2012 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (4/20/12)


nba draft logo

The 2012 NBA Draft figures to consist of a deeper, more talented group of prospects that the 2011 class.  Team needs  HAVE been taken into consideration with this 2012 NBA mock draft and the order is based off the current NBA standingsClick on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report.  Check out The Sports Bank’s NFL Mock Draft as well.

(By the way, The Sports Bank was graded as the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft on the web.)

Check out our ridiculously early 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

UPDATED: 4/20/12

1. Charlotte- Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
Regardless of who gets the #1 pick, Anthony Davis will likely be the selection.  The Bobcats are bad, I mean REALLY bad so they could use talent at every position except point guard.  Davis and Bismack Biyombo could be the frontcourt of the future in Charlotte.

Go here for more on Anthony Davis

2. Washington- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky, 6-7, Fr.
If the Wizards could draft “chemistry” with their first round pick, they should do so.  Washington did just draft Chris Singleton who plays the three and still has Rashard Lewis and his horrendous contract (how did they not amnesty him, seriously?) but MKG would be the ultimate glue guy that the Wiz sorely need.

Go here for more on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

3. New Orleans- Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Jr.
This would be a slam dunk for the Hornets.  Thomas Robinson fills a need at power forward and is ready to be an impact player right away.

Go here for more on Thomas Robinson

4. Sacramento- Andre Drummond, C, UConn, 6-10, Fr.
Since releasing J.J. Hickson, the Kings suddenly have a need for some depth inside.  Andre Drummond isn’t ready to make a major impact right away but has tremendous up-side. (This pick goes to Cleveland if it falls out of the lottery.)

Is Drummond the next NBA franchise center?  Go here for more.

5. Cleveland- Bradley Beal, SG, Florida, 6-3, Fr.
The Cavs biggest need is on the wing where there are a few options.  Bradley Beal is considered a “can’t miss” prospect and would give Cleveland a talented backcourt duo along with Kyrie Irving.

Go here for more on Bradley Beal

6. Toronto- Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina, 6-8, So.
The Raptors could go in a number of directions but could really use a scorer on the wing.  Harrison Barnes hurt his stock with his struggles in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 but is too good to pass up at this point for a team sorely needing a perimeter scorer.

Go here for more on Harrison Barnes

7. Portland (from NJ)- Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State, 6-9, So.
With Marcus Camby and Greg Oden no longer in the picture, the Blazers need a big man to pair with LeMarcus Aldridge up-front.  Jared Sullinger is a below the rim player but Portland could use some physicality inside.  (This pick stays with Nets if it ends up in top three.)

Go here for more on Jared Sullinger

8. Utah (from GS) Perry Jones, F, Baylor, 6-11, So.
The Jazz have a lot of young talent in their frontcourt and Jones would only add to that.  Some NBA scouts agree with me the Jones is a small forward at the next level and since Utah could lose C.J. Miles and Josh Howard via free agency, Jones fills a need. (This pick stays with Golden State if it falls in the top seven.)

Go here for more on Perry Jones

9. Detroit- Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky, 6-9, So.
The Pistons could use a big body inside to complement the skill level of Greg Monroe.  Terrence Jones isn’t a true post player but a versatile forward who would certainly be an upgrade over the Ben Wallace/Jason Maxiell duo that Detroit has used this season.

10. New Orleans (from LAC via MIN)- Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse, 6-4, So.
Since they added some size with their earlier pick, the ideal fit here would be a shooting guard since Eric Gordon a restricted free agent this off-season.  I am very high on Waiters and think he has star potential.  A point guard would be another option with this pick.

11. Portland- Jeremy Lamb, SG, UConn, 6-5, So.
Since they addressed their need for size with their earlier pick, the Blazers could look to add a wing player to help fill the void left by Gerald Wallace.  A point guard would be another option since Raymond Felton is a free agent.

