2013 NBA Draft Review — The Second Round

Just as the 2013-14 NBA season concludes and the 2014 NBA Draft approaches, I thought it would be a good time to launch into a 2013 NBA Draft review.

Widely castigated as one of the worst draft classes of all time before the season even began, a lot of factors transpired to really stifle any chances this group had to surprise.

Preseason injuries or surgeries to four out of the top six picks and six of the top 10 really hampered these rookies’ abilities to get acclimatised to their new teams and to the rigors of an NBA preseason.

With a full and healthy preseason on the cards, the opportunity to prove a lot of the doubters wrong rests solely in these players hands and this next season could be career defining for a number of the players.

Now, we move onto the second round, often a wasteland, but there are always diamonds in the rough.

Check out the first round here, here and here.

31. Allen Crabbe, SG, Portland Trail Blazers – 15 games, PER 7.7, 7 mpg
2.2 ppg, 0.4 3pm, 0.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.1 spg, 0.1 bpg, 36.4 FG%, 75.0 FT%, 0.2 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 404

Not a huge amount to get excited about with Crabbe, with fellow rookie C.J McCollum likely to get most of the back up minutes and also stuck behind Will Barton for playing time.

32. Alex Abrines, SG/SF, Oklahoma City Thunder — 70 games, PER 14.3, 17 mpg (Liga ACB)
6.9 ppg, 1.2 3pm, 1.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.2 bpg, 45.9 FG%, 82.3 FT%, 0.6 tpg

Talented guard, but unlikely to make the leap in 2014-15. His fantasy impact is obviously limited until he comes over and that may not be for a while.

33. Carrick Felix, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers — 7 games, PER 13.3, 5 mpg
2.7 ppg, 0.3 3pm, 0.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.0 spg, 0.0 bpg, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 FT%, 0.6 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 424

Felix struggled with a fractured knee cap for most of the season, but played in the season finale and looked impressive, scoring 10 points in just 12 minutes. He’s a long way down the depth chart though.

34. Isaiah Canaan, PG, Houston Rockets — 22 games, PER 9.5, 12 mpg
4.6 ppg, 0.8 3pm, 1.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.2 bpg, 35.6 FG%, 72.4 FT%, 1.0 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 375

When both Patrick Beverley and Jeremy Lin were battling injuries, Canaan played some solid minutes for the Rockets and showed he does have the ability to stick in this league. With Lin likely on the way out, Canaan could find himself in a backup role next season and should be looked at in all dynasty leagues. In standard leagues, however, there is minimal appeal.

35. Glen Rice Jr., SF, Washington Wizards — 11 games, PER 6.6, 10 mpg
2.9 ppg, 0.5 3pm, 1.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.1 bpg, 29.7 FG%, 71.4 FT%, 0.8 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 397

Rice’s stay in the NBA was limited by a wrist injury and I just don’t see him being able to carve out a solid role in the league in years to come. I’ll give him a couple of seasons, but if anyone in a dynasty league is swayed by name value and wants to take him off your hands, I’d accept the deal.
Ray McCallum
36. Ray McCallum, PG, Sacramento Kings — 45 games, PER 9.7, 20 mpg
6.2 ppg, 0.5 3pm, 1.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.2 bpg, 37.7 FG%, 74.4 FT%, 0.9 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 298

After a rather inauspicious start to his career, McCallum was shoved into the spotlight when Isaiah Thomas went down with injury and responded with some big games and probably swung the fortune of many fantasy playoff matchups. Did he do enough to convince the Kings to let Thomas leave as a restricted free agent? We’ll find out soon enough.

When Thomas went down, McCallum averaged 13.5 points, 6.8 assists and 1.3 steals in a crazy 42 minutes, with his poor shooting holding back his fantasy value. He’s definitely someone to keep an eye on, especially if Thomas walks.

37. Tony Mitchell, SF, Detroit Pistons — 21 games, PER 18.1, 4 mpg
1.0 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 41.7 FG%, 57.9 FT%, 0.2 tpg

Mitchell struggled to have any impact this season, but that’s not a huge surprise. He was considered a first round prospect at times, but couldn’t crack the struggling Pistons’ rotation. There is a little potential for boards and blocks in the coming years.

38. Nate Wolters, PG, Milwaukee Bucks — 58 games, PER 12.7, 23 mpg
7.2 ppg, 0.3 3pm, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.3 bpg, 43.7 FG%, 65.6 FT%, 1.0 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 255

Before injury cut short his season, Wolters was one of the surprises of the season. He’s never going to be a star, but he will be a solid role player for a few years at least. In fact, earlier in the season, he was almost a must-own player, putting up very solid numbers.

