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Updated: June 28, 2012.

Team needs and outstanding trades HAVE been taken into account with this mock draft.

  1. Houston Rockets: Moe Harkless, SF, St. John's, 6-9, Fr.
    Houston owns the Knicks' pick from the Tracy McGrady trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2012 NBA Draft Trades.

    Again, the Rockets are trying to acquire assets to move up, so who knows if they actually end up even drafting here. I am a big Moe Harkless fan and he could be a sneaky draft-riser, but would be a solid value here as a replacement for Chase Budinger.

  2. Dallas Mavericks: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina, 6-4, So.
    Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Delonte West, and, possibly, Vince Carter will all be free agents meaning the Mavericks need some new blood in their backcourt. Kendall Marshall is a tremendous distributor and could serve as a replacement for Kidd. It also wouldn't surprise me if Dallas grabbed one of the Joneses as a value selection.

  3. Houston Rockets: Perry Jones, F, Baylor, 6-11, So.
    Houston owns the Jazz's pick (via Minnesota from the Al Jefferson trade) from the Chase Budinger trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2012 NBA Draft Trades.

    Another asset for the Rockets depending on what they decide to do with their picks, Jones is worth the risk here and could be a valuable trade piece for the future. Another option - and a bit of a reach - would be Marquis Teague if Houston ends up trading Kyle Lowry.

  4. Orlando Magic: Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State, 6-11, Jr.
    I can't get a good feel as to what the Magic is going to do since it pretty much returns everybody from last season, and, of course, everything could change if the team trades Dwight Howard. Arnett Moultrie is a good get here due to his versatility in the frontcourt and ability to probably play the four or five in the NBA.

  5. Denver Nuggets: Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky, 6-2, Fr.
    If the Nuggets go with need, Marquis Teague would make sense since Andre Miller is a free agent. Somebody like Terrence Jones or Royce White would be more of a best-player-available pick.

  6. Boston Celtics: Royce White, PF, Iowa State, 6-8, So.
    There is speculation that the Celtics have made a promise to pick White. Boston could use improved depth at just about every position since the team only has four players under contract for next season.

  7. Boston Celtics: Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
    The upgrade of the Celtics' frontcourt continues as Terrence Jones falls into their laps as one of the big sliders in this draft. Andrew Nicholson and Fab Melo could also be options.

  8. Atlanta Hawks: Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure, 6-9, Sr.
    With only six players under contract for next season, the Hawks take the best player available. Andrew Nicholson has a gifted inside/outside game and would likely contribute off the bench right away.

  9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Fab Melo, C, Syracuse, 7-0, So.
    Boston owns the Clippers' pick (via the Thunder/Eric Bledsoe trade) from the Kendrick Perkins trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2012 NBA Draft Trades.

    The Cavaliers should consider themselves fortunate if Fab Melo slips to them. Cleveland needs a big body inside and that is Melo's strength. If he is off the board, another wing player like Will Barton could be a possibility.

  10. Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten, PG, Washington, 6-6, Fr.
    The Grizzlies could use improved depth at just about every position but specifically in the backcourt. Tony Wroten is a great talent who could probably play either guard position, but he falls this low due to some questions regarding his maturity.

  11. Indiana Pacers: Jeffery Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt, 6-7, Sr.
    The Pacers need depth on the wing and would love to have somebody with Jeffery Taylor's versatility and ability to guard multiple positions. Draymond Green is reportedly also in play here.

  12. Miami Heat: John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt, 6-4, Jr.
    The Heat would probably love to add a true big man with this pick, but instead settle for a sharpshooter in John Jenkins. He adds insurance in case Mike Miller is forced to retire and would greatly benefit from LeBron and Wade's drive-and-kick game.

  13. Oklahoma City Thunder: Draymond Green, F, Michigan State, 6-7, Sr.
    With most of its core under roster for next season, the Thunder don't have any glaring needs. However, a player with Draymond Green's intangibles could be a valuable asset coming off the bench.