12. Milwaukee- Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina, 7-0, Sr.
In trading Andrew Bogut, the Bucks now have a huge hole in the middle as they don’t have a true center.  Tyler Zeller would be a bit of a reach at ten but is the best big man on the board.

Go here for more on Tyler Zeller

13. Utah- Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina, 6-2, So.
Devin Harris is not the long-term solution at the point for the Jazz so they will almost certainly select one if they end up with two lottery picks.  Kendall Marshall was one of the best pure distributors in college basketball this past season.  (This pick goes to Minnesota if it falls out of the lottery.)

Go here for more on Kendall Marshall

14. Houston- Austin Rivers, SG, Duke, 6-4, Fr.
The Rockets could go in a number of directions; a true big man or point guard since Goran Dragic is a free agent.  With Kevin Martin seemingly falling out of favor in Houston, a shooting guard like Austin Rivers would make sense especially for GM Daryl Morey who loves to collect assets. (This pick goes to New Jersey if it falls out the lottery)

Go here for more on Austin Rivers

15. Philadelphia- Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State, 6-11, Jr.
Another big body would be the ideal fit for the 76ers since Spencer Hawes is a free agent.  Arnett Moultrie could likely play either the four or five at the next level.

16. PhoenixMoe Harkless, SF, St. John’s, 6-8, Fr.
The Suns would seriously look at taking a point guard since Steve Nash is a free agent but have a more dire need on the wing since Jared Dudley and the worthless Josh Childress are the only guys under contract for next season.

17. Houston (from NY)- Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois, 7-1, So.
Marcus Camby will be a free agent and Samuel Dalembert is more of a short term fix so the Rockets could use a true big man.  I am not that high on Leonard’s potential in the NBA but he is the best center on the board and fills a need.

18. Denver- Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State, 6-2, Jr.
The Nuggets have a solid core, but Andre Miller is a free agent meaning Denver could use some depth at the point.  Lillard could go in the late lottery so this would be a solid value for his services.

19. Dallas- Terrence Ross, SG, Washington, 6-6, So.
With Jason Terry a free agent-to-be and Vince Carter and Delonte West actually starting on the wing for the Mavs, they could use a young talented to scorer which Terrence Ross certainly is.  (This pick goes to Houston if it falls out the top 20.)

20. Orlando- Jeffery Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt, 6-7, Sr.
The Magic are in a position where they need to add the best available talent to try and build a better supporting cast around Dwight Howard.  Jeffery Taylor is NBA ready and can contribute in multiple areas on the floor.

21. Boston- John Henson, PF, North Carolina, 6-10, Jr.
The Celtics could use improved depth at just about every position, but with Kevin Garnett and Jermaine O’Neal both free agents, adding a big body is the direst need.  Finding a potential Ray Allen replacement would be another option since he too is a free agent.

Go here for more on John Henson

22. Memphis- Tony Wroten, PG, Washington, 6-5, Fr.
The Griz could use improved depth at just about every position especially point guard.  With O.J. Mayo a restricted free agent this summer, drafting Wroten helps fill both needs since Wroten should be able to play either guard spot in the NBA.

23. Atlanta- Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas, 6-8, Fr.
With only six players under contract for next season, the Hawks take the best available player.  Mitchell is crazy athletic and hasn’t even scratched the surface on how good he can be.

24. Boston (from LAC via OKC)- John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt, 6-4, Jr.
Since I have the Celtics addressing their need for size with their earlier pick, they could turn their attention to finding a shooting guard since Ray Allen is a free agent.  Even if Allen does return, some young legs on the wing would be beneficial.  (This pick stays with the Clippers if it falls in the top 10.)

25. Cleveland (from LAL)- Fab Melo, C, Syracuse, 7-0, So.
In addressing their need for help on the wing with their earlier pick, finding a true big man would be the ideal fit here for Cleveland.  They could still look to add more talent on the wing but Melo is a good value this late.

