The 2012 NBA Draft is almost here. Tomorrow night we will find out where everyone will be playing next season.
Anthony Davis will go first overall to the New Orleans Hornets then it gets a little shady. Many believe Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the second best player in the draft but Charlotte may be leaning toward another player at No. 2.
Thomas Robinson of Kansas has been getting the biggest buzz at No. 2 for the Bobcats. However, the Bobcats have been open to shopping their No. 2 pick but haven’t found any suitors just yet.
The same goes for Washington at No. 3 who is also listening to any offers made for that pick but if they keep it, it’s pretty certain they will look to pair Bradley Beal with John Wall in their backcourt.
Next will come the decision between MKG and Harrison Barnes. During the NCAA tournament and immediately following, MKG seemed like the obvious pick between the two. But Barnes’ stock has risen some in the past few weeks and Cleveland could take him at No. 4.
It appears very few players are interested in going to Sacramento as many refused to work out for the Kings. Houston has already made an offer for the No. 5 pick in an attempt to stockpile draft picks and talent to throw Orlando’s way for Dwight Howard.
After the first five picks the draft will turn into: Where will Andre Drummond go? Drummond has as much talent and potential as anyone in the draft according to most scouts but he is very young and a big risk in the top five.
Drummond could slip down as far as No. 9 but still could be picked second overall as well.
Austin Rivers, who may be the most polarizing player in this draft, will have a chance to be selected soon after. A few weeks ago Rivers was projected as low as the early-20s by some which would have put the Boston Celtics and Rivers’ father Doc in play to draft the Duke shooting guard.
Rivers has been slowly climbing the boards of late though as high as No. 8 to Toronto but still could fall out of the lottery potentially too.
Towards the end of the first round at pick No. 28, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have a chance to decide what they want to do with their pick. There are a few players on their radar that could fall to that pick most notably Jared Sullinger and Royce White, but it feels more likely that OKC will try and move the pick or draft Evan Fournier of France and store him overseas for a few years.
So here is the latest NBA Mock Draft 2.0 from Thunderous Intentions:
|5||Kings||Harrison Barnes||North Carolina|
|8||Raptors||Damian Lillard||Weber State|
|9||Pistons||John Henson||North Carolina|
|12||Bucks||Tyler Zeller||North Carolina|
|13||Suns||Kendall Marshall||North Carolina|
|15||76ers||Arnett Moultrie||Mississippi State|
|18||Rockets||Jared Sullinger||Ohio State|
|19||Magic||Moe Harkless||St. John’s|
|20||Nuggets||Perry Jones III||Baylor|
|21||Celtics||Royce White||Iowa State|
|23||Hawks||Andrew Nicholson||St. Bonaventure|
|26||Pacers||Draymond Green||Michigan State|