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2012 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Post-Tiebreakers Two-Round Predictions

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIMay 5, 2012

2012 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Post-Tiebreakers Two-Round Predictions

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    With the 2012 NBA post-season officially underway, the lottery teams have officially discovered their odds. As of yesterday, they've also discovered which teams hold tiebreakers over one another. As a result, it's only fair to break down what will happen and why. Fortunately for you, I'm always keeping the NBA community's best interest in mind.

    The following slides will demonstrate the projected selections of each and every NBA team.

1. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Davis, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Power Forward196'10"220 pounds7'4" wingspan

    Pros:

    Anthony Davis is an elite shot-blocker and dominant rebounder. He also handles the ball and runs the floor like a guard, plays perimeter defense and has a sky-high basketball IQ. Well-mannered and team-oriented player. Great NBA prospect.

    Cons:

    Even the great ones have their flaws, and for Davis, it's his frame. He's a long, athletic player with adequate height, but lacks any muscle on his frame. Don't think he's weak down low, because he's not, but he definitely needs to bulk up to play in the NBA.

    Why It Works:

    The Charlotte Bobcats need any and everything. Considering Anthony Davis is the most NBA-ready, and arguably the most well-rounded, prospect in this draft class, it's a no-brainer. It also bolsters what is a solid front court in terms of shot blocking, with Bismack Biyombo and Tyrus Thomas both thriving in that department.

    Season Averages: 35.71 PER—14.2 PPG—10.4 RPG—1.3 APG—4.7 BPG—1.4 SPG

2. Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard186'5"195 pounds6'8" wingspan

    Pros:

    Outstanding shooter with limitless range. Excels at moving without the basketball. Great rebounder. Talented ball-handler. Selfless facilitator. Above-average perimeter defender. High leap and quick release.

    Cons:

    Questions about Beal's size, as some list him at 6'3" and others at 6'5". Could add some upper body strength.

    Why It Works:

    Jordan Crawford came on strong at the end of the season, scoring 20-plus points on five different occasions throughout April. Unfortunately, he also shot under 30 percent on six different occasions. This pick does not eliminate Crawford from the equation but makes John Wall's job much easier as he can now drive-and-dish to a consistent spot-up shooter.

    As for why the Wizards won't take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, they selected both Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton just one year ago. To take a third player at the position would be counter-productive.

    Season Averages: 21.17 PER—14.8 PPG—6.7 RPG—2.2 APG—1.4 SPG—0.8 BPG

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Small Forward186'7"210 pounds6'11" wingspan

    Pros:

    Elite athlete. Thrives in attacking the basket. Finishes as well as any prospect around the rim. Physical but quick. Top-tier defender who can handle multiple positions. Non-stop motor. Excellent off the dribble. Potential franchise player.

    Cons:

    Offensive attack one-dimensional. Weak perimeter shooting. Mid-range game is shaky.

    Why It Works:

    If you think the Cleveland Cavaliers will pass up on the chance to select a franchise player at LeBron James' former position, you're crazy. Even if that does mean pushing the inspiring Alonzo Gee to the bench.

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist bares many similarities to James, as he thrives in attacking the basket and excels on the defensive end of the floor. The main difference would be that Kidd-Gilchrist is better at creating off of the dribble, but not nearly the facilitator that LeBron is and was.

    Season Averages: 21.94 PER—11.9 PPG—7.4 RPG—1.9 APG—1.0 SPG—0.9 BPG

4. New Orleans Hornets: Thomas Robinson, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Player Traits: Power Forward216'9"237 pounds7'1" wingspan

    Pros:

    Long, strong and well-built. Dominant rebounder. Tough, never-back-down defender. Loves to play physical. Elite scorer from the low-post. Solid mid-range and perimeter shooter. Well above-average ball handler. Can penetrate off the dribble. Natural born leader.

    Cons:

    Can fall in love with his perimeter game. Faced questions about his size, as some have him at 6'10, but others at 6'9". Has been considered to be a "one-hit wonder."

    Why It Works:

    I've stated this every time I've posted a mock draft and I'll say it again. The tragedy-turned-triumph story of Thomas Robinson alone makes him the perfect fit for the New Orleans Hornets. When you tack on the franchise player talent, this becomes a shoo-in should he be available.

    Season Averages: 28.53 PER—17.7 PPG—11.9 RPG—1.8 APG—1.1 SPG—0.9 BPG

5. Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Player Traits: Small Forward196'8"210 pounds6'11" wingspan

    Pros:

    Unquestioned leader with highly-touted character and basketball IQ. He's a very long player with adequate height and strength, helping him evolve into quite a dominant defender. His mid-range game is also amongst the best, as his form and shot selection is amongst the best when focused. One of the best in the clutch.

    Cons:

    Struggles to create for himself off of the dribble. Can rely too heavily on his mid-range game rather than posting up or attacking the basket.

    Why It Works:

    I originally had the Kings selecting Terrence Jones here, as he fits the bill for what the Kings need, but Barnes has seemingly salvaged his draft stock. Due to this fact, the Kings will take the former Tar Heel and fill their greatest void.

    As for what Barnes will bring to the Kings, the most important aspect is his maturity.  At best, he's a true franchise player. At worst, he's a consistent rotational weapon.

    Season Averages: 22.70 PER—17.1 PPG—5.2 RPG—1.1 APG—1.1 SPG

6. Portland Trail Blazers (via Nets): Andre Drummond, Connecticut Huskies

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    Player Traits: Center186'11"275 pounds 7'5" wingspan

    Pros:

    NBA body. Adequate height, weight and strength. Explosive leaper. Dominant shot-blocker and rebounder. Can be intimidating. Excellent on-ball, low-post defender. High basketball IQ. Massive wingspan.

    Cons:

    Inconsistent motor. Settles for jump shots. Raw offensively.

    Why It Works:

    With the Greg Oden saga officially finished in Portland, Oregon, it's time for the Trail Blazers to find the center of their future. While Drummond something to be desired on offense, he has the physical tools and basketball IQ to thrive on defense at the NBA level.

    Season Averages: 22.15 PER—28.4 MPG—10.0 PPG—7.6 RPG—2.7 BPG

7. Golden State Warriors: Perry Jones III, Baylor Bears

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    Player Traits: Forward—206'11"235 pounds7'3" wingspan

    Pros:

    Versatile. Can play the 3, 4 or 5. Runs the floor like a guard. Could be a point forward. Capable of scoring from mid-range or above the basket. Has a solid low-post game. Arguably the best athlete in this draft class.

