After an eventful first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, several strong players were still waiting to hear their name called once the second round began. Many teams found quality players late in the draft, immediately improving their depth and rotation. Who were some of the best steals of the night?
Bol Bol (44th) – Denver Nuggets
The most obvious choice to start things off is Bol Bol, the 7-foot-2 center out of the University of Oregon. Son of legendary 7-foot-7 NBA star Manute Bol, he had plenty of eyes on him this preseason where he was once considered a top-five prospect. Bol averaged 21 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, shooting 56.1 percent from the field and 52 percent from beyond the arc. Unfortunately, he lasted just nine games before needing a season-ending foot surgery. Concerns about his health and frame (just 235 pounds) caused him to slip, though no one expected him to fall to the middle of the second round.
Carsen Edwards (33rd) – Boston Celtics
Carsen Edwards enjoyed a solid junior season at Purdue University, but it wasn’t until he erupted in the NCAA Tournament that most fans really noticed him. Leading his Boilermakers to the Elite 8, the 21-year-old guard averaged 34.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting over 45 percent from the field during his tournament run. On top of that, he drilled a ridiculous 28 threes in those four games. The 21-year-old Edwards is a natural scorer and very strong shooter, but he doesn’t project as an NBA point guard. He fits better as a shooting guard, but his 6-foot-1 stature could hold him back.
Quinndary Weatherspoon (49th) – San Antonio Spurs
Over the last two decades, few teams have been better at developing talent than the San Antonio Spurs. Quinndary Weatherspoon looks to be the next overlooked prospect to make a name for himself under Gregg Popovich. A 6-foot-4 guard, the 23-year-old played four seasons with Mississippi State and averaged a career-high 18.5 points per game last season, good for second-most in the SEC. Weatherspoon shot over 50 percent from the field, including just under 40 percent on 4.1 threes per game. He’s much older than many of his fellow draftees and doesn’t seem to have a set position at the next level.
Bruno Fernando (34th) – Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks may have had the best draft of the night, thank in part to snagging Bruno Fernando out of the University of Maryland early in the second round. The 6-foot-10 big man was one of the nation’s best rebounders, finishing second in the Big Ten with 10.6 boards per game while placing third in the conference with 1.9 blocks. Fernando also scored 13.6 points on a strong 60.7 percent shooting clip. Atlanta was a terrific landing spot for him; the 20-year-old can showcase his rebounding and defensive abilities and allow others to shine on the offensive end.