  14. Chicago Bulls: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas, 6-4, Sr.
    With Derrick Rose possibly out for all of next season, the Bulls would be best served finding some depth at point guard. Taylor could probably play off the ball as well once Rose returns. A shooting guard like Will Barton has been a hot name here as well.

  15. Golden State Warriors: Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor, 6-10, Fr.
    Golden State owns the Spurs' pick from the Stephen Jackson trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2012 NBA Draft Trades.

    The Warriors go for value here and select Quincy Miller, who could have easily been a lottery pick next year had he returned to school. Miller likely won't contribute right away, but he could be a major steal down the line.

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Cavs 03-19-2013 10:23 am (total posts: 2)
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Shaun Livington is the Cavs backup PG, and a good backup. WTH are you talking about why would they draft another one in the first round? Maybe with the last pick in the 2nd round. Id have them taking Deshaun Thomas with that 30th pick.
Charles Phillips 03-18-2013 11:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Lakers are in currently in the playoffs so there pick goes to Cleveland n the Suns will have Miami's 1st
HB Ando 03-18-2013 02:14 pm (total posts: 2)
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I can also guarantee you that with his apathetic play, and, arguably regressed overall game, Poythress has played his way out of the top half of the first round. It's rare that a physically gifted player doesn't flourish under Calipari, so it's fair to question Poythress' passion for the game, which I believe is not lost on those evaluating his draft stock. Very real bust potential, and it would really behoove him to return and show that he's serious about playing/producing at the NBA level for the next ten years.
HB Ando 03-18-2013 02:11 pm (total posts: 2)
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While I agree the Hawks need an athletic wing to replace Josh Smith, the idea that they would let both Olynyk and Withey pass, when they continue to have Zaza as their only true center (Horford has needed to play his natural position of power forward for years), is unlikely. That said, I don't think Olynyk will still be on the board by the time the Hawks use their first pick.
chuck 03-18-2013 01:09 am (total posts: 5)
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lucas noguiera will be a lotto pick if he can get out of his current contract. he's going to be one of the names youll hear for a while out of this soft draft class
Live 03-17-2013 03:10 pm (total posts: 1)
10     9

No Shane Larkin from Miami U?
Cavs4Life 03-17-2013 02:21 am (total posts: 1)
10     5

it would be nice if cavs could get Muhamadd, but it ain't happening. he has tremendous potential and i think that if he works hard enough, he could become kevin love type of player. good mock though.
harry 03-16-2013 11:37 pm (total posts: 2)
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how are the suns at 14, it should be cavaliers at 16. not just now but also 3 days ago. alot of recent mock drafts are like this too. i dunno how long it takes you guys to make a mock draft but the lakers have been ahead of the jazz for quite sometime
Tanner 03-16-2013 02:10 pm (total posts: 1)
16     6

How do the jazz need options up front? Even if Milsap and Jefferson were to leave they still have Favors and Kanter both who are young players with high potential and are capable starters. Up front is the only place the Jazz don't need help.
little d 03-16-2013 08:33 am (total posts: 2)
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there should be no kentucky players in the 1st round,they are awful
Lip 03-16-2013 01:14 am (total posts: 3)
46     8

Nerlens Noel at #2 has Sam Bowie written all over it...if the Blazers were picking you know it would be a lock to play out that way!
ian 03-16-2013 12:23 am (total posts: 2)
7     11

Pretty sure that the heat own th 76ers first round pick
ian 03-16-2013 12:23 am (total posts: 2)
5     12

Pretty sure that the heat own th 76ers first round pick
Austin 03-15-2013 01:22 pm (total posts: 1)
6     5

Any way Roy Devyn Marble finds himself in the 2nd round?
VJ 03-15-2013 04:35 am (total posts: 3)
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Cle gets the Lakers pick (#15 currently), if LA finishes in the playoff (lottery protected - Sessions trade), Phoenix gets Miami's. Phoenix gets LA's pick if they finish out of the playoffs (not lottery protected). Cle then gets Miami's if LA finishes out of the playoffs. Go Lakers!

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