    Cons:

    Jones III doesn't seem to know how to utilize his skill-set or body. Often limits himself to mid-range jump shots. Can be one-dimensional and predictable. Production doesn't match talent.

    Why It Works:

    Golden State fans, rejoice! Your supposed tanking has worked to the point that you're now within the top seven thus saving themselves a lottery pick. While the draft lottery could alter draft position, thus giving the pick to Utah, the Warriors are currently safe.

    Thankfully, their tiebreaker over the Toronto Raptors enabled them to continue that success.

    Almost all analysts consider the Warriors' biggest need to be the 3, where PJ3 is versatile enough to play. Beyond his versatility to play the 3, however, is the fact that he's an offensive version of the player they painfully traded away: Ekpe Udoh, another fellow Baylor Bear alumni.

    Season Averages: 21.95 PER—13.5 PPG—7.6 RPG—1.3 APG—0.8 BPG—0.6 SPG

8. Toronto Raptors: Terrence Jones, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Forward—206'8"244 pounds7'3" wingspan

    Pros:

    Handles the ball and passes like a guard. Can score from the perimeter, 15-20 feet and the low-post. Very good rebounder. Underrated shot-blocker. Quick hands and massive wingspan. One of the better defensive prospects in this draft class. Well-rounded offensive game.

    Cons:

    Questionable shot selection. Poor body language outweighs leadership skills. Can be too passive.

    Why It Works:

    With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes both off the board, the Raptors must go with the best player available at their greatest position of need: the 3. Fortunately for Raptor fans, they've found the most undervalued player in this entire draft class: Terrence Jones of the national champion Kentucky Wildcats.

    The most important aspect of Jones' versatility is as a defender, the clincher for head coach Dwayne Casey.

    Season Averages: 24.83 PER—12.3 PPG—7.2 RPG—1.3 APG—1.8 BPG—1.3 SPG

9. Detroit Pistons: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Player Traits: Power Forward206'9"280 pounds7'2" wingspan

    Pros:

    The best offensive low-post player in this draft class. Beautiful baby hook. Can score with both hands. Giant wingspan and a massive lower-body. Arguably the best at working for position. Absolute monster on the glass. Serious competitor. Great motor. Improved as a shot-blocker.

    Cons:

    Undersized. Questions about conditioning. Concern about strength and physicality transferring to NBA level.

    Why It Works:

    This pick would be a dream come true for Detroit, as they find a low-post bruiser to complement Greg Monroe. More important than just finding a bruiser, the Pistons also find one heck of a rebounder down low. An asset Detroit desperately needs after ranking 26th in team rebounding.

    Furthermore, the Pistons now have a serious low-post threat at the 4. While Jason Maxiell and Jonas Jerebko have performed admirably and always brought a good energy to the floor, Sullinger has a commanding presence that neither player currently possesses. Will take pressure off of Greg Monroe.

    Season Averages: 30.39 PER—17.5 PPG—9.2 RPG—1.2 APG—1.2 SPG—1.1 BPG

10. New Orleans Hornets: Damian Lillard, Weber State Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Point Guard216'2"185 pounds

    Pros:

    Elite scorer. Stellar jump shot. Lightning-like quickness. Can penetrate at will. Excellent rebounder for his height and position. A true floor general. Unquestioned leader of an overachieving team.

    Cons:

    Undersized. Some have criticized court vision. Could be more of a combo-guard.

    Why It Works:

    While Jarrett Jack has played very well to bring in the post-Paul era, it's hard to imagine the Hornets going through the first round without selecting their franchise point guard. With Damian Lillard available, it becomes clear who that selection should be.

    This is a franchise-altering pick waiting to happen, as Lillard and Thomas Robinson will develop a beautiful chemistry in the pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop and low-high strategies.

    Season Averages: 33.58 PER—24.5 PPG—5.0 RPG—4.0 APG—1.5 SPG

11. Portland Trail Blazers: Kendall Marshall, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Player Traits: PG206'4"188 pounds

    Pros:

    Excellent facilitator. Great assist-to-turnover ratio. High basketball IQ. Elite court vision. Above-average size and strength. Great motor, work ethic. Improving jump shot.

    Cons:

    Coming off of a serious wrist injury. Struggles with his jump shot. Not your ideal athlete.

    Why It Works:

    Portland landed the center of their future with their first pick, making their second choice a toss-up between a perimeter scorer and a point guard. While Raymond Felton showed signs of his 2011 form upon the resignation of Nate McMillan, the Trail Blazers remain in dire need of a point guard.

    Kendall Marshall is, arguably, the best facilitator available in the draft. He averaged 9.8 assists per game and displayed elite court vision both in the half-court and transition. 

    Season Averages: 16.50 PER—8.1 PPG—9.8 APG—1.2 SPG—3.48 A/TO ratio

12. Milwaukee Bucks: Tyler Zeller, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Player Traits: Center227'0"250 pounds7'1" wingspan

    Pros:

    Above-average mobility. Solid mid-range game. Can be a dominant scorer in the paint. Very good rebounder. Steadily improving shot-blocker. Athletic enough to run the floor in transition.

    Cons:

    Can be bullied in the low-post. Needs to add muscle and strength to avoid continuation of such. Is a rather grounded player.

    Why It Works:

    Upon trading Andrew Bogut to the Golden State Warriors, the Milwaukee Bucks' most glaring void became at the center position. With Cody Zeller declaring his intention to remain in school, the best case scenario would be to fill that hole with his older brother: Tyler Zeller.

    The older of the Zeller brothers actually made a greater impression during the NCAA tournament, becoming the leader of a North Carolina team that made the Elite Eight. His 20 points and 22 rebounds against Ohio in the Sweet Sixteen actually saved the Tar Heels.

    Season Averages: 30.33 PER—16.3 PPG—9.6 RPG—1.5 BPG

13. Phoenix Suns: Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut Huskies

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard196'5"185 pounds7'0" wingspan

    Pros:

    Lights out shooter. High-leap on his jump shots. Quick release. Unreal 7'0" wingspan. Elite athlete who moves across the floor with grace and confidence. Can dominate when on his game. Lock-down on-ball defender.

    Cons:

    Tendency to disappear with the game on the line. Often found waiting for a play to develop. Needs to learn to move without the basketball. Must add muscle to frame to handle post-up opponents.

