Players View’s Final 2012 NBA Mock Draft
There’s a lot that goes into doing a NBA mock draft. The one thing that you have to delete is the temptation to throw up what you would do instead of rolling with what the reality of what you think the club will actually do.
Tonight, there will be a lot of changes as club’s move picks around and to be quite honest with you I am pretty sure that the Bobcats only have a 50/50 chance of sitting in the number two seat when all is said-and-done.
That’s where they are at post time and we sincerely waited until the almost very last second to bring to you. The Players View Final NBA Mock Draft. Let’s Go…
#1 New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Rock solid. Let’s not talk about the other possibilities. There is none other in the minds of the Hornets. As we saw in his ridiculous performance in the NCAA tourney, Davis is ready for the big stage now.
#2 Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Thomas Robinson is not a lock here and MKG makes a ridiculous amount of sense for the Bobcats. If they keep their number two pick, MKG’s huge frame, ridiculous defensive prowess and most importantly winning attitude will uplift a Bobcats team that needs all of the above.
#3 Washing Wizards: Bradley Beal, Florida
The Wizards are a lot closer to winning than people think and Florida’s Bradley Beal is the shooting guard that they need to get it done.
His on-court demeanor will work well with John Wall’s and his shooting percentages will only get better from here. If someone trades with the Bobcats for the number two pick, I would not be surprised to see Beal go in the number two slot.
#4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Thomas Robinson, North Carolina
Robinson may have slipped a spot or two on our board but this kid is way to talented to escape the top five.
Robinson is not their first choice and they did draft another power forward last year in Tristan Thompson, however Robinson is that special kid that you take just because.
Robinson is really good in a lot of areas yet not exceptional in none, which sets him up to excel in many ways that most players won’t.
#5 Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
If Robinson does not drop to the number four spot, Barnes goes to Cleveland. If he does drop, that leaves the Kings with this gift that are more than happy to accept.
Rounding out a top five that is one of the best in recent memory, Barnes can shoot the rock and to be honest, the Kings need a dominant force at this position instead of the band-aid fix that they have been running with.
Barnes can help this young team get ridiculously good in a hurry.
#6 Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, Weber State
The Trailblazers will grab a point guard here that can sort out the confusing show that they currently put on the court.
Out of them all, it’s possible that Lillard could make the most visible impact based on the shape that Portland is in.
#7 Golden State Warriors: Andre Drummond, Connecticut
After being called out by form team mate Jeremy Lamb, Drummond has a lot to prove. The small forward will be a nice fit in Golden State where size is needed.
#8 Toronto Raptors: Austin Rivers, Duke
The popular vote states that Jeremy Lamb will go here but after rolling his ankle in his workout and the other red flags that envelope him, it’s hard to see the uber-talented Lamb getting a go here.
The Raptors value attitude and Rivers has that in spades. His passion for the game, ball control and shooting ability will make him a nice fit above-the border.
#9 Detroit Pistons: Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
Quite possibly the best “ big man” in this year’s crowded field, Zeller’s a seven footer that also has an aggressive streak that will boost the value of Greg Monroe.
#10 New Orleans Hornets: John Henson, North Carolina
Two bigs in-a-row? Under new ownership, the Hornets will do just that as they look to Henson to pair up with Davis and wreak havoc. Henson’s incredibly gifted at contesting shots from all over the court.