2012 NBA Mock Draft: Best Possible Fit for Every First Round Pick

Hunter KonsensCorrespondent IIApril 10, 2012

2012 NBA Mock Draft: Best Possible Fit for Every First Round Pick

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    One of the most exciting dates in the basketball world is the NBA Draft. The Association receives an infusion of new, young talent that will one day dominate the professional level.

    Each franchise, following countless hours of scouting, will have the opportunity to select a prospect with hopes that their choice would be a "perfect fit" for the franchise. 

    This season, however, may be the most talented draft pool in recent memory.

    From sharpshooters to bruising big men, there are a plethora of promising young talents waiting to hear their names called on live television. Due to the tremendous amount of skill in this year's draft class, many prospects will fall much farther than they would have in previous years. So, even if you are a fan of a championship contender, you should absolutely be excited for this year's draft.

    The subsequent slides examine the best possible fits for every first-round pick.

    The Order is based on personal projections and current standings. Enjoy!

1. Charlotte Bobcats

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    School: University of Kentucky

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Power forward and Center

    Attributes: 6'10", 220 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists

    Upside: 10/10

    With the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the (insert team) select Anthony Davis.

    If this is not the first sentence NBA commissioner David Stern says in this year's NBA Draft, then the team who owns the first overall pick should cease to exist. Anthony Davis may be the most promising prospect of the last five years.

    If he is not selected first off the board, this terrible decision will be designated a spot in NBA lore right next to the Portland Trail Blazers' decision to draft Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. 

    Yes, Anthony Davis is that talented. 

    Not only did he lead the University of Kentucky to a National Championship, but he was the most dominant force in all of college basketball. His 14 points, 10 rebounds and nearly five blocks per game are a perfect testament to how much Davis pummeled the opposition.

    In this mock draft, the Charlotte Bobcats receive the first choice, and there is only one prospect who could turn this disheveled franchise around: Anthony Davis.

2. Washington Wizards

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    School: University of Connecticut

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Center

    Attributes: 6'10", 270 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists

    Upside: 10/10

    After Anthony Davis' selection, there are many prospects vying to be selected with the second overall pick. With all these potential routes, the Washington Wizards will decide to draft the player with the most upside.

    In this draft, Andre Drummond possesses the most potential.

    Not only does Drummond fill a need at the center position, as the team just recently shipped JaVale McGee to Denver, but he has the body and talent to develop into a perennial All-Star. Sure, his freshman season at the University of Connecticut was disappointing, but his NBA-ready body and ridiculous athleticism may be too much for the Wizards to pass up on.

3. New Orleans Hornets

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    School: Kentucky

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Small forward and Shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'7", 232 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists

    Upside: 7/10

    The league-owned New Orleans Hornets have one plan on their mind and that is to build around franchise cornerstone Eric Gordon.

    The organization already failed to reach the same goal with Chris Paul, which lead to the All-NBA point guard demanding a trade. To prevent this from happening with Gordon, the New Orleans Hornets will select the best player on the board.

    In this case, the best player is small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

    Another Kentucky star, Kidd-Gilchrist developed elite skills getting to the basket and was fantastic leader during his freshman year. While he may not have the upside of some other prospects, this young talent already has a NBA-ready body and skill set.

    In the end, a combination of Eric Gordon and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the wings will strike fear in the eyes of opponents. 

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

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    School: Florida

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'4", 207 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists

    Upside: 8/10

    The Cleveland Cavaliers, in the wake of LeBron James' decision to take his talents to South Beach, have already developed a nice young nucleus for the future.

    Rookie of the Year Award favorite Kyrie Irving leads this promising group that includes rookie forward Tristan Thompson, small forward Omri Casspi and shooting guard Manny Harris.

    However, the Cavaliers have a huge hole at the starting shooting guard position and University of Florida star Bradley Beal would be the perfect choice to fill that role. Beal, a lethal sharpshooter from deep, would be a perfect complement to the pass-first Irving, who struggles with his shot on occasion. 

    In addition, Beal would have the opportunity to log major minutes from day one, a luxury many prospects don't have.

5. Sacramento Kings

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    School: Kansas

    Year: Junior

    Position: Power forward (could possibly see minutes at small forward)

    Attributes: 6'10", 237 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

    Upside: 7/10

    Don't look now, but the Sacramento Kings are on the fast track back to relevancy. If there is one team that will find themselves out of the lottery next season, it is the Sacramento Kings.

    After all, just look at the young talent this team possesses.