    Why It Works:

    It has been quite some time since the Phoenix Suns had a consistent scoring option at the 2, with Steve Nash having run the back court on his own for quite some time. While it wouldn't be too difficult to find another position of need, Shannon Brown's 2013 uncertainty and 2012 inconsistency opens the door for one of the better knock-down shooters in this draft class.

    Most important of all is Lamb's defense, which thrives off of his quickness and length.

    Season Averages: 22.05 PER—17.7 PPG—4.9 RPG—1.7 APG—1.2 SPG 

14. Houston Rockets: Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    Player Traits: Power Forward216'11"225 pounds7'1" wingspan

    Pros:

    Scouts have loved his athleticism since he first came out of high school. Recently added consistent rebounding and scoring skills. Range from 10-15 feet. Hakim Warrick-esque leaping ability. Dominant defender.

    Cons:

    Settles for shots. Must add some muscle. Horrible from the free throw line. Inconsistent motor

    Why It Works:

    The Houston Rockets have a few positions of need, such as the 2 where Kevin Martin could depart and front court where the Rockets are significantly undersized. Due to the fact that the Rockets have another pick at 16, where guards are likely to remain available, the best case scenario would be to draft a long and tall big.

    At this point in the draft, the best player available that matches the description is the freakishly athletic Arnett Moultrie.

    Season Averages: 24.97 PER16.4 PPG10.5 RPG1.2 APG0.8 BPG0.8 SPG

15. Philadelphia 76ers: Meyers Leonard, Illinois Fighting Illini

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    Player Traits: Center207'0"240 pounds7'3" wingspan

    Pros:

    Mobile, athletic. Very tall, very long. Excellent defender who displays patience and impeccable timing. Offers valuable presence in the paint. Good rebounder and shot-blocker. Finishes well around the basket. High-leap.

    Cons:

    Lacks fundamentals on offense. Must add upper and lower-body strength to play the 5 consistently.

    Why It Works:

    The Philadelphia 76ers have two issues facing them as the offseason approaches: their front court is undersized and their starting, injury-prone center is eligible for free agency. The quick-fix for this issue would be to bring in a big, high-IQ center to kill two birds with one stone.

    The perfect fit in this situation is Illinois big man Meyers Leonard, who stands at 7'0" tall and has a history of toughness and durability.

    Alongside veteran big man Elton Brand, Leonard's mobility and length would offer the 76ers a floor-stretching presence that they currently lack in the front court. It also presents a player who is strong enough to defend the 5 and athletic enough to take on the versatile 4.

    Season Averages: 24.02 PER—13.6 PPG—8.2 RPG—1.3 APG—1.9 BPG


16. Houston Rockets (via Knicks): Terrence Ross, Washington Huskies

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard216'6"190 pounds

    Pros:

    Best size of any first round shooting guard. Excellent shooter with ideal rise on his jump shot. Clean release and a quick first step to keep defenders off-balance. One of the better defenders at his position.

    Cons:

    Questionable shot-selection. Failed to lead Washington to NCAA Tournament in 2012, although many feel team was snubbed. Could handle the ball more responsively.

    Why It Works:

    At this point in the draft, the Houston Rockets have a choice between three players: Duke's Austin Rivers, Syracuse's Dion Waiters and Washington's Terrence Ross. Considering Kevin Martin's future could be in question, finding a well-sized shooter may be the best route possible. This makes Ross the man to take.

    Ross has adequate size at 6'6" and gets some mighty impressive air on his jump shot. In other words, he's the type of shooter that rises above the defense and simply can't be disrupted when he finds his rhythm. Think Joe Johnson.

    Season Averages: 20.86 PER—16.4 PPG—6.4 RPG—1.4 APG—1.3 SPG—0.9 BPG

17. Dallas Mavericks: Fab Melo, Syracuse Orange

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    Player Traits: Center217'0"274 pounds7'3" wingspan

    Pros:

    Massive wingspan. Quintessential seven-foot height. Well-built, NBA-ready body. Uses size and frame well on defense. Physical interior defender. Passionate, high-motor player when focused. Excellent shot blocker and above-average athlete.

    Cons:

    Lacks fundamentals on both ends of the floor. Absolutely nothing to worry about on offense aside from dunks and lay-ins. Very low basketball IQ. Inconsistent motor.

    Why It Works:

    There's no doubt that this pick is a reach, but one that makes sense as center is the Mavericks' biggest position of need. While Melo lacks any form of fundamentals on offense, he has a massive frame that would give the Mavericks the shot blocking presence they currently lack. He's also an enforcer who never backs down from an opponent entering his domain.

    Season Averages: 20.40 PER—25.4 MPG7.8 PPG—5.8 RPG—2.9 BPG

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah): Austin Rivers, Duke Blue Devils

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    Player Traits: Guard19 6'4"199 pounds6'8" wingspan

    Pros:

    Excellent ball-handler. Can both penetrate or rise up and hit a jump shot. Finishes well around the basket. Deep range on his jump shot. Possesses the elusive killer instinct.

    Cons:

    Can be selfish with the ball in his hands. Often over-dribbles. Poor shot selection. Very concerning field goal percentage. Inconsistent defender who takes far too many chances.

    Why It Works:

    The Utah Jazz miss out big-time as the Golden State Warriors slip into the top seven, thus retaining their draft choice. Worst of all, their lottery-protected draft choice is now Minnesota's by virtue of the Jazz making the playoffs.

    And to think a week ago, the Jazz were in line for two lottery picks.

    As for what Minnesota will do with the draft choice, it's likely that they target the 2. Wesley Johnson has been far from what they had expected upon selecting him with the fourth overall draft choice in 2010, posting a dismal Player Efficiency Rating of 8.08 while averaging just 6.0 points per game in 22-plus minutes of playing time.

    To replace him, expect the Timberwolves to find a player who can consistently knock down shots from mid-range and the perimeter. Due to the questionable love that Austin Rivers has received from scouts, expect him to be the guy to go here.

    Season Averages: 16.85 PER15.5 PPG3.4 RPG2.1 APG1.0 SPG—43% FG

19. Orlando Magic: Dion Waiters, Syracuse Orange

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard206'4"215 pounds

    Pros:

    Excels in attacking the basket. Plays well above the rim. Confidence rubs off on teammates and frustrates opponents. Plays within his skill-set. Dominant in transition. Can create off the dribble.

    Cons:

    Lacks a consistent perimeter game. Can be caught gambling on defense. Some may view his confidence as arrogance.

