) and he doesn't have the athleticism to make up for it. He's an impressive shooter, but there were plenty prospects left who had more overall upside and could help in a variety of areas. Plus, this isn't even a primary need for the Hawks. Puzzling.

26. Indiana Pacers: Miles Plumlee, PF, Duke

Miles Plumlee stands to be a good rebounder, but he's raw offensively and isn't a shot-blocker. On top of that, the Pacers had a wealth of better options here in my opinion and Plumlee isn't the greatest fit. If the Pacers were going to draft a power forward, why not draft a shot-blocker to come off the bench for Tyler Hansbrough? Also, selecting a small forward or Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague seem like better moves.

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