2012 undrafted Hoyas in NBA Jun 29, 2012 11:19:34 GMT -5
Post by cosmopolitanhoya on Jun 29, 2012 11:19:34 GMT -5
He was 30th overall though, just snuck into the 2nd, so not really a "late second round" guy.
A guy like Ramon Session was picked right near the end of his draft and has developed into a solid starter since. It's not unheard of to get a guy in the late 2nd who can hang in and contribute off the bench, but pretty rare to see a star go that late.
Which I think is the point... the odds are very much against a mid to late 2nd round pick ever doing anything meaningful in the league. Many times these guys don't even make the roster. So if that's the case, why not take a flyer on a European player and hope he breaks out? If he turns into somebody who can play in the NBA, terrific. If he doesn't, what did you lose? You haven't paid him a dime and haven't invested any time in him. Sure you could have taken a more known American player, and maybe upgraded your 12th man. But why bother? You have to pay that guy and invest time and a roster spot in him and it really doesn't measurably improve your team.
Every year at this time of the year people talk about second round picks like they're meaningful, and every fan of a team who took an American player in the 2nd thinks he's going to be a rotation player for them. But it generally doesn't go that way. If you look back at the second round players from 2006, 2007, 2008 etc. there's a lot of "Oh yea, I remember that guy... wonder what he's doing now...." and very few guys who made any impact at all in the NBA.
I think all of us get a little bored and/or frustrated when you see a bunch of foreigners whose names we don't know and can't say being picked while guys who we knew were pretty good in college go undrafted. But strategically, I find it hard to argue with.
great post as usual +1
As a reminder, PE2 was drafted in the second round, but he has rarely contributed in the league. There is not so much difference between getting drafted in the 2nd round vs. not getting drafted at all IMO. And look at the studs who barely made it into the 2nd round. Guys whom a lot of people thought were going into the first round like Kris Joseph and those studs from Marquette who dominated in the Big East were all drafted in the mid-2nd round. Compared to them, how much have Hollis and Henry contributed in the college play?