The second round of the NBA draft is all about value.
Chances of striking it rich and finding a Willis Reed, Manu Ginobili or even Gilbert Arenas are certainly low, but teams are constantly finding solid rotational players or even starters.
You only need to look at the past two years to find guys like Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, Draymond Green and other incredibly valuable players who were taken after the initial 30 picks.
Although you may not be finding all-stars, the second round is where teams can conceivably win the draft.
Let's take a look at some of the best value picks from Thursday night.
Note: You can find the complete draft results here.
No. 41: Jamaal Franklin, Memphis Grizzlies
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix gave a possible explanation for the fall of San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin, whose name many projected to hear in the 20s:
Jamaal Franklin's lack of a three-point shot has to be killing him with NBA teams. Someone is going to get high value with him.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 28, 2013
That seems...silly. So silly.
Franklin shot just 28.0 percent from beyond the arc last year, but this is a career 80 percent free-throw shooter. His mechanics are fine, and with more repetition and less defensive focus on him, his shot will start falling.
And, according to Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler, it sounded like he has been working on that shot a little bit:
Hearing my guy Jamaal Franklin absolutely killed it at a recent Knicks workout hitting 26 of his first 26 shots... #jumperiswet— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 12, 2013
Franklin isn't going to be some explosive 20-point-per-game scorer, but he has the potential to be someone who can come off the bench and knock down open threes.
And when you combine that with his real strengths—athleticism, strength and defensive ability—you have a very solid role player.
Now imagine what he could do if he plays without a sweatshirt underneath his jersey.
No. 46: Erick Green, Denver Nuggets
Erick Green's game is not nearly as rounded as Franklin's, but the former Virginia Tech standout can put the peach in the basket.
And he can do it in a variety of ways:
With that impressive versatility, there is no one way to shut him down.
The nation's leading scorer shot 47.5 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from long range and connected on 6.8 free throws per contest. He can put the ball on the deck and get to the hoop or step back and knock down the jumper.
Green could stand to add some more weight to his 6'4", 185-pound frame, but this kid will be instant offense off the bench for the Nuggets, who acquired him from the Utah Jazz.
No. 54: Arsalan Kazemi, Philadelphia 76ers
While Green will be instant offense, Arsalan Kazemi will be instant energy.
Officially the first Iranian ever drafted, per ESPN's Andy Katz, Kazemi has a game that every single coaching staff would welcome with open arms.
He's just under 6'8" and 225 pounds, so he could be defined as a small power forward, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in length and an energizer-bunny-like motor.
Transferring from Rice to Oregon, many wondered how Kazemi would fit in the Pac-12.
Well, all he did was respond with a 28.9 defensive rebounding percentage (second best in America) and 4.0 steal percentage (98th best), becoming the only player in the country to finish in the top 100 in both categories.
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His athleticism makes him an absolute vacuum cleaner on the glass, his 7'0" wingspan makes him a nuisance defensively and best of all, he knows that's the role he needs to play to be effective. Simply put, he's a catalyst—the kind of stat-stuffing player that teammates absolutely love to play with and opponents can't stand to play against.
For a player who works as hard and does as many things effectively as Kazemi, I have very little doubt he will make an NBA roster this summer. Think Kenneth Faried.