Hoopstuff 2012 NBA Mock Draft
Mike Elworth (Publisher at Hoopstuff)
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1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis- PF- Kentucky
– Davis will be looked upon to lead the Hornets back to prominence. He is an elite defensive prospect and has a growing set of low post moves and a reliable jump shot. Top prospect in the draft.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Harrison Barnes- SF- UNC
– No clear second best prospect, but word is MJ likes fellow Tar Heel Barnes. He would provide great scoring, which is sorely needed. He would most likely be the top scorer for the Bobcats as a rookie.
3. Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal- SG- Florida
– The Wizards could use an upgrade at shooting guard and a first option on offense and Beal could solve both problems.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael K-Gilchrist- SF- Kentucky
– The Cavs have nothing on the wings and MKG would be a great fit with his versatility, defense and ability to get to the hoop. He has great character and leadership qualities. He has to work on his jump shot.
5. Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson- PF- Kansas
– Robinson could step right into the starting lineup and would partner with DeMarcus Cousins to give the Kings a dominant frontcourt. Robinson is a great post scorer and an elite athlete and rebounder. He seems to be as safe a prospect as there is.
6. Portland Trailblazers: Andre Drummond- C- UCONN
– Drummond is the riskiest prospect in the draft, but has superstar talent. He may be raw on offense, but is already a great defender and with his body and athleticism he could dominate down low. He would match up great with All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge up front.
7. Golden State Warriors: Dion Waiters- SG- Syracuse
– The Warriors could use a great young power forward, but Henson, Jones and Sullinger would all be reaches at this point. With Curry and Thompson in place, Waiters would have to come off the bench, but he could become one of the league’s top sixth men almost immediately.
8. Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard- PG- Weber State
– Toronto needs backcourt scoring and a point guard and Lillard could provide them with both. Lillard needs to work on his point guard skills, but is the top point guard in the draft.
9. Detroit Pistons: John Henson- PF- UNC
– The Pistons need an athletic big to pair with rising star Greg Monroe and Henson has the skills to be dominant on the defensive end.
10. New Orleans Hornets: Austin Rivers- SG- Duke
– With or without Gordon, the Hornets need help at guard and overall talent and Rivers has star potential and should produce for day one.
11. Portland Trailblazers: Terrence Ross- G/F- Washington
– Many have Jeremy Lamb as the better prospect, but Ross is a better two-way player and has the talent to be one of the better perimeter players in the draft. The Trailblazers need help on the wing.
12. Milwaukee Bucks- Meyers Leonard-C- Illinois
– The Bucks need a center and Leonard has a great feel on offense and the athleticism to be a great defender.
13. Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall- PG- UNC
– The Suns may lose Nash, but need a future point guard regardless and Marshall is the best pure point guard in the draft and could step in from day one in Phoenix.
14. Houston Rockets: Tyler Zeller- C- UNC
– The Rockets are desperate for a center, and although Zeller will not be a star he could be a very solid starting center for a decade.
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Arnett Moultrie: PF- Mississippi State
– Moultrie is big, tough and athletic and could take over for Elton Brand in a year.
16. Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb- SG- UCONN
– Lamb is talented, but his effort has come into question, regardless he would be a great pickup for Houston as Lee is a free agent and Martin is coming into the final year of his contract.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Jarred Sullinger- PF- Ohio St.
– Sullinger and his stock have dropped fast over the last two weeks, but he is still a great offensive player and would make an immediate impact. He could conceivably start for the Mavericks.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Will Barton- SG- Vanderbilt
– The Timberwolves need a starting two-guard and perimeter scoring and Barton would be a great fit. He is climbing up mock drafts.
19. Orlando Magic: Terrence Jones- PF- Kentucky
– Jones is a top ten prospect, but his attitude and lack of production hurts him. He is very versatile and could make a huge difference on both ends.
20. Denver Nuggets: Perry Jones- PF- Forward- Baylor
– Jones is one of the most talented players in the draft, but his inconsistencies and effort hurt him. If he gets his act together he could be a star. The Nuggets are deep enough to be able to take the chance.
21. Boston Celtics: Royce White- PF- Iowa State
– White can score, distribute, rebound and would be a top ten pick if not for personal issues.
22. Boston Celtics: Moe Harkless- SF- St. Johns
– Young, athletic and talented, Harkless is growing in skill and could be the heir to Paul Pierce
23. Atlanta Hawks: Tony Wroten- PG- Washington
– The Hawks need someone to push Teague and scoring off the bench and although Wroten needs work, he could become a great player.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Deron Lamb- SG- Kentucky
– The Cavaliers will need another perimeter player even if they draft MKG and Lamb would be a great fit as he would add the shooting that MKG cannot provide.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Marquis Teague- PG- Kentucky
– The Grizzlies need a backup to Mike Conley and bench scoring to replace Mayo and Teague could give them both.
26. Indiana Pacers: Fab Melo- C- Syracuse
– The Pacers could use insurance in case Hibbert leaves and also a backup to him if he stays, which makes this a solid pick. Melo is a fantastic defender and would fit well in Indiana.
27. Miami Heat: Andrew Nicholson- PF. St. Bonaventure
– The Heat need a big man that can score and Nicholson can do that, but he is also a fantastic defender. He would give the Heat a two-way big man that they are desperate for.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Draymond Green- F- Michigan State
– Green was one of the best players in college and should be a great role player in the NBA. With his character, skill and shooting he is perfect for OKC.
29. Chicago Bulls: Kim English- SG- Missouri
– The Bulls need scoring and shooting off the bench and English could provide that for them.
30. Golden State Warriors: Festus Ezeli- C- Vanderbilt
– The Warriors need size and Ezeli is one of the biggest players in this draft. He is tough and has skill, but he needs to work on his effort.
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