The NBA Draft is a great time to watch our favorite teams try and score on a great player.
We watch the first round and think about each pick extensively.
However, the second round does not seem to matter to the public that much.
Some of the picks are during commercial breaks.
It gets late and it is tough to watch all of it.
However, we have seen great players come out of the second round.
The reigning NBA MVP, Nikola Jokic, was drafted in the second round.
Sometimes a team can strike gold with the later picks.
The players in this article might not be All-Stars, but they can definitely be exciting.
They might even contribute right away.
The second round of the draft can be a time to take a chance on someone.
3. Miles McBride, West Virginia
Selected No. 36 overall by New York Knicks
Miles McBride is not a name that a lot of people know.
However, he was a really good scoring threat during his time at West Virginia University.
The New York Knicks had a hard time scoring in the postseason.
McBride can help in that department.
He and Immanuel Quickley can definitely be a good guard combination off the bench.
Scoring is not his only best attribute either.
The newest New York Knick Miles McBride, ladies and gentlemen: pic.twitter.com/kLoJAymh6O
— Did the Knicks Win? (@knickswintrack) July 30, 2021
He averaged 1.9 steals during his sophomore season.
McBride can come in right away and earn some minutes for Tom Thibodeau.
2. Jared Butler, Baylor
Selected No. 40 overall by Utah Jazz
The winner of the 2021 NCAA Basketball National Championship was Baylor and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four went to Jared Butler.
He has been a great all-around player for Baylor the last three years.
Heading into the draft process, Butler was easily going to be a first-round pick.
Some people believed he could be a lottery pick.
Unfortunately, he had a heart condition that hindered his ability to workout for teams.
The NBA medical team checked and cleared him to play in the league.
That didn’t stop teams from being scared away from him, as he was selected in the second round.
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) July 30, 2021
This can be one of the steals in this draft.
His talent screams first round.
The health issues scared teams away, which led the Utah Jazz to scoop him up late.
1. Sharife Cooper, Auburn
Selected No. 48 overall by Atlanta Hawks
Sharife Cooper entered his freshman year as one of the best players in his high school class.
Despite his short stature, Cooper was on the trajectory of being a one-and-done player.
However, his eligibility was in question, which forced him to miss the first 12 games of the season.
When he was able to play; he lit up the college basketball world.
Cooper scored 20 points per game with eight assists during his time at Auburn.
He is an elite playmaker and has a little bit of Trae Young in his game, ironically.
Trae Young is excited for Sharife Cooper to be joining the squad 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/rbdvjTMuKa
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 30, 2021
The Atlanta Hawks decided to select him, as he dropped so much farther than anyone expected.
His shooting is a big issue that needs to be fixed, but he is definitely a player that can contribute as a backup guard.