    Why It Works:

    The Orlando Magic are in desperate need of a legitimate scoring option, with or without the return of Dwight Howard. To cure those franchise woes, the best available player would be shooting guard Dion Waiters out of Syracuse.

    While Waiters isn't quite the shooter that the rest of the Orlando Magic's roster has a reputation of being, he's an elite prospect when it comes to attacking the basket. His quick first step and overpowering upper body strength enable him to blow past defenders, while his leaping ability aids him in finishing well above the rim.

    Season Averages: 26.29 PER—12.6 PPG—2.5 APG—2.3 RPG—1.8 SPG

20. Denver Nuggets: John Henson, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Player Traits: Power Forward216'11"220 pounds7'4" wingspan

    Pros:

    Giant wingspan paired with incredible leaping ability. Consistently great motor that influences teammates. Great rebounder and shot-blocker. Loves to play defense.

    Cons:

    Very frail. Must add muscle and strength in order to consistently defend low-post opponents. Must have a more consistent jump shot should he continue to rely on such.

    Why It Works:

    The Denver Nuggets currently possess one of the deepest front courts in the NBA. They also have a stacked perimeter and back court of young players. The only thing they truly lack is height at the 4, which North Carolina's John Henson can certainly supply.

    Henson is an agile big man with range on his jump shot. His bread and butter, however, is down low as a shot blocker, rebounder and all-around finesse 4. Most important of all is his respected character and swift athleticism on the floor.

    Season Averages: 25.41 PER—13.7 PPG—9.9 RPG—1.3 APG—2.9 BPG

21. Boston Celtics: Royce White, Iowa State Cyclones

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    Player Traits: Small Forward216'8"240 pounds

    Pros:

    Can score from the interior out to the three-point line. Excellent rebounder. Can facilitate like a point guard. Definition of a point forward. Can defend on the perimeter and in the post. Above-average jump shooter. Can play the 3 or 4.

    Cons:

    Questions about character. Kicked off of the Minnesota Golden Gophers before transferring to Iowa State. Reportedly suffers from severe anxiety disorder and a fear of flying.

    Why It Works:

    Avery Bradley has offered the Boston Celtics a sense of comfort at the 2. JaJuan Johnson is a legitimate prospect at the 4. Rajon Rondo is young and talented enough to run the point for years to come and there just isn't a center on the board who would fit a pick this high. This leaves the Celtics with one definitive void to fill: depth behind the aging Paul Pierce.

    Season Averages: 22.05 PER—13.4 PPG—9.3 RPG—5.0 APG—1.2 SPG—0.9 BPG

22. Boston Celtics (via Clippers): Festus Ezeli, Center, Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Player Traits: Center226'11"225 pounds7'0" wingspan

    Pros:

    Strong, physical defender. Intimidating presence in the paint. Very good shot-blocker and a fearless defender. Crashes the boards. Separating combination of size, strength and physicality. Big production in small minutes.

    Cons:

    Not fundamentally sound. Rather low basketball IQ. Offensive game is one-dimensional.

    Why It Works:

    The Boston Celtics have missed Kendrick Perkins' presence ever since he was traded to Oklahoma City. With pick No. 22 in the 2012 NBA draft, the Celtics will finally replace him with a young, physical enforcer.

    Ezeli does not need big minutes to make big contributions, which is good news for the Celtics as they look to further utilize rookie standout Greg Stiemsma. The combination of the two will lead to quite the powerful interior defense.

    Season Averages: 23.2 MPG, 19.61 PER, 10.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 2.0 BPG


23. Atlanta Hawks: Tony Wroten Jr., Washington Huskies

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    Player Traits: Point Guard196'5"205 pounds

    Pros:

    Great size for a point guard. Very good passer with unstoppable court vision. Finishes above the rim. Quick and powerful off the dribble.

    Cons:

    Must improve both his jump shot and shot selection. Often goes for the flashy play rather than the smart play. Turns the ball over far too often.

    Why It Works:

    Jeff Teague may be in the midst of a breakout season, but depth in the Hawks' back court continues to be an issue. In drafting Tony Wroten Jr., the Hawks will add a combo guard who can spend time at both the point and 2, offering a Jamal Crawford type of player to their roster.

    Season Averages: 21.07 PER—16.0 PPG—5.0 RPG—3.7 APG—1.9 SPG

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers): Doron Lamb, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard206'4"195 pounds—6'7" wingspan

    Pros:

    Excellent shooter who can create shots for himself off of the dribble. Very smooth in his movements across the floor. Very good athlete who can put the ball on the floor or mover without it in his hands.

    Cons:

    Respectable wingspan, but below-average height. Could be stronger and a better defender. Upside undecided.

    Why It Works:

    For nearly a decade, the most glaring need on the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster has been at the 2. It's only right to imagine that they will finally bring in a young, reliable scorer to take some of the pressure off of Kyrie Irving.

    It's also hard to imagine they won't look to bring MKG into a comfort-zone by drafting his teammate.

    Lamb is the perfect cure for the opportunity missed in drafting Bradley Beal. He has a similar skill set and isn't that much "worse" of a player. Don't forget that he was one of the most highly-touted prospects coming out of high school, he just became lost in the dominance of the Kentucky front court. Star in the making.

    Season Averages: 18.94 PER—13.7 PPG—2.7 RPG—1.5 APG—47% 3PT

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Jeffery Taylor, Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Player Traits: Small Forward226'7"225 pounds—6'6" wingspan

    Pros:

    Outstanding defender. Is an incredible athlete. Has made improvements across the board in every season he's played. Finishes as well as any player above the rim. Rapidly improving mid-range game. Brilliant footwork.

    Cons:

    Although improving, lacks a consistent jump shot. Struggles to score off of the dribble. Sometimes finds himself out of position.

    Why It Works:

    Tony Allen is aging and the Grizzlies have virtually no depth beyond Rudy Gay at the 3. In adding Jeffery Taylor, Memphis could kill two birds with one stone as they land one of the most dominant defenders in this draft class.

    While Taylor won't stun anyone with his offensive game, he is capable of finishing above the rim and has drastically improved his jump shot. He's the type of hard-working player that the Grizzlies love to have on their roster.

    Season Averages: 24.21 PER—16.1 PPG—5.6 RPG—1.7 APG—1.3 SPG

26. Indiana Pacers: Moe Harkless, St. John's Red Storm

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    Player Traits: Guard/Forward186'8"190 pounds

    Pros:

    Very athletic wingmen who can play both the 2 and 3. When he gives effort, he can dominate on both ends. Quickness is matched by power in attacking the rim. Can rebound, swipe steals and block shots.

