NBA Draft 2013: Round 2 Prospects Who Will Provide First-Round Value

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJune 28, 2013

Nov 18, 2012; Charleston, SC, USA; Murray State Racers guard Isaiah Canaan (3) reacts after the play during the second half of the Charleston Classic Championship game against the Colorado Buffaloes at TD Arena. Buffaloes won 81-74. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
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After a night ruled by stunning trades and mind-twisting swaps, the 2013 NBA draft is officially in the books. 60 players have gone from being prospects to rookies, thus leaving the league in anticipation of what's soon to come.

While the first 30 players off the board will receive praise as the stars of the draft, we would be remiss to ignore the second-round prospects who will provide first round value.

There was no shortage of players who fell deep into the draft, coming off of the board significantly later than expected. While there are countless players with upside, only a select few can truly be referred to those with first-round value.

The question is, who were the second-round players who present first-round value?

Note: A player's new team plays a major role in their potential value.


Isaiah Canaan, Houston Rockets

Draft Position: No. 34

Position: Point Guard

Age: 22

Height & Weight: 6'0" & 188 pounds (6'5" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages

24.28 PER, 21.8 PPG, 4.3 APG, 3.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 37.0% 3PT

Much has been made of Jeremy Lin's inability to play at an elite level with the Houston Rockets, but the player isn't the only party to blame. The Rockets run a rare offense in which their shooting guard is their primary ball-handler.

That's exactly why Isaiah Canaan is the perfect fit in Houston.

James Harden is a ball-dominant player, demanding the ball and creating shots for himself and others off of the dribble. This calls for Houston's point guard to be a proficient jump shooter, which Lin is not.

Canaan is.

Canaan's down year saw him shoot 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and make 94 three-point field goals in 31 games. In his previous three seasons, Canaan posted marks of 48.2, 40.3 and 45.6 percent.

The scariest thing about it? Canaan did all of this creating his own shot.

Now imagine him off of the catch with James Harden running the show.


Allen Crabbe, Portland Trail Blazers

Draft Position: No. 31 (via Cleveland Cavaliers)

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 21

Height & Weight: 6'6" & 197 pounds (6'11" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages

23.07 PER, 18.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 SPG

When you're picked just one spot outside of the first round, can you really be considered a second-round steal? If it's possible to be, then California Golden Bears shooting guard Allen Crabbe earns that distinction.

Expect Crabbe to remind the world of just how dangerous he can be with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Crabbe is an offensive nightmare, shooting the ball at an elite clip and standing at 6'6" with a massive 6'11" wingspan. Paired with a high rise on his jump shot, Crabbe's three-ball is all but impossible to contest.

Paired with the fact that he rebounds at a high rate, played as a lead facilitator at California and has defensive potential, Crabbe is a pure first-round talent.

There are questions about Crabbe's defense, mainly due to the concerns about his inconsistent effort on that end. When focused, however, Crabbe can make a difference defending all three perimeter spots.

If Portland can channel his energy to that end of the floor, he and C.J. McCollum could form one of the better offensive second unit tandems in the NBA.


Jamaal Franklin, Memphis Grizzlies

Draft Position: No. 41

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 22

Height & Weight: 6'5" & 191 pounds (6'11" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages

23.87 PER, 17.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.8 BPG

Jamaal Franklin was projected to go as high as No. 15 to the Milwaukee Bucks. Come draft day, he fell past No. 15, kept on slipping, entered the second round and went all the way to No. 41 before the Memphis Grizzlies picked him up.

You can list anyone you'd like—this was the unquestioned steal of the draft.

Franklin was a borderline lottery talent who has every tool in his repertoire but a consistent jump shot. He has great size for the shooting guard position at 6'5" with a 6'11" wingspan, is the position's top rebounder and pairs elite athleticism with dominant on-ball defense.

If the Grizzlies are looking for their long-term replacement for Tony Allen, they just found him—at No. 41.

Franklin guided San Diego State to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, leading the team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals per game. Over the course of the season, he played every position on the floor and was routinely forced to defend power forwards.

Not only was Franklin up to the task, but he thrived—Memphis took notice when the rest of the world played clueless.


Ricardo Ledo, Dallas Mavericks

Draft Position: No. 43 (via Milwaukee Bucks)

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 20

Height & Weight: 6'6" & 197 pounds (6'7" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages


If you can believe it, the Dallas Mavericks actually kept a draft. In fact, they kept two, with guards Shane Larkin and Ricardo Ledo serving as the backcourt Dallas invested in.

