2012 NBA Draft: Final Mock With Analysis


2012 NBA Draft: Final Mock With Analysis

The 2012 NBA Draft is back in full force on Thursday night, so it’s high time we got out our final mock draft of the year. This is a deeper draft class than usual, although there aren’t necessarily a ton of sure-fire superstar players.

Still, plenty of teams are looking for that next gem to polish off, and there are at least 5-10 guys with limitless potential. Let’s see what each team will do through the first two rounds of the 2012 NBA Draft:

Round One

1.  New Orleans Hornets - Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky

Davis needs to get bigger and stronger inside, but he already has range and you can’t teach his size and versatility. He’s a franchise changer and David Stern the Hornets know that.

2.  Charlotte Bobcats - Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas

Robinson is perfectly built for the NBA power forward position and brings an improving jumper. Charlotte needs more hard workers with natural talent, along with some inside help. Robinson fits the bill.

3.  Washington Wizards - Bradley Beal, SG, Florida

I’m not sold on Jordan Crawford as the long-term answer at the two spot. Beal is the better natural talent and is probably a more consistent shooter. Washington needs stronger guard play and they’ll get it with Beal.

4.  Cleveland Cavaliers - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, G/F, Kentucky

Cleveland has a point guard and power forward, so now they need a slasher who can score. He’ll be a perfect complement to Kyrie Irving. This offense could hum in 2012.

5.  Sacramento Kings - Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina

Tyreke Evans refuses to play small forward anymore, so he’ll either get traded or move back to the one or the two. Either way, that opens up a spot for the talented Barnes, who is a steal at five.

6.  Portland Trail Blazers - Andre Drummond, C, UConn

Portland hasn’t had much luck with centers over the years, but they’ll have to cut their losses and take a shot on Drummond. He’s raw, but he has excellent size and a limitless ceiling. He’s worth the risk.

7.  Golden State Warriors - Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State

Stephen Curry’s ankles are always suspect and the Warriors could use a more long-term option behind him, either way. Consider Lillard a combo pack of insurance and depth.

8.  Toronto Raptors - Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse

Toronto is reportedly smitten with Waiters, and they could use some more offense out of their guards.

9.  Detroit Pistons - John Henson, C, North Carolina

Henson isn’t as big as you’d like, but he’s a shot-blocker with room to grow. Detroit turns back the clock and gets a nasty inside presence to get their defense back on track.

10.  New Orleans Hornets - Austin Rivers, SG, Duke

Rivers is an underrated scoring talent, as he can spot up or create his own shot. Eric Gordon may not want to stick in NO, so this is a good insurance pick, while Rivers is a heck of a bench shooter at the very least.

11.  Portland Trail Blazers - Terrence Ross, G/F, Washington

Portland could possibly lose both Jamal Crawford and Nicolas Batum, so they protect themselves with a versatile wing man in Ross here.

12.  Houston Rockets - Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois

I’m betting Houston trades most of their picks if they go after Dwight Howard. But whether they do or not, Leonard is too talented to fall much further.

13.  Phoenix Suns - Jeremy Lamb, SG, UConn

The Suns will probably stick with a similar offense with or without Steve Nash. They grab an athletic shooter to improve their outside game here.

14.  Milwaukee Bucks - Perry Jones III, F, Baylor

I see Meyers Leonard here a lot, and it makes sense, but how can the Bucks pass up a guy dripping with talent like Jones? He has some rough edges, but he’s a superstar in the making. They have to take a chance on him.

15.  Philadelphia 76ers - Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State

Elton Brand is slowing down and Spencer Hawes is always hurt. Time for Philly to get another big body that can score.

16.  Houston Rockets - Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina

No, I don’t think the Rockets draft two centers back to back. But I also don’t think they keep either of these picks. Zeller is a borderline top-15 talent. I can’t see him dropping much further.

17.  Dallas Mavericks - Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina

Jason Kidd is ancient and Delonte West isn’t the answer. With or without Deron Williams, Dallas needs to get younger and better at the point.

