Jan 9, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe (32) is guarded by Illinois Fighting Illini center Nnanna Egwu (32) during the second half at Assembly Hall. Minnesota defeated Illinois 84-67. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

Potential Second Round Talent

With most the attention focused on the draft prospects in the first round, the Utah Jazz have typically been able to find good players in the second round as well. Here are a few players that the Jazz could take a look at with there second round pick that would have a good shot at making the team, and possibly making a positive impact on the roster.

Phil Pressey (G – Missouri)

If the Jazz decide to go after another guard in the second round, Pressey wouldn’t be a bad choice. In his sophomore season at Missouri, Pressey led one of the most efficient offenses in the nation. He was surrounded with solid scorers, and with his quickness and great court vision, was able to set up those scorers easily. His speed and court vision will be what helps him make the team. He needs to improve his scoring but should make for a good backup point guard on an NBA team.

Peyton Siva (G – Louisville)

Another guard that could help the Jazz is Siva. He is undersized for the league, but the guy is a leader and he is a winner. He is quick with the ball in his hands and is great at finding teammates. Defensively, his can frustrate opponents with his quickness. The downside is that he hasn’t ever been a very good outside shooter. The Jazz need to have a guy that can hit the three after they kick it back out of the double team. He’ll need to improve on that, but still should be another good backup.

Brandon Davies (PF – BYU)

Not knowing what is going to happen with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in free agency, the Jazz will most likely need to look at some big guys to help fill the void if they leave. Davies would be a good fit. Purple and Blues editor Josh Haslam wrote an article on Davies last week. He talked about how Davies would be a good pick for the Jazz, and I have to agree. Davies became a go-to-guy in the paint last year at BYU. He runs the floor well and is athletic in transition. He’s got a big body so he can hang with guys down low. He just needs to work on his jumper. All in all though, Derrick Favors is going to need someone to back him up with solid minutes off the bench, and Davies could provide that.

Trevor Mbakwe (PF – Minnesota)

Mbakwe has had his ups and downs over the course of his college career. He had a couple knee injuries, a little bit of time with a junior college, two seasons with no game time, and an assault charge. This last year at Minnesota though, he started to get going a little bit. His length is something that i like. He is 6’8″ with a 7’4″ wingspan. He’s a very good rebounder and can finish close to the basket. His player comparison says that at best he could be Kenneth Faried. With the way Faried has turned out this last season, I would jump on the chance having him come off my bench.

The Jazz have had good luck finding hidden gems in the second round. Could they possibly do it again this year? The June 27th draft is only 2 weeks away.

 

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