Who would have thought that Dallas would trade it all away and end up with two players that could be starters at the next level?

Ledo stands at 6'6" and 197 pounds with a 6'7" wingspan, displaying the ability to create space and knock down jumpers from all over the court. While a year on the sidelines could damage his chances of making an instant impact, Ledo has upside written all over him.

A guard with great size, a lethal jump shot and the ability to facilitate is never a player you want to pass over.

For the Mavericks, Ledo could step in and see quality minutes during his rookie season. While free agency may change the direction they opt to go in, Dallas is in desperate need of young legs along their perimeter.

With Ledo possessing explosive athleticism and offensive upside, there's a spot for him at each of Dallas' guard spots.


Mike Muscala, Atlanta Hawks

Draft Position: No. 44 (via Dallas Mavericks)

Position: Center

Age: 21

Height & Weight: 6'11" & 230 pounds (7'1" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages

36.34 PER, 18.7 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.4 BPG

The Atlanta Hawks made an upside acquisition early, landing center Lucas Nogueira in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. They also picked up German point guard Dennis Schroeder, and thus, they were left looking like a team building for tomorrow.

Just like that, the Hawks altered perceptions.

At No. 44, the Hawks acquired Mike Muscala, who at 6'11" and 230 pounds with a 7'1" wingspan, is as NBA-ready as they come. Not only does he work well out of the post, but Muscala has a face-up game with range out to the three-point line.

As a productive rebounder and reliable shot-blocker, Muscala truly is the real deal.

There were quite a few, including myself, that had Muscala as one of the top 30 prospects in this draft class. While he may be experienced from a college perspective, he's still just 21 years old.

The upside remains for Muscala to further hone his skills and become one of the better all-around offensive big men in the NBA.


Glen Rice Jr., Philadelphia 76ers

Draft Position: No. 35

Position: Guard/Forward

Age: 22

Height & Weight: 6'6" & 211 pounds (6'9" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages

23.7 MPG, 13.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 1.9 APG, 0.9 SPG, 38.5% 3PT

The Philadelphia 76ers had quite the eventful draft, trading their franchise player for a potential Defensive Player of the Year and eventually selecting a replacement just five picks later. Joining Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel—two elite defensive prospects—will be another defender.

Add Glen Rice Jr. to the bunch and you have a powerful defensive core of Carter-Williams, Rice Jr., Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Noel.

The loss of Holiday will sting, but Rice Jr. helps round out what was a productive draft for the rebuilding Sixers. Not only is Rice Jr. an experienced player at the NBA D-League level, but he has the prototypical body for an NBA player.

At 6'6" and 211 pounds with a 6'9" wingspan and a three-point shooting stroke of 38.5 percent, it's fair to say Rice Jr. is NBA-ready.

Rice Jr. will provide a leach-like approach to perimeter defense, latching onto his opponent and refusing to let them go. That's exactly what Philadelphia needs at the 2 spot after failed experiments with Jason Richardson and Nick Young.

This is a drastic overhaul for the Sixers to make, but the pieces they've acquired suggest they have elite defensive potential—you know, as if ranking ninth in scoring defense doesn't do so already.


Jeff Withey, Portland Trail Blazers

Draft Position: No. 39

Position: Center

Age: 23

Height & Weight: 7'0" & 222 pounds (7'2" wingspan)

2012-13 Season Averages

27.23 PER, 13.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.9 BPG

The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the true winners of the 2013 NBA draft, as they made the second round into a hotbed for rotational players. Perhaps no pick was as important as the one they made at No. 39.

With the absence of a shot-blocker unanswered, the Blazers brought on one of the top interior defenders in the draft in Jeff Withey.

Withey isn't an explosive athlete and may not contribute much offensively, but he's an elite defensive prospect. Not only can he block shots at a high clip, but he keeps his man off of the glass and does well stepping out to defend the pick-and-roll and perimeter jump shots.

Even if he is to play less than 20 minutes per contest, his defensive presence could be a major factor in Portland improving their second unit and thus making a push for the postseason.

Offensively, Withey is sound enough fundamentally where he can contribute when his number is called. Whether he's working the high pick-and-roll or scoring out of the post, Withey is good for the occasional basket.

For a Blazers team that lacks a rim protector, however, offense isn't the focus—Withey's elite shot-blocking is what makes this a pure steal.


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