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NBA Draft 2011: 10 Potential Late First Round and Second Round Steals

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NBA Draft 2011: 10 Potential Late First Round and Second Round Steals
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Does this year's draft hold a late round steal like Carlos Boozer in 2002?

The NFL and NBA drafts vary greatly in terms of what each means to the league. The NFL draft is a huge event, drawing in ratings for two networks and being something that is hyped up for months, not weeks. The NBA draft comes very quickly right after the Finals end. There is much less downtime for the average fan to get to know the names of every player.

Most fans don't know anyone outside the top five players in a given draft, and it gets even harder to know some of the prospects if they are from overseas. There is often no time for the fans to do their research with so little time between the Finals and the draft.

There are always players who slip into the late first round or second round because they don't have prototypical skills for the position they play or maybe they are lacking a key attribute that would have made them a lottery pick. As the draft has been trimmed from teams being able to pick until they wanted to stop down to two rounds the quality of draft picks should have got better. It hasn't.

With advanced scouting players slipping into the second round or being undrafted is more rare than ever but happens a lot. Gilbert Arenas, Manu Ginobili, Carlos Boozer and pre Orlando-Rashard Lewis were all second round picks who paid huge dividend for their teams. Here is a look at 10 more prospects who down the line could make some lottery teams look silly.

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