2014 NBA Draft: Grading Each Of The Second-Round Picks

Grading Every 2014 Second-Round Pick

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There are 60 new members of the NBA fraternity. Well, 61 if you want to include Isaiah Austin, who was drafted by Adam Silver in the classiest move of the entire 2014 NBA draft. From Andrew Wiggins, the Cleveland Cavaliers' No. 1 pick in the proceedings, to Cory Jefferson, this year's Mr. Irrelevant, this was a deep and talented class full of quality contributors. Here now are my grades for the 30 second-round selections.

31. Milwaukee Bucks: Damien Inglis, France

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31. Milwaukee Bucks: Damien Inglis, France

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Damien Inglis has a huge wingspan and has a frame that is similar to San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard. The question is whether Inglis, who is just 19 years old, will play in the states as a rookie or in Europe.

Grade: B+

32. Philadelphia 76ers: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

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32. Philadelphia 76ers: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

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K.J. McDaniels was an excellent athlete for the Clemson Tigers, and on a team that lacks athleticism, his arrival is much needed. McDaniels could be a day-one starter for the Sixers.

Grade: A-

33. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Orlando): Joe Harris, Virginia

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33. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Orlando): Joe Harris, Virginia

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Joe Harris proved at Virginia that he was one of the best shooters in college basketball, and on a team that needs shooting help in Cleveland, Harris will be a valuable role player. Harris could step in as Cleveland's sixth man depending on the status of Dion Waiters.

Grade: B

34. New York Knicks (From Boston): Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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34. New York Knicks (From Boston): Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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Cleanthony Early's slide from the top-20 picks to second-round steal was one of the biggest stories of the draft. My guess is that teams didn't know whether Early was a 3 or a 4, but for the New York Knicks, this is a great value pick. Early is a good athlete and can shoot the ball.

Grade: A

35. Memphis Grizzlies (From Utah): Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

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35. Memphis Grizzlies (From Utah): Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

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Jarnell Stokes was another player who was projected to be a first-round pick, but slid. While he is not the biggest, he certainly is one of the rebounders in the draft. His numbers were similar to Kentucky's Julius Randle. Stokes could step in right away and be Zach Randolph's backup.

Grade: A-

36. Milwaukee Bucks (From Los Angeles Lakers): Johnny O’Bryant, LSU

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36. Milwaukee Bucks (From Los Angeles Lakers): Johnny O’Bryant, LSU

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Johnny O'Bryant is somewhat of a surprise as the 36th overall selection, but his ability to be both a 4 and a 5 were good enough for the Bucks to select him. With all the bigs in Milwaukee, O'Bryant won't likely contribute as a rookie, but with enough seasoning, O'Bryant could be a good player down the road.

Grade: B

37. Toronto Raptors (From Sacramento): DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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37. Toronto Raptors (From Sacramento): DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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DeAndre Daniels finally broke out during Connecticut’s championship run after having an inconsistent regular season. He has good length, but is thin. The question for Daniels is whether he can handle threes or if he will be nothing more than a stretch four.

Grade: B

38. Detroit Pistons: Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado

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38. Detroit Pistons: Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado

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Spencer Dinwiddie would have been a first-rounder had he not torn a knee ligament last season at Colorado. He’s a true combo guard who is comfortable as a point and can effectively handle twos. He could very well be the best passer on the Pistons right away. He's a steal here at 38.

Grade: B+

39. Philadelphia 76ers (From Cleveland): Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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39. Philadelphia 76ers (From Cleveland): Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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Jerami Grant was mostly a defensive-minded player for Syracuse, and his athleticism defensively will help with what the Sixers are trying to do. Despite drafting a similar player in K.J. McDaniels, Grant was the best player available, and the Sixers need plenty of help.

Grade: B+

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (From New Orleans): Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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40. Minnesota Timberwolves (From New Orleans): Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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After starring as a freshman at Michigan, Glenn Robinson III took a back seat to Nik Stauskas as a sophomore. Unlike their first pick, Robinson III makes more sense considering the T'Wolves have a need for wing players. Robinson III was also an excellent value pick considering he was rumored to be a top-20 selection.

