NBA Draft 2019: Five second-round sleepers

By E.Jay Zarett 20 June 2019 324
NBA Draft 2019: Five second-round sleepers

Every year, NBA teams find rotation players in the second round of the draft.

Malcolm Brogdon was named the Rookie of the Year after he was selected 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2016. Draymond Green was picked 35th by the Golden State Warriors in the 2012 draft and became an instrumental part of three NBA championship teams.

Isaiah Thomas, DeAndre Jordan and Paul Millsap were second-round draft choices, and all have gone on to make at least one All-Star team.

Here are five players projected to be picked in the second round of this year's draft who could make an impact.

 

Tremont Waters, guard, LSU

Waters is a pure point guard who thrives with the ball in his hands. He can score off the pick-and-roll, push the pace and he willingly distributes to his team-mates. Waters, however, is undersized at 5-10, which could prevent him from becoming an adequate defender.  

Terance Mann, forward, Florida State

Mann is a versatile defender who should develop into someone capable of guarding multiple positions in the NBA. He currently projects as a role player, at best, but his ceiling could be raised significantly if he develops his shot. The 6-7 wing connected on just 32.7 per cent of his three-point attempts over four seasons at Florida State.

Dylan Windler, forward, Belmont

Windler is a knock down three-point shooter – he made 40.6 per cent of his shots from behind the arc during his collegiate career – who moves well without the ball. The 6-7 forward is a reliable defender, as well, and could develop into a solid three-and-D player. He has a chance to go in the first round, however, he is projected to be taken with the 35th pick, so he fits here.

Carsen Edwards, guard, Purdue

Edwards is a proven scorer who averaged 24.3 points and led Purdue to the Elite Eight in 2018-19. He is a knockdown shooter who found ways to create for himself despite facing double teams. Edwards will struggle defensively at the next level, but his ability on the other end of the floor is well worth the risk.

Tacko Fall, center, Central Florida

The 7-6 center will certainly be a project. His offense is raw, and he will struggle to guard the pick-and-roll. But, with his size, he is an excellent shot blocker. He has the potential to become a strong rim protector, which is definitely valuable in the modern NBA. Fall has a chance to go undrafted, but he has met with multiple teams — including the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. It seems like someone may take a flier on him.

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