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2012 NBA Mock Draft

Steve Shoup

Picks: 1-1516-30

By: Howard Ticker

Note:  Lottery has not happened yet so order is projected on record

Pick 1) Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Davis 6’10” 220 PF/C Kentucky Freshman

14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.7 Blocks

No brainer pick at number one. Great defensive presence and should help this team pick up some more wins next year.

Pick 2) Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 6’7” 210 SF Kentucky Freshman

11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists

I would not be shocked if they went Thomas Robinson, another good pick. However, Gilchrist will love playing with John Wall. They could be a great tandem for many years to come.

Pick 3) Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal 6’4” 207 SG Florida Freshman

14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists

Would be a solid fit for this team, but if they go big man I see them picking Drummond. Cavaliers are a talented young team and only a few players away from being a late seed playoff team in the Eastern Conference.

Pick 4) New Orleans Hornets: Thomas Robinson 6’8” 240 PF Kansas Junior

17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

Robinson has great athleticism and strength and would be a good compliment to Eric Gordon. Thomas Robinson’s great season and great tournament run really helped him move up draft boards.

Pick 5) Sacramento Kings: Andre Drummond 6’10” 270 PF UConn Freshman

10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2/7 blocks

Drummond didn’t really live up to the hype in his freshman year but he has a lot of potential. I think a Drummond and Cousins combo would be dominant. Keep in mind Cousins asked for a trade so Drummond could also serve as his replacement.

Pick 6) Portland Trail Blazers (from New Jersey): Jared Sullinger 6’9” 265 PF Ohio State Sophomore

17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds

Sullinger would have been a clear top 5 pick last year, could drop further this year but I love his post game and think he would be a great player for the Trail Blazers.

Pick 7) Golden State Warriors (could go to the Utah Jazz): Harrison Barnes 6’8” 215 SF UNC Sophomore

17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1 assist

Barnes is too good to pass up here. I love his offensive game but want to see him be more clutch in the big game. He is another guy with a whole lot of potential.

Pick 8) Toronto Raptors: Kendall Marshall 6’4” 197 PG UNC Freshman

7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.7 assists

Marshall is a great point guard and leader. UNC was not the same team without him. He would be a great replacement if solid PG Jose Calderon leaves. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went with Marshall’s teammate John Henson here too.

Pick 9) Detroit Pistons: Perry Jones III 6’11” 235 SF Baylor Sophomore 

14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists

I liked him better last year but I still think he has a lot of potential. Jones is another guy who can disappear in the big game. Detroit has some nice young pieces so Jones would help.

Pick 10) New Orleans Hornets (from Minnesota): Damian Lillard 6’2” 190 PG Weber State Junior

24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists

Lillard is great athletic point guard who can shoot. Kind of reminds me of a Russell Westbrook. A trio of Eric Gordon, Thomas Robinson, and Damian Lillard could quickly get a lot of attention in the league.

Pick 11) Portland Trail Blazers: Jeremy Lamb 6’5” 185 SG UConn Sophomore

17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists

Lamb is great at creating his own shot and will immediately come in as one of their leading scorers. He will also help the fans in Portland to forget about Brandon Roy.

Pick 12) Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson 6’10” 220 PF UNC Junior

13.8 points, 10.1 rebound, 2.9 blocks

Henson is a great defender but needs to put on some muscle. Could be a great player in this league in a few years and will play well off of Brandon Jennings.

Pick 13) Phoenix Suns: Terrence Jones 6’9” 244 SF Kentucky Sophomore

12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 blocks

If he was more consistent he would be a higher pick but Jones still has a lot of potential. He is also very unselfish and good at playing with others.

Pick 14) Houston Rockets: Arnett Moultrie 6’10” 230 PF Mississippi St. Junior

15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists

I kept going back and forth between Moultrie and Tyler Zeller here. I like Moultrie a lot and will come in and really help their front court.


Pick 15) Philadelphia 76ers: Meyers Leonard 7’ 245 C Illinois Sophomore

13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.9 blocks

The Sixer’s can use another big man but he will take a few years to get in his zone. If they go guard I see them going with Terrence Ross.


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