39. Jeff Withey, C, New Orleans Pelicans — 58 games, PER 15.2, 12 mpg
3.3 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 2.6 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.9 bpg, 53.5 FG%, 71.2 FT%, 0.4 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 269

Like so many rookies, Withey started picking up his play at the end of the season, totaling nine blocks in the season’s last two games. In he blocked 1.6 blocks in his last nine games, albeit without Anthony Davis in the lineup. With Ryan Anderson‘s health still murky, Withey could hold a valuable back up role next season.

40. Grant Jerrett, PF, Oklahoma City Thunder — 27 games, PER 15.1, 29 mpg (D-League)
15.1 ppg, 1.8 3pm, 6.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.8 bpg, 43.1 FG%, 81.7 FT%, 1.3 tpg

Jerrett signed with the Thunder in April, but didn’t appear in game for the team once called up. It’s going to be hard to carve a niche on the Thunder, but a solid Summer League showing may draw interest from other teams.

41. Jamaal Franklin, SG, Memphis Grizzlies — 21 games, PER 4.7, 8 mpg
1.9 ppg, 0.2 3pm, 1.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.2 spg, 0.1 bpg, 41.0 FG%, 100 FT%, 0.5 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 414

Nothing much to see from Franklin and his NBA future seems limited.

42. Pierre Jackson, PG, New Orleans Pelicans — 31 games, PER 19.8, 42 mpg (D-League)
29.1 ppg, 2.9 3pm, 3.6 rpg, 6.2 apg, 1.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 44.9 FG%, 73.7 FT%, 4.0 tpg

Jackson was a D-League star, but could never agree to a deal with the Pelicans. He set the D-League scoring record with 58 points and will be playing for New Orleans in Summer League. He is a great dynasty target and here’s hoping he lands in the NBA this season.

43. Ricky Ledo, SG, Dallas Mavericks — 11 games, PER 12.7, 3 mpg
1.7 ppg, 0.3 3pm, 0.2 rpg, 0.2 apg, 0.1 spg, 0.0 bpg, 35.3 FG%, 100 FT%, 0.2 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 427

Next

44. Mike Muscala, C, Atlanta Hawks — 20 games, PER 10.8, 11 mpg
3.8 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 2.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg, 0.5 bpg, 42.5 FG%, 100 FT%, 0.6 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 337

Muscala first appeared with Atlanta in March, after all the injuries struck their big men. With the big men returning, Muscala will be very limited in his role next season.

45. Marko Todorovic, PF/C, Houston Rockets – 37 games, PER 13.7, 8 mpg (Liga ACB)
2.2 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.3 bpg, 50.8 FG%, 72.4 FT%, 0.5 tpg

Not expected over soon.

46. Erick Green, PG, Denver Nuggets — 61 games, PER 16.7, 23 mpg (Lega Basket Serie A)
11.5 ppg, 0.9 3pm, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.1 bpg, 49.1 FG%, 82.8 FT%, 0.9 tpg

Green lead the nation in scoring when at Virginia Tech, so he could have intrigue when he comes back from Italy, but he is considered a tweener.

47. Raulzinho Neto, PG, Utah Jazz – 27 games, PER 14.5, 28 mpg (Liga ACB)
9.8 ppg, 0.8 3pm, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.1 bpg, 43.8 FG%, 72.6 FT%, 1.6 tpg

He may make the jump this season, but his impact will be low.
Ryan Kelly
48. Ryan Kelly, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers — 59 games, PER 12.6, 22 mpg
8.0 ppg, 0.8 3pm, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.8 bpg, 42.3 FG%, 81.5 FT%, 0.8 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 156

Kelly was a huge surprise this season, but how much of his production was due to Mike D’Antoni’s system? That remains to be seen now that D’Antoni is out. I wouldn’t target Kelly in standard leagues and it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to improve much on his rookie season performance.

49. Erik Murphy, PF, Utah Jazz — 24 games, PER 0.2, 3 mpg
0.3 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 0.3 rpg, 0.1 apg, 0.0 spg, 0.2 bpg, 23.1 FG%, 0.1 tpg

Already cut by the Bulls, Murphy has no real future in the NBA.
James Ennis
50. James Ennis, SF, Miami Heat — 33 games, PER 25.4, 32 mpg (NBL)
21.2 ppg, 2.0 3pm, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.4 spg, 0.9 bpg, 46.6 FG%, 77.0 FT%, 2.7 tpg

Ennis was dominant for the Perth Wildcats in the Australia NBL, earning first team All-NBL honours and will most likely make the Heat roster for next season. He could be just what thy are looking for of the bench and will be a hot dynasty target as well as deeper 14 to 16 team leagues.