    From former BYU star Jimmer Fredette to talented center DeMarcus Cousins, this group has the makings to be a true title contender in a few years.  However, the team is still a few pieces away and a mature prospect may be the best option for the young group.

    Power forward Thomas Robinson, in my opinion, is their undisputed choice, as he is a leader and can contribute right out of the gates. Plus, how scary is a big man trio comprising of Robinson, Cousins and power forward Jason Thompson.

    If the Kings want to be in the playoff picture once again, former Kansas star Thomas Robinson is their man, as he has the potential to put up gaudy numbers at the professional level.

6. Toronto Raptors

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    School: North Carolina

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Small forward

    Attributes: 6'8", 215 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists

    Upside: 9/10

    Just one year ago, many expected UNC star Harrison Barnes to be the undisputed first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. However, the talented swingman decided to go back to Chapel Hill, where he refined his game and improved his work ethic.

    While he is not considered a top-tier prospect anymore, Harrison Barnes is still a fantastic option for the Toronto Raptors at the sixth spot.

    With franchise pieces DeMar DeRozan, Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas already set in stone, Harrison Barnes would join a squad on the upswing in the rebuilding phase.

    Even though his tournament performance put doubts in many scouts' heads, there is no denying that Barnes is capable of great things at the professional level.

7. Portland Trail Blazers (from New Jersey)

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    School: Ohio State

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Power forward

    Attributes: 6'9", 265 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists

    Upside: 6/10

    With the injury to Greg Oden and the absence of Marcus Camby from the rotation, the Portland Trail Blazers have a major hole at both big men positions.

    With the top-three post-players already off the board, the Trail Blazers will select Jared Sullinger, with the hopes that he will thrive next to All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. 

    Sure, Sullinger has an extremely similar offensive skill set to Aldridge, as both rely on open mid-range jumpers and post-moves, but this pick is more a testament to how much the Trail Blazers need another quality big man. After all, they play in a conference dominated by the incredibly long Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

    While Sullinger doesn't possess all-star potential, he is more than capable of becoming a perennial 15 points and 10 rebounds per game contributor. 

8. Terrence Jones

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    School: Kentucky

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Small forward and Power forward

    Attributes: 6'9", 252 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists

    Upside: 8/10

    The Detroit Pistons are stuck in NBA purgatory, a phase every organization dreads.

    This franchise can't make up it's mind on whether or not they want to blow up the roster and fully commit to rebuilding. With veterans Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince on the roster, it seems as if this team is too focused on the present.

    They do have two young, encouraging prospects in center Greg Monroe and point guard Brandon Knight but, with the presence of the veterans, this team is too talented to compete for a high lottery pick.

    This year, however, has such a deep talent pool that even lower lottery selections can still net franchise a game-changing star. 

    In my opinion, the Detroit Pistons will roll the dice on Kentucky star Terrence Jones, as he has the skill set and size to become a Lamar Odom-esque player. If he does develop into a player similar to the reigning sixth man of the year, then the Pistons will have found the perfect complement to Monroe. 

9. Utah Jazz (from New Jersey Via Golden State)

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    School: North Carolina

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Point guard

    Attributes: 6'4", 195 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.7 assists

    Upside: 5/10

    With current starting point guard Devin Harris' production on a free-fall and a glut of talented big man on the roster, the Utah Jazz will find it extremely difficult to pass up on UNC point guard Kendall Marshall.

    Marshall averaged nearly 10 assists per night in college and would bring a whole new dynamic to a struggling Utah Jazz squad. He is a pass-first point guard, unlike Devin Harris, and would be able to feed their talented big man squad and get the most out of them.

    There are many critics of Marshall's game, as some believe he lacks the athleticism and scoring ability to make a serious impact at the professional level. Nonetheless, Marshall would be an intriguing prospect for coach Tyrone Corbin and the Utah Jazz.

10. New Orleans Hornets (from Los Angeles Clippers Via Minnesota)

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    School: North Carolina

    Year: Junior

    Position: Power forward and Center

    Attributes: 6'11", 220 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists

    Upside: 8/10

    With their second selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, the New Orleans Hornets will draft UNC power forward John Henson. By selecting Henson, the Hornets will have found their starting power forward for years to come.

    While Henson is still very raw on the offensive side of the ball, the 6'10" power forward possesses an incredible wingspan and was probably the second best defensive force in college basketball behind Anthony Davis. His contributions on the defensive side of the ball will surely be noted.

    Next to superstar Eric Gordon and the newly-acquired Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, John Henson will prove to the world that he was worthy of a Top-10 selection. 

