NBA Draft 2012 Grades: 4 Teams That Flunked the 2nd Round
Lottery picks typically get all of the glory, but in virtually every NBA Draft, there are a few second-round selections that turn into valuable contributors for their respective teams.
Just last year, a number of late draft picks (Houston's Chandler Parsons, Philadelphia's Lavoy Allen, Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas) had rookie campaigns far superior to many of their first-round counterparts.
So while second-round picks can often be vitally important, some teams don't always make the wisest of choices near the end of the draft. And with that in mind, let's take a look at four teams that flunked the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.
New York Knicks
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With players on the board that could have stepped in and helped next year, the New York Knicks select Kostas Papanikolaou, a 6'8" forward who currently plays for Olympiakos in the Greek league.
Papanikolaou doesn't have a buyout in his contract until next season, and even if he does make it to the NBA, his lack of athleticism will make it hard for him to secure a spot on the Knicks' roster.
If the Knicks feel as though they can acquire what they need in the free-agent market, then Papanikolaou isn't a bad player to stash for the future. However, if they strike out this summer, they may re-think the decision that they made with the No. 48 pick.
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The 76ers began draft night with two second-round picks (Nos. 45 and 54), but after trading one to the Miami Heat and selling the other to the New Jersey Nets, the team worked itself out of the back end of the draft.
Philadelphia struck gold last year in the second round with Temple product Lavoy Allen, so it's puzzling why the Sixers didn't keep at least one of their late picks. Unless the team gets lucky with the undrafted free agents, Philadelphia may have passed up a golden opportunity to add a low-cost contributor to the roster.
Los Angeles Lakers
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With its two late picks being the team's only selections in the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers wound up with Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre.
Johnson-Odom is an undersized shooting guard who is a far cry from making the roster while Sacre has drawn comparisons to the immortal...Michael Doleac. When a team doesn't have any first-round picks, it can't afford to take gambles such as Johnson-Odom and Sacre in the second round.
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Tomas Satoransky has decent potential, but the 6'7" guard is a long way from being NBA-ready, and he was a considerable reach with the No. 32 pick.
The Czech-born Satoransky plays with Cajasol Sevilla in the premier-level Spanish basketball league, and all signs point to him staying in Europe for the time being. With Bradley Beal and John Wall, Washington must believe that it has the luxury of stashing talent for down the road, but the team's dismal record in recent years proves otherwise.