The second round of the 2015 NBA Draft had its share of players in our coverage area taken. Here is a rundown of the players taken with picks 31-60.
No. 37, Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green - The Philadelphia 76ers added to their defensive skills, already bolstered by Jahlil Okafor at No. 3, by taking Richaun Holmes in the second round. Holmes was the MAC Defensive Player of the Year, and had 2.7 blocks per game during the year. He is no slouch on the offensive end, putting up nearly 15 points per game in his final season. For a complete rundown of Holmes' selection, check out our friends at Hustle Belt.
No. 45, Marcus Thornton, William & Mary - The Boston front office went for shooting in the draft, taking R.J. Hunter late in the first round, and then adding Marcus Thornton in the second round. Thorton is a 3-point specialist, averaging more than 90 made shots beyond the arc in his final three seasons, and shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range in his career. He averaged over two assists per game at William and Mary and has the makings of a strong role player for the Celtics should he make the squad.
No. 51, Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington - The Orlando Magic got a steal at No. 51 with Tyler Harvey who was one of the most explosive scorers in the country this season. He is looking to continue the trend of strong guards out of the Big Sky conference, and has the will and desire to make teams regret not taking him sooner. He averaged 22.4 points per game in his final two seasons, and as a 6-4 guard shot over 46 percent from the floor.
No. 55, Cady Lalanne, Massachusetts - San Antonio grabbed UMass center Cady Lalanne with their late second round pick. Lalanne's 6-10 frame can be a force in the middle with a nose for the ball that made him one of the most effective rebounders in the country during his senior year. Lalanne added to that with his shot blocking ability, and was no slouch from the floor with more than 11 points per game in his final two seasons. For a big man, Lalanne manages to stay out of foul trouble, which is a major asset in the league.