The 2014 NBA draft class is mind-bogglingly deep. As in, bottom-of-the-Mariana-Trench deep.
Not only was the first round of the June 26 proceedings filled with quality players from top to bottom, but the second half of the night was brimming with rotation members and potential starters. Not only was the second round a great place to find talent, but the crop of undrafted free agents is just ridiculously strong.
Every year there are notable undrafted players; this summer, there are more than a few who project as future rotation members. Some may turn into even more than that, despite being spurned time and time again over the course of the 60 picks announced by commissioner Adam Silver and NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that "undrafted" is the equivalent of "worthless" in the NBA. Teams take fliers on draft-and-stash candidates and high-upside young guns during the second round, often leaving the veteran talents to be picked up as free agents.
Wesley Matthews, John Starks, Bruce Bowen, Ben Wallace, Udonis Haslem, Jeremy Lin, Jose Calderon, Avery Johnson and many others have gone on to enjoy fruitful careers after they were originally spurned.
Will anyone from this year's class follow in their footsteps?