    Cons:

    Lacks a reliable mid-range game. One-dimensional on offense. Often appears uninterested on the defensive end. When he isn't scoring, it appears he's just going through the motions.

    Why It Works:

    The Indiana Pacers are already one of the deepest teams in the NBA, so adding Harkless is solely to add more depth. He'll spend valuable time behind Danny Granger and is likely to improve his jump shot upon doing so.

    Having Frank Vogel as his coach should also improve his effort on D. Could be a star if he's willing to put in the time.

    Season Averages: 21.06 PER—15.3 PPG—8.6 RPG—1.4 APG—1.6 SPG—1.4 BPG

27. Miami Heat: Henry Sims, Georgetown Hoyas

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    Player Traits: Center226'10"242 pounds7'4" wingspan

    Pros:

    Henry Sims is a great scorer around the basket, has range out to 15 feet and does what every Georgetown big man does: passes like a guard. He's also a talented shot-blocker and big body presence in the paint.

    Cons:

    Very weak on the glass. Was a non-factor until his senior season. Turns the ball over more often than desired.

    Why It Works:

    The Miami Heat have one pick in this entire draft, so you better believe they're going to make it count. With their most glaring, and seemingly only, void at the 5, they'll inevitably go with the best player available at that position.

    With such a high demand for centers early in the draft, that leaves Georgetown's Henry Sims as that player. This isn't bad news for the Heat, as Sims is an excellent passer, above-average scorer and an underrated defender.

    Expect Miami to trade down if they don't make this selection.

    Season Averages: 27.5 MPG21.69 PER—11.6 PPG—6.0 RPG—3.5 APG—1.4 BPG

28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure Bonnies

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    Player Traits: Power Forward—226'9"225 pounds7'3" wingspan

    Pros:

    Very good motor. Natural born leader. Excellent defender. Big-time scorer in the low-post and from the perimeter. Can throw it down with the best of them. Massive wingspan outweighs questions about height.

    Cons:

    Does lack height. Is good, but could be better on the boards. Played at a small-time school.

    Why It Works:

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's greatest weakness is their lack of a front court scorer. While the trio of Westbrook, Harden and Durant will pour in the points, both Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins are relatively offensively inept. By bringing in Andrew Nicholson, however, those front court scoring woes will come to a close.

    Nicholson is an excellent low-post scorer who can stretch the floor with a solid mid-range game. He's also a big-time effort player who gives 150 percent on every possession.

    Season Averages: 31.63 PER—18.5 PPG—8.4 RPG—1.0 APG—2.0 BPG

29. Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Point Guard196'2"178 pounds6'7" wingspan

    Pros:

    Exceptionally fast in the open court, with or without the ball in his hands. Finishes well around the rim and has a respectable assist-to-turnover ratio. Is a very good passer with great court vision.

    Cons:

    Teague lacks a true perimeter game and can be one-dimensional on offense. He also has a tendency to become reckless with the ball.

    Why It Works:

    C.J. Watson has a team option. John Lucas III is headed for free agency. Mike James will join those two. With a surplus of free agent shooting guards and Derrick Rose facing surgery, the decision here becomes rather simple: it's time to take a backup point guard.

    Marquis Teague is a lightning-quick player who loves to push the tempo and attack the basket. He'd offer the Bulls' second unit a scoring presence that they currently lack. Easy choice here.

    Season Averages: 12.41 PER—10.0 PPG—4.8 APG—2.5 RPG—0.9 SPG

30. Golden State Warriors (via Spurs): Quincy Miller, Baylor Bears

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    Player Traits: Small Forward196'9"210 pounds7'4" wingspan

    Pros:

    Great athlete. Versatile forward that can play both positions. High basketball IQ. Solid interior and perimeter game. Plays well above the rim. Can control the glass. Good defender.

    Cons:

    Can settle for shots. Must work his way to the basket more often. Can be one dimensional. Must add muscle.

    Why It Works:

    This pick is all about depth and stability.

    At this point in time, the Warriors have brought in the best talent available, Perry Jones III, and put faith into his ability to play the 3. Rather than bank on that panning out, the Warriors will move swiftly in bring in one of PJ3's teammates and friends to offer depth at the position.

    Miller isn't the most well-honed player, but he is quite well-rounded. He's athletic enough to play the 3 and size to play the 4, making him yet another interchangeable part that the Warriors can utilize.

    Season Averages: 24.4 MPG25.53 PER—10.6 PPG—4.9 RPG—1.4 APG—0.7 SPG—0.6 BPG

31. Charlotte Bobcats: Draymond Green, Michigan State Spartans

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—22—6'6"—235 pounds—7'0" wingspan

    Pros:

    True point forward. Excellent passer. Very good shooter with three-point range. Dominant on the glass. Massive wingspan. Overpowering strength. Can play in the post or on the perimeter. Great defender.

    Cons:

    Not an explosive athlete. Doesn't finish above the rim. Isn't the quickest lateral defender. Undetermined defensive position. Plays better in zone than man.

    Why It Works:

    The Charlotte Bobcats weren't good at many things, but their biggest flaw was three-point shooting. The 29th ranked team in terms of shooting from beyond the arc, the Sacramento Kings shot 31.5 percent while the Bobcats, who ranked last, shot 29.5 percent: the first time since 2003 that a team finished below 30 percent from distance.

    Unfortunately, that need will have to wait...kind of.

    The Charlotte Bobcats have a chance to select two of the most versatile players in this entire draft class. After landing their franchise player, Anthony Davis, they can now bring in the do-it-all 3 Draymond Green; a player who can shoot the 3. They simply cannot pass up on this opportunity.

    Season Averages: 25.53 PER—16.2 PPG—10.6 RPG—3.8 APG—1.5 SPG—1.0 BPG

32. Washington Wizards: Kevin Jones, West Virginia Mountaineers

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    Player Traits: Power Forward—22—6'8"—250 pounds—7'4" wingspan

    Pros:

    Overcomes height disadvantage with gigantic wingspan. Hard-worker with great motor. Can score anywhere on the floor. Crashes the offensive boards. Can play both the 3 or 4.

    Cons:

    Rather short for a 4. Not athletic enough to play the 3. Not the greatest athlete.

    Why It Works:

    The Washington Wizards hit the jackpot in the first round, landing sharpshooting Bradley Beal. Now, they hit the lotto again as they add Kevin Jones to their inconsistent front court. 