Grade: A-

41. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, Serbia

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41. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, Serbia

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Nikola Jokic was solid as a 19-year old player and could become a good sleeper pick. Along with Josef Nurkic, Nikola Jokic will likely spend at least a year in Europe before coming over to Denver. Both could be Denver's frontcourt of the future.

Grade: B+

42. Houston Rockets (From New York): Nick Johnson, Arizona

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42. Houston Rockets (From New York): Nick Johnson, Arizona

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Given the Rockets' string of good picks second round picks (Chandler Parsons, Aaron Brooks, etc.), it seems like the Rockets got another steal with Arizona's Nick Johnson. He is undersized as a 2, but he can play both backcourt positions. His ability to get after it defensively will also help the Rockets.

Grade: A-

43. Atlanta Hawks: Walter Tavares, Spain

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43. Atlanta Hawks: Walter Tavares, Spain

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At 7-3, Walter Tavares is the biggest prospect in this year's class. Tavares is a raw prospect who needs at least two seasons of development overseas, but if he develops properly, he could make a difference for the Hawks.

Grade: A-

44. Brooklyn Nets (From Minnesota): Markel Brown, Oklahoma State

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44. Brooklyn Nets (From Minnesota): Markel Brown, Oklahoma State

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For million, the Brooklyn Nets were able to get Markel Brown away from the T'Wolves. Brown was often overshadowed by Marcus Smart at Oklahoma State, but Brown's athleticism and defensive ability is similar to Smart's. He could push to be Deron Williams' immediate backup at point guard.

Grade: B+

45. Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Powell, Stanford

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45. Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Powell, Stanford

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Dwight Powell helped Stanford to a surprise Sweet-16 appearance this past season, but even that wasn't enough to make him a first-round pick. Powell is primarily a 4, but could play the 3. Given the team's surplus of fours on the roster, it's hard to think that Powell will make a difference right away.

Grade: B-

46. Los Angeles Lakers (From Washington): Jordan Clarkson, Missouri

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46. Los Angeles Lakers (From Washington): Jordan Clarkson, Missouri

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On a team that needs some athletic guards, Jordan Clarkson gives the Los Angeles Lakers a versatile player. Clarkson can play either the 1 or the 2, and getting him from the Wizards for just cash considerations was a steal.

Grade: A-

47. New Orleans Pelicans: Russ Smith, Louisville

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47. New Orleans Pelicans (From Philadelphia): Russ Smith, Louisville

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One of the best players in college basketball this past season, Russ Smith exceled as both a point guard and a shooting guard for the Louisville Cardinals. Smith is super quick and athletic, but was often erratic at times for the Cardinals. If he can be disciplined as a point guard, he has a future as a backup in New Orleans or somewhere else.

Grade: B

48. Atlanta Hawks (From Milwaukee): Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh

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48. Atlanta Hawks (From Milwaukee): Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh

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Lamar Patterson didn't do one thing very well in college for Pittsburgh, but he was consistent and made few mistakes. His offensive game is considerably behind his offensive game, but with enough seasoning in the D-League, he could be like Lance Stephenson, a late-round pick who steadily improved throughout his career.

Grade: B

49. Chicago Bulls: Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico

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49. Chicago Bulls: Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico

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Cameron Bairstow was a breakout player last year for the New Mexico Lobos, but given the depth at power forward for the Bulls, it's hard to see him as a contributor right away. Bairstow is not the greatest athlete, but his physical style of play will help keep him the league. Expect the Bulls to send Bairstow overseas until they figure out what to do with him.

Grade: B

50. Phoenix Suns: Alec Brown, Green Bay

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50. Phoenix Suns: Alec Brown, Green Bay

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Alec Brown has size and was a skilled big man at Green Bay, but his lack of strength and small frame will deter his development. If he can bulk up in the D-League and be more physical, Brown could become a backup center in the NBA.

