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 end of the season NBA standings. Click on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report.
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31. Charlotte- Will Barton, SG, Memphis, 6-6, So.
The Bobcats need some offensive firepower on their wing and Will Barton knows how to score the basketball.
32. Washington- Darius Miller, G/F, Kentucky, 6-8, Sr.
Depth at the two would make sense since Jordan Crawford is their only shooting guard under contract for next season.
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34. Cleveland- Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas, 6-3, Sr.
In trading Ramon Sessions, the Cavs don’t have a true backup point guard. I also think Tyshawn Taylor and Kyrie Irving could play together in the same backcourt if needed.
35. Golden State (from NJ)- Scott Machado, PG, Iona, 6-1, Sr.
The Warriors could use a true distributor behind Stephen Curry.
37. Toronto- Tomas Sotaransky, SG, Czech Republic, 6-6, 1991
Raptors will likely go the foreign route with one of their second round picks.
38. Denver (from GS)- Augusto Cesar Lima, PF, Brazil, 6-10, 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.
39. Detroit- Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt, 6-11, Sr.
The Pistons land the true big they didn’t get with their first round pick.
40. Portland (from Hou via MIN)- Kris Joseph, SF, Syracuse, 6-7, Sr.
Kris Joseph could provide the Blazers with some athleticism on the wing and help replace Gerald Wallace. This is a solid, solid value this late.
42. Milwaukee- Darius Johnson-Odom, SG, Marquette, 6-3, Sr.
DJO is a NBA level scorer but his lack of size hurts his stock.
43. Atlanta (from PHX)- Marcus Denmon, SG, Missouri, 6-3, Sr.
Again, the Hawks need depth all over since they only have six players under contract for next season. Marcus Denmon can contribute in a lot of areas and maybe find a spot off the bench.
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45. Philadelphia- Alex Young, G/F, IUPUI, 6-6, Sr.
Alex Young is an under the radar prospect who knows how to score the basketball and could provide depth in case Jodie Meeks leaves via free agency.
46. Utah- Hollis Thompson, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Jr.
Josh Howard and C.J. Miles are free agents so the Jazz could use depth on the wing. A young point guard would be another option.
47. Washington (from DAL)- Furkan Aldemir, PF, Turkey, 6-9, 1991
With three picks in the draft, the Wizards can afford to take a foreign player and stash him overseas for a while.
49. Orlando- Kyle O’Quinn, C, Norfolk State, 6-10, Sr.
The Magic could use a big man to back-up Dwight Howard.
50. Denver- Kevin Jones, PF, West Virginia, 6-8, Sr.
Since their core is under contract for next season, the Nuggets take the best available player.
51. Boston- Kevin Murphy, SG, Tennessee Tech, 6-6, Sr.
The Celtics should look to add a shooter with one of their three picks since Ray Allen is a free agent.
52. Golden State (from ATL)- Leon Radosevic, F/C, Croatia, 6-10, 1991
The Warriors will draft at least one foreign player if they keep all four of their picks.
53. L.A. Clippers- Drew Gordon, PF, New Mexico, 6-9, Sr.
The Clips need depth on the wing and in their frontcourt and take the best available at that spot.
54. Philadelphia (from MEM)- Ricardo Ratliffe, PF, Missouri, 6-8, Sr.
The 76ers go the foreign route with their third pick of the draft.
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. Toronto (from IND)- Orlando Johnson, SG, UC-Santa Barbara, 6-5, Sr.
The Raptors look to another perimeter scorer.
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58. Minnesota (from OKC)- Kim English, G/F, Missouri, 6-6, Sr.
Kim English can shoot it from deep; just what the T-Wolves need.
59. San Antonio- JaMychal Green, PF, Alabama, 6-8, Sr.
The Tide senior is another set of fresh legs in the frontcourt to help cut down on Tim Duncan’s minutes.
60. L.A. Lakers (from CHI)- Mitchell Watt, PF, Buffalo, 6-10, Sr.
Lakers need to find frontcourt depth and Mitchell Watt is a sleeper.
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