26. Indiana- Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky, 6-4, So.
The Pacers could use some size behind Roy Hibbert so somebody like Fab Melo would be an option.  However, Doron Lamb would be a solid replacement for free agent-to-be Leandro Barbosa who Indiana acquired before the trade deadline.

27. Miami- Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure, 6-9, Sr.
The Heat would probably love to add a true big man with this pick but instead settle for an inside/outside power forward like Andrew Nicholson who would provide some needed depth inside.

Go here for more on Andrew Nicholson

28. Oklahoma City- Darius Miller, G/F, Kentucky, 6-8, Sr.
OKC has one of the best young cores in the NBA in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.  They need to continue to add solid role players to the mix and Darius Miller was the ultimate glue guy at UK and would be a great fit on the Thunder.

29. Golden State (from SA)- Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky, 6-2, Fr.
This would be a tremendous value grabbing Marquis Teague this late.  It actually fits a need too since Stephen Curry is the only point guard under contract next season.

Go here for more on Marquis Teague

30. Chicago- Evan Fournier, SG, France, 6-6, 1992
The Bulls have most of their roster under contract for next season so adding a foreign wing player like Evan Fournier who could help out in a year or two when Rip Hamilton hangs them up would be a solid investment.

This mock is listed in the following databases: Hoop Doctors, Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report

CLICK HERE FOR THE SECOND ROUND

CLICK HERE FOR OUTSTANDING TRADES INVOLVING THE 2012 NBA DRAFT

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF EARLY ENTRANTS FOR THE 2012 NBA DRAFT

David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft on the web.

You can follow him on Twitter at DavidKay_TSB.

Comments

  1. We essentially has to see two of the three end
    up receiving drafted to be secure with this prop.

    Clearing just how for Cam Newton and thee Panthers to include thee spread.

  2. For that reason, you must hire an advisor that you trust.
    The mixture enhances your marketing power. Market Direction:
    The markket is nearing a high.

  3. They can also take preventive measures to confident that mold doesn’t come
    back again. If you arrive house to find your floors are wet, your first action will be always to use intuition.

  4. One of the best ways to determine what your spouse ill like is to ask his/her friends.
    The work it is drsigned to do is imperative to sustain government prone to war.
    The less the defect (or more the clarity), the more the colst of the
    diamond.

  5. And usually the position that people have the best is
    within our home. The big toe and the tny toe are the nails that are probably to be affected.
    Decide if you prefer brakes on the tent trailer.

  6. Based on statistics, 8% of the nation’s populace is afflicted with it.
    The Dupli-Color TELEVISION movie is inspirational.
    It can be a dangerous and very real thret to your quality of life.

  7. This can be a smart way to avail excellent discounts.
    First found in the Jagersfontein Mine in May 1967 and the rough diamond
    was 248.9 carats. Could it be due to their exquisiteness and elegance?

  8. Nevertheless, with annuities there isn’t to die to reap the advantages!
    Nobody ever ssid that getting divorced was simple or cheap.
    This new craze displays how valuable an allowance can be to
    your retirement.

  9. It means that you could not be able to dispose the
    garbage over the top.

  10. There are particular precautions you could take when wantin to eliminate it.
    Whatever mold eats could be digested effortlessly and it
    will help the mold to grow in proportions.
    Shape is more threatening then a lot of people think.

  11. Getting a massive amount money previously can be a blessing, be careful
    it doesn’t become a problem. It’s forbidden to use them
    while the loan guarantees. Lebanons public debt is now at $52.7 million.

  12. They’re playing Oral Roberts and Davidson (omit). Recognize
    that it will be prepared to give and not at
    all times be 100% ideal a little in a few areas. Itis not
    like it’s a hard job.

  13. It is also packaged with an additional 40-watt light bulb.
    It keeps her totally warms and dries her before putting to be
    with her pyjamas. Pay for it and watch on it and run the filter and pump when you observe it is getting cloudy.

