V.V.V.V.V. wrote:Looking at that list of players that came out of the 2nd round and became stars, it just doesn't happen very often. Gil and Ginob are the only ones who come to mind. Maybe Booz, but he's injured all the frikin' time. After the Spurs did so well with Manu and Tony, other teams started scouting the world much better, and it started the trend of euro and south american players going in the first round instead of the second. That's why there aren't so many foreign steals in the second round anymore. Word has gotten out that some of these guys can really play, and now they're over-hyped just like the high-school phenoms are.
Lakers have done pretty well with 2nd rounders, in that many of their second rounders have stayed in the league and made a career for themselves. Ronny, Luke (who was wanted by the Suns when he got his new contract), Von ( a decent career in Houston) , Nick the Quick, and Ruben Patterson (the Kobe-Stopper!!) all are having or had decent careers, which is all you can expect from a 2nd rounder.
Once again: Redd, M. Gasol, Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Monta, Landry, Mo Williams, Arenas, Rashard L., Scola, Okur, Boozer - just to name few 2nd rounders that turned into stars and can be named as "tru steals". Add some formidable late 1rst rounders (Tony Parker, Afflalo, Brooks, W. Chandler, Lowry, D. Collison, J.Jack, D. Lee, Kevin Martin...) - we used to pick players from +25th seed, right?
I agree with y'all - it's rare to get a diamond in the rough, we've done pretty well drafting some decent role players but that's not exactly what I mean. My wish for LAL - get a player from sec. round who could develop just like another Monta, Mo or Cpt Jack, get something for free just once ;) It happens, not often, but it does. So let it happen to Mitch and Lakers. Gou Goudelock!