Posted Jul 3 2007 1:38PM
SECAUCUS, NJ, July 3, 2007 -- Yesterday, the Report projected the potential top 10 of the end-of-year Rookie Rankings, along with 10 more rookies who should be regulars in their team's rotation.
Included were two guys who were had their names announced not by David Stern, but by new NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver at his first draft: Glen Davis and Herbert Hill. Davis and Hill are two lost-post bangers who should find playing time on teams that aren't very deep up front.
But there are more than just two potential gems in Thursday's second round. After all, there were three second rounders last year who were major contributors to their teams. Two of them made it to the Conference Finals or farther: Daniel Gibson of the Cavs and Paul Millsap of the Jazz. Gibson had mild regular season success and really came on in the playoffs, while Millsap was one of the best rookies in the league from the start and finished fourth in our final Rookie Rankings.
Craig Smith, who was solid for the T-Wolves all season, finished seventh. And other second rounders like David Noel, Alexander Johnson, Dee Brown, Leon Powe and Hassan Adams were in the rotation at one point or another, and are still a part of their team's long-term plans.
Of course, if you go back a few years, you can find more and more impressive success stories from the second round: Carlos Boozer, Manu Ginobili, Rashard Lewis, Mehmet Okur, Michael Redd and Agent Zero himself.
With that in mind, let's take a deeper look at the 10 second rounders from the 2007 NBA Draft who have the potential to make an impact right away.
Jermareo Davidson, F, CharlotteDavidson will probably compete with Ryan Hollins, who has a very similar skill set, for time as the fourth big for the Bobcats. The Charlotte bigs haven't exactly been the healthiest group in the last few years, so you figure that there will be opportunities here and there for Davidson to play.
Glen Davis, F, BostonDavis could be the Celtics' fourth best big, behind Al Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins and Ryan Gomes. And he could be a nice fit with either Gomes or Perkins coming off the bench. But, with Theo Ratliff's expiring contract still in hand, the Celtics might not be done making moves.
Nick Fazekas, F, DallasAustin Croshere and Jerry Stackhouse are both free agents, so there could be room on the Mavs' bench for a skilled player like Fazekas. Avery Johnson has said that the Mavs believe that Fazekas "can step in and contribute next year."
Aaron Gray, C, ChicagoThe opportunity is there for Gray, especially if P.J. Brown doesn't return to Chicago, as Nick Hut of the Northwest Herald puts it:
Gray, who averaged 13.9 points and close to double-digit rebounds each of his last two seasons, could be just about as viable a low-post scoring option as anyone the Bulls have a shot at in free agency.
Herbert Hill, F-C, PhiladelphiaHill is a traditional low-post scorer, where Jason Smith is more of a shooting big man. But both might be more skilled offensively than Samuel Dalembert and Steven Hunter. So, Mo Cheeks will have some big man options off his bench.
Jared Jordan, G, L.A. ClippersJordan is far from a sure-fire rotation guy this season, but depending on the circumstances, the Clippers may need to call on him to back up the point position.
Carl Landry, F, HoustonWith the Rockets having traded Juwan Howard for Mike James, their only bigs are Yao Ming, Chuck Hayes, Dikembe Mutombo and Landry. So, the 31st pick (acquired from Seattle for a future second rounder and cash) should have a real chance at a regular role off the bench. With his size and skill set, Landry could very well be Millsap-esque.
Dominic McGuire, F, WashingtonMcGuire could be a nice energy guy off the bench for the Wizards. He's not going to score a lot of points, but if he can do the dirty work, Eddie Jordan just might find a place for him in the rotation.
Gabe Pruitt, G, BostonThe Boston backcourt is pretty full, but Pruitt just might have the right combination of skills to earn a spot on Doc Rivers' second team, especially if Sebastian Telfair doesn't find his way out of the doghouse.
Ramon Sessions, G, MilwaukeeMo Williams and Earl Boykins are free agents. Even if they both leave, the Bucks will look to add a veteran point guard to their playoff-ready roster. Still, there may be an opportunity there for Sessions depending on the circumstances.