51. Romero Osby, PF, Free Agent – 12 games, PER 14.7, 28 mpg (D-League)
16.2 ppg, 1.6 3pm, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.4 bpg, 44.7 FG%, 58.2 FT%, 2.8 tpg

Osby was drafted by Orlando but waived. Needless to say, there is no fantasy appeal here.

52. Lorenzo Brown, PG, Philadelphia 76ers — 26 games, PER 8.2, 9 mpg
2.5 ppg, 0.1 3pm, 1.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.5 spg, 0.1 bpg, 30.2 FG%, 69.2 FT%, 0.6 tpg

Brown has merely a roster filler for the D-League-esque Sixers this season and is unlikely to have any relevance in future seasons.

53. Colton Iverson, C, Boston Celtics — 47 games, PER 16.5, 17 mpg (TBL)
7.2 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 4.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.4 bpg, 53.5 FG%, 48.4 FT%, 1.5 tpg

Iverson played in Turkey last season, but will head back the the States to play in Summer LEague and hopefully sign with Boston. He could be a decent backup big man and the Celtics seem high on his potential, but with Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Vitor Faverani, as well as pick six, ahead of him, it’ll be struggle for minutes.

54. Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Philadelphia 76ers — 19 games, 28 mpg (Iran Super League)
13.1 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 11.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.2 spg, 0.7 bpg, 59.1 FG%, 57.6 FT%

The first Iranian drafted in the NBA will get a chance this summer, but it’s unlikely he makes an impact.

55. Joffrey Lauvergne, C, Denver Nuggets — 69 games, PER 16.2, 31 mpg (Serbia)
11.2 ppg, 0.5 3pm, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.3 bpg, 51.1 FG%, 72.1 FT%, 1.9 tpg

The Nuggets hope to get Lauvergne over for Summer League and he could provide good front court depth behind Timofey Mozgov, Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee. Worth a look.

56. Peyton Siva, PG, Detroit Pistons — 24 games, PER 5.7, 9 mpg
2.3 ppg, 0.3 3pm, 0.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.0 bpg, 31.6 FG%, 73.3 FT%, 0.8 tpg
Fantasy Rank — 416

The lowest drafted player to sign for an NBA team, Siva struggled, but did see some extended run at the end of the season. With a new coach in town, his role will vary next season, but it won’t be standard league relevant.

57. Alex Oriakhi, C, Phoenix Suns — 43 games, PER 13.7, 19 mpg (D-League)
7.2 ppg, 0.0 3pm, 6.2 rpg, 0.2 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.8 bpg, 50.0 FG%, 76.9 FT%, 1.2 tpg

Oriakhi finished on the D-League All-Rookie team after joining the league late due to to stints in France and Israel. Still a few years away.

58. DeShaun Thomas, SF, San Antonio Spurs — 51 games, PER 16.8, 22 mpg (LND Pro A)
11.8 ppg, 1.7 3pm, 3.6 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.4 spg, 0.1 bpg, 45.0 FG%, 75.3 FT%, 1.3 tpg

Thomas showed well in Summer League, but cracking the Spurs’ roster is the hardest task in basketball. Maybe, when there are some retirements, he will have his shot, but for now, there’s no opportunity.

59. Bojan Dubljevic, PF, Minnesota Timberwolves — 52 games, PER 21.1, 22 mpg (ACB)
12.1 ppg, 1.2 3pm, 5.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.5 bpg, 51.3 FG%, 84.0 FT%, 1.8 tpg

Dubljevic has a buyout clause that will most likely to prohibitive to him coming over anytime before 2015.

60. Janis Timma, SF, Memphis Grizzlies — 57 games, PER 19.7, 28 mpg (Latvian LBL)
11.6 ppg, 1.7 3pm, 6.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 0.3 bpg, 45.8 FG%, 76.4 FT%, 2.1 tpg

The last pick in the draft has often had a modicum of success, but Timma will have to wait a while to even see if that has any chance of coming true.

Well, that’s it. the 2013 Draft review done and now all eyes turn toward the 2014 Draft. I can’t wait.

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