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2012 NBA Mock Draft

June 28, 2012

This mock was originally published at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Modifications to picks 7, 8 and 29 were made at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

 

  1. New Orleans Hornets – Anthony Davis – I wonder if The Brow is the next Tim Duncan or the next Emeka Okafor? However he turns out he’ll be a very good player, but I’m not sure his upside is that of a 20-12 guy, maybe more a 15-10-2.5 block guy.
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers (Bobcats trade No. 2 for Cleveland’s No. 4 and 24) – Bradley Beal – Absolutely love Beal and think he’s the third best player in the draft. He provides the Cavs with another great building block.
  3. Washington Wizards – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – MKG is my second ranked player in this draft, but he could fall all the way to six or seven; that’s highly unlikely, though. The Wizards’ main target is Beal, but they don’t have the picks to trade up like Cleveland does. But MKG isn’t a bad consolation prize.
  4. Charlotte Bobcats – Thomas Robinson – T-Rob is my fourth ranked player in this draft and probably the second safest, behind Davis. Robinson deserves better than Charlotte, whose front-court is loaded with a bunch of nobodies. But he should be able to put up 16 and 10 from the get-go.
  5. Sacramento Kings – Andre Drummond – Drummond has the highest upside of the players left in the draft. Pair him with Boogie Cousins and the Kings could dominate the glass. This could easily be Barnes, but the Kings are rumored to be shopping this pick and Drummond could be an intriguing trade option for other teams.
  6. Portland Blazers – Damian Lillard – I’ve been on the Lillard to PDX train all along. They don’t have a good point guard, and he’s the best available in the draft.
  7. Golden St. Warriors – Dion Waiters There’s speculation that the Cavs want Waiters, but I don’t see why they’d take him over one of the top five guys (this mock’s first through fourth picks, plus Barnes) in the draft. Waiters would provide a good option to help setup the Warriors’ shooters, most notably Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. (Previous pick: Barnes)
  8. Toronto Raptors – Harrison Barnes – There’s speculation that Barnes is falling, but there’s no way he falls past Toronto. Toronto’s small forwards aren’t anywhere near NBA-caliber, so Barnes is a perfect fit. (Previous pick: Waiters)
  9. Detroit Pistons – John Henson – Henson can be a defensive anchor for the rebuilding Pistons, who badly need one.
  10. New Orleans Hornets – Kendall Marshall – Unless the Pacers ship Darren Collison back to New Orleans, I think Marshall goes here. He and Davis could re-enact CP3 and Chandler.
  11. Portland Blazers – Tyler Zeller – I’ve also called Zeller to Portland for a long time. He’s got a high floor and is one of the lone true centers in the draft. Pair him with LaMarcus Aldridge and things will be good in the interior in Portland.
  12. Houston Rockets – Meyers Leonard – Leonard or this pick will probably be traded sometime tomorrow. But if not, and the Rockets are serious about going after Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol, Leonard could be traded later on, even during the season.
  13. Phoenix Suns – Austin Rivers – I’m not that high on Rivers as some people are, but he’s probably one of the safer picks left. Phoenix has a lot of needs so Rivers’ safeness should prompt them to pick him.
  14. Milwaukee Bucks – Terrence Ross – Could provide the Bucks with a burst of athleticism on the wing and provide offensive firepower to go along with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
  15. Philadelphia 76ers – Perry Jones III – The upside is too much to pass up for the Sixers, who could take a step forward in the East if Jones develops quickly.
  16. Houston Rockets – Moe Harkless – Similar to No. 12 this pick could easily get traded tomorrow, but Harkless remains a nice consolation prize, too. He’s young and can defend multiple positions.
  17. Dallas Mavericks – Jeremy Lamb – Lamb would benefit from playing alongside a playmaker like Deron Williams, if the Mavericks could manage to sign him.
  18. Houston Rockets – Arnett Moultrie – Moultrie is big – 6’11”, 230 – and can play both the four and five, which could help entice a team if the Rockets are looking to trade for a big name.
  19. Orlando Magic – Terrence Jones – ESPN and Yahoo! list Jones at 6’10”, 252, but he doesn’t look that tall or big. But he could provide good athleticism and rebounding skills for the Magic, who are undersized (Big Baby) or under-skilled (Ryan Anderson) at the four.
  20. Denver Nuggets – Andrew Nicholson – Could be the heir to Al Harrington in Denver; at 6’10” he can play inside and out.
  21. Boston Celtics – Jared Sullinger – These next two picks seem like very good fits. Sullinger can play the Big Baby role for Boston, which allows KG to play the five.
  22. Boston Celtics – Royce White – White was the No. 2 small forward coming out of high school and finally lived up to that hype this past year at Iowa St. White, at 6’8″ and 230 would be another great pick for the Celtics, who need as much athleticism as possible if they want to compete for another title.
  23. Atlanta Hawks – Tony Wroten, Jr. – The Hawks need point guard depth, and Wroten, at 6’6″, could play the two and allow the Hawks to have a very solid, athletic lineup – Teague, Wroten, Johnson, Smith, Horford – on the court a lot of the time.
  24. Charlotte Bobcats – Will Barton – The Bobcats desperately need scoring, as they finished last in field goal and three-point field goal percentage last year. Barton can shoot from the floor (almost 51 percent last year at Memphis) and from three (34.9 percent).
  25. Memphis Grizzlies – Marquis Teague – I could see Teague going to the Rockets if they keep all their picks, considering Kyle Lowry is apparently going to be traded and Goran Dragic is a free agent.
  26. Indiana Pacers – Draymond Green – This year’s DeJuan Blair. He doesn’t do anything extremely well, but has no big weakness. He’ll fall to a contender and produce what’s asked of him, if not more.
  27. Miami Heat – Jeff Taylor – Can defend multiple positions and shoot well; will probably go five-for-six (a “Battier” or “Miller,” I like to call it) from distance in Game 4 of the Finals next year.
  28. Oklahoma City Thunder – Quincy Miller – A high-risk, high-reward pick for the Thunder offers very little downside. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trade out of this pick, though.
  29. Chicago Bulls – Tyshawn Taylor – Reports out of Chicago say the Bulls are taking Taylor at 29 tonight. He’d help offset the loss of Derrick Rose for this next season by providing a scoring punch from the point guard position. (Previous pick: Kim English)
  30. Golden St. Warriors – Fab Melo – The W’s can get the defensive center they missed out on at 7 in Drummond with Melo at the end of the first.
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One Comment
  1. This is well done. I’d flip Barnes and Drummond but the rest of the lottery looks good and Terrance Ross is quickly climbing up my personal board.

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