Early 2012 NBA Draft: Full Lottery Picks and Rosters Breakdown

Brian Ronan@TheBrianRonanContributor IIFebruary 21, 2012

Early 2012 NBA Draft: Full Lottery Picks and Rosters Breakdown

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    The NBA season is nearing its halfway point, while the NCAA tournament is also quickly approaching. Within a matter of a few short months, the two associations will collide, and college studs will hit the big stage in hope of becoming NBA superstars. The top names surrounding this year's very deep draft are Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Andre Drummond of UConn and Harrison Barnes from North Carolina. Fourteen teams will enter the lottery, each with hope of claiming the first overall pick, but currently the Charlotte Bobcats hold the best chance with one-in-four odds of being number one. 

1. Charlotte Bobcats, 25% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the first pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Charlotte Bobcats select: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Kemba Walker

    SG: Gerald Henderson 

    SF: Tyrus Thomas

    PF: Anthony Davis

    C: Bismack Biyombo 

    The defensive potential of Anthony Davis and Bismack Biyombo is astronomical. They could combine to be a duo that finally makes Charlotte relevant. In addition, Kemba Walker is a scrappy kid who would be able to spread the floor with his outside shot and allow for the Bobcats to let D.J. Augustin walk after this year.

    They have a lot of money coming of the books following the 2012 year, and they would have the potential to sign someone to the small forward position, currently being manned by Tyrus Thomas who usually plays Power Forward. The young trio of Walker, Biyombo and Davis would be the foundation to continue building the Bobcats, but expect to see them back in the lottery come 2013. 

2. New Orleans Hornets, 19.9% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the second pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the New Orleans Hornets select: Andre Drummond, C, UConn


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Jarret Jack

    SG: Eric Gordon

    SF: Trevor Ariza

    PF: Emeka Okafor

    C: Andre Drummond

    Drafting Drummond would give New Orleans a lot of options at center. Currently, they have both Chris Kaman and Emeka Okafor on the roster. Trading Chris Kaman before the trade deadline in March seems like a possibility, leaving them with only Okafor. While it could be a possibility to trade him after drafting Drummond, Okafor is already considered short amongst centers, and pairing the two UConn big men together would be an extraordinary talented front court. They have almost $30 million dollars coming off the books at the end of this year and would have money to spend to fill out a front court that does have some promise, but lacks depth.  

3. Washington Wizards, 15.6% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the third pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards select: Harrison Barnes, SF, UNC


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: John Wall

    SG: Jordan Crawford

    SF: Harrison Barnes

    PF:Jan Vesely 

    C: Javale McGee 

    The player in this lineup with the most experience would be Javale McGee, who was drafted in 2008. This would be a young, talented lineup with a lot of potential going forward. Harrison Barnes is a scoring machine, and this would pair him with former top picks, Jan Vesely and John Wall. They may still be a lottery team come next year, but don't expect them to be there much longer with the potential that this team will have. 

4. New Jersey Nets, 11.4% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the fourth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the New Jersey Nets select: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Deron Williams

    SG: MarShon brooks

    SF: DeShawn Stevenson

    PF: Thomas Robinson

    C: Brook Lopez

    This pick could belong to Orlando, and Deron Williams could be long gone by the time of the draft, but for the time being New Jersey will retain both the pick and Williams. Thomas Robinson is athletic, and he has been extremely productive at Kansas. He is certainly an improvement over Kris Humphries, and he would give the Nets a solid young nucleus of Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks and Robinson. He is 6'10", 270 pounds, and he will bring a physical presence that New Jersey is currently lacking. Brook Lopez is not a tough defender or a solid rebounder, something that Robinson would provide.   

5. Detroit Pistons, 7.6% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the fifth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Detroit Pistons select: Perry Jones, PF, Baylor


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Brandon Knight

    SG: Ben Gordon

    SF: Tayshaun Prince

    PF: Perry Jones III

    C: Greg Monroe

    Perry Jones is 6'11", 235 pounds. Pairing him next to Greg Monroe will be the foundation of a solid backcourt for the Pistons for years to come. Brandon Knight has a ton of potential, and combining the potential for Knight, Jones and Monroe with the veteran leadership of Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince will be a team with a bright future. The Piston's would also be able to bring Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villaneuva of the bench. Perry Jones has been in the same discussion as Thomas Robinson, and there is a very strong chance that this and the Nets' pick could be flipped. 

6. Toronto Raptors, 7.5% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the sixth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Toronto Raptors select: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky 





    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Jose Calderon

    SG: DeMar DeRozan

    SF: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    PF: Ed Davis 

    C: Andrea Bargnani 

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the perfect player for the Toronto Raptors. His motor never stops, he's tough and physical, and he is an excellent rebounder. He will be a perfect compliment for Andrea Bargnani who, as John Hollinger says perfectly, "is the softest thing from Italy since gelato." Kidd-Gilchrist has struggled with his outside shooting, but he is extremely talented when it comes to attacking the rim. He is also great on the biggest stages with 17 points and 11 rebounds against No.5 North Carolina, and 24 points and 19 rebounds against No.4 Louisville.

