2012 NBA Mock Draft: Perfect Picks for Every Team in the First Round

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IApril 12, 2012

Here is my first-round mock draft for every NBA team.


1. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky

There is not a team in the league that needs Davis more than the Bobcats, and Charlotte has to be hopeful that it emerges with the top overall selection.


2. Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky

It's hard to imagine the Wizards reaching if the team lands inside the top three, and there is no question that Washington needs to get John Wall some help on the wing in the form of a player who can run up and down the floor with him.


3. New Orleans Hornets: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas

The Hornets need help beneath the basket, and Robinson is the type of player who would fit in very well in New Orleans.

He plays every game with a great deal of effort, and he would bring an element of tenacity to the lineup.


4. Sacramento Kings: Andre Drummond, PF/C, UConn

Sacramento doesn't need any more help on the perimeter, so neither Barnes nor Beal make a ton of sense here.

Instead, the Kings can target Drummond, who would cause the opposition serious headaches if paired alongside DeMarcus Cousins.


5. Toronto Raptors: Harrison Barnes, SF, UNC

Toronto has Jonas Valanciunas to complement Andrea Bargnani, so size shouldn't be the area of focus here.

Instead, a scorer like Barnes who fills a natural hole at small forward makes perfect sense and would be an awesome selection for the Raptors.


6. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida

A starting backcourt consisting of Kyrie Irving and Beal would certainly look nice, and it's not likely the Cavs will target size after drafting Tristan Thompson last season.


7. Portland Trail Blazers: Kendall Marshall, PG, UNC

There is no question that the Trail Blazers need to be looking for help at the point guard position, and Marshall is the type of floor general who could make an instant impact alongside players like Wes Matthews and Nicolas Batum.


8. Detroit Pistons: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State

This might be a bit of a reach, but Sullinger fits in alongside Greg Monroe nicely and would provide the Pistons a piece to keep the backcourt tandem of Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey intact.


9. Utah Jazz: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State

Lillard makes all of the sense in the world for the Jazz, a team that needs a long-term answer at point guard.

He's got a ton of talent and there's a lot to like about his game, but he'll have to improve his facilitating the offense to fulfill his potential.


10. New Orleans Hornets: Perry Jones III, F, Baylor

Jones is a dynamic talent, and if the Hornets want to turn this thing around, this is the pick they'll go with here.

If New Orleans can emerge with both Robinson and Jones in this draft, it will be an impressive day for a franchise that needs one.


11. Portland Trail Blazers: Tyler Zeller, C, UNC

Portland needs size in the worst way, and Zeller is the best big man left on the board at this juncture.

However, he's going to need some time to develop if he's going to have a prayer of making his presence felt.


12. Milwaukee Bucks: Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky

Jones' versatile game is certainly appealing, but he needs to do more on a consistent basis to validate his selection inside the lottery.


13. Utah Jazz: Austin Rivers, SG, Duke

Utah needs to improve its overall approach in the backcourt, and a pairing of Lillard and Rivers in the 2012 draft would make sweet music for the Jazz.


14. Phoenix Suns: Jeremy Lamb, SG, UConn

Lamb is an intriguing talent, but there is risk to selecting him because he's still so young and has yet to fill out his frame.


15. Houston Rockets: John Henson, PF, UNC

If Henson adds bulk at the next level, he could make the Rockets look extraordinarily smart.

He's got legitimate athleticism and length, and his skills on the defensive end of the court should translate very well.


16. Philadelphia 76ers: Terrence Ross, SG, Washington

The Sixers have been desperate to fill the shooting guard spot for a long time, and drafting a shooter like Ross would really go a long way toward getting consistent production from the position.


17. Denver Nuggets: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois

There is a lot of risk in drafting Leonard, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where Denver pays JaVale McGee the price he's looking for in free agency.

He's a project on the offensive end, and it's no sure thing that he'll ever develop a touch around the rim.


18. Dallas Mavericks: Tony Wroten, G, Washington

Wroten is a dynamic talent who would have been drafted a lot higher in 2013, but he's just 18 and can really make an impact in the future.

He could easily emerge as one of the best players of this class if he fulfills his potential, and the Mavs would be getting a major steal if that happened.


19. New Jersey Nets: Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State

Moultrie falls quite a bit in this mock, but it appears his age is going to keep him from cracking the lottery.

He's still plenty young at just 21 years old, and he could really make an impact down low for a Nets team that needs to rebuild in a hurry.


20. Boston Celtics: Royce White, SF, Iowa State

A young wing player with a ton of upside this late in the draft? Where does Danny Ainge sign his name on the dotted line? This should be a no-brainer pick for the Celtics if White is on the board.


21. Orlando Magic: Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure

Some teams might be scared off by Nicholson because he's from St. Bonaventure, but that's a foolish reason to overlook him.

He improved every season he was in college, and he would be a nice fit in Orlando, where Ryan Anderson is scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the campaign.


22. Memphis Grizzlies: Fab Melo, C, Syracuse

Melo rises here, and it's because the Grizzlies have looked for a legitimate backup behind Marc Gasol for far too long.

He's raw and will need work, but he can defend and rebound—two things that will immediately help Memphis in the second unit.


23. Atlanta Hawks: Dion Waiters, G, Syracuse

Waiters would be a really solid fit in Atlanta, where he could back up either guard spot, and the Hawks need to get younger in the second unit.


24. Boston Celtics: Jeff Taylor, SF. Vanderbilt

An unbelievable athlete and a solid defensive player, Taylor will need to prove his perimeter jumper can be hit with consistency to carve out role larger than being a niche player.


25. Indiana Pacers: Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky

It's no certainty that George Hill (restricted free agent) will be back after the season, and Teague could really turn out to be a solid pick this late in the draft for the Pacers.


26. Cleveland Cavaliers: Draymond Green, SF, Michigan State

The Cavs will look to re-sign Alonzo Gee, but Omri Casspi hasn't worked out as expected and Cleveland will need further help at small forward.


27. Miami Heat: Moe Harkless, SF, St. John's

Harkless is a solid defender and can find ways to score, but just like Jeff Taylor, Harkless' jumper is a work in progress. He'll need to improve it in a hurry in the NBA.


28. Golden State Warriors: Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky

Some like Lamb to go a little higher than this, but it's hard to imagine that happening.

The Warriors will have both Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins on the roster next season, so adding depth behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson wouldn't be the worst idea.


29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt

Ezeli is a borderline first-round selection, but the Thunder would do well to add size behind Kendrick Perkins.


30. Chicago Bulls: William Buford, SG, Ohio State

The Bulls love shooters, and Rip Hamilton's inability to stay healthy this season should be an illustration for the franchise that the team needs to get younger at the position.


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