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Top five guys passed over in the NBA Draft

Jun 27, 2014, 8:43 AM EDT

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It’s the economics of the NBA: teams in the second round draft European players they can stash overseas, saving the roster spot and money and giving them a trade chip. Sometimes those guys develop and come over, a lot of times they do not.

In picking those guys, good players looking for chance in the NBA get passed over.

Here is PBT’s top five guys left undrafted. Each hopefully gets a shot through Summer League and training camps (nearly 20 percent of the guys in the NBA went undrafted, there is hope).

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• Patric Young, 6’9” power forward/center, Florida. He was very highly recruited coming out of high school, and without a doubt he passes the eye test, he looks like a powerful NBA inside player. Of course, Kwame Brown passes the eye test, too. Young has an inconsistent offensive game, mostly based around post up play, but he’s athletic and can run and finish in transition. He has the tools to be a great defender, but needs works. He has the tools to make an NBA GM look good and stick in the league for a long time, the question may be mental but he deserved the chance he can get it together.

• Jabari Brown, 6’4” shooting guard, Missouri. He can flat out score — he can shoot the three (41 percent this past season), can put the ball on the floor, knows how to finish in transition, and he does it all efficiently (64 percent true shooting percentage last season). The issue at the next level is defense (and passing, but mostly defense), if he doesn’t learn to do it better he’ll have trouble staying on the court. But if you can score you should get a look at least.

• Deonte Burton, 6’1” point guard, Nevada. He’s small, quick, gets into the paint with a fantastic first step and can finish or find teammates. He knows how to score in the pick-and-roll or isolation, plus he knows how to run a team in transition. He had to carry a lot at Nevada and with that there were some questions about his ability to read the court and make the right play. How does he play surrounded by much better talent? Some team needs to give him a chance so we can find out.

• Khem Birch, 6’9” power forward, UNLV. He’s long (7’0” wing span), athletic and he uses that well on the defensive end of the court, which is why a team could use him. He can block shots and is a guy who gets hustle points and buckets by being scrappy. He’s not polished on the offensive end, his footwork is unimpressive and he doesn’t have much shooting range. But teams could use guys off the bench who just hustle and scrap.

• Jahil Carson, 5’11” point guard, Arizona State. Lightning quick and that made him one of the most entertaining players in college basketball the past few years. He can get to the rim in the halfcourt and he can be a one-man fast break. He’d be a fan favorite. He’s small and slight and that’s a concern in the NBA, particularly on the defensive end of the floor. The other question is his ability to lead an offense and create for others not just himself. His passing skills can be inconsistent. Still, in a league where you can’t touch a guy on the perimeter a point guard with speed has value.

  1. dacapt704 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Therein lies the problem….scouts/GMs want these guys to “stay in school” for 3-4 years but all that does is give them exposure to get their game ripped apart…meanwhile ppl fall in love with overseas prospects that haven’t played against this level of comp (or in many cases, only played at under 19 camps) and draft those players ahead of the same American kids you watched since AAU. SMH…not to mention the 2nd rounders that have no intention of coming over he playing so some American kid doesn’t get a shot bc a Gm wants to be “cute” and waste a draft pick/roster spot in some cases…

    That’s why they should be allowed to come out right after high school, this is capitalism. After all, NO ONE forces a GM to draft a high school kid or any player based on “potential”, draft the surest thing possible

    • kinggw - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

      I don’t know what you are talking about and i’m not sure you do either. Overseas prospects arent the reason why some guys aren’t getting a shot, it’s their American counterparts. Guys like Young didn’t get drafted because GMs want to waste lottery picks on one and done guys who can’t really play and are living off of their high school reputation.

      Players shouldn’t be allowed to come out after high school and that will benefit the league. These young kids shouldn’t come to the NBA to learn how to play, they should already know how. Now we have a lot of veterans who didn’t have a job this year, because these young guys who can’t play a lick are stealing roster spots. If you want a better league, you should support a higher age limit.

      • sammadison - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        Players can’t come out after high school they have to be 1 year removed whether that year is spent in the D league overseas or in college. But I do agree that should raise the age limit further to either 20 or 21. Would increase the level of play in both NCAA and in the NBA since rookies would be more expierenced. It’s a win win and if Silver gets his way it will happen. Hopefully soon.

      • dominwindhamnh - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

        Exactly. And forget this “captialism” nonsense. You cant be a plumber, electrician, or a thousand other occupations without formal training – the NBA has every right to make that rule.