7. Sacramento Kings, 4.3% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the seventh pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings select: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State 


    Project 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Tyreke Evans

    SG: Marcus Thornton 

    SF: John Salmons

    PF: Jared Sullinger

    C: DeMarcus Cousins

    Sullinger is a strong, physical defender and rebounder. The combination of Sullinger and DeMarcus Cousins would be a solid young front court that would balance each other out well. Sullinger does not have prototypical size for most standard NBA power forwards but his strength, incredibly high basketball IQ and intense competitive streak will more than account for his height. The young trip of Tyreke Evans, Jared Sullinger and Demarcus Cousins will be a strong foundation that might take the Kings out of lottery territory come this time next year. 

8. Phoenix Suns, 2.8% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the eighth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Phoenix Suns select: Jeremy Lamb, G, UConn

    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Ronnie Price

    SG: Jeremy Lamb

    SF: Josh Childress

    PF: Channing Frye  

    C: Marcin Gortat 

    Steve Nash will not be a Phoenix Sun come tipoff 2012. Grant Hill, a solid starter, will most likely be gone as well. Ronnie Price will most likely not be the starting point guard next year, but the projections here only use players that are under contract for 2012 or can be acquired through the 2012 draft. Jeremy Lamb is a lethal outside shooter, and he is more than capable of playing small forward or shooting guard, and even in some instances point guard.  He is a stellar defender with a huge wingspan, and he is a great shooter from any range.

9. Cleveland Cavaliers, 1.7% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the ninth pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Kyrie Irving

    SG: Bradley Beal

    SF: Omri Cassipi

    PF: Tristan Thompson

    C: Anderson Varejao 

    Slowly but surely, they have moved on from life post-LeBron. Kyrie Irving will be rookie of the year. Tristan Thompson is a solid PF, and Anderson Varejao is playing the best basketball of his career. Some project Beal to be a better guard than Jeremy Lamb. He is an incredible shooter with an equally high basketball IQ. He is a good ball handler, as well as defender, but his most important trait is his clutch gene. It is something that you cannot teach, and he was born with it. This is a young nucleus of talent that is all but guaranteed to not be in the lottery this time next year. 

10. Milwaukee Bucks, 1.1% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the 10th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select: Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Brandon Jennings

    SG: Stephen Jackson 

    SF: Carlos Delfino

    PF: Arnett Moultrie 

    C: Andrew Bogut

    Brandon Jennings is one of the best young point guards in the league and is a solid piece to continue building around. There is a chance that he may bolt when his contract expires, but the Bucks have to continue to build a solid team that will appeal for him to stay. Some will believe that this a little high for Moultrie, but his physical gifts and his speed, for a man of his size, may be too much to pass on, even here at number 10. The combination of Moultrie and Bogut will be a solid defensive front court that would give Brandon Jennings a lot to deal with. 

11. Utah Jazz, .8% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the 11th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Utah Jazz select: Tony Wroten Jr., PG, Washington


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Tony Wroten Jr. 

    SG: Alex Burks

    SF: Gordon Hayward

    PF: Paul Milsap

    C: Al Jefferson

    Devin Harris has not played up to expectations this year. Tony Wroten Jr. is a combo guard who has excellent court vision to pair with his spectacular passing ability. The Utah Jazz would also have Derrick Favors, Raja Bell, Enes Kanter and Devin Harris available on the bench, which would give the Jazz plenty of depth, as all three of those have the potential to start. They would have a very solid young team.  

12. Utah Jazz (from Golden State), .7% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the 12th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Utah Jazz select: Terrence Ross, SG, Washington


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Tony Wroten Jr. 

    SG: Alex Burks

    SF: Gordon Hayward

    PF: Paul Milsap

    C: Al Jefferson

    The Jazz use this opportunity to gain even more depth, this time focusing on the back court. Now the bench consists of Enes Kanter, Devin Harris, Terrence Ross, Raja Bell and Derrick Favors on their bench. They might have one of the youngest, deepest teams in the NBA, following the 2012 Draft. Terrence Ross is an excellent shooter, who is also a good defender to balance out his skills. He has strong penetration skills that make Ross a complete player and a valuable asset coming off the Utah bench. It's total coincidence that the two Washington players get drafted back to back to the same team, but they are both great fits. 

13. New Orleans Hornets (From Minnesota), .6% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the 13th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the New Orleans Hornets select: John Henson, F, UNC


    Projected 2013 Starting Lineup:

    PG: Jarret Jack

    SG: Eric Gordon

    SF: Trevor Ariza

    PF: Emeka Okafor

    C: Andre Drummond

    John Henson has the potential to take the job of either Emeka Okafor or Trevor Ariza next season. He's 6'10" with great rebounding and great defensive skills. However, he has no perimeter game and is incredibly skinny for a player of his size and skill. Should he put on some muscle and play to the strengths of his post game and defense skills, he could be a great bench player, and in the long term, he will be a great addition to pair next to Drummond. 

14. Portland Trailblazers, .5% Chance to Win the Lottery

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    With the 14th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, the Portland Trailblazers select: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana


    Projected Starting 2013 Lineup:

    PG: Raymond Felton

    SG: Wesley Matthews

    SF: Gerald Wallace

    PF: LaMarcus Aldridge 

    C: Cody Zeller

    Raymond Felton will most likely be back next year, as he has played well in Portland. The Greg Oden experiment failed miserably due to his inability to remain healthy. Cody Zeller will fall because of other teams needs, but he is a perfect fit here. He needs to toughen up a little bit, but other than that, he has all the potential to be a solid center in the NBA. He has a high basketball IQ, and he is an incredibly skilled scorer in the paint. He and LaMarcus Aldridge, with Gerald Wallace, will be a solid front court combination for the Trailblazers.