By Daniel Brewster @Addicted2ThGmE on May 16, 2014
Being a second-round pick in the NBA is not easy. The odds of you making the team that drafts you are slim to none and the money is not guaranteed. However, being a second-pick is not always an automatic death sentence. For every Stromile Swift there is a Manu Ginobili who beats all the odds and becomes a NBA star. Here is list of projected second-round picks with the potential to make every general manager regret not picking them earlier.
Four years ago, Patric Young was a lottery pick with the tons of potential to spare. Four years later, Young is the same player who never quite lived to up the lofty expectations placed on him. Despite this, Young is great defensively and has decent post moves. What makes Young so valuable is the fact that he is winner and will give 110 percent at all times.
DeAndre Daniels is one of the most versatile players in the draft, and he had a coming out party during the NCAA Tournament. At 6-foot-8, Daniels can guard and play several positions in addition to taking the ball inside and shooting it from deep. Playing with Shabazz Napier, Daniels thrived in his role as a second-option and showed his willingness to play a complementary role.
Nick Johnson is one of the best athletes in the draft -- period. At 6-foot-2, Johnson is undersized as a two-guard, but what Johnson lacks in height he makes up with his basketball IQ. Johnson is an effective scorer and displayed his ability to play the pick-and-roll while at Arizona. Johnson improved every year while playing for the Wildcats and his stock is at its highest right now.
Deonte Burton is a guy many people have not heard of. Burton starred at Nevada for four years and was one of the most explosive players in the country. He is strong and aggressive and also developed a habit of getting into the lane and finishing over much bigger defenders. Burton is your prototypical scoring combo guard, and he has the potential to be the second-round steal of the draft.
Spencer Dinwiddie is a 6-foot-6 point guard who is great at attacking the rim, especially in transition. Dinwiddie could have easily been a first-round pick, but an ACL injury cut his junior season short. He helped turn a Colorado program around and increased his production each year while playing for the Buffaloes. Dinwiddie has amazing leading abilities and will be a steal for any team that does not mind waiting for him to heal.
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