2013 NBA Draft

2013 NBA Draft Results: Biggest Surprises of Round 2

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Jamaal Franklin #21 of the San Diego State Aztecs looks to the scoreboard during the first half of a semifinal game of the Reese's Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament against the New Mexico Lobos at the Thomas & Mack Center on March 15, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. New Mexico won 60-50. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJune 28, 2013

The 2013 NBA draft was one of the most unpredictable drafts in years, starting with No. 1 overall when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV big man Anthony Bennett.

The unpredictability continued into the second round, where several big names were selected much later than previously imagined.

Whether it was a do-it-all player, a Nate Robinson clone or a combo guard with plenty of scoring potential, several promising prospects fell on Thursday.

Here's a look at the biggest surprises of the second round in the 2013 NBA draft.

 

Jamaal Franklin Falls to No. 41 Overall (Memphis Grizzlies)

Jamaal Franklin was widely projected as a mid-first-round pick headed into the draft on Thursday. The fact that he fell all the way to No. 41 overall is shocking.

Franklin can do just about everything except shoot consistently from the perimeter. In the end, that may have been his undoing as a wing player.

But his defensive skills, length, explosiveness, rebounding ability and tenacity out on the hardwood project him to be an impact player in the NBA, one certainly worthy of being drafted in the first round. We may look back at this pick as the steal of the draft down the road.

 

Pierre Jackson Falls to No. 42 Overall (Philadelphia 76ers)

I understand the concerns about Pierre Jackson's size (5'11"), but he has been compared to Nate Robinson in terms of his quickness and explosiveness.

While Jackson is a high-octane scorer, he also showed in his last season at Baylor that he could be a distributor too, averaging 7.1 assists for the Bears. 

While Jackson was a fringe first-round pick according to many, I'm still surprised that he didn't get drafted in the first round, or even the early second round. Size isn't everything, and I expect Jackson to prove that point down the line.

 

Ricky Ledo Falls to No. 43 Overall (Dallas Mavericks)

There were several factors that may have led to Ricky Ledo's drop on Thursday.

For one, he was ruled academically ineligible for the 2012-13 campaign at Providence. Also, as Tom Davis of the News-Sentinel noted, he's been slapped with the dreaded "character issues" tag.

That being said, Ledo—considered one of the top scorers in the nation in high school—has too much potential to fall this far. He's a strong, athletic combo guard with good size who can penetrate the lane almost at will. He's also a very intelligent player out on the court.

The Mavericks, who traded with the Milwaukee Bucks to land Ledo, may have found a steal at No. 43 overall. 

 

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