18.  Houston Rockets - Moe Harkless, SF, St. John’s

This pick could make sense if Houston kept it, as they just shipped off a small forward (Budinger) to get this pick. I just can’t see Harkless dropping much further.

19. NBA Orlando Magic - Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State

Sullinger’s disrespect stops here, as Orlando is starting over and gets a new (and different) big man to man the middle.

20.  Denver Nuggets - Andrew Nicholsan, PF, St. Bonaventure

Denver bolsters their size a bit with Nicholsan. Birdman is aging and JaVale McGee is inconsistent.

21. NBA team logo Boston Celtics - Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky

Pure talent/best player available pick here. Boston is aging and doesn’t have a ton of talent to work with these days. Jones is super talented, and probably should be gone by this point.

22. NBA team logo Boston Celtics - Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt

Ezeli isn’t a freak athlete, but he’s strong inside and plays good defense. Boston could opt for Fab Melo, too, but I think Ezeli is the better risk.

23. NBA logo Atlanta Hawks - Fab Melo, C, Syracuse

Melo is a project, but he could end up paying off in a big way. Ultimately, he could take over at center and allow Al Horford to slide to his more natural power forward position.

24.  Cleveland Cavaliers - Royce White, SF, Iowa State

Cleveland just grabs the best talent on the board, and that’s the silky smooth White, who could easily end up being a starter in a couple of years.

25.  Memphis Grizzlies - Quincy Miller, PF, Baylor

Miller is explosive and strong inside, and Memphis could use some extra muscle after seeing what life is like without Zach Randolph.

26.  Indiana Pacers - Jeffrey Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt

The Pacers are fine on their wings right now, but Danny Granger is often the subject of trade rumors. Taylor will back him up to start, but could one day replace him.

27.  Miami Heat - Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky

Teague still needs to learn the point guard position, but he’s arguably more talented than Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. He could take over as the lead point guard in a couple of years.

28.  Oklahoma City Ghunder - Tony Wroten, SG, Washington

Instead of reaching for some help inside, the Thunder add to a strength at the guard position. Derek Fisher is aging and Eric Maynor is returning from a knee injury, so it’s a good depth move.

29.  Chicago Bulls - John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt

Chicago is always talking about making an upgrade at shooting guard, and Jenkins makes a ton of sense. He’ll bring instant offense off the bench.

30.  Golden State Warriors - Evan Fournier, G/F, France

Golden State keeps thinking about trading for a new small forward, but they might have their guy here in Fournier. Fournier is versatile and brings major clutch ability.

Round Two

31.  Charlotte Bobcats - Draymond Green, F, Michigan State

Green has the talent to make it into the first round, so Charlotte gets a steal to begin round two.

32.  Washington Wizards - Will Barton, SF, Memphis

Washington keeps adding depth to their forwards with Barton, who can score in bunches and can also play the two.

33.  Cleveland Cavaliers - Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky

Cleveland gets Kyrie Irving another shooter to sit outside. Even as a second-rounder, Lamb could make an impact as a shooter off the bench.

34.  Cleveland Cavaliers - Furkan Aldemir, PF, Turkey

Cleveland grabs an overseas talent that they can slowly groom in Aldemir.

35.  Golden State Warriors - Miles Plumlee, PF, Duke

Plumlee has first round talent and plays strong around the rim. If Andrew Bogut doesn’t stay healthy, the Warriors will need reinforcements.

36.  Sacramento Kings - Jared Cunningham, SG, Oregon State

Tyreke Evans could be on his way out, so why not get some more depth on the wing?

37.  Toronto Raptors - Bernard James, C, Florida State

James is older than you like, but Toronto needs all the help inside they can get.

38.  Denver Nuggets - Kim English, SG, Missouri

Denver gets some wing help in the cerebral English. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but is otherwise a steal in the second round.

39.  Detroit Pistons - Darius Miller, SF, Kentucky

Detroit takes a chance on a Kentucky kid, as Miller clearly has talent.

40.  Portland Trail Blazers - Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas

Portland will have point guard concerns heading into 2012, so grabbing a gem in Taylor is a good move. He’s not a pure point guard, but he has ideal size and athleticism for the position, so he’s worth the gamble.

