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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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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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