NBA Draft 2013: Big Names That Highlight Round 2 Selections
There were a few players who were projected to be selected in the first round who found themselves being selected in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
These players, possessing some big names, will not get the luxury of a guaranteed contract, and will instead have to claw their way onto their respective teams.
Which are the biggest names that found themselves in the second round? Read on to find out.
Projected as a potential mid-first-round pick, Jamaal Franklin slid to the 41st pick of the draft, ending up with the Memphis Grizzlies. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted that his lack of a jump shot could've caused the slide:
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
Franklin is a do-it-all shooting guard who plays solid defense. He's a good driver and can dish the ball effectively.
He is, however, an awful shooter, connecting on just 28 percent of his threes and, even worse, 24 percent of his catch-and-shoot jumpers.
Still, it was a bit surprising to see him fall, since it would not have been a stretch for Franklin to have been taken in the middle of the first round. He grabbed 11.3 rebounds per 40 minutes, which is incredible for a guard. He can cover multiple positions with ease.
Franklin should carve out a role off the bench for the Grizzlies. And Memphis, which didn't have a first-round pick this year, ended up with a first-round talent anyway.
Another potential first-round pick, Allen Crabbe was drafted 31st overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers before being shipped to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Blazers were excited to acquire the sharpshooter:
"Allen Crabbe at 31 has a chance to be a special player on this roster." - Neil Olshey #RipCityDraft— Trail Blazers (@pdxtrailblazers) June 28, 2013
Crabbe was probably the best pure shooter in this draft, hitting nearly 34 percent of his shots from three. Even better, Crabbe shot 53 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers.
He's a capable defender, but does not lock down the perimeter.
It will be interesting to see how Crabbe fits on the Blazers, since they drafted C.J. McCollum with their first-round pick. McCollum is a better version of Crabbe.
For now, Crabbe will probably carve out a role as a sharpshooter off the bench.
Jeff Withey slid past a number of teams that needed interior defense before being selected by the Blazers with the 39th pick.
Withey, the reigning NCAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year, was regarded as one of the best interior defenders, making his slide seem puzzling:
Portland takes Jeff Withey at #39. Kind of surprising he fell this far. Best big man defender in college basketball?— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 28, 2013
Withey averaged 3.9 blocks per game last season, along with 8.5 rebounds. He shot an impressive 71 percent from the field.
The big man is never going to be a huge offensive threat, which is perhaps why he slipped. But he will make a major impact on the defensive side, blocking and altering shots, grabbing boards and playing with solid positioning.
Withey could end up competing with Meyers Leonard for significant playing time next season. Withey, a much better defensive player than Leonard, will see time in important minutes. Should J.J. Hickson leave via free agency, Withey has an outside shot at starting.
Either way, Withey will give the Blazers valuable minutes as a banger down low. He will vastly improve a defense that gave up 100.7 points per game last year, which was 21st in the league.
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