NBA Draft: 10 Second Rounders You Want Your Team to Take
The second round of the NBA Draft means uncertainty for the draftee, but can mean huge rewards for the teams selecting them. There is no guarantee contract for those players selected in the second round, so if teams get them into camp and they don't work out they can be cut. Recently, the approach hasn't been to even bring the players to camp, but rather let them cut their teeth overseas.
The exception is the big name college players that for whatever reason slide into the second round, come into camp, and earn playing time. There are numerous examples from the last few drafts: DeJuan Blair, Marcus Thornton, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Carl Landry and Glen Davis just to name a few.
Here we bring you 10 players who could make a similar impact for your team.
All of the players in our mock are considered long shots for the first round. Obviously, there are players who are second round material in some mocks (including ours), but that have a good chance to go in the first round. We chose to leave those players off our draft, they include: Lance Stephenson, Gani Lawal, Dominque Jones, Terrico White, Devin Ebanks and others.
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1. Da'Sean Butler (West Virginia)
What can we say that hasn't already been said about Da'Sean Butler.
All year he hit big shot after big shot for the Mountaineers. He had a segment on SportsCenter dedicated just to his buzzer beaters.
There's no reason to think he can't continue to make shots in the NBA, in fact he might be even better at the next level.
The absolute worst case scenario for Butler is a role similar to Roger Mason, Jr. Called on to just hit the open 3s when defenses collapse on a penetrating point guard.
The Spurs have shown the good sense to scoop up college players coming off injury, and have arguably the best scouting department in the NBA. They also possess the 49th overall pick, and if Butler is still there be sure they'll take a nice long look.
2. Jerome Jordan (Tulsa)
For a player to stick with a team in the NBA they have to either be good at everything, or great at one thing and at the same time not have glaring holes.
Jerome Jordan is one of the players that doesn't have a glaring weakness.
His offense is solid, but not on the level of other post players in this draft. To remedy that he's working with Impact in Las Vegas, and all signs say he's doing well.
In the league he isn't going to be asked to carry the offensive load, but will just be asked to move the ball and when he's got position to make easy baskets.
His defense isn't exceptional either, but he won't be a hole in the middle. Yes he blocks shots at a high rate, which gives him additional value, but in reality he isn't a very strong defender.
He possesses average athleticism, and at times is slow to react. Given the right coaching and the right situation, Jordan could find himself playing significant minutes as a second round pick.
A team with multiple picks and multiple needs should be fast to scoop Jordan up. Due to that the Knicks (38 & 39) and the Heat (41, 42 & 48) would both be great options.
3. Miroslav Raduljica (FMP Zeleznik)
His team, FMP Zeleznik, is infamous for signing young talent to deals with unbelievable buyouts, in hopes they get NBA looks. Miroslav is living proof of this business model.
There are rumors his buyout has been over $1 million Euros in the past, and it is unclear whether he currently has a buyout.
What is known, is that Miro is a big time talent with big time upside.
He shoots the ball well on occasion, but is overall a streaky shooter. He can go into the post and finish with both hands.
Miro has no problem finding the open man, and for a player of his size can put the ball on the floor.
He has a good understanding of the European game, but there is some question as to how much his game can translate, especially on the defensive end.
Miroslav is a player that'll be taken in the first few picks of the draft, and then be asked to stay in Europe. We saw this in 2003 with Lampe, and never heard from him again.
Miroslav is more likely to make it to the States full-time given the initial reports we're hearing.
4. Mikhail Torrance (Alabama)
A point guard possessing height like Torrance doesn't come along very often. Any team that selects the combo guard from Alabama will have a player who is ready to come in and contribute at either point guard or shooting guard from day one.
In a draft thin at both guards, that is truly a luxury.
At the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Torrance wowed scouts with his ability to distribute and score with high efficiency. He has struggled with turnovers, but hasn't played point guard full-time until this season.
The team that selects Torrance will do so based on his upside at point guard and great physical attributes.
The Lakers have two second round picks, so using one on Torrance would give them a younger back court. Even earlier in the second, we like his fit with the Kings. The only point on the roster is Beno Udrih and a backcourt of Tyreke Evans and Torrance would be a nightmare for teams to deal with.
5. Jordan Crawford (Xavier)
The team that gets Crawford knows exactly what they're drafting. A true scoring guard, who thinks he can make any shot, no matter how difficult.
He put on a show in his last college game, and decided to make the jump a few weeks later.
His athleticism is above average, but even though he put one down on LeBron, he isn't an elite athlete at the NBA level.
His jump shot is a streaky, but when it drops he's absolutely deadly. Crawford's long arms will serve him well because he is slightly undersized at only 6'4".
