2012 NBA Mock Draft

by Prez Ro, Matteson, IL

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Here is our 2012 NBA Mock draft. There are a lot of good players out there from freshmen to senior and even a few from abroad. Let's see how we do... New Orleans, you are on the clock....

NOTE: our mock draft doesn't include possible last minute trades....

1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, 19, 6-10, 220, Kentucky, Fresh.

While conspiracy theories will abound, basketball purists will appreciate that a team that competed admirably all season long with limited resources was rewarded with some good karma in the form of the No. 1 pick.

2. Charlotte Bobcats: Harrison Barnes, SF, 19, 6-8, 223, North Carolina, Soph.
MJ... is going back to his roots on tobacco road... Barnes not a particularly gifted shot creator, but he has great size and scoring instincts and still has plenty of room to improve at age 19.

3. Washington Wizards: Thomas Robinson, PF, 21, 6-9, 240, Kansas, Junior
This pick should help the fan-base recognize that they are about to add an extremely important piece to their roster who is arguably more ready to compete from Day One than Davis. Robinson will bring a blend of strength, athleticism and competitiveness that the team sorely lacked this season inside the paint. He will pair well with 2011 draft pick Bismack Biyombo to form one of the longest and most explosive interior frontcourts – certainly defensively – in the NBA.


4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, SG, 18, 6-4, 201, Florida, Fresh.
Sporting virtually nothing in their backcourt going into next season outside of Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, the Cavs need immediate help at the shooting guard position. Beal has the perfect skill set and demeanor to compliment Irving, which should make him an extremely attractive pick. Andre Drummond will likely also get a long look here.

5. Sacramento Kings: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF: 18, 6-7, 228, Kentucky, Fresh.

But that should be short-lived as well when they realize that a very exciting piece in their rebuilding process is on the way in Kidd-Gilchrist. Kidd-Gilchrist could fill an immediate hole, bringing a degree of intensity and toughness that will immediately improve their perimeter defense. He's arguably the most competitive player in this draft. Still very much a work in progress offensively.

6. Portland Trail Blazers (from Brooklyn): Andre Drummond, C, 18, 6-10, 251, Connecticut, Fresh.
This would have been an easy pick for 6'9" Jared Sullinger from Ohio State but he was just red-flagged for back issues....

This could be shades of 2010, where arguably the second-most-talented player in the draft fell to the No. 5 pick, only to be swooped up by the Sacramento Kings. Drummond could slip for different reasons than DeMarcus Cousins did, but there's little doubt the two complement each other fairly well, possibly forming one of the biggest and most physically gifted frontcourts in the NBA. The question is whether Sacramento will find a way to get the most out of Drummond's immense talent, and whether they are prepared to take on another project player who may take a couple of years to pan out.

7. Golden State Warriors: Jeremy Lamb, SG, 19, 6-5, 185, Connecticut, Soph.
The Warriors took a major leap of faith in trading fan favorite Monta Ellis for injured center Andrew Bogut and handing the full-time ball-handling responsibilities to Stephen Curry, who lost most of the season to an ankle injury. If everyone stays healthy, they have a very intriguing roster on paper, but still could use some additional scoring punch on the wing. One solution might be to pick Jeremy Lamb, one of the most talented scorers in the draft.

8. Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard, PG, 21, 6-2, 185, Weber State, Junior
While the Raptors anxiously await the arrival of their 2011 lottery pick, Jonas Valanciunas, next season, they have a chance to plug another hole. Finding a successor to starting point guard Jose Calderon, who is entering the final year of his contract, is a priority, especially considering that Valanciunas will need to have offense created for him, at least initially. But if not Lillard, Austin Rivers... The Raptors' wing rotation also looks unsettled, with DeMar DeRozan still unable to find a consistent jump shot, and very little starting material around him.

9. Detroit Pistons: Meyers Leonard, C, 20, 7-0, 240, Illinois, Soph.
The Pistons struggled on both ends of the floor last season, ranking 29th in offensive efficiency and 24 th on defense, meaning this lone pick will surely not solve all their problems. Pairing Greg Monroe with a long and athletic shot-blocker/rebounder like Leonard could be a good start, though. The two seem to complement each other fairly well. Finding a long-term solution at small forward will also be a priority, which could mean Harrison Barnes if he's available.

10. New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota): Austin Rivers, SG, 19, 6-4, 203, Duke, Fresh.

The Hornets are in a serious transition phase, with many key roster pieces entering free agency, making it difficult to pinpoint just one area of need. Regardless, pairing Rivers with Davis could form as the future one-two punch they need to compete in the West.
11. Portland Trail Blazers: Terrence Ross, SG/SF, 21, 6-7, 197, Washington, Soph.

