2012 NBA Mock Draft

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  1 Hornets Anthony Davis PF Kentucky Fresh 6’10” / 220

Analysis: Do I even need to say anything? If Davis were to somehow tear his ACL in the time between now and the draft, I still wouldn’t be surprised if the Hornets didn’t think twice to take him number 1

  2 Bobcats Thomas Robinson PF Kansas Junior 6’9″ / 244

Analysis: Robinson is beginning to separate himself from the rest of the pack for the number 2 selection, however Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has been known to take a few risks on draft day. Assuming Charlotte does not move the pick, they will be deciding between Brad Beal, MKG, and Robinson. MKG does not offer elite scoring abilities and Robinson fills the team’s biggest need as an interior scorer who can stretch the floor.

  3 Wizards Bradley Beal SG Florida Fresh 6’5″ / 202

Analysis: By recently acquiring Trevor Ariza, the Wizards now have a plethera of perimeter defense with Ariza and Chris Singleton and may choose to pair Brad Beal in the backcourt with John Wall. MKG remains a viable option, but Beal makes the most sense.

  4 Cavaliers Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF Kentucky Fresh 6’8″ / 232

Analysis: The Cavs suddenly have their option between the two top SFs in the draft in MKG and Harrison Barnes. While Barnes may have the more polished offensive games, he cannot compare to MKG for his winner’s mentality and incredible motor. MKG would instantly boost Cleveland’s team defense and will be a solid piece moving forward.

  5 Kings Harrison Barnes SF UNC Soph 6’9″ / 225

Analysis: Needing perimeter scoring, Barnes provides tremendous shooting along with great size and length. The Kings could also take a serious look at Andre Drummond, but he is a project. In order for Sacramento to keep their franchise, they are going to need to minimize risks and add pieces that can contribute right now. Damian Lillard could also get a look in this spot as Tyreke Evans is more of a swingman and Isiah Thomas may not be the long-term answer for the team at PG.

  6 Trail Blazers
(via New Jersey)
Damian Lillard PG Weber State Junior 6’3″ / 195

Analysis: Although Andre Drummond would fill the gaping hole at center, Damian Lillard could bring an immediate scoring punch and fill in their other huge need at point guard. The Trail Blazers could avoid having to go through total rebuilding by nailing this draft, and Lillard has a chance to be a similar scorer to Derrick Rose. If Portland does not move their selections, they will attempt to take a point guard and a center with both of their lottery picks.

  7 Warriors Andre Drummond C Connecticut Fresh 6’10” / 270

Analysis: Needing interior defense, Drummond has the size, length, and athleticism to become a dominant post defender. With obvious questions concerning his concentration and commitment to the game, he could end up being a total bust and is a huge risk for this high in the draft. However, his payoff could be huge and he will undoubtedly get selected in the lottery. Playing in Golden State could be a great situation for him as he could play alongside big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut.

  8 Raptors John Henson PF UNC Junior 6’11” / 220

Analysis: The Raptors are looking to move this pick in hopes of landing a veteran swingman, but reportedly have been very impressed with Henson at workouts. Henson possesses an absurd 9’5″ standing reach and if he fills in, he could be a dominant interior defensive force. The Raptors are close to getting their international star center Jonas Valuncianas to sign, and pairing him with Henson could create one of the top defensive tandems in the league. Look for Toronto to also consider adding a swingman such as Jeremy Lamb or point guard Damian Lillard if he is available.

  9 Pistons Meyers Leonard C Illinois Soph 7’1″ / 250

Analysis: In need of a true center, Leonard would allow rising star Greg Monroe to move back to his more natural position of power forward while giving Detroit a defensive stopper in the interior. Leonard is a hyper-athletic true 7-footer and could grow into one of the top centers in the game given time. Detroit could also go with the more polished Tyler Zeller, although he does not have as high of a ceiling as Leonard.