    Jones will take the pressure off of Nene as he stretches the floor with his versatile scoring. Can also crash the boards with the best of them, offering the Wizards a truly dangerous 1, 2 punch on the front line.

    Season Averages: 29.10 PER—19.9 PPG—10.9 RPG—1.2 APG—1.0 BPG

33. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Hornets): Evan Fournier, France

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—196'7"—206 pounds—6'7" wingspan

    Pros:

    Excellent mid-range game. Very smooth as he moves across the floor and rises up for a jump shot. Finishes well around the rim. Can penetrate and create for himself off of the dribble.

    Cons:

    Struggles from three-point range. Not a quality defender. Needs to add some strength to handle more physical opponents.

    Why It Works

    The Cleveland Cavaliers need are in dire need of a shooting guard, and at this point, the best player available is Evan Fournier. While he isn't a great shooter from three-point range, he has a beautiful mid-range jump shot and has improved his three-point shot since a year ago. 

    In Cleveland, this would be the perfect fit as the Cavaliers currently lack a consistent shooter at the 2. Daniel Gibson would fit the bill, but he's undersized. Anthony Parker, meanwhile, has underachieved in every year he's been in Cleveland.

    Fournier would complement first round draft choice Doron Lamb well as the Cavaliers now have a 1-2 punch at the 2. One of the two players is a potential Sixth Man of the Year candidate, while the other is a long-term starter.

    Season Averages: 13.8 PPG—3.2 RPG—2.3 APG—1.5 SPG

34. Cleveland Cavaliers: Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State Spartans

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    Player Traits: Center—22—6'10"—240 pounds—7'5" wingspan

    Pros:

    Very strong and very athletic. Excellent at boxing opponents out. Utilizes massive wingspan and big frame to dominate the glass. Excels as a shot-blocker. Polished on the offensive end. Low-post and mid-range threat to score.

    Cons:

    Motor has been questioned. Lacks knowledge of the true fundamentals of basketball. Can appear lost when the ball is not in his hands or in the air. Played at a small school.

    Why It Works:

    This could be one of the true steals in this draft, even with the Cavaliers reaching to draft him. The fact is, Cleveland is in desperate need of depth at the 5 with Anderson Varejao's injuries and Samardo Samuels' underachieving. O'Quinn fits the bill as he can score, rebound and defend with the best of the center prospects in this draft class.

    Season Averages: 27.97 PER—15.9 PPG—10.9 RPG—1.4 APG—2.6 BPG


35. Golden State Warriors (via Nets): Scott Machado, Iona Gaels

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    Player Traits: Point Guard—21—6'0"180 pounds

    Pros:

    Absolutely outstanding as a facilitator. Quite possibly the best passer in this draft class. Very quick, very athletic. Drastic improvements in shooting percentages and ability. Strength advantage over the average point guard. Excellent ball handler.

    Cons:

    Undersized at just 6'0" tall. Can be caught watching the ball and gambling on defense.

    Why It Works:

    Charles Jenkins was quite impressive in Stephen Curry's absence. The important phrase in that sentence, however, was "Stephen Curry's absence," which was far too often for the Warriors' likings.

    In landing Scott Machado, the Warriors would have a pure point guard whose skill set translates well to the NBA level. Machado was the nation's best facilitator in 2012, averaging 9.9 assists on a rather weak team, and has proven that he can lead a team to victory. While the Warriors would prefer for Curry to remain healthy, they must prepare for the future.

    A true steal here as they land a potential star in Scott Machado.

    Season Averages: 23.48 PER—13.6 PPG—9.9 APG—4.9 RPG—1.6 SPG—49.5% FG

36. Sacramento Kings: Drew Gordon, New Mexico Lobos

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    Player Traits: Power Forward—21—6'9"—235 pounds—7'0" wingspan

    Pros:

    Explosive athlete. Dominates interior with rebounding and shot-blocking skills. Active without the ball in his hands. Plays with a chip on his shoulder. Runs the floor well. Solid mid-range jump shot. Work ethic and motor suggest he'll improve upon deficiencies. 

    Cons:

    Lacks fundamentals. Must improve footwork. Very limited low-post game. Must add bulk to bang down low.

    Why It Works:

    The Sacramento Kings need a player at the 4 who can take the pressure off of star center DeMarcus Cousins. While Drew Gordon won't light up the scoreboard, he's athletic and a good enough rebounder to warrant attention from his man.

    If nothing else, Gordon will eliminate any possibility of a low-post double-team by a 4 and a 5. At best, however, Gordon is a potential 15-and-10 guy who could be among the league-leaders in blocks.

    Season Averages: 23.87 PER—13.7 PPG—11.1 RPG—1.1 SPG—1.0 BPG

37. Toronto Raptors: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt Commodores

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—Junior—6'4"—215 pounds

    Pros:

    Arguably the best shooter in this draft class. Great height on his jump shot. Quick release. Deep, deep range. Leader of a true title contender at Vanderbilt.

    Cons:

    Undersized in terms of height and strength. Doesn't offer much beyond shooting and scoring. Not the best defender.

    Why It Works:

    With this pick, the Toronto Raptors have a decision to make: do they replace the injury-prone Jerryd Bayless and select a point guard or add the three-point shooter that they've so desperately needed? Considering there's a three-point shooter on the board with true star potential. John Jenkins becomes quite an obvious choice.

    Between his ability to stretch the floor as a shooter to his on-floor leadership, Jenkins is as valuable a prospect as they come. This makes him the perfect complement to DeMar DeRozan, who thrives more as a rim rattler than a jump shooter.

    Season Averages: 25.43 PER—19.9 PPG—2.9 RPG—1.2 APG44% 3PT

38. Denver Nuggets (via Warriors): Will Barton, Memphis Tigers

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—21—6'5"—165 pounds

    Pros:

    Will Barton is a truly elite scorer.Can both attack the basket and pull up for a jump shot. Has deep range on his J. Possesses the 'killer instinct.' Very good motor. Floor leader.

    Cons:

    Needs to add muscle to his frame. Often struggles with his shot selection. Can force shots when struggling.

    Why It Works:

    The Denver Nuggets are virtually unstoppable in transition, but lack any type of offensive attack in the half-court. At the heart of their struggles is the fact that they've yet to find a reliable threat from distance. Will Barton will offer them the jump shooter who can cure those woes.

