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 standings. Click on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report. Check out The Sports Bank’s NFL Mock Draft as well.
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31. Charlotte- Will Barton, SG, Memphis, 6-6, So.
Cory Higgins and Matt Carroll see minutes off the bench… Yeah, Charlotte needs to upgrade their depth at the two.
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33. Cleveland (from NO)- Darius Miller, G/F, Kentucky, 6-8, Sr.
More skill and depth on the wing is a priority for the Cavs and Darius Miller would be a tremendous value here since I think he has first round talent.
34. Golden State (from NJ)- Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas, 6-3, Sr.
The Warriors signed Nate Robinson as a short term, back-up point guard so Golden State could use an option behind Stephen Curry.
37. Detroit- Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt, 6-11, Sr.
Festus Ezeli would give the Pistons more size and depth inside.
38. Cleveland- Scott Machado, PG, Iona, 6-1, Sr.
Since they dealt Ramon Sessions, the Cavs could use a back-up point guard for Kyrie Irving and Scott Machado is one of the best distributors in this draft.
39. Denver (from GS)- Tomas Sotaransky, SG, Czech Republic, 6-6, 1991
Since their core is under contract for next season, the Nuggets can afford to take a foreign talent and stash him overseas for a year or two.
40. Portland- Maalik Wayns, PG, Villanova, 6-2, Jr.
Maalik Wayns provides the Blazers with another option at the point in case Raymond Felton leaves via free agency.
41. Milwaukee- Darius Johnson-Odom, SG, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.
With Carlos Delfino a free agent and Beno Udrih and Shaun Livingston having options on their contract, the Bucks could use some backcourt depth.
42. Portland (from Hou via MIN)- Evan Fournier, SG, France, 6-6, 1992
With four picks in this draft, the Blazers will take at least one player who they can hope will develop overseas and contribute down the line.
43. Atlanta (from PHX)- Kevin Jones, PF, West Virginia, 6-8, Sr.
Again, the Hawks need depth all over since they only have six players under contract for next season.
44. Detroit (from HOU)- Alex Young, G/F, IUPUI, 6-6, Sr.
The Pistons could use some depth on the wing. (This pick stays with Houston if is between #31-#40.)
45. New York- Drew Gordon, PF, New Mexico, 6-9, Sr.
A double-double machine for the Lobos, Drew Gooden could develop into a rebounding role player at the next level.
46. Denver- Augusto Cesar Lima, PF, Brazil, 6-10, 1991
Same thing I wrote for their earlier second round pick: Since their core is under contract for next season, the Nuggets can afford to take a foreign talent and stash him overseas for a year or two.
47. Utah- Hollis Thompson, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.
The versatile, sharp-shooting Hoya adds depth at the three since Josh Howard and C.J. Miles are free agents.
48. Boston- Henry Sims, C, Georgetown, 6-10, Sr.
Henry Sims adds more size and options in the middle since KG and Jermaine O’Neal are old and free agents.
49. Philadelphia- Marcus Denmon, SG, Missouri, 6-3, Sr.
Marcus Denmon can contribute in a lot of areas and maybe find a spot off the bench.
50. Philadelphia (from MEM)- Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga, 7-0, Sr.
Robert Sacre adds another big body to possibly help replace free agent-to-be, Spencer Hawes.
51. Washington (from DAL)- Orlando Johnson, SG, UC-Santa Barbara, 6-5, Sr.
The Wiz need depth on the wing since trading Nick Young.
52. L.A. Clippers- Ricardo Ratliffe, PF, Missouri, 6-8, Sr.
“Lob City” could use some depth inside since Kenyon Martin only signed a one-year contract.
53. Golden State (from ATL)- JaMychal Green, PF, Alabama, 6-8, Sr.
The Tide power forward gives the Warriors some more depth inside.
54. Toronto (from IND)- Furkan Aldemir, PF, Turkey, 6-9, 1991
With three picks in the draft, the Raptors can afford to take a foreign player and stash him overseas for a while.
55. Dallas (from LAL)- Tu Holloway, PG, Xavier, 6-0, Sr.
The Mavs could use options at the point since Jason Kidd is a free agent.
56. Orlando- Reggie Johnson, C, Miami FL, 6-10, Jr.
Since the Daniel Orton draft pick bombed, the Magic could use a big man to back-up Dwight Howard.
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59. Minnesota (from OKC)- Kim English, G/F, Missouri, 6-6, Sr.
Kim English is a versatile wing who can shoot it from deep; just what the T-Wolves need.
60. L.A. Lakers (from CHI)- Kyle O’Quinn, C, Norfolk State, 6-10, Sr.
Lakers need to find frontcourt depth and Kyle O’Quinn could find a spot on their roster due to his size.
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