12. Milwaukee Bucks: Tyler Zeller, C, 22, 7-0, 250, North Carolina, Senior

13. Phoenix Suns: Dion Waiters, SG, 20, 6-4, 210, Syracuse, Soph.

14. Houston Rockets: John Henson, PF, 21, 6-11, 220, North Carolina, Junior

15. Philadelphia 76ers: Arnett Moultrie, PF/C, 21, 6-11, 220, Mississippi St., Junior

16. Houston Rockets (via New York): Marquis Teague, PG, 19, 6-2, 179, Kentucky, Fresh.

17. Dallas Mavericks: Kendall Marshall, PG, 6-4, 197, North Carolina, Soph.

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah): Moe Harkless, SF, 19, 6-8, 208, St. John's, Fresh.

19. Orlando Magic: Jared Sullinger, PF, 6-9, 268, Ohio State, Soph.

20. Denver Nuggets: Terrence Jones, SF/PF, 6-9, 252, Kentucky

21. Boston Celtics: Percy Jones, SF/PF, 6-11, 234, Baylor
The Celtics are ushering in a new era, with a big chunk of their roster entering free agency and a great deal of cap room opening up. The frontcourt is an especially large area of need, making a talented, athletic big guy like Jones here is nice....

22. Boston Celtics (via LA Clippers): Andrew Nicolson, PF, 6-10, 234, St. Bonaventure

23. Atlanta Hawks: Jeffery Taylor, SF, 6-7, 213, Vanderbilt

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (via LA Lakers): Royce White, SF, 6-8, 261, Iowa State

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Will Barton, SG/SG, 6-6, 174, Memphis

26. Indiana Pacers: Fab Melo, C, 21, 7-0, 250, Syracuse, Soph.

27. Miami Heat: Doron Lamb, SG, 6-4, 199, Kentucky

28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Khris Middleton, SG/SF, 6-8, 216, Texas A&M

29. Chicago Bulls: John Jenkins, SG, 6-4, 212, Vanderbilt

30. Golden State Warriors (via San Antonio): Quincy Miller, SF, 6-10, 219, Baylor

Outstanding Trades
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-Chicago Bulls receive the Bobcats' 2012 first-round pick (top 14 protected in 2012, top 12 protected in 2013, top 10 protected in 2014, top 8 protected in 2015, unprotected in 2016) (Tyrus Thomas trade 02-18-10)

-Cleveland Cavs have the option to swap 2012 first-round picks with the Heat (LeBron James trade 07-09-10)

-Cleveland Cavs receive the Kings 2012 first-round pick lottery protected in the 2012 Draft, top 13 protected in 2013, top 12 in 2014, top 10 protected in 2015 and 2016, otherwise a 2nd round pick in 2017 ()

-Cleveland Cavs receive the Lakers 2012 first-round pick lottery protected in the 2012 Draft. (Ramon Sessions trade) ()

-Golden State Warriors receive the Spurs 2012 (protected) first-round pick. (taking Richard Jefferson's contract) ()

-Boston Celtics receive the Clippers' 2012 first-round pick, via Thunder (Eric Bledsoe trade) (top 10 protected in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, unprotected in 2016. In 2012, the Celtics would receive the lesser of the Clippers first-round pick or the T'Wolves' first-round pick (Marko Jaric trade)) (Jeff Green trade 02-24-11)

-Houston Rockets receive the Mavericks' 2012 first-round pick. (top 20 protected until 2017). via Lakers (Odom) (Jordan Hill trade) (Lamar Odom trade 11-12-2011)
Houston Rockets receive the Knicks' 2012 first-round pick (top 5 protected in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, if not conveyed by 2015 then the Rockets will receive the Knicks 2015 and 2016 second-round picks) (Tracy McGrady trade 02-18-10)

-Minnesota T'Wolves receive the Utah's 2012 first-round pick (lotto protected in 2012 and top 12 protected in 2013, and Minn has option to swap picks in 2014 if Utah pick is 10 or lower. Otherwise Minn receives 2nd rounder.) (Darius Songalia trade 09-09-09)

-New Jersey Nets receive the Rockets' 2012 first-round pick (top 14 protected in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, or 2017 2nd round pick) (Terrence Williams trade 12-15-10)

-New Orleans Hornets receive the Timberwolves 2012 first-round pick. (unprotected). via Clippers. (Paul trade) (Chris Paul trade 12-14-2011)

-Portland Blazers receive 2012 first-round pick (top 3 protected) from New Jersey. (Gerald Wallace trade) ()

-Utah Jazz receive the Warriors' 2012 first-round pick, via Nets (Marcus Williams trade) (top 7 protected in 2012 and 2013, top 6 protected in 2014. If not received by 2014, Jazz will instead receive Warriors' 2014 and 2016 second round picks) (Deron Williams trade 02-24-11)

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