2012 NBA Draft: Lottery Mock Draft

Jimmy SurmonteCorrespondent IFebruary 15, 2012

2012 NBA Draft: Lottery Mock Draft

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    It's never too early to make predictions for a mock draft. A lot will change between now and the end of the season in terms of teams' records, but by this point in the season we have a pretty good idea which teams will be lottery-eligible.

    Here is a rundown of the probable lottery teams' needs and possible selections in the upcoming draft.

    Each slide will end with what player should be selected and which NBA player best reflects that draftees game.

    Here's a breakdown of each slide's contents:

    2011 First Round Draft Picks: What player was drafted by each team in the first round of last years draft.

    Team's Best Player: Speaks for itself.

    Future of the Franchise: Which player will carry the team into the foreseeable future.

    Restricted Free Agents: Before this player is allowed to sign with a new club, the current club has a chance to match the terms of the new contract in which case the player must remain with the original team.

    Unrestricted Free Agents: These players are free to entertain offers from all other teams and can sign with whomever they want.

    Team Needs: In no particular order; positions that either need to be filled or could use an upgrade.


    *Some players have initials closed in parenthesis after their name; this is the key: ETO = Early Termination Option; P = Player Option; T = Team Option

    *Records are up-to-date through Wednesday, February, 15th, 2012.

No. 1 Pick: Charlotte Bobcats (3-25)

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    2011 First Round Draft Picks: PF/C Bismack Biyombo & PG Kemba Walker

    Team's Best Player: SG Gerald Henderson

    Future of the Franchise: PG Kemba Walker

    Restricted Free Agents: PG D.J. Augustin, F Derrick Brown, G Cory Higgins, PF D.J. White

    Unrestricted Free Agents: SG Matt Carroll (ETO), PF Boris Diaw, C DeSagana Diop, SF/PF Eduardo Najera

    Team Needs: Everything but PG

     

    With the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft the Charlotte Bobcats select:

    Kentucky Wildcats PF Anthony Davis

    NBA Comparison: Kevin Garnett

No. 2 & No. 12 Pick (Via Minnesota T'Wolves): New Orleans Hornets (5-23)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: None

    Team's Best Player: SG Eric Gordon

    Future of the Franchise: SG Eric Gordon (will need to be re-signed)

    Restricted Free Agents: SG Eric Gordon

    Unrestricted Free Agents: SG Marco Belinelli, C Chris Kaman, PF Carl Landry

    Team Needs: PF, C, SF 

     

    With the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the New Orleans Hornets select:

    UConn Huskies C Andre Drummond

    NBA Comparison: DeMarcus Cousins

     

    With the No. 12 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the New Orleans Hornets select:

    Kentucky Wildcats PG Marquis Teague

    NBA Comparison: Rajon Rondo


No. 3 Pick: Washington Wizards (7-22)

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    2011 First Round Draft Picks: F Jan Vesely & SF Chris Singleton

    Team's Best Player: PG John Wall

    Future of the Franchise: PG John Wall

    Restricted Free Agents: C JaVale McGee

    Unrestricted Free Agents: SF Maurice Evans, SG Roger Mason, C Ronny Turiaf, SG Nick Young

    Team Needs: SG, SF, PF

     

    With the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Washington Wizards select:

    UNC Tar Heels SF Harrison Barnes

    NBA Comparison: Danny Granger

No. 4 Pick: Detroit Pistons (8-22)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: PG Brandon Knight

    Team's Best Player: PF/C Greg Monroe

    Future of the Franchise: PF/C Greg Monroe

    Restricted Free Agents: F Vernon Macklin, G Walker Russell

    Unrestricted Free Agents: PF Jason Maxiell (P), C Ben Wallace, SF Damien Wilkins

    Team Needs: True C, SG, SF

     

    With the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Detroit Pistons select:

    Kansas Jayhawks PF Thomas Robinson

    NBA Comparison: Udonis Haslem

No. 5 Pick: New Jersey Nets (8-21)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: G MarShon Brooks

    Team's Best Player: PG Deron Williams

    Future of the Franchise: C Brook Lopez

    Restricted Free Agents: PG Sundiata Gaines, C Brook Lopez

    Unrestricted Free Agents: PG Jordon Farmar (P), PF Kris Humphries, SF Damion James, PF/C Mehmet Okur, SG DeShawn Stevenson, PG Deron Williams (P), SF Shawne Williams

    Team Needs: SF, PF, SG (PG becomes priority if Deron Williams departs)

     

    With the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the New Jersey Nets select:

