Instant Grades: 2012 NBA Draft Round 2

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  • NBA blogger Royce Young analyzes each pick from Round 2 of the 2012 NBA Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections. Refresh this page during the draft for the latest grades.

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Live draft analysis by NBA writer Royce Young
No. 31: Bobcats select: Jeffery Taylor PF Vanderbilt Grade
Analysis: The Bobcats get an athletic wing defender with explosive ability at the rim. Basically a not-as-good Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
No. 32: Wizards select: Tomas Satoransky SG Czech Republic Grade
Analysis: A draft and stash pick for the Wizards, but potentially one that could make a real impact in a few years.
No. 33: Cavaliers select: Bernard James PF Florida State Grade
Analysis: The Cavs made this pick for the Mavs, and it's a selection for Dallas that gives them more depth inside. That's pretty much it.
No. 34: Cavaliers select: Jae Crowder SF Marquette Grade
Analysis: The last pick for the Mavs via Cleveland. Some have been pegging Crowder as a potential sleeper. He's a tough wing player and someone that's going to play with lots of effort.
No. 35: Warriors select: Draymond Green PF Michigan State Grade
Analysis: A first round talent that unexpectedly slipped out. The Warriors get extra depth inside with a tough-minded winner.
No. 36: Kings select: Orlando Johnson SG UC Santa Barbara Grade
Analysis: The Kings are trading this pick to Indiana, which means the Pacers get pure scorer with some solid size. He's a senior though, so not a ton of upside.
No. 37: Raptors select: Quincy Acy PF Baylor Grade
Analysis: Big bruising, physical player. He's athletic and has a non-stop motor with a good wingspan and upside. I'm trying to squeeze in as many cliches as possible at this point.
No. 38: Nuggets select: Quincy Miller SF Baylor Grade
Analysis: The Pistons get a big time upside player and one some had going in the first round. He shouldn't have come out this year, but the Pistons obviously don't care.
No. 39: Pistons select: Khris Middleton SF Texas A&M Grade
Analysis: Another player that left too early, but he can certainly fill it up a good amount. Points deducted for spelling his first name that way though.
No. 40: Trail Blazers select: Will Barton SG Memphis Grade
Analysis: Great size, high energy and a pretty good shooter. Honestly, at this spot, the Blazers get a pretty talented player here.
No. 41: Trail Blazers select: Tyshawn Taylor PG Kansas Grade
Analysis: The Blazers made this pick for the Nets. The question is, is he a backup for Deron Williams or is he supposed to replace him? The grade of this pick greatly hinges on that answer.
No. 42: Bucks select: Doron Lamb SG Kentucky Grade
Analysis: The fifth Wildcat taken, but another player that shouldn't have come out. But hey, the Bucks didn't take a forward at least!
No. 43: Hawks select: Mike Scott PF Virginia Grade
Analysis: A quick Google search of Mike Scott tells me he's a senior swingman from Virgina that can score a little. Which means I need to have a very strong opinion about this pick.
No. 44: Pistons select: Kim English SG Missouri Grade
Analysis: Detroit has ANOTHER pick? Good grief. I like this one though. English can shoot. And people that have the ball go in when they shoot it are typically helpful in basketball.
No. 45: 76ers select: Justin Hamilton C LSU Grade
Analysis: The 76ers picked him for Miami, which means Hamilton is the new Dexter Pittman. Try to contain your excitement Heat fans. I know, what a follow-up to that championship. (They did need a big man though.)
No. 46: Hornets select: Darius Miller SG Kentucky Grade
Analysis: The old guy in the batch of Wildcats selected. Not a bad value in the middle of the second round.
No. 47: Jazz select: Kevin Murphy SF Tennessee Tech Grade
Analysis:If you're a Jazz fan that fistpumped after this pick, you pay a little too close of attention to the draft.
No. 48: Knicks select: Kostas Papanikolaou SF Greece Grade
Analysis: That name deserves an A+. But here's the thing: Kostas (I'm too lazy at this point to type his last name), actually had a little first round buzz going and was a star in the Euroleague final four. He won't be in the NBA for a couple years, but does have serious potential.
No. 49: Magic select: Kyle O'Quinn PF Norfolk State Grade
Analysis: O'Quinn was a momentary star of the NCAA tourney leading Norfolk to a big first round upset. Still, not exactly the ideal successor to Dwight Howard if he leaves.
No. 50: Nuggets select: Izzet Turkyilmaz PF Turkey Grade
Analysis: Um. I'll go ahead and fake it with this: Great size, good hands versatile wingspan, length, good touch, smart defender. Did I say wingspan? Oh yeah, upside. Lots of that.
No. 51: Celtics select: Kris Joseph SF Syracuse Grade
Analysis: I've heard of him! I've heard of him! Another tweener selection for the Celtics.
No. 52: Warriors select: Ognjen Kuzmic C Bosnia Grade
Analysis: We're basically at the point where someone is tall and therefore, he gets picked in the second round of the NBA draft.
No. 53: Clippers select: Furkan Aldemir PF Turkey Grade
Analysis: Hey, what's that? The Clippers are picking somebody? Not a bad value either. Aldemir had a little first round buzz around him at one point.
No. 54: 76ers select: Tornike Shengeila PF Georgia Grade
Analysis: His name sounds like a disease. I have no idea if he can play good basketball.
No. 55: Mavericks select: Darius Johnson-Odom SG Marquette Grade
Analysis: He joins his teammate Jae Crowder in Dallas and is a pretty nice pick here actually. He can really jump, shoots it pretty well and is tough nosed.
No. 56: Raptors select: Tomislav Zubcic PF Croatia Grade
Analysis: Another project, a draft and stash. Another difficult name to pronounce.
No. 57: Nets select: Ilkan Karaman PF Turkey Grade
Analysis: It's a bad sign when the draft doesn't have stock footage of you, right? Right?
No. 58: Timberwolves select: Robbie Hummel SF Purdue Grade
Analysis: He spent roughly 14 season in college and battled injuries, but Hummel is a tough, smart player that's going to work. He may not get a crack in the league because of his injuries, but he can shoot it and score.
No. 59: Spurs select: Marcus Denmon SG Missouri Grade
Analysis: The Spurs picked him, so naturally he's going to end up being fantastic as a knock down 3-point shooter in two years.
No. 60: Lakers select: Robert Sacre C Gonzaga Grade
Analysis: Your Mr. Irrelevant was actually kind of relevant in college basketball. I would love to make a snarky comment to sign off, but this is actually a pretty nice pick at No. 60.
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