We think Crawford can excel on a bad team, one that won't worry about him taking a few bad shots. The perfect fit for him would be a team like the Warriors or Knicks, where he'd be given free reign to shoot.
On a more experienced team, there may be questions as to whether he can buy into the team dynamic. Assuming he can, he could be a spot-up shooter a team like the Heat or Suns could use.
6. Sylven Landesberg (Virginia)
All the press is going to Xavier Henry and James Anderson as the only two true shooting guards who deserve first round consideration.
Why are people overlooking the silky smooth scorer from Virginia?
Sylven scores the ball in a variety of ways. He can finish at the rim off the dribble. He can get to the rim, to the line, pull up in the mid-range and find the open man. His outside jumper is improving, which would make him even more dangerous. He rebounds and distributes the ball well for a shooting guard making him, arguably, the most complete shooting guard in this draft.
There are a number of teams that could use Landesberg in the first part of the second round.
The Wizards will have Gilbert Arenas and John Wall at guard, but lack much beyond that.
The Knicks and Heat could work as well depending on free agency.
The Celtics, if he lasts that long, could use someone to learn under Ray Allen, if they choose to bring him back for another year.
Whoever he ends up with will be happy to have him.
7. Sherron Collins (Kansas)
Sherron Collins was a veteran leader for the Jayhawks this year. When his season and career ended at the hands of Northern Iowa, you could see how shocked he was. He expects to win every night, and whatever team picks him will get that same intensity.
Collins isn't the fastest player or best shooter, but he plays as hard as anyone.
He is a true point guard, and can get his team into offensive sets at any level.
Collins will never be a superstar, but he could be the backup point guard for a team that has a superstar already there.
We think Collins could fit in a number of places.
The Kings need another point guard on their roster, so he could be a fit there. The Thunder have Russell Westbrook playing a ton of minutes, but Collins could definitely spell him for stretches. The Jazz, who are in need of a backup for Deron Williams, should be Collins worst case scenario at the end of the second round.
8. Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
Last year, Brackins was a likely lottery pick. This year, he'll be available in the top few picks of the second round.
It isn't that Brackins got worse, but more due to the fact this year's class of forwards is a lot deeper than last year's.
The things he did well before he continues to do well.
He can create his own shot, which he was called on to do frequently at Iowa State. He can face up and stick jumpers when given space, but struggles with a hand in his face.
As a rebounder, he doesn't impress and in fact may be a liability at the next level. He doesn't have a frame to weather the grind day in and day out in the post.
Ultimately he's a finesse forward, but given the right strength coach he could become a first round talent in the second round.
The Bucks need a power forward, and depending what they do at pick No. 15 he would be a great option with one of their second round picks.
The Heat have a lot of picks, and a lot of holes to fill. Either option would be a situation where Brackins can excel.
9. Artisom Parakhouski (Radford)
Big Art has been giving the Big South all it can handle for the past few years now.
He started playing basketball only six years ago, when he came from Belarus to play at Southern Idaho junior college. Neither Southern Idaho or Radford has turned out an NBA player, but with Art looming on the edge of the first round now is as good a time as any.
Parakhouski is a big body with a frame that can add some bulk, but like they say, you can't teach size. He isn't mobile enough to play a significant number of minutes at the next level right away.
He does have a knack for finishing around the rim, and a nose for the ball. Those two traits are enough for some team to roll the dice on him.
With how many teams stash second round players overseas, Art is sure to be a hot commodity. Seeing him picked somewhere in the 30s makes a lot of sense.
The Warriors have a lot of young frontcourt talent, so taking Art and allowing him to develop overseas or in the D-League makes sense. Ditto for the Lakers, who draft 43rd.
At the same time, a team may believe a player develops better while on a NBA roster. If that's the case, then the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards have a lot of roster space and make sense for a young big man.
Teams taking Art will have to take the long view and not expect too much to soon, if they do they'll be pleasantly surprised.
10. Derrick Caracter (UTEP)
One of the most enigmatic players in the last decade in college basketball, Derrick Caracter is a wildcard in this draft.
He has the talent to be a first rounder, or at least had it when he entered college, but his mental make-up is a big question mark. He left Louisville under less than ideal circumstances, only to rediscover himself at UTEP.
Caracter can catch just about anything thrown his direction, showing wonderful hands in the post. He plays effectively with his back to the basket and has shown ability to use his quickness to face up this season. He has good wingspan, but is a little undersized and his body is a little soft.
Caracter is a flier, but if your favorite team takes him late in the second round, he could be a contributor you never would have expected.
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