2012 NBA Mock Draft

By C.E. Peterson

Anthony Davis. Credit Reuters

1.New Orleans– Anthony Davis 6’10 220 lbs Freshman Kentucky

Þ     Real shocker here. Anthony Davis will be the number one pick, and the city of New Orleans will be getting a good one. This is the only sure bet in the entire draft.

2.CharlotteMichael Kidd-Gilchrist 6’7” 220 lbs Freshman Kentucky

Þ     This pick will determine how the next few picks go and I see Kidd-Gilchrist being as sure of a thing in the NBA as anyone in the draft. Many people have the Bobcats taking Harrison Barnes because of the UNC connection to Jordan, but if that’s how he is going to pick his team he might have gone from the greatest player of all time to the worst GM in the matter of a decade.

3.Washington –Andre Drummond 6’11” 270 lbs Freshman UConn

Þ     Many people think he will fall a bit farther than this, but his mix of size and athleticism is just absolutely unheard of. He is 18, 280 pounds, and runs like a horse. The more popular pick here, Thomas Robinson, had much worse of a freshman season than Drummond, so that is a good comparison of the two.

4.Cleveland –Bradley Beal 6’4” 195 lbs Freshman Florida

Þ     Bradley Beal and Kyrie Irving on the fast-break is not something teams will look forward to facing, but Cleveland is really just waiting to see how the cards fall here to make their pick. Quite frankly, anyone they get in the top 4 will be scary on the break alongside Kyrie.

5.Sacramento – Thomas Robinson 6’9” 240 lbs Junior Kansas

Þ     Sacramento could go with Harrison Barnes here as they already have some size up front, but to see Thomas Robinson fall out of the top 5 just seems to go against everything I have seen/ heard.

6.Portland – Damian Lillard 6’2” 195 lbs Junior Weber St

Þ     I have seen this pick a few times this week, but it still comes as a surprise to me that I am putting Lillard, here. Need to build around Aldridge and a point guard is not a bad way to start.

7.Golden State – Harrison Barnes 6’8” 223 lbs Sophomore North Carolina

Þ     Golden State is looking to get rid of some of their draft picks and I can see this pick being traded; especially if Barnes is still left at 7. Either way, if he falls here look for them to take Barnes and deal Dorrell Wright, as well.

8.Toronto – Jeremy Lamb 6’5” 185lbs Sophomore UConn

Þ     Silky smooth, Jeremy Lamb seems to be quiet on the floor sometimes and that type of attitude might do well in the Canadian landscape. Toronto can go with a bit more size here in Sullinger, Zeller, or Perry Jones, but with their first pick from last year (Jonas Valanciunas) returning look for them to go for someone like Lamb here.

9.Detroit – Jared Sullinger 6’9” 280 lbs Sophomore Ohio State

Þ     He has been going even lower than eighth in many peoples mock drafts I have seen, but something about the city of Detroit and Jared Sullinger just seems to work.

10.New Orleans – Kendall Marshall 6’4” 180 lbs Sophomore North Carolina

Þ     Depending how New Orleans feels about Jarret Jack New Orleans could go a number of ways here, but having Kendall Marshall feed Anthony Davis for years to come is definitely something that would put Hornets fans in good spirits.

11.Portland – Tyler Zeller 7’0” 250 lbs Senior North Carolina

Þ     From a source close to the Zeller family; Portland was targeting both Zellers before Cody decided to return to Indiana and with Tyler still here at 11 it would give the Trail Blazers added size to go alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. A point guard and a big man in the top 11 picks is never a bad thing.

12.Milwaukee – Perry Jones 6’11” 235 lbs Sophomore Baylor

Þ     This is where the draft starts to get “sticky.” Perry Jones has size and athleticism, but will he ever “figure it out.” Many people do not remember Rudy Gay at UConn, but freak-athlete who never seemed to figure it out; turned out just fine for the Grizzlies and the Bucks are hoping for some of the same here.Bradley Beal

13.Phoenix – Austin Rivers 6’4” 195 lbs Freshman Duke

Þ     With a few front court players to take here, I just cannot see Utah going that way with their depth in that area. This was between Rivers and Terrance Ross and I give the slight nod to Rivers, but if Perry Jones falls they have no reason to be scared of his potential.

14.Houston – Terrence Ross 6’6” 190 lbs Sophomore Washington

Þ     If Phoenix passes on Ross, look for the Rockets to snag him at 14. Great size, for a two guard, Ross can bring scoring and athleticism to Houston.

15.Philadelphia – Meyers Leonard 7’1” 245 lbs Sophomore Illinois

Þ     The 76ers can go a few ways here, but the potential of Leonard in the middle is undeniable and although they have a few big men he gives them a real defensive force in the middle. They might lose Spencer Hawes, as well and will need a big man with his departure.

16.Houston – Terrance Jones 6’9” 248 lbs Sophomore Kentucky

Þ     Jones has power-forward size and would probably have gone higher if he left last year, but either way he is a good pick here at 16 and can stretch out defenses, as well.

