Second-round picks have become little more than trade assets, and as a report from RealGM pointed out, it seems the only reason teams want them is to trade ship them someone else.
Per RealGM, just five of the 30 teams own their original second-rounders in the 2021 NBA Draft, slated for next Thursday. Those teams? The Magic (No. 33 overall), Thunder (34), Kings (39), Spurs (41) and Celtics (45).
Meanwhile, the Pelicans have a whopping four second-round picks (Nos. 35, 40, 43, 53), and the Pistons have three (37, 42, 52). None of those seven picks originally belonged to either team.
Others with multiple second-rounders: The Knicks (32, 58), Thunder (34, 36, 55), Nets (44, 49, 59), Raptors (46, 47), Pacers (54, 60) and Hornets (56, 57).
Of course, as RealGM mentioned, plenty of second-rounders get dealt on draft night, so who knows which may actually end up where.
Some of the more-notable second-rounders in recent seasons: Manu Ginobili, Carlos Boozer, Trevor Ariza, Lou Williams, DeAndre Jordan, Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Montrezl Harrell, Malcolm Brogdon, Draymond Green, Danny Green, Marc Gasol, Paul Millsap and NBA champions Khris Middleton and P.J. Tucker.
Oh, and reigning league MVP Nikola Jokic.