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Guys you want in the second round

With the Sixers having five second rounders in 2014, I'm really interested in who the Sixers might take in the second round. It's fairly easy to find plenty of info about most of the guys projected for the first round, but many of the second round prospects have had relatively little written about them in regards to how they might play in the NBA (at least as far as I know). So what players, particularly lesser known ones, are you interested in?

Here's a few players I kinda like. I have no idea if they'll actually get drafted this year, but they seemed kind of interesting to me. I was looking for guys with at least decent height for their position who have been productive this year according to CBB Reference's win shares.

John Brown from High Point is a 22-year-old 6'8 redshirt sophomore forward who didn't play basketball until his junior year of high school. He apparently had academic troubles, which hurt his recruiting, but managed to work through them. He leads his team in points, assists, rebounds, blocks, and steals. Seems like a guy with a lot of athleticism who almost fell through the cracks, which sounds like a good second round flier to me. I have no idea if he might declare for the draft this year, but I imagine that if he wants an NBA career he would consider it at least due to his age.

Delon Wright is a 21-year-old 6'5 junior guard from Utah. He's the brother of Dorell Wright, who I grew irrationally attached to during his one year as a Sixer. Wright leads his team in points, assists, steals, and blocks, and is second in rebounds. He's not a very good 3 point shooter, unfortunately, but his free throw shooting is decent, and he's converting an insane 66% of his two point shots. Like Brown, Wright had to deal with academic concerns before he got his career going, but in some ways I actually think that's more impressive than if he had just gone straight to school.

TJ Bray is a 21-year-old 6'5 senior guard from Princeton shooting .427 on threes and .698 on twos, for a .703 true shooting percentage. He leads the Ivy league in points per game and assists per game, and is fifth in steals per game. He's also second on his team in rebounds and has a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. I couldn't find all that much info regarding him actually playing in the NBA (and the list of recent Ivy League draftees is...non-existent?), but that combination of size, production, and efficiency make him pretty intriguing to me. He's also apparently in economics major; I don't know what area he focused in, but it would be very interesting for me personally to watch a sports economist actually play in the NBA.

Also, here are a few interesting articles regarding second round picks. The rules have more subtleties than I imagined, and it seems like Hinkie might be able to work some real magic with second rounders given the various rules regarding them. For example: "An undrafted rookie signed to the rookie minimum would cost Chicago $490,180 in salary but $1,514,573 in luxury tax (Chicago currently resides in the $1.75-$1 tax bracket), plus the $250,000 in Murphy's guaranteed portion should he be waived. Murphy, a drafted rookie minimum, would in contrast cost only $857,815 in tax, the same in salary, and without the cost of the guaranteed portion of someone else. That is a saving of as-near-as-is $1 million. And that is significant." I don't know if this applies only to players drafted by that team, but regardless, a team up against the luxury tax (which is exactly the kind of team the Sixers want to be dealing with) might find real value in trading for a second round pick.

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