17.Dallas – John Henson 6’10” 200 lbs Junior North Carolina

Þ     I am not completely sold on Henson, and probably will never be. However, at 17 Dallas might grab some much needed length for their front court.

18.Minnesota –Dion Waiters 6’4” 215 lbs Sophomore Syracuse

Þ     Waiters is an animal and don’t be surprised if he is picked somewhere in the lottery. Good size and a bulldozer going to the lane, he is exactly the type of scoring off-guard Minnesota needs.

19.Orlando – Tony Wroten6’5” 205 lbs Freshman Washington

Þ     Maybe this will get Dwight to stay? Highly unlikely and I look forward to seeing who Wroten would play for if he does get drafted by the Magic. He brings great size and can play either the 1 or 2 in the NBA. A Tyreke Evans type build, but I feel more in a John Wall type attitude on the court. Orlando will surely take either of those talents with the 20th pick.

20.Denver – Royce White 6’8” 250 lbs Sophomore Iowa St.

Þ     Rumors have Denver in love with Royce White and if he can find his niche in the NBA I really cannot blame them. If he can get over some anxiety issues, Denver may have added a bit of skill and “girth” to their lineup

21.Boston – Andrew Nicholson 6’9” 225 lbs Senior St. Bonaventure

Þ     This kid really came onto the national stage in the A-10 championship and then in the NCAA tournament. However, Atlantic 10 fans have known about him for quite some time and the Canadian has a good skill set and can defend, too. Will fit right in with Boston.

22.Boston – Arnett Moultrie 6’10” 230 Junior Mississippi State

Þ     I really think Boston will look for some back court help with one of their two picks; if they don’t trade up, but Moultrie is too big of a bargain here, at 22, to pass on.

23. Atlanta – Moe Harkless 6’8” 215 lbs Freshman St. John’s

Þ     Atlanta has never really seemed to fill their small forward position as Marvin Williams and Josh Smith were always “tweeners” and Joe Johnson seems to do best playing shooting guard. Hopefully, Harkless can finally fill that void, for the Hawks.

24.Cleveland– Quincy Miller 6’9’ 200 lbs Freshman Baylor

Þ     With solid numbers at the NBA combine, Quincy Miller seems to fit somewhere in the late first round. If he continues to develop he could be a valuable asset to Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers.

25.Memphis – Doron Lamb 6’4” 185 lbs Sophomore Kentucky

Þ     The Kentucky starter that most seem to forget about; Lamb can score at will and will fit right in for the Grizzlies. As soon as they let go of OJ Mayo, which will most likely be sooner rather than later, they will need scoring and Lamb brings just that.

26.Indiana – Marquis Teague 6’2” 185 lbs Freshman Kentucky

Þ     I really do not see Teague falling this far, but just could not figure out where he would go before this. However, it just seems right to have the Indianapolis native get drafted by his hometown team, but don’t think Hoosier fans will forget where he played college ball.

27.Miami – Fab Melo 7’0” 245 lbs Sophomore Syracuse

Þ     I could see Miami going a few ways here, but they need size and Melo brings that. Look to see who falls, but Melo fills a few needs for the Heat.

28.Oklahoma City –  Jeffrey Taylor 6’7” 225 lbs Senior Vanderbilt

Þ     Landry Fields 2.0 is a bit more athletic and seems to fit that same 2/3 mold. Can bring a spark of the bench with some defense and toughness that should only add to the machine that is Oklahoma City.

29.Chicago  -  John Jenkins 6’4” 190 lbs Junior Vanderbilt

Þ     Chicago has been looking for a two-guard who can score for quite some time, and with Richard Hamilton slowly decaying it seems they need another replacement. Jenkins is a good fit here, but also look for Kris Joseph, or my sleeper pick Will Barton.

30.Golden State – Festus Ezeli 6’11” 255 lbs Senior Vanderbilt

Þ     Out of pure intimidation, I could not leave Ezeli out of the first round. He has good size and every year he plays he continues to progress. Should be a solid fit in the frontcourt rotation for Golden State.

 

Ten Players to Look for in Second Round:

  • Kris Joseph – 6’7” 220 lbs Senior Syracuse
  • Draymond Green 6’6” 235 lbs Senior Michigan St.
  • Orlando Johnson 6’5” 210 lbs Senior UC Santa Barbara
  • Will Barton – 6’6” 175 lbs Sophomore Memphis
  • Kevin Murphy – 6’7”195 lbs Senior Tennessee Tech
  • JaMychal Green – 6’9” 225 lbs Senior Alabama
  • Scott Machado – 6’1”185 lbs Senior Iona
  • Greg Mangano 6’10” 240 lbs Senior Yale
  • Quincy Acy – 6’6” 230 lbs Senior Baylor
  • Henry Sims – 6’11” 250 lbs Senior Georgetown

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