NBA Draft Results 2013: Late-Round Picks That Will Flourish
The 2013 NBA draft was a siege of chaos and confusion, aided by odd picks and questionable trades.
Thursday's draft in Brooklyn also featured several big names falling to the mid-second round. A few of these big names appeared destined to be first-round picks, but plummeted down into the abyss below known as disappointment and heartbreak.
Heck, one of these prospects was widely considered to be a mid-first round pick.
Here's a look at player selected late in the 2013 NBA draft that will flourish in the pros.
43. Ricky Ledo, G, Providence (Dallas Mavericks)
Ricky Ledo comes with character concerns after off-the-court issues and being ruled academically ineligible in 2012-13, but his talent in undeniable.
Ledo, ranked as the No. 21 overall recruit in the 2012 class by ESPN, was considered one of the nation's most dangerous scorers coming out of South Kent School in Providence. At 6'6", he has the size to be a shooting guard. Given his quickness and ball-handling, he also has the ability to be a point guard.
Granted, Ledo is an unfinished product, but the 20-year-old has a wide array of skills at his disposal. The Dallas Mavericks will be happy they nabbed Ledo when all is said and done.
42. Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor (New Orleans Pelicans)
Pierre Jackson was largely considered to be a late first-round pick headed into the draft, but he dropped down to No. 42 overall.
In the end, Jackson's lack of size (5'11") and a knee injury sustained right before the draft may have been what caused him to fall. But his combination of quickness, explosiveness, passing skills, defense and heart will see him rise past all the doubters.
Jackson averaged 19.8 points, 7.1 assists and 1.5 steals last season at Baylor, and he's certainly not done yet. The New Orleans Pelicans add another talented young player to their squad.
41. Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State (Memphis Grizzlies)
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Jamaal Franklin may need serious work on his jump shot, but he also averaged 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals last season at San Diego State, exemplifying his versatility.
I can see why a wing player who has trouble knocking it down from the perimeter can scare some teams off, but I'm surprised more teams didn't look at the complete picture. Franklin will defend for you, rebound for you and give you everything he has. Those types of players tend to stick around.
It's ironic that Franklin was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies because—with Tony Allen being an unrestricted free agent this summer—he could be Tony Allen 2.0, an underrated player who helps you tremendously on the defensive end.
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