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Ranking the Best Second-Round NBA Draft Picks of the Last Decade

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Ranking the Best Second-Round NBA Draft Picks of the Last Decade
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Marc Gasol was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round.

Countless articles, podcasts and television segments are devoted to analyzing the first round picks of the NBA draft. Yet teams spend as much, if not more time, scouting potential second-round picks. Many second-round picks have developed into All-Stars or key contributors on playoff-caliber teams over the past decade.

Prospects fall to the second round for a variety of reasons.

Some players do not test or measure well at the draft combine. An inch or two in height can be the difference between being drafted in the first or second round.

Other athletes are still on the board in the second round because they are considered unproven commodities. Teams are reluctant to use a first-round pick on a talented kid if his game is still raw after just one year of college or a prospect who excelled against weak competition in a small conference.

Some international players who possess first-round talent slip to the second round because they are not able to join the NBA right away due to contractual obligations with European clubs. In other instances, teams draft foreigners in the second round with the intent of allowing them to continue to develop overseas.

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