When the NBA draft rolls around, all many people talk about is the first round -- as they should -- but as the years have gone on, the second round has become more and more important, despite not boasting the same glitz and glamour of the first round.
While the second round doesn't boast the best players in the draft, many times it has the more veteran college players, guys who have the potential to come in and contribute right away, depending on the situation. Add in the fact that there's no automatic guaranteed years on a second rounders contract, and the value and importance of them goes up.
Even though the chances of finding a player who can make a profound impact are slight, they aren't impossible. Since 2010, the likes of Hassan Whiteside, Chandler Parsons, Draymond Green, Jordan Clarkson, Lance Stephenson, Isaiah Thomas, Khris Middleton and many more have gone in the second round.
While Green and Thomas are the only two to have made an All-Star team, Whiteside, Parsons, Clarkson, Stephenson and Middleton have all made significant impacts, or shown signs of being able to make an impact, on their teams. Overall since 2010, there's been roughly 30 players who have turned into role players either for the team that drafted them, or another team.
Moreover, the second round also gives teams a chance to stash players overseas, or even in the NBA's Developmental League, until they're fully ready to make the transition. The Brooklyn Nets were able to do this Bojan Bogdanovic, who's put together two solid years since making the transition. The San Antonio Spurs are notorious for selecting players in the second round and stashing them overseas.
Now teams are slowly transitioning into using their D-League teams as a spot for second round guys, much like the Magic did with last years second round pick Tyler Harvey.
Holding two second rounders this year -- 41 and 47 to be exact -- the Magic will have a good chance of finding either a veteran college player who can come in and make an impact, or a solid draft-and-stash player for a few years down the line. They could even attempt to package the two selections and move back into the later portion of the first round, should someone they have graded highly begin to slip.
The second round may not bring forth the sexiest of names, or the guys who are going to make the biggest impact, but it's a chance to potentially hit a home run, or find the glue guys that the team so desperately needs as they continue to turn the corner in their prolonged rebuild.