Undrafted NBA Free Agents 2012: Breaking Down Top Players at Each Position
The 2012 NBA draft is in the books, meaning it's time to break down the best of the rest among those whose names weren't called on Thursday night.
Below, we put together a list of the top undrafted free agents from each position in the 2012 draft class.
Note: International players were not considered for this list.
Scott Machado, Iona
Machado is arguably the most surprising name on this list, as most had him as a solid second rounder. During his senior season at Iona, the 6'2" Machado averaged almost 14 points and 10 assists a game.
J'Covan Brown, Texas
Brown's 12.5 percent body fat killed what was left of his draft stock. He can score the basketball with the best (20.1 points per game as a junior), but he's too small (6'2") to be a shooting guard and too sloppy to play significant minutes at the point.
Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
Taylor is a well-built point guard at 6'2" and almost 200 pounds, and he's also one of the better three-point shooters off the dribble in this draft class. However, he's not a natural distributor of the ball and struggled to get into the painted area.
Tu Holloway, Xavier
Holloway is a high-volume scorer who can get to the paint at will with his quick first step. However, he's just 6'0" and tends to dominate the ball with the dribble. His jumper needs work, too.
Terrell Stoglin, Maryland
Stoglin can score the basketball from anywhere on the floor, and he's a willing defender on the opposite end, despite his height (just 6'1"). It is the height, however, that kept Stoglin from hearing his name called. What position does he fit into at the next level?
William Buford, Ohio State
Buford is an athletic two-guard who can shoot from the perimeter and also distribute. His experience at Ohio State makes it a little surprising that he went undrafted. He should get a look.
Hollis Thompson, Georgetown
Thompson wasn't nearly consistent enough at Georgetown to ensure he'd get drafted, but he's long (6'8") and gives good effort every night out. He averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds his junior year.
Rakim Sanders, Fairfield
Sanders needs a lot of work on his jumper and overall perimeter game offensively. However, he lives above the rim and can defend several positions. There's usually a spot for players fitting that profile.
Kevin Jones, West Virginia
Jones' lack of position as he transitions into the NBA obviously hurt him in the draft. He's just a so-so athlete, too. However, there's plenty of good in Jones' game. His motor is non-stop and he'll crash the offensive glass hard. If he ever finds a position, Jones could stick.
Drew Gordon, New Mexico
Gordon needs to learn how to play inside if he's to crack an NBA roster. However, Gordon is solid over the rest of his game, especially as a rebounder and defender.
Henry Sims, Georgetown
Sims had a career scoring average of less than 4.0 points prior to his senior season, when he broke out for 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds a contest. As a seven-footer, Sims needs to be better as a rebounder.
Garrett Stutz, Wichita State
There's a little Pau Gasol to his game on both ends of the floor. Stutz has a face-up approach offensively but he's too soft as a defender. He could make a team as an intriguing big man.
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