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Deep draft features several possible second-round steals
Thursday, 5 p.m., ESPN, Energy Solutions Arena
This isn’t the class of 2003, which featured LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, among others. However, it’s still a deep draft with several second-round picks who could become fixtures in the NBA during the next 10 years. Topping the list: Kim English (SG/SF, Missouri), Kyle O’Quinn (PF/C, Norfolk State), Scott Machado (PG, Iona) and Kevin Jones (PF, West Virginia). Throw in an assortment of international players and projected late first-rounders who’ll drop into the early second, and teams such as the Jazz — who were stuck at No. 47 overall late Wednesday — still can pull NBA talent after the first 30.
— Brian T. Smith
International players are available, but lack a major presence.
The first round of the 2011 draft was dominated by international prospects, with Turkey’s Enes Kanter, Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas, the Czech Republic’s Jan Vesely and the Congo’s Bismack Biyombo all going in the top seven. That won’t be the case Thursday. French shooting guard Evan Fournier is expected to be the first international player taken in the initial round, and he likely won’t be chosen until the latter portion of the top 30. Georgia’s Tornike Shengelia, Greece’s Kostas Papanikolaou and the Czech Republic’s Tomas Satoransky should be chosen before the final pick is called Thursday. But on the number of names alone, it’s already a down year for non-U.S. talent in 2012.
— Brian T. Smith
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