      • jkirby317 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        It sounds like if we want a better game we should look for better talent evaluators. Basketball is a game played by athletes. Age should not matter. The fact that the NBA placed the rule to protect the brand from the “potential seeking” GM’s is laughable. If there were truly a lot of (quality) veterans that were unemployed last season then that is on the GM’s for creating a roster with inferior talent.

      • helinhater - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM

        Jesus H. Neither one of you knows what the hell you’re talking about.

        For the good of everyone else, maybe don’t talk for a bit.

    • seansull83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Umm you make no sense. If your good and you go from High School to college, and your game is exposed, it’s because you were a big fish in a little pond. I like the fact to put a kid through college that might not pan out in the NBA. If he was smart he got an education at least. Sometimes raw talent never matures into its potential, but most of these kids haven’t played in a league where they weren’t the 1st 2nd and 3rd option. Think about it, had LeBron gone to college, would he be a Cav, and struggle with a crap team for 6 years. Let that sink in for a moment.

      Really what it sounds like is you are a racist. You would rather American kids get American basketball jobs in America. You my friend are a moron, these guys might be good, might be crappy, but people go to watch winners in arenas not watch 18yo learn to play the mans version of the sport.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Yeh okay some good players there. Just some notes – I heard the Knicks were interested in drafting Young so look for a training camp invite there. Also I’m surprised Burton and Carson didn’t get picked up. Carson obviously reminds one of a Ty Lawson type mould and Burton gave me distinct Baron Davis vibes as well, hope they play hard and earn a roster spot in summer league!

  3. campcouch - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    A group of guys who could contribute to teams that either reached on a pick or drafted a foreign player to save money. Toronto,Denver,Phoenix,even Philly drafted guys that they will never see. At least these guys can go in as FAs and find a place that might suit them.

  4. homelanddefense - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Bryce Cotton

  5. rajbais - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Jahil Carson at 5’11 is small?

    Ever heard of Nate Robinson?

    • rubendealba - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Nate Robinson is miniature

  6. opinevain - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Patric Young is a defensive lineman at best. Sorry, he wont be a factor in the league.

  7. sasquash20 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    I hope my Sixers invite Burton to camp. I think he is instant offense of the bench. Could be a solid role player

  8. kb2408 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Kwame never looked like the physical specimen Patric Young is. I haven’t seen shoulders like that since I was in my 20’s! He will be a 10 year NBA player.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      I hope the Lakers can jump on him for a camp invite! I’ve been following Young for 4 years, have no idea how he didn’t get drafted.

    • billtetley53 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      You liar! You saw shoulders like that last night, when you were the pitcher and you alternative lifestyle partner was the catcher. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  9. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I don’t know how you could possibly say Patric Young’s issue might be mental. Anyone who watched their game against Uconn would know that he single handedly kept them in the game as everyone around him couldn’t hit a shot, and every report about him is that he’s one of the most mature and classy players in college basketball.

    Unfortunately, his issue is more that he just has major issues with mechanics that make him extremely inconsistent offensively, and he doesn’t quite have the height to be a consistent defensive force in the NBA, at least on paper. I do think someone will likely pick him up, and I could definitely see him as a solid big man off the bench, but issues have always been with the physical tools rather than anything mental.

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      I talked to scouts who saw more than just the UConn game.

  10. sportsfan18 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Both the Knicks and the Lakers could upgrade across the board by making these guys their staring 5…

  11. atk87 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    No Melvin Ejim? Only player to ever win Big 12 Player of the Year (over Wiggins, Embiid, Smart, etc.) and not get drafted.

  12. celticpride603 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I really hope the Celtics sign Jabari Brown. They really need bench scoring, and I think he can provide that.

    • seansull83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      We are in the long rebuild. Bench scoring is the least of our problems

  13. realfootballfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Surprised Carson didn’t get picked up.

  14. sumkat - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Patric Young is going to catch on somewhere. It would surprise me if he hasn’t already gotten a few calls. I don’t think he has the size to be a starter (on a good team) for an NBA team, but I could see him being an off the bench, high energy guy. Kind like Reggie Evans, but with more (any is more) skill. Not exactly shooting for MVP status, but a guy that has a place in the league

    For a few of these guys, it could be better long term. If they get a few offers, they can pick a team/system/coach that better fit them and their style of play

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