41.  Portland Trail Blazers - Drew Gordon, PF, New Mexico

Portland has hit some major needs in this draft, and now they beef up their big man rotation with Gordon.

42.  Milwaukee Bucks - JaMychal Green, PF, Alabama

Green has his limitations in terms of raw ability, but he’s very strong and athletic, and carries considerable upside. Milwukee just adds some muscle to the rotation here and hopes Green can develop an offensive game.

43. NBA logo Atlanta Hawks - Khris Middleton, G/F, Texas A&M

Atlanta could wind up moving Josh Smith in the future, so they grab a versatile wing man who can hopefully help out in the rotation in the future.

44.  Detroit Pistons - Kevin Murphy, SG, Tennessee Tech

Detroit just lost some scoring in Ben Gordon, so they’ll aim for the future with Murphy here. He’s weak and needs to develop his offensive game, but he’ll provide outside scoring right away.

45.  Philadelphia 76ers - Kris Joseph, SF, Syracuse

Philly always talks about moving Andre Iguodala, so Joseph could be a nice guy to add to the rotation if they ever actually do it. He has great size and athleticism, but seems to be missing a necessary killer instinct.

46.  New Orleans Hornets - Kevin Jones, PF, West Virginia

The Hornets add some muscle to their big man rotation in Jones. He’s under-sized and isn’t an elite athlete, but has a nice offensive game and plays hard.

47.  Utah Jazz - Darius Johnson-Odom, SG, Marquette

Utah could really use an offensive spark off the bench. They may have found one here with Johnson-Odom.

48. NBA New York Knicks - Kostas Papanikolau, SF, Greece

The Knicks know real talent is hard to come by in the second round, so they’ll take a flier on an overseas guy here and see if he can grow into something special down the road.

49. NBA Orlando Magic - William Buford, SG, Ohio State

With or without Dwight Howard, the Magic are still built to shoot the three. Why not bring in a guy who specializes in doing exactly that?

50.  Denver Nuggets - Kyle O’Quinn, C, Norfolk State

I’m not a believer in Javale McGee ever developing into anything more than what he currently is, so why not add another center to the mix?

51. NBA team logo Boston Celtics - Tomas Satoransky, G, Czech Republic

Boston isn’t usually known for their hands reaching overseas, but Satoransky is an interesting talent and could be worth a look. They’re trying to get younger, and Satoransky brings excellent versatility as a lead guard or spot-up shooter.

52.  Golden State Warriors - Henry Sims, C, Georgetown

The Bogut health question again. Sims could come in for depth/insurance.

53.  Los Angeles Clippers - Tornike Shengelia, SF, Rep. of Georgia

A long forward with a versatile offensive game, Shengelia is a project with considerable upside. The Clippers could draft him and reel him back in after a few years of development.

54.  Philadelphia 76ers - Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga

Sacre might need to get a bit stronger, but with Spencer Hawes struggling to stay healthy, Philly could use the depth.

55.  Dallas Mavericks - Leon Radosevic, PF, Croatia

Dallas digs into Croatia to find a new big man to add to their rotation. He probably won’t make an impact for a few years, but they’ll hold onto his rights.

56.  Toronto Raptors - Cameron Moore, PF, UAB

Has a developing all-around game but biggest asset is his athleticism and ability to finish around the rim. He’ll add size and explosiveness to Toronto’s bigs.

57.  New Jersey Nets - Scott Machado, PG, Iona

He’s from a small school and lacks elite athleticism, but Machado is a superb leader and passer. If Deron Williams jets, this could be a nice find for the Nets.

58.  Minnesota Timberwolves - Rudy Gobert, C, France

Minnesota takes a chance on a unique 7-footer in Gobert.

59.  San Antonio Spurs - Joseph Franch, PG, Spain

Tony Parker has a hurt eye and the Spurs are always looking for a foreign gem. This one just makes a ton of sense.

60.  Los Angeles Lakers - Alex Young, SG, IUPUI

The Lakers probably won’t even keep Young, but at least he’s a big wing who can score and brings nice versatility to the table.

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