11. Portland Trail Blazers

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    School: Weber State

    Year: Senior

    Position: Point guard

    Attributes: 6'3", 195 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists

    Upside: 7/10

    With the their second pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers will select Damian Lillard out of Weber State.

    With the dismal play of current starter Raymond Felton and the selection of top point guard prospect Kendall Marshall by the Utah Jazz, the energizing Lillard becomes the perfect fit in Portland.

    His prolific scoring ability and NBA-ready body will allow the young point guard to contribute to the Trail Blazers immediately, as the squad is desperately searching for their facilitator of the future. 

12. Milwaukee Bucks

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    School: North Carolina

    Year: Senior

    Position: Power forward and Center

    Attributes: 7'0", 250 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists

    Upside: 5/10

    The Milwaukee Bucks have a few different routes they can take at the number 12 selection. They could address their need for a starting small forward or even add a true point guard to the roster. However, I believe the Bucks will select former UNC center Tyler Zeller to fill the void left by former Buck Andrew Bogut.

    The 7'0" center has fantastic size for the NBA. In addition, he possesses a decent low-post game and solid footwork in the paint. On the defensive side of the floor, he has the ability to alter and swat shots at an effective rate.

    The solid Zeller would be a perfect complement to their explosive backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.

13. Utah Jazz

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    School: Connecticut

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'5", 180 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists

    Upside: 7/10

    Due to their tremendous depth at every position and selection of a point guard with the ninth overall pick, the Utah Jazz are in a position to draft the best player available.

    In this scenario, this player is undoubtedly Jeremy Lamb. 

    The talented Lamb is a fantastic athlete and solid offensive player. His range from behind the three-point arc and quick first-step will allow the young guard to help the Jazz in the scoring department right away .

    While he may have to put on a few pounds of muscle to guard the stronger players, this former Huskies star has the ability to turn into something special in the association.

14. Phoenix Suns

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    School: Kentucky

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Point guard

    Attributes: 6'1", 189 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists

    Upside: 6/10

    It seems as if Steve Nash's tenure with the Phoenix Suns organization is coming to a close, as the elder statesman has showed interest in leaving the franchise for greener pastures. 

    With the uncertainty of Steve Nash's future, it would be wise for the Suns to think about selecting a franchise cornerstone point guard. This is why Phoenix will draft freshman Marquis Teague, as the young facilitator has the potential to develop into an elite guard.

    While his offensive game is still a little raw, the athletic Teague has the ability to penetrate into the defense with efficiency and effectiveness due to his quick first-step.

    In addition, Teague will not be a liability on the defensive side of the court like the veteran Steve Nash. 

15. Philadelphia 76ers

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    School: Baylor

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Power forward

    Attributes: 6'11", 235 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists

    Upside: 9/10

    In my opinion, the Philadelphia 76ers and power forward Perry Jones III are an absolute perfect fit.

    My reasoning is that Jones will add depth to a playoff-caliber team that just shipped former back-up power forward Marreese Speights to the Memphis Grizzlies.

    However, Jones, who is still quite raw on both sides of the floor, will not log too many minutes in the rotation, as current starter Elton Brand will take a majority of that specific playing time. This, in turn, would allow Jones a chance to develop.

    Plus, Perry Jones III would strengthen a young nucleus of players that the 76ers have been developing for the last few years. His versatility and ability to guard a plethora of positions will become a valuable asset for the 76ers in the future.

16. Houston Rockets (from New York)

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    School: Duke

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Point guard and Shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'4", 200 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists

    Upside: 9/10

    The Houston Rockets are another Western Conference squad with depth at every single position, but lack a true superstar.

    While selecting a center could prove to be a wise move for the Rockets, as current center Marcus Camby is already contemplating retirement, a chance to acquire a star may be too good an opportunity to pass up.

    Austin Rivers will be Houston's selection with the 16th overall pick. He is an offensive juggernaut, with the ability to score in a multitude of ways, and also the only remaining prospect with star potential.

    Sure, his lone season at Duke was considered a disappointment, but there is no doubt that Rivers has the skill and athleticism to develop into an elite scorer.

17. Dallas Mavericks

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    School: Illinois

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Center

    Attributes: 7'0", 245 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists

    Upside: 7/10

    If you have watched a Dallas Mavericks game this season, you can tell that the absence of former center Tyson Chandler from the lineup has completely changed the team's dynamics. His defensive presence and knack for rebounding the ball was extremely vital in their successful run for the championship.

    Currently, the Mavericks are rolling with centers Ian Mahinmi and Brendan Haywood to replace the production of Chandler. While both are talented big men, neither have the ability to change the outcome of a game. 

