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2012 NBA Mock Draft

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
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Updated: June 29, 2012.
Team needs and outstanding trades HAVE been taken into account with this mock draft.

  1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
    The Hornets enter the offseason with a huge need up front since Chris Kaman and Carl Landry are free agents. Conspiracy theory or not, this is a major coup for a New Orleans team looking for star power after trading Chris Paul. Davis steps in and becomes the face of the franchise.

  2. Charlotte Bobcats: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Jr.
    I give Thomas Robinson the nod over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist since Robinson is a better and more capable scorer which the Bobcats sorely need. There is also talk that the Cavaliers are interested in trading up to the No. 2 slot to take Bradley Beal. This wouldn't be a terrible option for the Bobcats since Robinson would likely still be on the board at No. 4.

  3. Washington Bullets: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida, 6-5, Fr.
    The acquisition of Trevor Ariza likely means the Wizards take Bradley Beal over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Beal fills a need since Jordan Crawford is the only shooting guard under contract; Kidd-Gilchrist would just create a logjam at the three with Ariza and last year's first-round pick, Chris Singleton.

  4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina, 6-8, So.
    Unless the Cavaliers trade up to No. 2 so they can land Bradley Beal, this pick will come down to either the offensive-minded Harrison Barnes or the do-it-all Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. I think Cleveland has a bigger need for a scorer like Barnes to help complement Kyrie Irving. Kidd-Gilchrist would turn the Cavaliers into a very defensive-minded frontcourt when combined with Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao, who are not known as scorers.

  5. Sacramento Kings: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky, 6-7, Fr.
    Kidd-Gilchrist would be the perfect addition for a Kings team that already has loads of scorers but nobody like Kidd-Gilchrist, who can impact the game without needing to score.

  6. Portland Blazers: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State, 6-3, Jr.
    Portland owns the Nets' pick from the Gerald Wallace trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2012 NBA Draft Trades.

    Raymond Felton is a free agent and coming off a disappointing season, so the Blazers should be looking for an upgrade at the point even though they used their first-round pick on Nolan Smith last year. Taking him at No. 6 is too high, in my opinion, but he is a safer pick than Andre Drummond, who would also fill the need for a true big man.

  7. Golden State: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse, 6-4, So.
    In case you are new to my mock drafts, I LOVE Dion Waiters and think he is going to be a stud at the next level. In trading Monta Ellis, the Warriors have a need on the wing even though they just drafted Klay Thompson last summer. I think Waiters' ability to get to the basket would be a great complement for shooters Stephen Curry and Thompson.

  8. Toronto Raptors: Austin Rivers, SG, Duke, 6-5, Fr.
    The Raptors could really use a scorer on the wing to help out DeMar DeRozan and are reportedly shopping this pick for a veteran. The consensus seems to be that this pick comes down to Austin Rivers or Jeremy Lamb.

  9. Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut, 7-0, Fr.
    This is likely where the slide ends for Drummond, who falls because of serious concerns about his motor and work ethic. However, the Pistons sorely need a complement inside for Greg Monroe, and Drummond could develop into that guy. If he is off the board, John Henson or Meyers Leonard would be possibilities.

  10. New Orleans Hornets: Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina, 7-0, Sr.
    New Orleans owns the Clippers' pick (via Minnesota/Sam Cassell trade) from the Chris Paul trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2012 NBA Draft Trades.

    Since they dealt Emeka Okafor, the Hornets need to add a true center to play alongside Anthony Davis. Tyler Zeller isn't incredibly physical but gives New Orleans an athletic, long frontcourt. The Hornets could also look to add a wing player like Jeremy Lamb since they dealt Trevor Ariza.

  11. Portland Blazers: John Henson, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, Jr.
    The Blazers need some size inside and will look to add a big man. John Henson is rail thin, but could be a valuable shot-blocker playing alongside LaMarcus Aldridge.

  12. Houston Rockets: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois, 7-1, So.
    There's no way the Rockets keep all three first-round picks so it's all up for grabs from here one. If Houston does end up keeping this pick, they definitely need to add a true big man since they dealt Samuel Dalembert and Marcus Camby is a free agent.

