NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Undrafted Prospects That Should Get Signed

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NBA Free Agents 2011: 5 Undrafted Prospects That Should Get Signed
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The goal of each and every college draft prospect is to be one of the 60 names called by either David Stern or fan-favorite Adam Silver on draft night.

Besides the glory, admiration and music videos that arise from first-round draft status, the all-important guaranteed contract may be the reason Stern becomes such a player favorite each and every NBA draft.

For those not fortunate enough to shake hands with the league commissioner, deputy commissioner Silver presents all second-round draft picks with their NBA destination.

But with hundreds of draft entries per year, what happens to those who do not find a home via the draft?

Surprisingly enough, for a late second round to undrafted prospect, the probability of sticking with a team through the Summer League, training camp and opening night actually increases if a player goes undrafted.


Well, in most cases, when a player goes undrafted, there are several teams that valued the player but decided to go in a different direction come draft night. When that player becomes a free agent, the player gains a bit of control over his destiny, and in most cases is able to choose from a selection of interested teams which best fit the player's skill set and the team's areas of need. 

There are several cases of players going straight from undrafted on draft night, to immediate contributors with their first teams: Udonis Haslem, John Starks and Andres Nocioni would fit the bill.

With many college stars not hearing their names called on draft night, here are five undrafted prospects that should be signed.  

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