    Season Averages: 26.88 PER—18.0 PPG—8.0 RPG2.9 APG—1.4 SPG


39. Detroit Pistons: Khris Middleton, Texas A&M Aggies

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—20—6'7"—215 pounds—6'10" wingspan

    Pros:

    Long, lanky player. Consistent mid-range game. Sees the floor well. Can defend the 2 or 3. More athletic than his playing style would suggest. Crashes the boards. Comfortable with the ball in his hands.

    Cons:

    Struggles from distance. Could add some muscle to his frame. Missed 12 games in 2012 due to torn meniscus . Went from preseason Wooden Award candidate to non-factor.

    Why It Works:

    Tayshaun Prince is still a capable player, but he's also 32-years-old. While he could have three or four more years left in the tank, it would behoove the Pistons to find his replacement in 2012. Khris Middleton is a great fit to be that player.

    Both men are long wings who can handle the ball and defend multiple positions. Middleton is actually a better shooter, making his presence something the Pistons should value as his career progresses.

    Season Averages: 18.72 PER—13.2 PPG—5.0 RPG—2.3 RPG—1.0 SPG

40. Portland Trail Blazers (via Rockets): Jared Cunningham, Oregon State Beavers

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—20—6'4"—194 pounds

    Pros:

    Excellent ball handler. Quick first step. Can finish around the rim. Consistently improving jump shot. Racks up the steals. Can defend both guard positions. Very good motor. Leader on the floor.

    Cons:

    Undersized in height and build. Although improving, lacks a consistent jump shot.

    Why It Works:

    Jared Cunningham is a true No. 1 scoring option, as he combines a quick first step with explosiveness around the rim. He's a true threat to be the steal of the draft, and as a product of an Oregon school, has home-state familiarity with the Blazers.

    Cunningham's work ethic would fit well alongside Wesley Matthews, who is also recognized for his consistent motor. He also adds depth at the point due to his ball handling skills.

    Season Averages: 21.07 PER—17.9 PPG—3.8 RPG—2.8 APG—2.5 SPG

41. Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—22—6'5"—185 pounds—6'7" wingspan

    Pros:

    One of the best shooters in this draft class. Very deep range on his jump shot. Can hit an NBA three. Very consistent mid-range game. Decent rebounder. Star potential.

    Cons:

    Undersized for the 3. Not a great ball handler. Has struggled against greater competition. Must bulk up.

    Why It Works:

    With this pick, the Portland Trail Blazers have a decision to make: do they add depth or plan for the worst? With both options weighed, Kevin Murphy becomes quite an obvious choice.

    Kevin Murphy possesses star potential due to his versatility as a scorer, making this choice an easy one for Portland. Nicolas Batum could be lost, although fans believe he won't be, via free agency. Whether he stays or goes, the addition of Murphy's stretch-the-floor scoring would be welcomed with open arms.

    Season Averages: 20.99 PER—20.6 PPG—5.2 RPG—2.3 APG—42% 3PT

42. Milwaukee Bucks: Eric Griffin, Campbell Camels

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    Player Traits: Power Forward—21—6'8"—190 pounds—7'0" wingspan

    Pros:

    Excellent shot-blocker. Massive wingspan overcomes size disadvantage. Explosive athlete. Dunks everything known to man. Has a developing face-to-basket game.

    Cons:

    Must add muscle, weight and strength to be able to play in the post at the NBA level. Inexperienced against elite competition.

    Why It Works:

    The Milwaukee Bucks need to re-build their interior defense, which they took a step towards doing when they selected Tyler Zeller in round one. In adding Eric Griffin, however, the team finds it's first great shot blocker since Andrew Bogut was actually healthy.

    High-quality addition.

    Season Averages: 26.16 PER—15.7 PPG—8.6 RPG—1.5 APG—2.4 BPG

43. Atlanta Hawks (via Suns): Darius Miller, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—226'8"—225 pounds—6'9" wingspan

    Pros:

    Excellent shooter. Consistent from mid-range and the NBA three. Can penetrate and finish around the rim. Vocal leader. Adequate size and athleticism.

    Cons:

    Spent his career as a reserve. Struggles to stay in front of penetrating opponents. Can fall in love with his jump shot.

    Why It Works:

    The Atlanta Hawks were blessed to have Tony Wroten Jr. fall to them in the first round, the only reason they didn't select a small forward. In Round 2, they'll jump at the first sign of being able to sign Darius Miller.

    Miller is a very good scorer who plays a highly-efficient game. He's a solid defender, has adequate size and is athletic enough to fit with the Hawks' dynamic trio. Whether he's the sixth man or starter, Miller is a great fit in Atlanta.

    Season Averages: 26.1 MPG—17.49 PER—9.9 PPG—2.8 RPG—2.1 APG—0.8 SPG

44. Detroit Pistons (via Rockets): William Buford, Ohio State Buckeyes

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—236'5"—205 pounds

    Pros:

    Outstanding jump shooter with deep range. Very good ball handler. Great at getting teammates involved. Vocal leader. Influential motor. Solid defender

    Cons:

    Struggles to reach the free throw line. Can be too passive. Must add muscle to translate playing style.

    Why It Works:

    One of the Detroit Pistons' greater remaining needs is at the 2, where Rodney Stuckey is a great but undersized player. In adding William Buford, the Pistons can replace embattled sixth man Ben Gordon with another sharpshooter.

    The separating factor, again, is Buford's size.

    Season Averages: 17.81 PER—14.5 PPG—5.0 RPG—2.7 APG—0.8 SPG—36% 3PT

45. Philadelphia 76ers: Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Player Traits: Point Guard—226'3"—185 pounds

    Pros:

    Excellent perimeter defender. Blazing speed. Very good athlete. Finishes well around and above the rim. Can play the undersized 2. Intelligent player.

    Cons:

    Struggles with his jump shot. Disciplinary issues. Can be reckless with the ball.

    Why It Works:

    A fact that the Philadelphia 76ers do not want to acknowledge is that Lou Williams could be a potential free agent after the 2012 season. To prepare for this possibility, it would behoove the Sixers to bring in a replacement backup point guard.

    Tyshawn Taylor is a steal at this point, solely falling by virtue of the teams preceding this pick having their point guard or drafting one in the first round. Taylor will bring energy and solid defense to a team that loves to turn turnovers into points.

