This draft class has been one of the most hyped in NBA history. How will early second round sleepers perform in their rookie years?
44. Damyean Dotson – New York Knicks
Dotson has inked a three-year deal with New York since his drafting. The 6’7″ guard has great long-range shooting ability that could end up getting him some cash as an NBA player. Quickness driving to the rim is something he’ll need to work on with the Knicks.
PPG: 2.3 RPG: 1.6 APG: 0.7 SPG: 0.2 BPG: 0.0
NBA Comparison: Rashad Vaughn
43. Isaiah Hartenstein – Houston Rockets
Hartenstein is a very skilled 7-footer coming out of Germany. He’s got a pretty sweet stroke from long range along with the ability to make plays for others and rebound the ball. At this point, it’s unclear whether Hartenstein will play overseas or with the Rockets this season. The only contract they could offer would be a two-way, allowing him to develop in their G-League system.
PPG: N/A RPG: N/A APG: N/A SPG: N/A BPG: N/A
NBA Comparison: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
42. Thomas Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers
Bryant recently signed a rookie contract with the Lakers. The Indiana product showed great energy and post strength in the Vegas summer league this year. Bryant joins a Los Angeles center rotation of Ivica Zubac and Brook Lopez.
PPG: 3.8 RPG: 2.9 APG: 0.2 SPG: 0.1 BPG: 0.7
NBA Comparison: Jordan Hill
41. Tyler Dorsey – Atlanta Hawks
Dorsey signed a two-year guaranteed deal with the Hawks after being taken 41st overall. Out of Oregon, Dorsey brings shooting to the Hawk backcourt after the loss of Tim Hardaway Jr. If his defensive quickness on the ball can be improved, he could play off the bench in the league for a long time.
PPG: 5.2 RPG: 2.1 APG: 1.3 SPG: 0.7 BPG: 0.1
NBA Comparison: Nick Young
40. Dwayne Bacon – Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets recently signed Bacon to a three-year deal. It’s likely he starts the season at 3rd in the shooting guard depth chart behind Nic Batum and Malik Monk. Bacon is a great outside shooter but lacks defensive intensity on the ball.
PPG: 2.1 RPG: 1.4 APG: 0.6 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 0.1
NBA Comparison: J.R. Smith
39. Jawun Evans – Los Angeles Clippers
The 21-year old out of Oklahoma State has signed a three-year deal with LA. Evans was a star at Oklahoma State, averaging over 19 points a game last season. He could earn the backup point guard spot to play behind Patrick Beverley this year. While size is an issue, Evans’ scoring ability will make him a valuable player off the bench at the start of his career.
PPG: 5.2 RPG: 1.4 APG: 2.7 SPG: 0.8 BPG: 0.0
NBA Comparison: Lou Williams
38. Jordan Bell – Golden State Warriors
The Warriors appear to get a steal with this pick. Bell was mocked on some boards in the first round. His energy, defensive versatility, and I.Q. could prove worthy for Golden State off the bench in certain moments.
PPG: 2.3 RPG: 2.2 APG: 0.6 SPG: 0.8 BPG: 1.2
NBA Comparison: JaMychal Green
37. Semi Ojeleye – Boston Celtics
The Celtics find a great bench shooter in this pick. Ojeleye shot over 42% from 3 last year at SMU and will be counted on by Brad Stevens to spread the floor when he’s brought in, though it’s likely we see him play more power forward with the Celts being so deep at the 3.
PPG: 3.1 RPG: 1.7 APG: 0.6 SPG: 0.2 BPG: 0.3
NBA Comparison: Patrick Patterson
36. Jonah Bolden – Philadelphia 76ers
Bolden will play in the EuroLeague this year instead of coming over to Philly in 17-18. The Australian forward does have a solid long-range jumpshot though he isn’t yet consistent on the offensive side of the ball. He could come play for the Sixers next year or a few years from now to back up Dario Saric.
PPG: N/A RPG: N/A APG: N/A SPG: N/A BPG: N/A
NBA Comparison: Anthony Tolliver
35. Ivan Rabb – Memphis Grizzlies
Many thought Rabb would enter the draft last year, and deciding to stay at Cal for his sophomore season definitely hurt his draft stock. His rebounding and athleticism will get him minutes in Memphis, but he needs to expand his game in the paint in order to ever achieve a starting job in the NBA.
PPG: 4.3 RPG: 3.6 APG: 0.7 SPG: 0.4 BPG: 0.9
NBA Comparison: Gorgui Dieng
34. Frank Mason – Sacramento Kings
The Kings have just recently signed former Kansas G Mason after selecting him 34th overall. The 23-year old is explosive and has a solid jumper which will help the Kings from 3 off the bench. Mason is able to run the floor efficiently and has experience in big games dating back to his years in college. He’ll likely be behind George Hill and De’Aaron Fox to start the season.
PPG: 5.4 RPG: 1.7 APG: 3.6 SPG: 0.8 BPG: 0.0
NBA Comparison: D.J. Augustin
33. Wesley Iwundu – Orlando Magic
Iwundu is the do-it-all forward the Magic may need. His scoring, playmaking ability, rebounding, and solid defense make him a good fit for Orlando. Shooting remains in question but that could be the easiest fix for the Magic organization to tend to.
PPG: 7.2 RPG: 3.3 APG: 3.8 SPG: 1.2 BPG: 0.6
NBA Comparison: Andre Iguodala
32. Davon Reed – Phoenix Suns
The Suns recently signed Reed to a 4-year deal. The former Miami guard is a solid playmaker and shooter at 6’6″, making him a possible backup for young offensive star Devin Booker. If Reed can be more explosive going to the basket he could give the Suns good minutes off the bench.
PPG: 1.3 RPG: 0.8 APG: 0.9 SPG: 0.6 BPG: 0.2
NBA Comparison: Reggie Bullock
31. Frank Jackson – New Orleans Pelicans
Jackson has been signed to a three-year deal by the Pelicans. He adds to a New Orleans backcourt of Jrue Holiday, Rajon Rondo, and Ian Clark. He’ll start the year third on the depth chart at point guard behind Holiday and Rondo. Jackson’s explosiveness and shooting ability will be valuable for the Pels this year as their frontcourt needs as much help as it can get.
PPG: 3.8 RPG: 1.2 APG: 2.6 SPG: 0.9 BPG: 0.1
NBA Comparison: Jordan Clarkson