NBA Draft 2012: 2nd-Round Picks Who Will Make an Immediate Impact
Jones was projected as a potential lottery pick not long ago and was considered a top-five to top-10 pick after his freshman season in 2011.
The Thunder have found money in Jones. He's a long and athletic frontcourt prospect who they acquired three picks shy of the second round.
Jones wasn't the only steal of Thursday night's draft. Without further ado, here are the second picks from this summer's draft who will make an immediate impact in 2012-13.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors—No. 35 Overall
The Golden State Warriors picked up a well-rounded player in Michigan State's Draymond Green, a small forward with point-guard skills and power-forward rebounding talent. A four-year player with the Spartans under head coach Tom Izzo, Green was also one of the higher basketball-IQ guys drafted this summer.
Green saw increased minutes and improved production in every season at Michigan State and will only continue to grow at the next level. He averaged 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season, while dishing out nearly four assists per game as the Spartans' best player and No. 1 creator.
With Golden State, Green will have an opportunity to do a little bit of everything for second-year coach Mark Jackson.
Which second-round pick will make the biggest impact next season?
Kim English, Detroit Pistons—No. 44 Overall
A 6'6" shooting guard with an excellent stroke from downtown, Missouri's Kim English promises to make an early impact in the NBA. English has great range on his shot, and the Pistons can certainly use his production at shooting guard.
They traded sharpshooter Ben Gordon to the Charlotte Bobcats right before the draft.
Like Draymond Green, English played four years of college basketball and enters the next level with above-average experience. The 23-year-old shot 46 percent from beyond the arc last season, averaging 14.5 points and more than two three-pointers per game.
Kris Joseph, Boston Celtics —No. 51 Overall
The Boston Celtics added a seasoned college basketball star in small forward Kris Joseph. He gives Boston an energized and athletic small forward coming off the bench. Joseph lacks the shooting prowess of a Paul Pierce but can change the game with his hustle and explosion.
Joseph averaged 13.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game last season for Syracuse and hit 34.5 percent of his three-point attempts. Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics love to play a deep rotation, so Joseph should see a reasonable amount of time and contribute nicely in his rookie year.
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