Several teams earned an A+ grade for a selection they made in Round 2 of the 2013 NBA draft.
Picking a prospect based on need that late is almost useless. However, the franchises on this list managed to land a potential first-round prospect in the second that happened to fill a need as well.
Here are the most brilliant second-round picks from Thursday’s draft.
Glen Rice Jr. to the Washington Wizards at No. 35
The Washington Post’s Michael Lee reported that the Wizards traded their 35th overall pick, Nate Wolters, and 54th overall pick, Arsalan Kazemi to the Philadelphia 76ers for Rice.
Washington finished this past season ranked 28th in the league in scoring. After it traded Jordan Crawford, Trevor Ariza became the only serviceable reserve wing on the roster. Rice—who averaged 25.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the D-League playoffs—will help solve the Wizards' scoring and depth issues.
Ricky Ledo to the Dallas Mavericks at No. 43
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that Dallas surrendered a second-round pick in 2014 to trade up and select the 20-year-old shooting guard.
O.J. Mayo is an unrestricted free agent and Shawn Marion has an early termination option. Those are two of the Mavs’ four leading scorers from last season. Dallas needs players to help take the scoring load off Dirk Nowitzki and the fact that they found one with the potential to do so in the future for cheap is huge.
ESPN’s Chad Ford reacted to the pick by claiming that Ledo is a top-10 talent.
Mike Muscala to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 44
The Associated Press reported that the Hawks acquired Mike Muscala in a swap with the Mavericks (via Sports Illustrated).
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Muscala—a 6’11”, 230-pound power forward out of Bucknell—averaged 18.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game this past season. Whether he played against underwhelming competition or not, Muscala is one of the most polished bigs in the draft.
He’ll provide Atlanta with much needed frontcourt depth with Josh Smith and Zaza Pachulia headed to free agency.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.