Making it to the NBA is one of the hardest accomplishments in America today. With less than one percent of athletes making the cut, being drafted is a huge deal.
Leading up to the draft, the primary focus is on the players who are projected to go in the lottery picks (which are 1-14) and the projected first-rounders.
Often players like Manu Ginobli, Gilbert Arenas and Carlos Boozer get over looked and then eventually become stars on teams that missed on their first-rounders.
This years projected No. 1 overall pick has consistently been Kyrie Irving. Irving is a great young talent and should excel at the next level, but people are forgetting about the more experienced point guard on Duke's roster.
Nolan Smith is projected to be a late first-round, early second-round pick but he is a proven winner. Smith helped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship in 2010 and his production has increased each year. During his senior season, Smith averaged 20.6 points per game while dishing out 5.1 assists.
However, Smith does have a chance of going in the first round, and in this piece I wanted to focus on a player that will most likely be selected in Round 2.
Malcolm Lee is a combo guard out of UCLA who has length, quickness and good defensive instincts. He could produce better than first thought in the NBA as the more recent UCLA guards Darren Collison and Jrue Holiday have. His assist numbers were down this season, but his turnover numbers have decreased as well. This is because he's spending more time spotting up and less time creating offense with the ball in his hands.
Lee seems to be at his best when he can get out in transition and utilize his athleticism in the open court. During the 2010-11 campaign, Lee averaged 13 points to go along with three rebounds. If a team like the Chicago Bulls or Los Angeles Lakers took a chance on him in the second round, he could very well become one of the next great second-round steals of all-time.
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