When the 2013 NBA draft class entered the ranks of the NBA, it was pretty clear that the group of players was a shallow one. Chances were, the second round wasn't going to produce many immediate contributors, and it didn't.
In fact, only four players suited up in at least half of their team's games while playing 10 or more minutes per contest:
- Ray McCallum, who emerged as a solid point guard for the Sacramento Kings.
- Nate Wolters, one of my personal favorites, who became a quality contributor for the struggling Milwaukee Bucks.
- Jeff Withey, who received limited playing time with the New Orleans Pelicans.
- Ryan Kelly, who spent time on the court both because he was a nice pick and because the Los Angeles Lakers didn't have many healthy options
Of the 30 picks, only four managed to qualify based on the above criteria. Only half of the selections even suited up in an NBA uniform.
But that won't be the case in 2014. The most recent class is significantly deeper, with general managers picking up quality contributors late in the proceedings. Rather than seeing the second round filled with international picks and high-upside fliers (which were certainly selected at times), there were also plenty of experienced players who can make an immediate impact in the Association.
Familiarizing yourself with first-round prospects is always a good idea; this year, the same is true for the second-round guys.
The five featured players in this article will all make as much, or more, of an impact as each of the four guys listed up above. They won't be the only ones to play at least 10 minutes per game, though.