Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Mock Draft 2012: Grading the Experts' Picks 1.0

Greg SwartzCleveland Cavaliers Lead WriterApril 5, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Mock Draft 2012: Grading the Experts' Picks 1.0

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    The calender has turned to April and with it the thoughts of spring, baseball, The Masters, and for those fans of terrible basketball teams, NBA mock drafts.

    As a follower of the Cleveland Cavaliers, naturally I'm curious to see who the experts around the web have the Cavs taking in this year's June draft.  Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson have been a great start, but four more picks this summer should propel the Cavs into immediate playoff contention next season should they hit on those selections.

    Listed are five of the most reliable mocks on the net, and I will be releasing updated drafts as the clock ticks closer to draft time.

    Who will the Cavs take?  Let's see what some of the experts have to say.

Mock No. 1: NBA Draft.net

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    1st Round Pick: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida, Freshman

    Great shooter with high basketball IQ, solid defender but sometimes struggles to create for himself.

    1st Round (Lakers) Pick: Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Washington, Freshman

    Athletic with great court vision, could stand to add some muscle to make adjustment to pro game. 

    2nd Round (Hornets) Pick: Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor, Freshman

    Hyped freshman who could benefit from another year in college, but represents tremendous upside and scoring ability.

    2nd Round Pick: Alex Young, SG, IUPUI, Senior

    Athletic wing who scored more than 20 points per game during his senior year.

     

    Grade: B

    This is a solid draft that is highlighted by getting Quincy Miller in the second round.  That would be a tremendous value pick for Cleveland and overall this mock solves a lot of needs except for size.  The Cavs need help on the wing yes, but four picks at the position is too many.

Mock No. 2: Draft Express.com

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    1st Round Pick: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida, Freshman

    Great shooter with high basketball IQ, solid defender but sometimes struggles to create for himself.

    1st Round (Lakers) Pick: Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke, Junior

    Kyrie Irving's former college teammate averaged 11.2 points and 9.2 rebounds this past season and has shown great improvements in his game during his time at Duke.

    2nd Round (Hornets) Pick: John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt, Junior

    Averaged nearly 20 points per game while shooting 44 percent on threes.

    2nd Round Pick: C.J. Leslie, SF/PF, N.C.State, Sophomore

    Lacks a true NBA position but was a solid rebounder and shot blocker in college.

     

    Grade: C

    Beal and Jenkins are great picks, but the Cavs could do better than a Plumlee in the first round.  Leslie is an interesting option, especially in the second round.  Cavs come out without a center or backup point which is very disappointing.

Mock No. 3: NBA-Draft.com

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    1st Round Pick: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina, Sophomore

    Athletic, NBA body with a great shot, Barnes can do it all but struggles with consistency and aggressiveness.

    1st Round (Lakers) Pick: Draymond Green, SF/PF, Michigan State, Senior

    One of the best college players in 2011-12, Green projects as an above-average role player in the NBA by contributing on many levels but dominating in none.

     

    Grade: B+

    With only a first round projected, this grade could go up with some quality second round picks.  The Cavs get two of college basketball's best this season with Barnes, a potential star, and Green, a great do-it-all player to come off the bench.  A nice start, but again I would like to see Cleveland take a big with the second pick.

Mock No. 4: My NBA Draft.com

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    1st Round Pick: Andre Drummond, C, UConn, Freshman

    A true center with great skills who largely underperformed his freshman year but could be worth the investment of an early first round pick.

    1st Round (Lakers) Pick: Moe Harkless, SF, St. Johns, Freshman

    Athletic wing who can rebound but still needs to work on his outside shot.

    2nd Round (Hornets) Pick: Doran Lamb, SG, Kentucky, Sophomore

    Undersized for an NBA shooting guard but has good scoring ability and a new NCAA championship ring.

    2nd Round Pick: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas, Senior

    Great college player who could turn into a solid back-up point guard to Kyrie Irving.

     

    Grade: B-

    Taking Drummond if he's available would be extremely tempting, but ultimately the Cavs would be wise to pass on him.  Harkless would be a great pick in the late first and adding Lamb and Taylor would be a nice upgrade for the backcourt.  Passing on one of the elite wings with the first pick hurts this drafts grade however.

Mock No. 5: Walter Football.com

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    1st Round Pick: Harrison Barnes, SF, Duke, Sophomore

    Athletic, NBA body with a great shot, Barnes can do it all, but struggles with consistency and aggressiveness.

    1st Round (Lakers) Pick: Fab Melo, C, Syracuse, Sophomore

    True center who is already a good rebounder and shot blocker.  Still raw offensively and faced academic problems while at Syracuse which should raise some flags to his level of commitment to the team.

    2nd Round (Hornets) Pick: Darius Miller, SF, Kentucky, Senior

    The glue of Kentucky's championship team, good defender who can guard multiple positions and hit shots from a lot of different spots on the court.

    2nd Round Pick: Scot Machado, PG, Iona, Senior

    A talented, experienced point who takes care of the ball well.  Led the NCAA in assists in 2011-2012.

     

    Grade: B+

    I love the positions addressed here with the athletic wings, center and back-up point.  The lack of a good shooting guard and all the questions surrounding Melo prevent this from reaching "A" status.

Recap

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    Overall, I was somewhat disappointed with the quality of these drafts.  Some worthy points to note include:

    —Beal and Barnes remain attractive lottery selections, but I would have liked to see Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Jared Sullinger projected to go to the Cavs in one of these. 

    —Quincy Miller was my favorite second round pick.  I'll be shocked if he falls to the second round.

    —Beal and Barnes tied for the most times projected to be picked by the Cavaliers.

    —Despite a need a center, all drafts had the Cavaliers passing on Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli, even in the second round.

    Needless to say these projections will undeniably change as the draft draws closer, and I expect the Cavaliers to wind up with a higher pick than many of these websites are projecting.

    Check back in a few weeks for an updated collection of Cleveland Cavaliers mocks.