  10 Hornets
(via Minnesota)
Terrence Jones SF/PF Kentucky Soph 6’9″ / 252

Analysis: The Hornets have very few players under salary and have a bevvy of needs, but teaming up Davis with his Wildcat teammate Terrence Jones could do a lot for the young team’s chemistry. Jones would add versatility and even more shot-blocking to the new-look Hornets and could end up being a very similar player to Josh Smith. If New Orleans is unwilling to match a large offer to restricted free agent Eric Gordon, they may look to add a shooting guard such as Austin Rivers, Jeremy Lamb, or Dion Waiters.

  11 Trail Blazers Tyler Zeller C North Carolina Senior 7’0″ / 250

Analysis: The Blazers addressed their need for a point guard with their first pick and now add to their frontcourt by selecting Zeller. Zeller is a defensive big man who can run the floor and could end up being a solid center alongside Lamarcus Aldridge. If Meyers Leonard is available here, I think Portland would prefer his upside.

  12 Bucks Perry Jones III SF/PF Baylor Soph 6’11” / 235

Analysis: The Bucks would ideally like to select Meyers Leonard, but if he is unavailable their other favorite pick would be Perry Jones. The Bucks desperately need help in their frontcourt and with Ersan Ilyasova likely gone in free agency, Jones could provide minutes at not only the 3 but also the 4. The Bucks system under Scott Skiles would also utilize his defensive ability, as he has the athleticism and size to become a very good defender.

  13 Suns Dion Waiters SG Syracuse Fresh 6’4″ / 215

Analysis: The Suns have reportedly promised Waiters that they would select him if he is available at 13, and his ability to score would be a nice fit in Phoenix. While Steve Nash may not return, Waiters is a good ball-handler and has experience running an offense. Kendall Marshall would also be a nice fit here.

  14 Rockets Jeremy Lamb SG Connecticut Soph 6’5″ / 185

Analysis: The Rockets may be looking to trade Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee is set to become a restricted free agent, meaning that Houston may suddenly have a need at shooting guard. Lamb would be a tremendous value here and he is long, athletic, and a dynamic scorer. The Rockets may decide to move one or both of their picks, but they would love to land Lamb at 14. Terrence Jones, Tyler Zeller, and Kendall Marshall are also viable options if available.

  15 76ers Austin Rivers SG Duke Fresh 6’4″ / 200

Analysis: The 76ers may choose not to overpay to maintain the services of free agent Lou Williams, and adding Austin Rivers would give a similar scoring punch off of the bench. Rivers is a tremendous ball-handler and could assume a very similar role to the one Williams has had the past few seasons. However, if Terrence Jones is available, Philly will most likely pull the trigger. Also considered are Terrence Ross, Arnett Moultrie, and Tyler Zeller if available.

  16 Rockets
(via New York)
Jared Sullinger PF Ohio State Soph 6’9″ / 280

Analysis: Jared Sullinger has fallen out of lottery contention due to his medical issues, but represents a good value for a team in the middle of the draft. Although he is not tremendously athletic, he is a great rebounder and low post scorer who could help out right away. Houston needs to add a big man whether it be in the draft or in free agency.

  17 Mavericks Kendall Marshall PG UNC Soph 6’4″ / 195

Analysis: With Jason Kidd 39 and a free agent, the Mavs could add a Jason Kidd replica in Kendall Marshall. A big-bodied, pass-first point guard who can rebound, Marshall just needs to add a jump shot in order to become a more dynamic player. He does a great job of making his teammates better and would fit in very well in Dallas. Dallas will look to add the top player available at 17.

  18 Houston
(via Utah)
Terrence Ross SG Washington Soph 6’6″ / 190

Analysis: Houston now has picks 14, 16, and 18, and it is unlikely that they will keep them all. They will look to create a package to chase Tyreke Evans, but if they do not move the pick Terrence Ross represents a tremendous value here. They have a need at shooting guard and small forward and Ross is versatile and athletic enough to play both positions, while filling the void left by Chase Budinger.