    Baylor Bears PF Perry Jones III

    NBA Comparison: Lamar Odom

No. 6 Pick: Toronto Raptors (9-21)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: C Jonas Valanciunas

    Team's Best Player: PF Andrea Bargnani

    Future of the Franchise: SG DeMar DeRozan

    Restricted Free Agents: C Solomon Alabi

    Unrestricted Free Agents: G Leandro Barbosa, PG Jerryd Bayless, SF Rasual Butler, G Anthony Carter, C Aaron Gray, C Jamaal Magloire

    Team Needs: SF, PG, Scorer off of the bench

     

    With the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Toronto Raptors select:

    Kentucky Wildcats SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    NBA Comparison: Rudy Gay

No. 7 Pick: Sacramento Kings (10-18)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: G Jimmer Fredette

    Teams Best Player: G Tyreke Evans

    Future of the Franchise: C DeMarcus Cousins

    Restricted Free Agents: SF Donte Greene, PF J.J. Hickson, PF Jason Thompson

    Unrestricted Free Agents: None

    Teams Needs: PF, SF

     

    With the No. 7 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Sacramento Kings select:

    Mississippi State Bulldogs PF Arnett Moultrie

    NBA Comparison: Jason Smith

No. 8 Pick: Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: PG Kyrie Irving & PF Tristan Thompson

    Teams Best Player: PG Kyrie Irving

    Future of the Franchise: PG Kyrie Irving

    Restricted Free Agents: C Semih Erden, SF Alonzo Gee, F Luke Harangody

    Unrestricted Free Agents: C Ryan Hollins, PF Antawn Jamison, G Anthony Parker, PG Ramon Sessions (P)

    Team Needs: True C, SG, SF

     

    With the No. 8 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Cleveland Cavaliers select:

    Ohio State PF Jared Sullinger

    NBA Comparison: Paul Millsap

No. 9 Pick: Phoenix Suns (12-17)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: F Markieff Morris 

    Team's Best Player: PG Steve Nash

    Future of the Franchise: Not looking good

    Restricted Free Agents: C Robin Lopez

    Unrestricted Free Agents: SG Shannon Brown, SF Grant Hill, PG Steve Nash, PG Ronnie Price, SG Michael Redd

    Team Needs: PG, SG, SF

     

    With the No. 9 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Phoenix Suns select:

    UNC Tar Heels PG Kendall Marshall

    NBA Comparison: Deron Williams

     


No. 10 Pick: Milwaukee Bucks (12-16)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: F Tobias Harris

    Team's Best Player: C Andrew Bogut

    Future of the Franchise: PG Brandon Jennings

    Restricted Free Agents: None

    Unrestricted Free Agents: SF Carlos Delfino, PF Ersan Ilyasova, PG Beno Udrih (P)

    Team Needs: SG, PF, SF

     

    With the No. 10 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Milwaukee Bucks select:

    UConn Huskies SG Jeremy Lamb

    NBA Comparison: Brandon Rush

No. 11 Pick: Golden State Warriors (11-14)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: SG Klay Thompson

    Team's Best Player: SG Monta Ellis

    Future of the Franchise: PG Stephen Curry

    Restricted Free Agents: SG Brandon Rush, F Chris Wright

    Unrestricted Free Agents: C Kwame Brown, SF Dominic McGuire, PG Nate Robinson

    Team Needs: SF, scoring off of the bench, C

     

    With the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Golden State Warriors select:

    Illinois Fighting Illini C Meyers Leonard

    NBA Comparison: Andrew Bynum

No. 13 Pick: Utah Jazz (14-14)

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    2011 First Round Draft Picks: PF/C Enes Kanter & SG Alec Burks

    Team's Best Player: C Al Jefferson

    Future of the Franchise: PF Derrick Favors

    Restricted Free Agents: SF Jeremy Evans, PG Jamaal Tinsley (T)

    Unrestricted Free Agents: SF Josh Howard, SF C.J. Miles

    Team Needs: PG, SF, SG

     

    With the No. 13 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Utah Jazz select:

    Texas Longhorns PG Myck Kabongo

    NBA Comparison: Mike Conley Jr.

No. 14 Pick: Memphis Grizzlies (15-14)

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    2011 First Round Draft Pick: None

    Team's Best Player: PF Zach Randolph

    Future of the Franchise: SF Rudy Gay

    Restricted Free Agents: PF Darrell Arthur, SG O.J. Mayo, PF Marreese Speights, SF Sam Young

    Unrestricted Free Agents: C Hamed Haddadi

    Team Needs: SG, C

     

    With the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the Memphis Grizzlies select:

    Florida Gators SG Bradley Beal

    NBA Comparison: Ben Gordon