I posted my first round mock draft a couple of weeks ago and while the order of some of the players may still be adjusted, the general group of players listed is most likely not going to be seeing much variation. Anyways, if you want to check it out, it is here (Keep in mind this first round mock was from before the lottery). Now I will look into the second round. While the majority of these players aren’t likely to make significant impacts immediately, there are always some gems or key rotation guys arising in this second round.
31. Milwaukee Bucks – C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washinton
He’s going to hoist up a ton of threes (shot over 7 3’s a game last year), but he has the ability to put points up in a hurry. It is a solid second-round pick for a talent hungry Bucks franchise.
32. Philadelphia 76ers – Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier
With an aggressive playing style and excellent physical attributes, Christon makes sense as a backup to Michael Carter Williams.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Daniels, SF, Connecticut
After breaking out during the NCAA Tournament run, Daniels boosted his draft stock immensely. He is a good fit for a Cavaliers team that came up big in the draft lottery nabbing the top pick.
34. Dallas Mavericks – Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State
Carson is one of the more intriguing players in the second round. He offers plus-speed, but definitely needs some polishing to play point at the NBA level.
35. Utah Jazz – Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee
The Jazz already have a solid core of good, young players, so it makes sense to take the top available player here, which happens to be Stokes. He is a bit of tweener considering his size and speed, however he’ll find minutes as a bench guy.
36. Milwaukee Bucks – Isaiah Austin, PF, Baylor
Never really lived up to the hype many had generated during his stay in Waco, but has tremendous versatility for his size. Austin’s outside shooting ability will land him a roster spot.
37. Toronto Raptors – Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
He kind of played second fiddle to Stauskas last year, when many thought he would have taken over. However, Robinson is still a solid pick-up for a Raptors team coming off a breakthrough year.
38. Detroit Pistons – Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Colorado
Not getting as much attention after his season ended early due to a knee injury, but is a great value pick here.
39. Philadelphia 76ers – Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia
This would be 76ers 4th pick of the draft and is another chance to add a quality player. Bogdanovic proved in the Euroleague his ability to score and could find minutes immediately. He could possibly stay a few more years overseas.
40. Minnesota Timberwolves – Johnny O’Bryant III, PF, LSU
J.O.B. III is another player I consider to be an intriguing prospect. Coming off a great year for LSU, he could be needed more than expected if Kevin Love leaves the Timberwolves.
41. Denver Nuggets – Jordan Clarkson, SG, Missouri
It hasn’t been decided whether Clarkson is a shooting guard or point guard, but he would make sense for a Nuggets team looking for more steady ball handlers behind Ty Lawson.
42. Houston Rockets – Vasilije Micic, PG, Serbia
Although they already got Patrick Beverly and Jeremy Lin, Micic is a player they can have develop in Europe before either bringing him over or dealing him.
43. Atlanta Hawks – Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona
Johnson was a great college player, but some wonder how it will translate to the NBA game. Despite this, he is definitely worth a pick here in the middle of the second round.
44. Minnesota Timberwolves – Patric Young, PF/C, Florida
Once again the Timberwolves already have plenty of talent, but Young fits the mold of a strong interior post-player. You can never have too many of them available.
45. Charlotte Hornets – Russ Smith, PG, Louisville
I don’t really see him as a true point guard, but should find playing time for a Hornets squad trying to build around Anthony Davis.
46. Washington Wizards – Walter Tavares, C, Cape Verde
Another international prospect goes off the board here. Tavares is a big body that still needs some more developing, but makes sense for the Wizards, who already have their backcourt of the future set.
47. Philadelphia 76ers – Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
The older brother of Giannis doesn’t have the hype of his brother, but is well worth the selection for the 76ers.
48. Milwaukee Bucks – Deonte Burton, PG, Nevada
Burton is a beast athletically and should be able to fight for minutes right away.
49. Chicago Bulls – Roy Devyn Marble, SG, Iowa
Coming off a truly remarkable career at Iowa, Marble played both shooting guard and point guard during his stay at Iowa. He is a heady player that should have a solid NBA career.
50. Phoenix Suns – Keith Appling, PG, Michigan State
Doesn’t have out-of-this-world talent, but does know how to run an offense. He is coming off an injury-riddled season.
51. Dallas Mavericks – Jabari Brown, SG, Missouri
He is coming off a breakout campaign (19.9 ppg) and has shown the ability to light it from deep.
52. Philadelphia 76ers – Khem Birch, PF/C, UNLV
At 6-9, he is a terrific shot-blocker with a long wingspan. Birch never developed like many expected when he began college at Pittsburgh, but has some upside here.
53. Minnesota Timberwolves – Jordan McRae, SG, Tennessee
He still needs to develop in making plays for teammates. McRae has continuously shown the ability to score the basketball and will find bench minutes somewhere.
54. Philadelphia 76ers – Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford
Powell is a big body that can fight underneath and has the ability to score some (14 ppg in senior season).
55. Miami Heat – Nikola Jokic, C, Serbia
Not necessarily a lock to come over right away, but is a good fit for a Heat team needing interior depth.
56. Denver Nuggets – C.J. Fair, SF, Syracuse
Going this late makes him a bit of flier, but Fair has nice length and versatility making him worthy of a pick somewhere in the second round.
57. Indiana Pacers – James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina
McAdoo’s draft stock plummeted the last two years, but there is little risk in taking the one time projected lottery pick here.
58. San Antonio Spurs – Moussa Diagne, C, Senegal
Diagne fits the mold of past international players the Spurs have developed overseas.
59. Toronto Raptors – Bryce Cotton, PG, Providence
Cotton is one of the more underrated players in the draft after his senior season at Providence. He completely resurrected their basketball program and has the ability to score whenever warranting the late flier.
60. San Antonio Spurs – LaQuinton Ross, SF, Ohio State
Ross consistently improved during his time as a Buckeye and as a three-point threat could eventually get minutes in a year or two.