  13. Phoenix Suns: Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut, 6-5, So.
    The Suns desperately need an upgrade of talent and improved depth on the wing, making Terrence Ross the logical selection. A point guard like Kendall Marshall would also be in play with Steve Nash's future up in the air.

  14. Milwaukee Bucks: Terrence Ross, SG, Washington, 6-7, So.
    This is the ideal situation for the Bucks, having one of the top shooting guards fall to them. Terrence Ross would add athleticism on the wing and help replace Shaun Livingston who was dealt and, possibly, free agent Carlos Delfino as well if he does not return.

  15. Philadelphia 76ers: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State, 6-9, So.
    With red-flag rumors regarding his health, Jared Sullinger's stock has taken a major dip. The 76ers need another big body since Spencer Hawes is a free agent, and while they would take a serious look at Arnett Moultrie or one of the Joneses, Sullinger could be a terrific value if the injuries end up being overstated.

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Zman 02-21-2013 07:08 pm (total posts: 1)
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Miami heat needs to have two picks in the 2013 draft
Seth 02-21-2013 01:37 pm (total posts: 1)
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Where is the love for DJ Cooper out of Ohio University? Should definitely be a 2nd round mock pick.
Victor Oladipo 02-20-2013 05:45 pm (total posts: 2)
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This mock needs to be updated. The fact that Oladipo is not in the top ten is a crime.
WolerinesFan 02-19-2013 11:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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I'm not being biased at all here, but I'm shocked Trey Burke isn't mocked in the top 10 in any board. He's averaging 18 pts and 7 dimes in the toughest conference in America; all while only averaging just under 2 turnovers per game. He's an all around point guard who makes his teammates better all while getting his own buckets. I'm not saying he could be the next CP3 but he's doing all the same things CP3 did when he was a sophomore at Wake Forest.
Derrick Nix 02-19-2013 09:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think Derrick Nix is underrated, reminds me of Al Jefferson wuthout a jumper, probably could go mid to late second
This 02-19-2013 03:29 am (total posts: 1)
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Why don't the dubs have any draft picks??
Hmmm... 02-18-2013 12:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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Gorgui Dieng undrafted? Hmm...
Miami lover 02-15-2013 10:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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TYLER 02-15-2013 10:32 am (total posts: 1)
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Miami lover 02-14-2013 08:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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Where the heck is Shane Larkin???? He has been so good in this 12 game winning streak.....his draft stock is rising quickly
NRA prez 02-14-2013 02:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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nice bullets logo next to washington.

keep it up.
some guy watching nc vs duke 02-13-2013 11:12 pm (total posts: 1)
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He doesn't have glen Robinson slotted because he's probly gonna stay in school.
james 02-13-2013 02:59 am (total posts: 1)
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I highly doubt the wizards pass on noel because they have wall and beal already and need someone in the paint just like the cavs who i think are mirror images of each other................the cavs definitely will not pass on alex len for a combo F with no real position when they already have one in thompson further showing those type of guys are just support players and not franchise players.................. you should also look to move up victor oladipo with his break out play in the last few games and his comparisons to d-wade he will climb the draft board in a similar fashion as dion waiters last year

1. Shabazz Muhammad
2. nerlens noel
3. cody zeller
4. marcus smart
5. ben mclemore
6.alex len
7. Willie Cauley-Stein
8. otto porter
9. victor oladipo
10. Archie Goodwin
Rudolph 02-12-2013 05:58 pm (total posts: 2)
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I love how leBryan nash is the combination of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash
Lip 02-12-2013 01:53 am (total posts: 3)
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I like Jack Burton's comment. Too many players - especially freshmen these days - are rated based on highlight reels and potential. The NBA is a professional league for proper players...highlight reels are for All Star Weekend and potential should be turned into talent as a Soph & Junior at least. If you want to see an NBA ready PG look at St Mary's Matthew Dellavedova. He is a 6'4" senior with superb distribution and basketball IQ up there with the best in college hoops. He also happens to score 17ppg and has played for the Australian national team...holding his own against Team USA. I watched Russ Smith for Louisville against Notre Dame and if he is a #40 pick with little to no basketball IQ and poor distribution, then take Dellavedova in the 1st round.

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