  19 Magic Moe Harkless SF St. Johns Fresh 6’9″ / 210

Analysis: The Magic need a legitimate small forward and Harkless has the tools to develop into a Nic Batum type player. He is a great dribbler for his size and could even pass as a shooting guard if need be. He needs to fill in and could take a few years, but his jumper is developing and he looks like a solid mid first round selection. If Zeller or Leonard fall this far, the Magic may not have a choice but to choose one of the 2 centers.

  20 Nuggets Arnett Moultrie PF Mississippi State Junior 6’11” / 230

Analysis: Kenneth Faried was a revelation during his rookie season, but his offensive game is undeveloped and he has a relatively low ceiling as a scorer. Adding Moultrie would give the Nuggets a scoring option on the low post to pair with their new hustle power forward. Denver may also consider Andrew Nicholson or swingmen Harkless and Jeffery Taylor.

  21 Celtics Royce White SF/PF Iowa State Soph 6’8″ / 260

Analysis: Boston has apparently given White a promise to select him if he is available this late, and his passing and interior game could help fill in the potential void of Kevin Garnett’s possible retirement.

  22 Celtics
(via LA Clippers)
Andrew Nicholson PF St. Bonaventure Senior 6’9″ / 240

Analysis: Brandon Bass is set to become a free agent and Boston may not be inclined to overpay to keep him. Adding Nicholson would provide a similar scoring punch on the low block, and Nicholson has a lot of room to grow as a scorer. Boston needs to get bigger, and Nicholson would be an immediate upgrade to the Celtics bench.

  23 Hawks Marquis Teague PG Kentucky Fresh 6’2″ / 189

Analysis: What could be better than having Jeff Teague run the point in Atlanta? Having his hyper-talented younger brother back him up. Teague is a tremendous value this late in the draft and many believe him to be more talented than his successful older brother. The Teague brothers would make for added chemistry in Atlanta and could be the perfect spot for Marquis to grow and develop his NBA game.

  24 Cavaliers
(via LA Lakers)
Jeffery Taylor SF Vanderbilt Senior 6’7″ / 210

Analysis: Although Cleveland will most likely select a small forward with their first pick, they may not be able to pass on Jeffery Taylor if he is available at 24. Taylor is very athletic and could develop into an impressive perimeter defender. The Cavs may also consider adding Fab Melo, Evan Fournier, or Andrew Nicholson if available.

  25 Grizzlies Evan Fournier SG France INT 6’7″ / 206

Analysis: The Grizzlies are currently in salary cap hell and picking Fournier would allow them to keep Fournier developing overseas for a few years before having to pay him. Fournier is only 19 years old and is a very big 2-guard, and could develop into a very nice NBA player. OJ Mayo is likely to leave via free agency and the Griz may look to add a different shooting guard to fill Mayo’s void.

  26 Pacers Tony Wroten PG Washington Fresh 6’5″ / 205

Analysis: Darren Collison was a bust this season and the Pacers need to add another point guard so that George Hill can play in his more natural position as a shooting guard. Tony Wroten is arguably the most talented point guard in the draft but is still very raw. Standing at 6-foot-6, he could end up being a Tyreke Evans type of combo guard. The Pacers could also go with the pass-first Scott Machado or even Teague if he is availble. They were also blown away by Fab Melo during his workout with the team.

  27 Heat Fab Melo C Syracuse Soph 7’0″ / 255

Analysis: Coming off a championship, the Heat need to bolster their frontcourt and add a legitimate shot-blocker alongside Chris Bosh. Fab Melo was one of the top defenders in the NCAA last season and would instantly improve Miami’s interior defense. However, Melo has a long way to go with his offensive game. The Heat could also consider Draymond Green or a point guard here.

  28 Thunder Draymond Green SF/PF Michigan State Senior 6’7″ / 230

Analysis: The Thunder’s inexperience on the big stage cost them in their Finals loss to Miami, and adding Draymond Green would give them a player who has proven to strive under intense pressure. Green is a team guy who makes the players around him better, and would add another layer of versatility to the tremendous Thunder roster. In situations where Kendrick Perkins is ineffective, Green could allow the team to play smaller without giving up interior defense.