  14. Mary’s aree leading the group in to the Sweet 16 as of late where not
    just biig convention universities are a force.
    In this, the people are asked to dribble two balls simultaneously for a few
    moments.

  15. In any household renovation orr building undertaking wide range of trash is created at the task
    spot. Throughout the countries and across all locations servijces are provided for rental dumpsters.

  16. You don’t require to splurge hundreds of dollars just to enjoy your summer.

    The bridal gowns for summer are mostly sleeveless, and
    strapless. The with summer a season loved by almost all
    people.

  17. Most classes run $10-$15/session which is wel the actual challenge, motivation, and accuntability yyou are
    shown. The fresh and bright assortment of Aurelia kurtis would leave you desiring to geet
    every ssingle piece.

  18. That end up being an expense thhat you have to bear. Activate the trailer brakes
    yourself and easily tap automobile brakes.
    Vehicle will their personal property to the church because they die.

  19. Thus, in case your number expands to a couple thouswand is able to see howw
    wonderful this is? Somme HELOC loans are repaid with ann adjustable rates mortgage,
    and others are obtained with a fixedrate mortgage.

  20. First time home-buyers programs enable renters to become Colorado real-estate owners.
    The scond reason is to discount cash from the final for the customer to complete it.

    My husband and I recently bought this residence.

  21. Exxcellent examples of these clubs will be the Callaway Fuion Broad Sole, Nike Ignite
    Irojs & Cobra S9. This is the brand to get, if your constructioon worker is operating outdoors this winter.

  22. Some of these compnents are the stations,
    the electricity, and the warmth. But we never know veery well
    what will be the condition underneath the lid and within the motor.
    You’re able to begn your additional homework.

  23. For the following 15 years, this frontier land was flooded by botth Anglo and Meican leaders.
    Pick one ‘big’ undertaking akkin to kitchen, bathroom, or basement plus transform it.
    Being Truly A Realtor can be quite a great profession.

  24. Many diffdrent models of home machines occur. Thee main advantage of utilising the stability ball
    is the fact that additionally it may be utilized ike a seat.
    Articles present a brilliant reflective end.

  25. Dumpsters cause considerable health and security challenges.

  26. You may have to iincorporate a small bit of lumber to straighten the weatheervane
    out. The Internet mayy also be aan excellent place to
    search for roofing companies. Each has familiarity with changing 2-3 forms of roof tiles.

  27. I feel such as for instance a got a great, demanding knowledge.
    With some simple planning you can legally prevent losing
    thousands off dollars in taxes. That’s the woner of compounded curiosity aboht a
    savings program!

  28. Absolutely tazke advantage of understanding
    someone. You might simply get yourself a citation as opposed to a cherry on the
    top. Have youu been looking for Las-Vegas Homes for Sale?
    “Oh, whoa, you get to focus on a flexible schedule?

  29. The majority of its navy is, as expected, Chrysler cwrs including both Dodge and Jeep.

  30. It can be located towards the top or the side of the vehicle.
    The personnel at Bolles Engines anticipate your visit.
    Tese model businesses have managed generation of Disney cars toys.

  31. Time is running out and bikini season is around the corner.
    Basic Squat: With dumbbells in hand, stand using little feet
    shoulder-width away from each other. Get down to interval training instead of cardio.

  32. In such times, the worst likely option is went it alone.

    An power of attorney.can be revoked by visiting any point during time.

  33. We also help load and unload your belongings andd baggage and dropping
    you directly near the terminals of the port. People
    often say that part of their holiday will be the journey
    itself.

  34. Some forums even had to manufacture a special section on their site because produced by so valuable.
    This new pattern of eating has proven to bee joyful for anyone
    tthat is excited about it.

Trackbacks

  1. 2012 NBA Mock Draft Database | The Hoop Doctors says:

    [...] The Sports Bank [...]

  2. [...] CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND [...]

Speak Your Mind