Everyone knows about the top prospects in this year’s NBA draft. Let’s take a look at the second round. When you’re drafting a player in the second round, you’re looking for rotational players who can give good minutes off the bench.
Given the right opportunity, some of these players will eventually develop into starters. Here are some notable second round picks in previous draft classes: Chandler Parsons, Lance Stephenson, Danny Green, Mario Chalmers, DeAndre Jordan, Omer Asik and Goran Dragic.
Here are 5 second round picks that will make their mark in the NBA:
Brown played point guard for N.C. State, he averaged 12.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.2 apg, and 2 spg. At 6’5” and 189 lbs, he’s considered to be athletically gifted at point guard. He led the ACC in assists per game during this past season. Furthermore, he finished sixth in the country for overall assists. He’s shown he’s a very good passer, so that makes a good pick for any team looking for depth at the point.
Ennis played the small forward position at Long Beach State. At 6’7” and 201 lbs, he has a phenomenal wingspan of 6’11”. Last season he averaged 16 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.7 bpg and 1.3 spg. According to Joe Treutlin at DraftExpress.com, Ennis has only two years of high level basketball experience. Within a few years, Ennis can be developed into a productive player both offensively and defensively.
Green played the position of a combo guard at Virginia Tech. His stats during his 2012-13 season are very impressive. He averaged 25 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.3 spg. He led the country in scoring, and he managed to do it while competing with other teams in a major conference. His success in the NBA is in question due to his size. His height is a major concern. At 6’3” and 178 lbs; he’s shorter and smaller than most guards in the NBA.
Muscala dominated the Center position at Bucknell. He averaged 18.9 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.3 bpg during the 2012-2013 season. He ultimately finished 4 the second best PER in the country last season, falling behind Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk. He also has the ability to hit jump shots.
He averaged 10 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 5.7 apg and 2.3 spg. He also led Louisvile to a national title last season and that’s never a bad thing. His only knock on him is his small stature; he’s rather short for a point guard. He is known to have great defensive skills, and many teams in NBA will look to turn him into their backup point guard. He is known to have great defensive skills, and many teams in NBA will look to turn him into their backup point guard.
Written by Krithic Annamalai