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Mavs face crapshoot in second round

Finding an impact player later in the NBA draft is the exception, not the rule

Updated: June 26, 2012, 11:52 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- An NFL second-round draft pick can, in many cases, be expected to start right away. In the NHL and Major League Baseball, second-rounders are whisked off to the minors with a trajectory for an accelerated arrival with the big-league club.

But in the NBA?

"Second-rounders," said Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, "it's a crapshoot."

As global as the game is today, with players in the NBA representing six of the seven continents, ...

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