With the conclusion of the NCAA basketball season, it is time to begin analyzing the 2012 NBA draft. While the NBA draft lottery hasn't taken place and the draft order is still in limbo, prospects can still be analyzed. Here are the top big men in the 2012 NBA draft, and where I think they will land.
Anthony Davis is clearly the best big man prospect in the draft and is a lock to be the first overall pick. His defensive instincts are incredible, and he is the only superstar prospect in the draft. Where he lands is contingent on whoever wins the draft lottery, he is definitely going number one overall. Since Charlotte easily has the worst record in the league, and thus are the favorite to win the lottery, Anthony Davis will land in Charlotte.
Thomas Robinson is the second best big man in the country and is in the running to be the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. While he is undersized for the power forward position, his effort, and character more then make up for his shortcoming's. Thomas Robinson can score, rebound, putting up an 18-17 against Kentucky in the title game. Robinson would be a perfect fit for the New Orleans Hornets who drastically need low post scoring.
Andre Drummond is the enigma in this year's draft. At 6'11" and 275lbs Drummond already has an NBA body, however he struggled during his season at UCONN. His offensive game is incredibly raw and is essentially dunks and put backs. However, Drummond does have decent defensive instincts as well as tremendous "upside." His defensive presence would be a major upgrade in Cleveland, Portland, and Toronto.
Jared Sullinger is the best low post scorer in the 2012 NBA Draft class, and the reason why he will be drafted. He is drastically undersized, is limited athletically, and his defense is suspect. However, he scores and rebounds exceptionally well. Due to his defensive liabilities, he will have to be paired with a shot blocker. The Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, or the New Orleans Hornets are perfect landing spots.