    Insert former Illinois center Meyers Leonard into the rotation and the Dallas Mavericks have a prospect extremely similar to Chandler.

    Leonard is strong and athletic, much like his predecessor. However, unlike Chandler, Leonard has a quality middle-range jumper and refined post-game.

18. Denver Nuggets

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    School: Washington

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Shooting guard and Small forward

    Attributes: 6'7", 195 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists

    Upside: 6/10

    Despite the fact that the Denver Nuggets are the highest scoring team in the league, the squad is only shooting 32 percent from behind the three-point line.

    Adding former Washington forward Terrence Ross would surely bring up this dismal statistic, as this young marksman has ridiculous range. However, Ross isn't just a one trick pony, as he can score off the dribble and by penetration.

    Not only would this gifted scorer add a consistent three-point threat to the roster, but he would add depth to their team.

19. New Jersey (from Houston)

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    School: Washington

    Position: Point guard who may see minutes at shooting guard as well

    Year: Freshman

    Attributes: 6'4", 205 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists

    Upside: 7/10

    After Washington teammate Terrence Ross is taken off the big board, guard Tony Wroten will be the next prospect to hear his name be called by commissioner David Stern, as the New Jersey Nets will select the young play-maker with the 19th overall pick.

    With Deron Williams' future in New Jersey being extremely cloudy, don't be surprised to see the Nets take a guard as an insurance policy.

    Wroten is a versatile combo-guard who excels in transition and scoring the basketball. While he does need to become less turnover-prone with the ball in his hands, this is a talented player who has true star potential. 

20. Boston Celtics

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    School: Iowa State

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Small forward and Power forward who may occasionally facilitate the offense

    Attributes: 6'8", 270 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists

    Upside: 6/10

    If the Boston Celtics have a early exit in the playoffs, which is what I am predicting, expect GM Danny Ainge to completely blow up the team in hopes of building a title contender for the future.

    The NBA Draft would be Ainge's first major opportunity to establish a young core to build around. 

    Ainge should draft small forward Royce White in the midst of his rebuilding efforts, as the combo-forward from Iowa State showed true potential in the NCAA Tournament.  

    He has a knack for crashing the boards and can light it up from all over the court. Plus, his aggressive style of play would be praised in Boston. 

21. Memphis Grizzlies

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    School: St. John's

    Year: Freshman

    Position: Small forward and Power forward

    Attributes: 6'8", 208 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists

    Upside: 6/10 

    Any Western Conference playoff squad should fear matching up with the Memphis Grizzlies in a seven game series.

    These former bottom-dwellers are young, talented and unified. Lead by former All-Star Zach Randolph, this aggressive roster has the ability, depth and potential to shock the world come playoff time.

    Due to having no real holes on the team, the Memphis Grizzlies will go into the playoffs with one simple idea on their mind: draft the best player available. 

    In this case, the most talented prospect is St.John's forward Moe Harkless.

    His 208 pound, 6'8" frame allows this talented combo-forward to score in a plethora of ways. His length, footwork and size allows him to be a bruiser in the paint, while his ability to shoot, coupled with explosive athleticism and solid dribbling skills let him be an effective player on the perimeter.

22. Boston Celtics (from Los Angeles Clippers)

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    School: Mississippi State

    Year: Junior

    Position: Power forward and Center

    Attributes: 6'11", 230 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists

    Upside: 5/10

    With the 22nd overall draft pick, the Boston Celtics, after acquiring forward Royce White two picks earlier, will select center Arnett Moultrie to fill their need at center.

    Obviously, Jermaine O'Neal isn't going to cut it for the future and selecting a young center prospect is the best choice for this soon to be rebuilding organization.

    Moultrie can play both big man positions at 6'11" and possesses the ability to even play on the perimeter. Additionally, this Mississippi State behemoth has a deadly shot, a quality necessary to run pick-and-rolls with franchise point guard Rajon Rondo.

23. Atlanta Hawks

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    School: Syracuse

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'4", 218 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists

    Upside: 5/10

    With Joe Johnson's production rapidly declining, the Atlanta Hawks would be wise to draft a replacement for their star shooting guard. Syracuse shooting guard Dion Waiters instantly comes to mind, as he is a scorer capable of putting up huge numbers.

    While he doesn't have the best range, Waiters is still capable of knocking down an open three-pointer though a majority of his points will be off of penetration. This past college basketball season, Waiters averaged nearly 13 points per game on a stacked Syracuse team. 

    Additionally, the Hawks would have their backcourt of the future set in stone with current guard Jeff Teague and the aforementioned Waiters.

