Wednesday, June 20, 2012

2012 NBA Draft Second Round Preview for John Hammond

It's hard to speculate on who will be available when the Milwaukee Bucks choose a player with the 42nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft so this is less prognostication and more conjecture.  I broke the players that I think the Bucks should target into tiers, differently than how I handled this post last year, to give Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond and Company some players to strongly should consider drafting in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft:

Second Round Centers:
All of the players listed here (and some others that I left off the list to keep this post manageable) look like fine back-up NBA centers thus I support the Bucks drafting any of these guys in the second round since it is such a need: Henry Sims (C, 7'0", 241 lbs, Georgetown, 22 years old), Festus Ezeli (C, 7'0", 264 lbs, Vanderbilt, 22 years old), Garrett Stutz (C, 7'0", 255 lbs, Wichita State, 22 years old), Robert Sacre (C, 7'0", 263 lbs, Gonzaga, 23 years old), and Kyle O'Quinn (C, 6'10", 241 lbs, Norfolk State, 22 years old).
Foreign Affair:
All of the players listed here (and some others that I left off the list to keep this post manageable) look like second round talents that the Bucks could stash in Europe for a few years (think Ersan Illyasova) to mature before they are subjected to the rigors of the NBA: Furkan Aldemir (PF, 6'9", 220 lbs, Turkey, 20 years old), Kostas Papanikolaou (SF, 6'8", 230 lbs, Greece, 21 years old), Tomas Satoransky (SG, 6'8", 201 lbs, Czach Republic, 20 years old), Tornike Shengelia (SF, 6'9" 220 lbs, Georgia, 20 years old), and Kostas Sloukas (PG, 6'3", 210 lbs, Greece, 22 years old).

Battle Tested Collegiate Veterans:
This used to be a compliment but the NBA Draft is all about potential instead of production.  As a result, I think its time for GM's to start looking at actual production instead of potential.  All these guys proved in college that they can be a consistent rotation guy in the NBA:
- Robbie Hummel (SF, 6'9", 218 lbs, Purdue, 23 years old) - Feels a little like DeJuan Blair in terms of injury history.  If Hummel stayed healthy in college he would have been a lottery pick, which makes taking him in the middle of the second round a reasonable gamble. 
- Darius Miller (SF, 6'8", 233 lbs, Kentucky, 22 years old) - With how much talent Kentucky brings in each year, its more of a compliment to the program than a knock on Miller that he never really started in college.
- Quincy Acy (SF, 6'6", 224 lbs, Baylor, 21 years old) - Baylor is slowly turning into an NBA factory.  If the Bucks added Acy that would give them two Baylor players, which is two more than I would have ever guessed. 
- John Shurna (SF, 6'8", 222 lbs, Northwestern, 22 years old) - This is the 4th small forward in a row that I targeted for the Bucks.  Although it is not a huge need, Shurna is an absolute sharp shooter from long distance.  In fact he reminds me a little of Steve Novak, which until a year ago would not have been a huge compliment, but now is enough to rationalize taking him.
- Chris Johnson (SG, 6'6", 184, lbs, Dayton, 22 years old) - I already turned my father-in-law into a Packers fan and he loves all things Dayton basketball so if the Bucks draft Johnson I might be able to convert him into a Bucks fan as well.

Collegiate Cheeseheads:
Some might think that these are no brainer "pandering" picks like drafting Jon Leuer in the second round of the 2012 NBA but as Leuer showed last year and all these guys below will show in the years to come, they all have a place in the NBA:
- Jae Crowder (SF, 6'7", 241 lbs, Marquette, 21 years old) - Although Crowder didn't work out for the Bucks, they know what Crowder brings to the table ... a high energy guy that provides instant offense and above average defense. 
- Darius Johnson-Odom (SF, 6'3", 212 lbs, Marquette, 22 years old) - Unlike Crowder, DJO actually worked out for the Bucks.  DJO projects as a hybrid PG/SG and would be a great guy to takeover the swing backup guard spot for Beno Udrih for the 2013-14 NBA season. 
- Jordan Taylor (PG, 6'2", 193 lbs, Wisconsin, 22 years old) - How the mighty have fallen.  Taylor had a great junior year followed by a lackluster senior year.  I am guessing that Taylor falls somewhere in between his junior year and senior year in terms of NBA production. Although Taylor projects more as a free agent than a draftable guy, if the Bucks trade back in the second round they should definitely draft Taylor because it is always risky counting on being able to sign rookie free agents after the draft since 29 other teams are involved.

Check back next Wednesday for my look at potential first round targets for the Milwaukee Bucks in the and next Thursday for my first round "mock" draft.

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