With their first round picks, NBA teams are looking for the can’t-miss prospects that can step in and contribute immediately. You can find a recap and draft grades for every pick of the first round here.
The second round of the draft is all about finding the hidden gems, late bloomers, or undervalued prospects that really balance out a roster. Look no further than two Texas teams’ success in the second round: the Spurs with Manu Ginobili and the Rockets with Chandler Parsons. Who will be this year’s second round sleeper? Here’s a recap and analysis of the second round:
31. Portland Trail Blazers (via CLE): Allen Crabbe, SG/SF, California
Portland continues to draft some of college’s purest scorers. Crabbe should have come off the board in the first round. Instead, he joins CJ McCollum to bolster Portland’s bench.
32. Oklahoma City Thunder: Alex Abrines, SG, Spain
The Thunder finally selected a scoring 2-guard. Abrines is a “lights out” shooter who can give Oklahoma City some much-needed depth. Kevin Martin’s offensive game is limited at this point of his career.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State
A big-time reach by Cleveland in taking Felix this early. He probably would have gone undrafted if the Cavaliers hadn’t taken him. He’s very athletic and will get his chance to make the roster after being drafted so high.
34. Houston Rockets: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
The Rockets were winners in this draft and only had one pick. Canaan is a scoring guard who should have gone in the first round. He is undersized, but his confident demeanor and shooting stroke will win over Houston fans immediately.
35. Washington Wizards (via PHI): Glen Rice Jr, SF, Rio Grand Valley-NBDL
This could be a steal for the Wizards. Rice Jr. had red flags from his time at Georgia Tech, as he was kicked off the team. He reestablished himself with Rio Grand Valley and dominated the D-League. Rice Jr. will be a nice bench piece for the Wizards moving forward.
36. Sacramento Kings: Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit
McCallum is everything that the current Kings guards are not. He is a coach’s son and an unselfish floor leader who looks to pass first. He will see major minutes as Sacramento looks to revamp the roster.
37. Detroit Pistons: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
This pick has no risk and is all reward for Detroit. Mitchell in the first round would have been dangerous for the team that picked him. Now, he can come in and use his athleticism to team up with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. If it doesn’t work out, the Pistons can part ways with him.
38. Milwaukee Bucks (via PHI via WAS): Nate Wolters, SG, South Dakota State
Wolters will be in the NBA for a long time. He played shooting guard in college, but will look to make the switch to point guard. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him steal major minutes as the primary ball handler this season.
39. Portland Trail Blazers: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
The Trail Blazers improved their bench at every position. J.J. Hickson probably won’t return as the starting center. Meyers Leonard will slide into that role, opening up space for Withey as the backup. He will be an impact shot-blocker at the next level.
40. Portland Trail Blazers: Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona
Many believed Jerrett made a huge mistake by leaving Arizona after one season. He’s pretty raw, but he’s the prototypical stretch 4 for an NBA offense. Jerrett could be a nice addition who pays off in a few years for Portland.
41. Memphis Grizzlies: Jamal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
This is, undoubtedly, the steal of the second round. Franklin could have been selected in the top 20. Instead, concerns about how his position and shooting stroke caused him to fall. He is a high-effort player who will fit perfectly with the “Grit and Grind” Grizzlies.
42. New Orleans Pelicans (via PHI): Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor
In one night, New Orleans got a starting point guard in Jrue Holiday and a backup in Jackson. The Baylor product will be a productive bench scorer for the Pelicans. He’s too confident not to be.
43. Dallas Mavericks: Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
Ledo’s character issues caused him to fall this far. In basketball terms, he’s too talented not to be a factor for the Mavs at some point. He can score the basketball, and score it well. Ledo will make this roster.
44. Atlanta Hawks (via DAL): Mike Muscala, PF, Bucknell
Another potential steal. Atlanta’s selection of “BeBe” Nogueira earlier in the draft allowed them to pick the offensive-mind Muscala. He needs to improve his range as his transitions to the stretch 4 position.