  29 Bulls John Jenkins SG Vanderbilt Junior 6’4″ / 215

Analysis: The Bulls 2-guard play has been atrocious the past few seasons and Jenkins is the top shooter in the draft. He is also good at penetrating the lane and finishing around the hoop, and could be a legitimate answer to Chicago’s woes at the position. With Derrick Rose likely out for much of the upcoming season, the Bulls could also look to add point guards Machado or Tyshawn Taylor.

  30 Warriors
(via San Antonio)
Quincy Miller SF Baylor Fresh 6’9″ / 210

Analysis: The Warriors need help at small forward, and Quincy Miller is a great value this late in the draft. Although raw and inconsistent, he possesses ideal size, length, and athleticism and could be a very nice player down the road.

  31 Bobcats Doron Lamb SG Kentucky Soph 6’4″ / 210
  32 Wizards Fab Melo C Syracuse Soph 7’0″ / 255
  33 Cavaliers
(via New Orleans)
Orlando Johnson SG UC Santa Barbara Senior 6’5″ / 205
  34 Cavaliers Tyshawn Taylor PG Kansas Senior 6’3″ / 185
  35 Warriors
(via New Jersey)
Jared Cunningham SG Oregon State Junior 6’4″ / 194
  36 Kings Drew Gordon PF New Mexico Senior 6’9″ / 245
  37 Raptors Kostas Papanikolaou SF Greece INT 6’8″ / 230
  38 Nuggets
(via Golden State)
Will Barton SG Memphis Soph 6’6″ / 175
  39 Pistons Khris Middleton SF Texas A&M Junior 6’7″ / 215
  40 Trail Blazers
(via Minnesota)
Henry Sims C Georgetown Senior 6’10” / 245
  41 Trail Blazers Darius Johnson-Odom SG Marquette Senior 6’2″ / 215
  42 Bucks Tomas Satoransky PG/SG Czech Republic INT 6’7″ / 210
  43 Hawks
(via Phoenix)
Kevin Jones PF West Virginia Senior 6’8″ / 260
  44 Pistons
(via Houston)
Tu Holloway PG Xavier Senior 6’0″ / 190
  45 76ers William Buford SG Ohio State Senior 6’6″ / 220
  46 Wizards
(via Dallas)
Tony Mitchell SF Alabama Junior 6’6″ / 210
  47 Jazz Casper Ware PG Long Beach State Senior 5’10” / 175
  48 Knicks Marcus Denmon SG Missouri Senior 6’3″ / 185
  49 Magic Kyle O’Quinn C Norfolk State Senior 6’10” / 240
  50 Nuggets Darius Miller SF Kentucky Senior 6’8″ / 225
  51 Celtics JaMychal Green PF Alabama Senior 6’8″ / 228
  52 Warriors
(via Atlanta)
Maalik Wayns PG Villanova Junior 6’2″ / 185
  53 Clippers Alex Young SF IUPUI Senior 6’6″ / 212
  54 76ers
(via Memphis)
Furkan Aldemir PF Turkey INT 6’9″ / 220
  55 Dallas
(via LA Lakers)
Lucas Nogueira C Brazil INT 7’0″ / 225
  56 Raptors
(via Indiana)
Kim English SG Missouri Senior 6’6″ / 200
  57 Nets
(via Miami)
Kevin Murphy SG/SF Tennessee Tech Senior 6’6″ / 185
  58 Timberwolves
(via OKC)
Jordan Taylor PG Wisconsin Senior 6’1″ / 195
  59 San Antonio Kris Joseph SF Syracuse Senior 6’7″ / 215
  60 Lakers
(via Chicago)
Miles Plumlee C Duke Senior 6’11” / 225

Last Updated: June 26, 11:27 AM CST