Grade: B-

51. New York Knicks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, NBA Development League

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51. New York Knicks (From Dallas): Thanasis Antetokounmpo, NBA Development League

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo is a good athlete and is very scrappy, but he isn't anything close to his brother Giannis just yet. The Knicks saw enough potential in Thanasis to select him here after his performance in the D-League, but some more experience in the D-League for Thanasis would help the Knicks determine if he can make the cut.

Grade: B+

52. Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis): Vasilije Micic, Serbia

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52. Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis): Vasilije Micic, Serbia

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Vasilije Micic may be the best passer in the draft, but he doesn’t have anything else. He is a developmental prospect who needs to add a jump shot, but he could potentially be a Ricky Rubio-type player. This late in the draft, he’s a good stash pick to keep in Europe.

Grade: A-

53. Houston Rockets (From Minnesota): Alessandro Gentile, Italy

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53. Houston Rockets (From Minnesota): Alessandro Gentile, Italy

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The Rockets again selected another international player, but he won't be with the Rockets this year. Alessandro Gentile is one of the best young scorers in Europe and is a good enough athlete. Given the Rockets' intentions to sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, Gentile will be stashed in Europe for this season if not next.

Grade: B

54. San Antonio Spurs (From Philadelphia): Nemanja Dangubic, Serbia

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54. San Antonio Spurs (From Philadelphia): Nemanja Dangubic, Serbia

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After selecting Kyle Anderson in the first round, the Spurs stuck to their International-flavor by trading for Nemanja Dangubic. He's a good athlete and a true small forward, but his jump shot needs to improve. If ever there was an organization that can make the most out of international players, it's the Spurs.

Grade: B

55. Oklahoma City Thunder (From Miami): Semaj Christon, Xavier

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55. Oklahoma City Thunder (From Miami): Semaj Christon, Xavier

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Semaj Christon is a great athlete at point guard, but athleticism only goes so far in the NBA. He still needs some development to be a true point guard, but a stint in the D-League and being in a solid organization like Oklahoma City could help Christon.

Grade: B

56. Orlando Magic (From Denver): Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa

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56. Orlando Magic (From Denver): Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa

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Roy Devyn Marble is a versatile wing player who had experience as both a 2 and a 3 at Iowa. He isn't a great athlete, but he plays hard on every possession. Because of his size, Devyn Marble has a shot to be a good rotational player with the Magic or another team.

Grade: B-

57. New York Knicks (From Indiana): Louis Labeyrie, France

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57. New York Knicks (From Indiana): Louis Labeyrie, France

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Louis Labeyrie has good size for a power forward, but with the Knicks already boasting a deep frontcourt, Labeyrie has a long ways to go. Laberyie hasn't proved much in France, making him a good stash player for a year or two.

Grade: B-

58. Philadelphia 76ers (From San Antonio): Jordan McRae, Tennessee

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58. Philadelphia 76ers (From San Antonio): Jordan McRae, Tennessee

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Jordan McRae is a good athlete who has size and length as a 2 or even a 3. While McRae needs to improve a jump shot, he was a good player to take a flier on this late in the draft. Expect McRae to be mostly a D-League player this upcoming season.

Grade: B+

59. Brooklyn Nets (From Toronto): Xavier Thames, San Diego State

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59. Brooklyn Nets (From Toronto): Xavier Thames, San Diego State

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Xavier Thames is one of the better shooters in the draft and showed promise at San Diego State as both a 1 and a 2. He's a nice value pick late in the draft and could be a good backup combo guard, either with the Nets or another team.

Grade: B

60. Brooklyn Nets (From San Antonio): Cory Jefferson, Baylor

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60. Brooklyn Nets (From San Antonio): Cory Jefferson, Baylor

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Cory Jefferson has an NBA body, is a good enough athlete and even had some semblance of a perimeter game at Baylor. Jefferson also has good enough size to be a 4 or even a 3 in big lineups. With enough seasoning, Jefferson could help the aging Nets with a boost off the bench.

Grade: B

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