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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Round 2


Live draft analysis by NBA writer Dave Del Grande
No. 31: Heat select: Bojan Bogdanovic, SF, Cibona Vip Zagreb Grade
Analysis: The Heat apparently felt it had to move into the first round to get a point guard (Cole), even if it meant having to give him a guaranteed contract. Given their lack of talent at the position, it's not an unwise guarantee.      
No. 32: Cavaliers select: Justin Harper, PF, Richmond Grade
Analysis:  The proven Richmond star might seem like a duplicate of earlier choice Tristan Thompson, but there's little reason to believe any coach will have a hard time finding ample playing time for both given the alternatives.    
No. 33: Pistons select: Kyle Singler, SF, Duke Grade
Analysis:  The Pistons could be losing Tayshaun Prince this off-season. Uh, this selection would do nothing to ease that pain.    
No. 34: Wizards select: Shelvin Mack, PG, Butler Grade
Analysis: There's a run on players from the 2010 NCAA finals. That was a pretty good game; any NBA exhibition in which Singler and Mack both start won't be.      
No. 35: Kings select: Tyler Honeycutt, SF, UCLA Grade
Analysis: Few teams were weaker defensively than the Kings last season. Based on their first two picks (Fredette and Honeycutt), they don't seem to care.      
No. 36: Nets select: Jordan Williams, C, Maryland Grade
Analysis: The last time the Nets drafted a guy named Williams out of Maryland, it turned out to be a pretty wise choice. Alas, nobody is comparing Jordan with Buck.      
No. 37: Clippers select: Trey Thompkins, PF, Georgia Grade
Analysis: There's no truth to the rumor that this 240-pounder is called Trey because he eats like three men. Alas, maybe California cuisine won't agree with him as much.      
No. 38: Rockets select: Chandler Parsons, SF, Florida Grade
Analysis: Call it a down year in the Southeastern Conference, but when you can get the SEC Player of the Year eight picks into the second round, you're obviously living right.      
No. 39: Bobcats select: Jeremy Tyler, C, Tokyo Apache Grade
Analysis: Having dealt one headache (Stephen Jackson), clearly Michael Jordan decided he had roster space for another one. Only this one has less than half the talent.      
No. 40: Bucks select: Jon Leuer, PF, Wisconsin Grade
Analysis: Getting a hometown hero who can shoot the ball has to benefit one of the league's hardest teams to watch -- the NBA's worst in 2010-11 in both scoring and field-goal percentage.      
No. 41: Lakers select: Darius Morris, PG, Michigan Grade
Analysis: Any move that leads to less playing time for Derek Fisher has to be a positive even for a squad a talent-deep as the Lakers.        
No. 42: Pacers select: Davis Bertans, SF, Union Olimpija Ljubjana Grade
Analysis: Only a team with 20-20 vision far into the future would deal for this 18-year-old, but apparently the Spurs own that quality of binoculars.      
No. 43: Bulls select: Malcolm Lee, SG, UCLA Grade
Analysis: Everyone wants to know: Why do the Timberwolves keep moving down in drafts while stockpiling picks? The answer is simple: If they can project a talent like this available at No. 43, why not slide, get him and also add additional compensation?        
No. 44: Warriors select: Charles Jenkins, SG, Hofstra Grade
Analysis: No doubt one of the first questions Jerry West asked after joining the organization was: Why didn't you carry a legitimate backup point guard on the roster last season? It's a question that no longer can be asked.      
No. 45: Hornets select: Josh Harrellson, C, Kentucky Grade
Analysis: DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Enes Kanter ... perhaps you are wondering: Who's next in line among Kentucky's centers the past two seasons? Well, it was this guy, who actually had a better college career than two of the aforementioned trio.      
No. 46: Lakers select: Andrew Goudelock, PG, College of Charleston Grade
Analysis: When Kobe Bryant is on the court, somebody often is going to find himself unguarded as teams flock to stop the superstar. One of the best pure shooters in the college game last season, this guy seems a perfect fit.      
No. 47: Clippers select: Travis Leslie, SG, Georgia Grade
Analysis: The University of Georgia was to college basketball this past season what the Clippers are perennially to the NBA. Underachievers. Fittingly, the Clippers are stockpiling Bulldogs.      
No. 48: Hawks select: Keith Benson, C, Oakland Grade
Analysis: The big guy slid big-time after working out with some of the top talent in recent weeks. You know, kinda like what he'll face in the NBA.      
No. 49: Grizzlies select: Josh Selby, PG, Kansas Grade
Analysis: When he hit the game-winning 3-pointer in his debut last season, it was one more big 3 than the Grizzlies seemingly hit all season. A great fit who should have been taken 20 picks earlier.      
No. 50: 76ers select: Lavoy Allen, PF, Temple Grade
Analysis: Drafting a local kid makes for a great story, especially when the guy has a legitimate chance to stick (Bucks-Leuer, for example). In this case, he doesn't.      
No. 51: Trail Blazers select: Jon Diebler, SG, Ohio State Grade
Analysis: At 6-foot-6, one of the college game's best marksmen could get his shot off against most of his opponents. He'll lose that advantage in the NBA, and with it probably will go his career.      
No. 52: Pistons select: Vernon Macklin, PF, Florida Grade
Analysis: According to one service with apparently nothing more important to chart, this power forward took just four jump shots all season last year. Either he's the next Shaquille O'Neal or ... ah, forget it.      
No. 53: Magic select: DeAndre Liggins, SG, Kentucky Grade
Analysis: Chances are the standout defender will find himself matched up with in-state rival Dwyane Wade at some point next season. Hey, at least he's good enough to get into the mix.        
No. 54: Cavaliers select: Milan Macvan, PF, KK Hemofarm Grade
Analysis: Even a talent-challenged roster like Cleveland's has limitations, and no doubt Cavaliers management decided bringing in four rookies was asking a bit too much. Thus, the Macvan throwaway selection.      
No. 55: Celtics select: E´Twaun Moore, SG, Purdue Grade
Analysis: It appears the Celtics saved money in scouting this past season, choosing only to watch Purdue's game. Hey, at least they were able to get its two best players.      
No. 56: Lakers select: Chukwudiebere Maduabum, SF Grade
Analysis: He scored a total of two points in three games for Bakersfield in the NBA Developmental League last season. The guess here is that the nearby Lakers happened to have someone watching the night he scored.      
No. 57: Mavericks select: Tanguy Ngombo, SF Grade
Analysis: He's known as the greatest player ever from Qatar. No report on who the second-best might have been.        
No. 58: Lakers select: Ater Majok, PF Grade
Analysis: Imagine being Ben Hansbrough. A long frustrating night could culminate in being selected by a great team like the Lakers. Alas, the ultimate embarrassment ... a guy named Ater Majok.      
No. 59: Spurs select: Adam Hanga, SG Grade
Analysis: Guess Jereme Richmond, the high-ceiling freshman at Illinois, made a mistake coming out early.      
No. 60: Kings select: Isaiah Thomas, PG, Washington Grade
Analysis:  If your goal is to sell tickets on the West Coast, you could do a whole lot worse than getting the most exciting players from both the Mountain West and Pac-10 conferences.      
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