24. Orlando Magic

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    School: Kentucky

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Point guard and shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'4", 210 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists

    Upside: 5/10

    If there is one thing the Orlando Magic rely on in their streaky offense, it is three-point shooting. Since the arrival of Stan Van Gundy as coach, Orlando's game plan has been dump it down low to Dwight, where he has the ability to either dish it out to an open marksman or perform a post-move.

    This season, the Orlando Magic are averaging over 10 three-pointers per night.

    Doron Lamb would be a perfect fit on the Orlando Magic, as he would be able to compete for minutes at both guard positions and showcase his promising stroke from deep. Last college season, Lamb shot over 46 percent from downtown. 

25. Indiana Pacers

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    School: Vanderbilt

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Shooting guard

    Attributes: 6'4", 215 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 19.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists

    Upside: 4/10

    The Indiana Pacers have finally made it back to relevancy after years of dismal seasons. Due to their championship aspirations, this organization will likely target a prospect ready to contribute immediately.

    No player is more NBA-ready than guard John Jenkins from Vanderbilt as his game screams maturity.

    Not only does he possess a high basketball I.Q., but this shooting guard has the ability to catch fire from the field. Jenkins averaged nearly 20 points per game in his junior season on 48 percent shooting from the field last season.

26. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers)

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    School: Michigan State

    Year: Senior

    Position: Small forward and power forward

    Attributes: 6'7", 230 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists

    Upside: 3/10

    The Cleveland Cavaliers will select Michigan State star Draymond Green, as his leadership and performance in the NCAA Tournament would be quite hard for this rebuilding franchise to pass up on.

    While Green does come with numerous question marks, including whether he is tall enough to be a traditional big man, the 6'7" combo-forward has the ability to be a double-double machine.

    Green reminds me of NBA legend Charles Barkley, as the former 1990's star has similar intangibles. Both were well undersized for their position, able to perform many different roles and possessed knacks for bringing down the boards.

    Just look at Green's statistics for his senior year at Michigan State. He averaged 16 points, ten rebounds and three assists per game. 

27. Miami Heat

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    School: Syracuse

    Year: Sophomore

    Position: Center

    Attributes: 7'0", 255 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists

    Upside: 4/10

    I don't know which of Miami's two major quests has been more difficult: capturing an elusive championship or acquiring a starter-quality center. 

    If Miami wants to reign supreme over the NBA, the Heat must find a legitimate center to insert in the starting lineup. The combination of Eddy Curry, Dexter Pittman and Joel Anthony just won't take them to the promise land.

    The Miami Heat will surely set their sights on centers in this draft, as there are many quality big men in this year's pool.

    By the 27th pick, however, many of them will have already been selected. 

    But, Fab Melo will probably still be on the board and, even though he is a bit raw, this 7'0" Brazilian has the potential to develop into a fantastic presence in the paint. 

28. Golden State (from San Antonio)

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    School: Vanderbilt

    Year: Senior

    Position: Small forward

    Attributes: 6'7", 225 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists

    Upside: 6/10

    After a breakout campaign last season, small forward Dorell Wright has not improved the way the Golden State Warriors had hoped.

    In fact, the former Miami Heat role player has taken a major step back and raising up questions if he still is the future at small forward for the Warriors.

    Coming into the NBA Draft, the Warriors should address their need for a legitimate swingman by selecting Vanderbilt star Jeff Taylor. While Taylor has a weak offensive arsenal, the 6'7" small forward has an NBA-ready body and a great vertical leap. Plus, he has the tools to develop into a solid defender.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    School: Marquette

    Position: Small forward and Power forward

    Year: Senior

    Attributes: 6'6", 235 pounds

    Upside: 2/10

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists

    After winning Big East Player of the Year and recording over 17 points and eight rebounds per night, Jae Crowder would bring a competitive fire and winning attitude to a young Oklahoma City Thunder squad.

    He would fill a role similar to former Thunder star Jeff Green, as he has a similar style of play and build of the NBA small forward.

30. Chicago Bulls

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    School: Kansas

    Year: Senior

    Position: Point guard

    Attributes: 6'3", 185 pounds

    2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists

    Upside: 5/10

    While this youthful point guard struggles immensely with turnovers, there is no denying the talent Tyshawn Taylor possesses. Not only is he a terrific defender, but he is a premier scorer who improved every season during his tenure at Kansas.

    With back-up point guard C.J. Watson struggling for the Chicago Bulls, Taylor will be a perfect commander of the Bulls' second unit.