45. Portland Trail Blazers: Marko Todorovic, F, Montenegro
A player who Portland can keep stashed overseas. Todorovic plays below the rim and is a good passer out of the post. He may never come over to the NBA, but it’s a low-risk pick.
46. Denver Nuggets: Erick Green, PG/SG, Virginia Tech
Andre Miller is getting older and Corey Brewer is inconsistent. Green carried Virginia Tech’s offense. He will be a nice scoring option off the bench for Denver quickly.
47. Atlanta Hawks: Raul Neto, G, Brazil
A pick and roll player who has great vision. He’s not overly athletic, but Neto has a high basketball IQ. He will stay overseas for the next few years and continue to develop until the Hawks tab him for their roster.
48. Los Angeles Lakers: Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke
The only reason Kelly was drafted was because of his shooting ability. Mike D’Antoni’s offense requires a power forward who can step away from the basket. Kelly isn’t athletic enough to be an NBA player, but then again, neither is Matt Bonner. He will make the team if he consistently makes shots.
49. Chicago Bulls: Erik Murphy, PF, Florida
Murphy is a smaller, more athletic version of Kelly. He is a change of pace from the type of big men Chicago employs. Murphy isn’t much of a banger on the boards, but he will make the roster if he proves he can defend at the NBA level.
50. Miami Heat (via ATL): James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State
On physical talent alone, Ennis will push for a roster spot. He is extremely athletic and loves to play above the rim. Miami’s positionless offense will allow Ennis to utilize his raw skills and not think too much…basketball IQ is not his thing.
51. Orlando Magic: Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma
Pretty surprising that Osby was drafted at all. He isn’t a very good athlete and he is undersized for the power forward position. Osby could carve out a niche as a Carl Landry-type forward if he develops a consistent jumper.
52. Minnesota Timberwolves: Lorenzo Brown, PG, North Carolina State
There is little risk in the Timberwolves taking Brown. His stock took a hit because he got grouped into the stench of NC State’s awful season. Brown is turnover prone, but he has a chance to stick as a backup under Ricky Rubio.
53. Boston Celtics (via IND): Colton Iverson, PF, Colorado State
Iverson is not graceful, but he is a massive body who seeks out contact in the paint. He fits the type of persona the Celtics have taken on in the past. With so many departures, Iverson has a real chance to become a rotation player for Boston.
54. Philadelphia 76ers (via WAS): Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon
Good things seem to happen when Kazemi is around the basketball. Oregon made it to the Sweet Sixteen and Kazemi’s work on the boards was a major reason why. The Sixers are a roster in flux, and it seems as though nobody is safe. He will battle with Lavoy Allen to make the roster.
55. Denver Nuggets (via MEM): Joffrey Lauvergne, PF, France
Another player who will be stashed overseas. Lauvergne is not a particularly tough prospect. He will probably never play in the NBA, but Denver will have his rights should they want to give him a look in the future.
56. Detroit Pistons: Peyton Silva, PG, Lousiville
Siva has a strong chance of making the roster because of his speed and defensive ability. He is upgrade over Will Bynum, and there is no true point guard on the team. Siva needs to become a better shooter though to have an impact career long-term.
57. Phoenix Suns: Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri
For as bad as the Suns are, it seems highly unlikely that Oriakhi will make the squad. He is a decent rebounder, but is very limited in the post. There are also questions about how much he loves playing basketball.
58. San Antonio Spurs: Deshaun Thomas, PF, Ohio State
The Spurs have a great history with the 58th pick… Manu Ginobili turned out to be pretty good. Thomas will make a push to be on the roster because he’s unlike any forward San Antonio has. He can score in a variety of ways, and shoots it well from deep.
59. Minnesota Timberwolves: Bojan Dubljevic, PF, Serbia
Draft and stash is the name of the game at this point of the draft. Dubljevic is a stretch 4 who has quite a bit of skill. He shoots is from long range and has a high IQ. He needs to become a better rebounder.
60. Memphis Grizzlies: Janis Timma, Latvia
Timma is an athletic wing that can get to the rim at will. His jump shot is nonexistent, making him a stash candidate.