I'm not going to lie, the second round is an absolute crapshoot every year. Players that you think will be great fits do not pan out. Other players may not be highly regarded but work their butts off to be great. And still others you had your eyes on do not even get drafted. Like I said, it is a crapshoot. For the Utah Jazz they have the #42 pick this year (just like last year, so even more Deja vu from double #12s). Over the last three decades the #42 hasn't really been an impact player. I count maybe three guys who made a difference with how their team played. Three times in 30 years isn't a great track record. Anyway, here they are:
|2||1987||ATL||Terence Bailey||Wagner College|
|4||1989||DEN||Michael Cutright||McNeese State|
|6||1991||SAC||Steve Hood||James Madison|
|7||1992||MIA||Matt Geiger||22.3||C||Georgia Tech||552||22.1||9.2||5.7||0.7||0.6||0.6||49.9%||23.2%||72.8%||28.4||0.112|
|12||1997||PHO||Stephen Jackson||19.1||F-G||Butler County||858||31.9||15.1||3.9||3.1||1.3||0.4||41.4%||33.3%||79.8%||36.1||0.063|
|17||2002||POR||Jason Jennings||Arkansas State|
|25||2010||MIA||Da'Sean Butler||West Virginia|
|30||2015||UTA||Olivier Hanlan||22.1||G||Boston College|
|31||2016||UTA||To Be Determined|
Thanks to Basketball-Reference for the data, by the way!
Yes, there are a number of guys here who did become rotation players on playoff teams, like Geiger, or Zaza, or Boobie, or even Beverley. But I think everyone has to do a double take on Stack Jack falling to #42 back in 1997. He was a star player for a number of good playoff teams, and is the ultimate diamond in the rough. He came out of nowhere and was selected by a very smart group of people who did their homework.
I think Dennis Lindsey and the Jazz count as smart people who do their homework as well.
They had the exact situation last year and picked Hanlan, who had an okay season over in Europe (Latvia), but kind of had to take that route because he was outplayed in the summer league. If Utah finds another hidden gem he could be a diamond in the rough. Or he could be just another #42 pick who doesn't make it. But when you are getting picked this far down in the draft nothing comes easy, right Zaza?
Man, this video just makes me hyped up for the #42 pick for no damn good reason.
Don't expect: a guy to make the roster beyond training camp.
Do expect: someone who has a high reward with a low risk.
Prediction: I think the Jazz know that the #42 is a good enough asset to move in a package. The other picks (#52 and #60) are worth almost nothing. So I don't think the team will keep #42 for long. But if they do they may be picking a European bigman. There are a few who may be available at #42. Juan Hernangomez (Spain), Petr Cornelie (France), Guerschon Yabusele (France), Rade Zagorac (Serbia), Georgios Papagiannis (Greece), heck even Joel Bolomboy (Weber State, with parents from the Congo and Ukraine) may even get a look.
Gut Feeling: Personally, if he's still there on the board, I would go with Caris LeVert (Michigan) at #42. He's likely not going to be on the board there. Which is all fine and well, because the Utah Jazz are not likely to be picking at #42 for themselves either.