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2024 NBA Draft: Top players available in second round, including Duke’s Kyle Filipowski

The NBA draft has been unpredictable, with some of the top prospects falling out of the first round. Two of the 24 players invited to the green room will have to wait until the second round to find out where they will play in the NBA. Duke center Kyle Filipowski and Kansas guard Johnny Furphy were forced to leave the Barclays Center in Brooklyn unsure of their landing spots after being taken in the first round before the draft.

Marquette guard Tyler Kolek was another player who fell in the first round. Many thought he was a lock for the Phoenix Suns, but after the trade to Denver, things changed and he could be the first player off the board in the second round.

All eyes will be on Bronny James and where he ends up. The Lakers are favored to take him at No. 55 or perhaps the Suns now at No. 57 after the Nuggets trade Wednesday night.

Here are eight players to watch in the second round on Thursday.


Age: 23 | Height/Weight: 6-3, 190 | Marquette

The senior has the best assist ratio of any guard in the draft. He’s a smart player who plays to his strengths, finishing on the left side of the rim whenever he can. Expect him to be taken off the board at 31 against Toronto, a bargain for the first team selected in the second round. Kolek can step in right away and contribute with his passing ability and trickery in the lane. He averaged 15.3 points and led all college players in assists with 7.7 per game.


Age: 19 | Height/Weight: 6-7, 180 | Kansas

Furphy opted to stay in this draft after turning down a lucrative NIL contract to return to Kansas, leading many to believe he left the combine with a first-round promise. That wasn’t the case, but Furphy is a great option with his shooting quality and extra size on the perimeter. Scouts were impressed with his high release and quick shot, but he hasn’t made an impact in the NBA for a year and still needs to develop, which could be a reason he fell to the second round.


2024 NBA Draft: Top players available in second round, including Duke’s Kyle Filipowski2024 NBA Draft: Top players available in second round, including Duke’s Kyle Filipowski

Duke’s Kyle Filipowski will likely be an early second-round pick. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Age: 20 | Height/Weight: 7-0, 248 | Duke

Filipowski opted to return for his sophomore season after undergoing double hip surgery last spring and was a projected late lottery pick all season. But as teams focused on his film, they saw a lack of finishing in his reverse game and limited lateral quickness to avoid the changeup. He remains a versatile 7-foot center who plays smart and has a good work ethic. Expect him to come off the board at age 32 for the Jazz.


Age: 18 | Height/Weight: 6-6, 190 | Minnesota

Christie was a late riser during the pre-draft process who had the potential to sneak into the back half of the first round thanks to his performance in team workouts. He averaged 11.3 points and shot 39% from 3-point range during his first year in Minnesota. He’s a bit late and that could have contributed to teams taking a more established guard like Terrence Shannon Jr. or Dillon Jones in the first round.


Age: 19 | Ht./Wt.: 6-11, 224 | G League Is On Fire

Smith improved significantly during his season with the Ignite and has great size with an inside game that translates to the NBA. He shot the 3-ball well all season and improved his motor. He averaged 13.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 22 minutes coming off the bench and teams could have chosen players ahead of him who have a more natural feel for the game. At just 19 years old, he is a bit of a rawer prospect but can flourish in the right situation.


Age: 21 | Ht./Weight.: 6-10, 225 | Cairns Taipans (Australia)

Klintman spent his freshman year at Wake Forest before choosing to play a season in Australia’s National Basketball League. He shows promise as a perimeter threat and floor spacer, but he has yet to put it all together in his two seasons leading up to the draft. In the second round, a team could take a chance on him as a long-term prospect.


Age: 23 | Height/Weight: 6-7, 212 | Kansas

Before his knee injury, McCullar was the No. 1 scoring option for a very talented Kansas team. He recently had his knee examined, citing no structural damage, but as an older player in this draft, his potential was limited as a first-round pick. Expect the 6-7 senior guard to be taken off the board at pick 40.


Height/weight: 6-3, 210 pounds | Class: Freshman | U.S.C.

He may not be one of the best players available, but James proved he belongs in this draft class as a draft prospect, where he shot the ball well and showed more potential goal in the corridor with his floater. He will be the reason many NBA fans tune in for the second round.

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