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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Round One - Picks 16-30


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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 1-15
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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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Julian 01-02-2014 02:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.73 (total posts: 4)
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ignore the Kobe stans. Anyone old enough that truly wechtad them both okay knows MJ was the better player. Kobe may end up with better all-time stats, but MJ was still the better basketball player.Anyway, congrats to LA. Mainly happy for Artest, always liked him. And Phil Jackson. Greatest coach ever. Just proved it this series.
Entsar 01-02-2014 01:25 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.93 (total posts: 1)
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before, I worked with him on the dstesiar that never saw the light of day (otherwise known as K.O.B.E.). He seemed cool we were in the studio for a good while he even rented my Trinity (the check cleared). But something was off about dude.Plus, we shot hoops at the studio (it had a court) and I swear that dude must have made a pact with the evil one because (no joke) he could be sitting at Chicken & Waffles down the street with a piece of fried in hand, take a basketball, throw it up casually and I swear it would swish. I mean no one is that good.So Kobe, despite your being a cool dude to me and never acting diva, me, I am rooting for the Celtics.1. Because I would like to see KG and Ray (and Paul) get another ring because let us face it they do not have too much left in them.And 2. I sort of want to see you lose it and scream and it all be caught on film.But we shall see how it goes.*Kanye Shrug*
Rudy Gobert 06-27-2013 05:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.53 (total posts: 1)
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Gobert won't fall that late to much potential and upside could even go before Steven Adams and Cody Zeller
David 06-27-2013 04:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
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Nice work. I agree that MCW can slide all the way to Dallas. Check out my mock for SportsFansNews.com: http://sportsfansnews.com/nba/2013-nba-mock-draft-2-0/
Nate 06-27-2013 01:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx5.93 (total posts: 2)
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Victor Oladipo is going to the Cavs, Noel to Magic, Porter to Wizards, Bennet to Hornets, Mclamore to Suns
What OKC should do 06-27-2013 11:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 14)
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Draft Gobert or the Brazilian at 12,the Spanish SG at 29 and the French forward at 32.
Matt 06-27-2013 04:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx.241 (total posts: 1)
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Here in Portland fans seem to be pretty unhappy with the idea of trading LaMarcus. I personally would give it one more year at least, and if the Blazers don't improve much I would much rather look to trade him during next year's draft which will be stronger. If the Blazers traded LMA and Matthews for the #1 pick and Thompson they would most likely take Oladipo from what I've heard, and I don't like that trade at all. You're giving up a multiple year all-star PF and a pretty decent SG for a question mark in Oladipo and a still unproven Thompson. Not to mention there would most likely be an attendance drop if LMA goes.
Ryan 06-27-2013 03:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx.119 (total posts: 1)
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Hey, spur-ned, can I have the lottery numbers for this week?
spur-ned 06-26-2013 11:09 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.218 (total posts: 1)
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um, the spurs are not taking jeff withey.
Rich Ragnanese 06-26-2013 10:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.64 (total posts: 1)
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Drafting isn't anymore complicated than your Mamma going shopping.
If mamma goes to the store to buy chicken and vegetables and the store only has a few good chickens for sale and tons of good vegetables, she doesn't buy up all the veggies go home and come back hoping there is still a good chicken to buy.
She buys the chicken first. This draft has plenty of good big's to play down low but very few good small forwards that can help Cleveland or any team win.
This is why I agree with you Otto Porter is the perfect fit for Cleveland. Let's hope Chris Grant believes the same.
Keith Gadson 06-26-2013 08:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.52 (total posts: 4)
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I saw on NBA Full Time Interview that Otto Porter played Center his whole life. In fact he said himself that his only year in college was his only time playing SF and he isn't used to shooting from deep or handling the ball as a wing. That would concern me if I was choosing for Cleveland. Noel would also concern me being that he has knee issues as a leaping big man. Screams Greg Oden. I'd go with McLemore or Len with #1.
WOWzers 06-26-2013 07:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.121 (total posts: 3)
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My grandma could do a better and more accurate mock than this



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