Drafting well in the first round is a must, if you are an NBA franchise. The teams that dig even deeper will also find gems in the second round. This year’s NBA draft has the potential to have a handful of guys who could go in the second round and find themselves on an NBA roster come opening night.
With that being said, do not be surprised if teams who currently have a late first round pick trade their pick and drop down to the second round where they then can select a player that will better suit their needs.
The Philadelphia 76ers lead the way with four second round picks, while the Boston Celtics have three and a number of teams have two.
Below is a list of players who could be steals/sleepers in the second round of the NBA draft.
Derrick White, PG/SG, Colorado
2016-2017 stats: 18.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, 3P% 39.6, 2.4 TO
Very versatile because he can play both guard positions and has the height (6’4) to cause some match-up problems for opposing guards. Great from behind the arc at about 40% which in today’s NBA is a must for a guard. Needs to work on his defensive play where he seems to “tune out” at times. Will probably not a get a chance to start in the NBA, but could be a solid back-up.
Frank Mason III, PG, Kansas
2016-2017 stats: 20.9 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 5.2 APG, 3P% 47.1, 2.4 TO
If Mason is not drafted, I am sure he will find himself on a Summer League team this summer. His size could potentially hold him back, but with the way he attacks the rim, you would never think he is 5’11. Not a great passer, but he was clutch at Kansas for his four years. Really started to stroke it from three in his final year which could make him intriguing for some teams. He is one of my favourite guards in this draft class.
Jordan Bell, PF/C, Oregon
2016-2017 stats: 10.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 2.3 BPG, 1.3 SPG
If you need a defensive stopper, Bell might be your answer. At 6’9, he would be best suited to play the PF position, as opposed to C, unless you are going extremely small. His offensive game still needs work, but he can get on the glass and provide your team with second chance points with his hard work on the boards. Could potentially go late first round.
Josh Hart, SG, Villanova
2016-2017 stats: 18.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.6 SPG, 3P% 40.4
A proven winner with the Villanova Wildcats who can do a bit of everything for your team. Putting up 19 points for a Wildcats team that went eight or nine deep is impressive. He usually defended the opposing teams’ best player, but still got his on the offensive end. Based on his winning mentality, h(e)art and competitiveness, I think Hart goes early in the second round. He lacks consistency which is something he will need to work on.
Johnathan Motley, PF, Baylor
2016-2017 stats: 17.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.1 BPG
Another elite defender in this NBA draft class. He could work well as a small-ball C and he has the strength and defending to be valuable on both ends of the court. Might be a bit tougher for him to score at the next level, since he is not exactly offensively polished.
Semi Ojeleye, SF/PF, SMU
2016-2017 stats: 19.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3P% 42.4
Very powerful player who can get to the rim when he pleases. At the NBA level he is more of a SF than a PF due to his 6’7 frame. Got to the free throw line and more importantly made around 79% from the strip. Not a great defender, but surely has the quickness and strength to be valuable on that end of the floor, if he works on it. He is explosive once he gets to the rim.
Chris Boucher, PF, Oregon
2016-2017 stats: 11.8 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.5 BPG
His two and a half blocks per game and a 7’4 wingspan could have some teams captivated enough to take him in the mid to late second round. At 24 years of age, Boucher is older than most draft prospects.
Marcus Keene, PG, Central Michigan
2016-2017 stats: 30.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.9 APG, 4.5 TO
Led the NCAA in scoring. Maybe it is worth a shot.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.