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Second-round picks more important than ever in NBA

Updated: June 27, 2013, 3:52 AM ET
Associated Press

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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

AP Basketball Writer

There was a time when second-round draft picks in the NBA held about as much value to some teams as the caps that were given to each player chosen on draft night.

As the new collective bargaining agreement imposes far harsher penalties for exceeding the salary cap, finding cheap, productive players after the first round closes has never been more important.

The NBA draft opens on Thursday night, with most ...

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