Just to point something out, a scorer doesn't always find success in the NBA. I could name about 50 off the top of my head, but right off the bat, just look in Sacramento and Jimmer Fredette. The dude averaged 28.9 PPG in his final season at BYU, came into the league and shot under 39% from the floor, had trouble handling the ball and creating his own shot, and found out that the NBA is 10 times tougher than college basketball.
Every year, you'll find talent in the second round, but not much of it.
Last season, not a single player did anything significant as a second round pick. Not one.
The previous season...Chandler Parsons and Isaiah Thomas. Pretty good year, in that regard...but just two out of 30.
In 2010? Lance Stephenson, and he's nowhere near where Chandler Parsons is. Landry Fields is garbage, paid for one season (rook) of 10/6, and has declined ever since.
How about 2009? Marcus Thornton. DeJuan Blair isn't that impressive...doesn't defend, gets into foul trouble often, doesn't pass, shoots a low percentage for being around the rim a lot, etc. Again, just one guy out of 30.
So, in a way, I get where someone sits back and says, "Who cares? Our second rounder means nothing."
Those are our second rounders since selecting (and trading, which needs to be noted) Marc Gasol.
Our scouting is poor. We haven't found a gem in the draft since Bynum, but the problem was, Drew was already having knee problems even before the draft...so technically, we screwed up there. Kobe and Eddie Jones, as first rounders, were our solid selections.
Great second round selections by us? We haven't really had one since Nick Van Exel, in 1993 or 1994. Before that, I couldn't tell you.
This draft is being called one of the worst in years. I don't know if I agree with that or not, but regardless, it's not going to be packed with star talent...which means that scouts are going to look into these players much, much deeper. Nowadays, injuries aren't causing players to plummet, as you're seeing with Noel and possibly 2-3 other guys (one being Alex Len, who just had surgery). Stock is based more on talent than anything, at this point, so it's going to be tougher to find that player we're all looking for in the middle of the second round.