2017 NBA Draft Grades Round 2


6/23/17
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Team
Player
Pos
Ht
From Analysis Comp
G
31
Pelicans
Frank Jackson PG 6-4 Duke The Pelicans did well to get a player of Jackson's ability at this point in the draft. Some injury concerns caused him to slip but his upside remains very intriguing, as a versatile combo guard who has high level athletic ability, can shoot the rock and plays with a lot of passion. More
Gary Harris
A
32
Suns
Davon Reed
6-6 Miami A bit of a surprise at #32, Reed is a long-armed and athletic wing who will make his living on defense and spacing the floor.
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B-
33
Magic
Wesley Iwundu SF 6-7 Kansas St. Iwundu has all the tools and skills to be a long time NBA player. He's versatile on both ends of the court and plays a smart, controlled game.
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A-
34
Kings
Frank Mason III PG 6-1 Kansas While I don't think Mason will be a big impact player, he brings tons of intangibles to the Kings young team. This alone could be worth the pick...and perhaps he'll make an impact on the court as well.
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B
35
Grizzlies
6-9  California Rabb is a solid player but doesn't really stand out in any area and doesn't bring a lot of upside. He'll work hard and play the right way, which will be a good fit for the Grizz. More
Bobby Portis
B
36
76ers
Jonah Bolden
6-10 Australia A very interesting selection here, both because of Bolden's talents and his Australia connection. He's got a sweet shooting stroke and good length, making him an intriguing second round selection.
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B+
37
Celtics
Semi Ojeleye SF 6-7 SMU The Celtics get a bruising wing player who has shown great improvement with his outside shot over the years. If he can become a lock-down defender he'll have a long, successful career.
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B+
38
Warriors
Jordan Bell PF 6-9 Oregon There couldn't be a better fit for Bell than the Warriors. He'll get to do all the things he does well and not be asked to play beyond himself. This seems like a match made in basketball heaven.
longer Faried
A+
39
Clippers
Jawun Evans PG 6-0 Oklahoma State A very interesting pick here. Evans plays a lot like Chris Paul and he even looks a lot like Chris Paul. Will he get to learn from the vet or will Paul bounce? Evans projects as a really solid back up pg with possible starter potential. More
Speedy Claxton
A-
40
Hornets
6-6
Florida State Bacon is a really solid athlete but doesn't stand out in any one area. It remains to be seen if he can become a high level defender and if he can hit the 3 with consistency. But he's got tools to work with and a chance to make the team. More
Marvin Williams
C+
41 Hawks 6-4 Oregon Dorsey can get hot from outside but doesn't bring a lot else to the table. It seems like a long-shot that he'll become an impact player in the League but could stick around thanks to his sweet shooting. More
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C
42
Lakers
Thomas Bryant C 6-10 Indiana Bryant is a heart and hustle type of player who continues the trend of culture shift in L.A. He's got great length, a nice shooting stroke but doesn't move his feet well. He'll have a chance to develop and could be a solid bench big. More
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A-
43
Rockets
Isaiah Hartenstein PF 7-0 Germany The Rockets get a great value pick in the mid second round. Hartenstein will likely take a few years to develop overseas but could become a solid rotation player with starter potential. More
Troy Murphy
A
44
Knicks
Damyean Dotson
6-5 Houston A lights-out shooter with deep range and an improving all around game. If he can hold his own on D he'll have a real chance to make it.
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B
45
Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks
6-6 Oregon Brooks lacks upside but he's an NBA ready player who might be able to contribute in year one for Memphis.
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B
46
Bucks
Sterling Brown 6-6 SMU A long, athletic guard who plays an all around game and fits the mold of a Bucks pick. With their recent drafting history we'll give the benefit of the doubt!
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B+
47
Pacers Ike Anigbogu C 6-10 UCLA If he proves to be healthy this will be the steal of the draft. Ike is super young and not NBA ready but a few years from now he could be a force in the paint. Awesome value at #47. More
longer Tristan Thompson
A+
48
Clippers
Sindarius Thornwell
6-6 South Carolina Nice pick up for the Clips. Thornwell is a winner/gamer who plays a mature game and could contribute earlier than most second rounders.
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B+
49
Nuggets
Vlatko Cancar SF 6-9 Slovenia The Nuggets keep mining for international talent. Cancar might be a few years away but...maybe that's the point. With a lot of depth at SF they can afford to wait.
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B
50
76ers
Mathias Lessort
6-10 France Another draft and stash value pick for the Sixers. Lessort could be a solid rotation big in a few years.
Ronny Turiaf
B+
51
Nuggets
Monte Morris PG 6-2 Iowa State One of the most reliable point guards to come along in years, Morris takes great care of the ball while still managing to put pressure on the D. He'll have a chance to stick in Denver.
Steve Blake
A-
52
Pacers
Edmond Somner SG 6-5 Xavier The Pacers will have to wait for him to be healthy but it's a good gamble at this point in the draft. He's got talent and could develop into a keeper. More
Mardy Collins
B
53
Celtics
Kadeem Allen 6-3 Zona Allen has a chance to be an elite defender who can guard either guard position. His length and aggressive play could earn him a spot in the League, although there's a ton of depth to get through in Boston.
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A-
54
Suns
Alec Peters
6-8 Valpo A shooter to help space the floor for the elite young talent. Peters will have to get healthy and show that he can hold is own defensively.
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B
55
Jazz
6-3
Gonzaga NWG might not be a dynamic athlete but his BBIQ is off the charts and he's a great fit for the Jazz. If Hill rolls, Williams-Goss could see minutes early. More Kendall Marshall
A
56
Celtics Jabari Bird 6-6 Cal Bird has been slow to develop but has the physical tools to make it. He seems like a long shot to make the roster and might not ever be an impact guy in the League.
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C+
57
Nets
Aleksandar Vezenkov
6-9 Bulgaria A gamer who really knows how to play but lacks ideal size and athleticism. A decent value this late in the draft.
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B
58
Knicks
Ognjen Jaramaz PG 6-5 Serbia A bouncy and exciting PG prospect who continues the trend of international prospects to NY.
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B+
59
Spurs
Jaron Blossomgame
6-7 Clemson I'm not the biggest Blossomgame fan but if the Spurs are drafting him...ok. Playing against Kawhi every day could do wonders for his game.
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B
60
Jazz
Alpha Kaba PF 6-10 France An intriguing physical specimen who is a long way from being NBA ready. Good draft and stash pick at #60.
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B-
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