    Season Averages: 20.73 PER—16.6 PPG—4.8 APG—2.3 RPG—1.3 SPG

46. Washington Wizards (via Mavericks): Robert Sacre, Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Player Traits: Center—22—7'0"—247 pounds—7'4" wingspan

    Pros:

    Very tall, very long. Excels as a shot-blocker. Solid low-post defender. Crashes the boards well. Utilizes size adequately. Can finish in the paint.

    Cons:

    Lacks a back-to-the-basket game. Rarely scores on close-to-mid-range jump shots. Not the greatest athlete. Could be more physical.

    Why It Works:

    The Washington Wizards currently have an injury-prone Nene and inconsistent Kevin Seraphin at the 5. While adding another rookie to the bunch may not cure the potential woes, size and depth in the front court is desperately needed in Washington.

    While Sacre is rather raw on the offensive end, his defensive prowess would certainly help the Wizards improve upon finishing 20th in the NBA in scoring defense. His rebounding would also help their rank of 20th in that department.

    Season Averages: 26.3 MPG—22.40 PER11.6 PPG—6.3 RPG—1.4 BPG

47. Utah Jazz: Jae Crowder, Marquette Golden Eagles

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—21—6'6"—225 pounds—6'9" wingspan

    Pros:

    Definition of versatile. Elite back-to-basket skills. Very strong. Physical defender. Rebounds well. Excels as ball handler. Very good passer. Can defend 3 or 4. Non-stop motor.

    Cons:

    Shaky mid-range game. Could be better from distance. May struggle to find definitive position.

    Why It Works:

    If the Utah Jazz had a worst case scenario, it happened.

    Prior to the final week of the season, the Utah Jazz were poised to possess two lottery picks. Due to the fact that the Golden State Warriors finished within the bottom seven and the Jazz made the playoffs, those protected picks went elsewhere.

    Now the Jazz must rely on pick No. 47 to properly build their team. Considering their two biggest positions of need are the point and 3, the best player available approach must be taken. That lands them one of the most versatile players in this draft class, Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder.

    Season Averages: 28.73 PER—17.5 PPG—8.4 RPG—2.1 APG—2.5 SPG—1.0 BPG

48. New York Knicks: Alex Young, IUPUI Jaguars

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—22—6'6"—212 pounds—6'11" wingspan

    Pros:

    Attacks the basket at will. Very strong, very athletic. Finishes well above the rim. Crashes the boards well. Moves well without the ball. Quick. Improving mid-range game. Cut down turnovers from junior to senior year. Solid defender.

    Cons:

    Inconsistent from distance. Has a tendency to dribble too much. Hasn't faced many quality opponents.

    Why It Works:

    Both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields will be hitting free agency this offseason, with the Knicks more likely to re-sign their greatest marketing campaign: Linsanity. This does not rule out the possibility of Fields' return, but it does put a question mark on his availability.

    To take his place is Alex Young, one of the best scorers in this draft class. He's a perfect fit for the New York Knicks.

    Season Averages: 26.84 PER—20.4 PPG—5.9 RPG—2.2 APG—1.6 SPG—1.0 BPG

49. Orlando Magic: Marcus Denmon, Missouri Tigers

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    Player Traits: Guard—226'3"—185 pounds

    Pros:

    Outstanding jump shooter. Deep range. Incredibly efficient. Thrives as a ball handler. Can finish at the basket. Responsible with the basketball. Can take over a game. Respected leader. Excellent rebounder for size.

    Cons:

    Tweener at the guard position. Needs to add strength. Saw decline in shooting percentages in 2012.

    Why It Works:

    In bringing in Marcus Denmon, the Orlando Magic kill two birds with one stone by adding one of the best ball handling scorers in the draft class. 

    Adding Dion Waiters in the first round gave the Magic a slasher who has the potential to average 20 points per game. Denmon, meanwhile, adds depth to the point or 2 and continues the trend of Orlando bringing in elite perimeter shooters. Upside is Eric Gordon.

    Season Averages: 25.66 PER—17.7 PPG—5.0 RPG—2.1 APG—1.5 SPG—41% 3PT

50. Denver Nuggets: Tu Holloway, Xavier Musketeers

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    Player Traits: Point Guard22—6'0"—180 pounds

    Pros:

    Excellent ball-handler. Finishes well around the basket. Very quick, very fast. Solid defender. Three-year leader of Tournament regular. Sees the court very well.

    Cons:

    Undersized. Inconsistent jump shot.

    Why It Works:

    Andre Miller still believes he can start for a contender and will be hitting free agency after this season concludes. This opens the door for the Nuggets' need of a second-unit point guard, which makes this pick logical and important.

    Xavier's Tu Holloway is one of the best ball-handlers in this draft class and excels in transition. He's also an excellent half-court point guard, as he can penetrate at will and finish well around the basket.

    Season Averages: 21.62 PER—17.5 PPG—4.9 APG—3.6 RPG—1.5 SPG

51. Boston Celtics: Orlando Johnson, UC Santa Barbara Gauchos

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    Player Traits: Shooting Guard—23—6'5"—205 pounds

    Pros:

    Excellent shooter with three-point range. Attacks the basket. Will fill up a stat sheet. One of the best available scorers. Strong on the glass. Moves well without the ball.

    Cons:

    Isn't elite in any individual category. Can rush shots. Can over-dribble and turn the ball over.

    Why it Works:

    With Ray Allen poised to hit free agency, the Boston Celtics' perimeter shooting will take a major hit. By drafting Orlando Johnson, that issue could be cured.

    Johnson will not overtake Avery Bradley's position as 2 of the future, but would be an excellent compliment to him and Rajon Rondo in the back court.

    Season Averages: 25.20 PER—19.7 PPG—5.8 RPG—2.9 APG—1.1 SPG—43% 3PT

52. Golden State Warriors (via Hawks): Mike Scott, Virginia Cavaliers

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    Player Traits: Power Forward—23—6'8"—237 pounds—6'11" wingspan

    Pros:

    Very good rebounder. Can score from the paint to the three-point line. High character, high motor player. Very strong, very physical. Thrived against the better competition.

    Cons:

    Undersized. Turning 24 by the time the regular season begins. History of injuries.

    Why It Works:

    While the Warriors added Perry Jones III, who could potentially play the 4, their hope is likely that he and Draymond Green split time at the 3. In terms of why they drafted Mike Scott, they just couldn't let a player this special drop any further than this.

    Concerns about Scott's size and age force him to drop a bit, but the Warriors won't let him plunge any deeper. This is a steal.

    Season Averages: 30.91 PER—18.0 PPG—8.3 RPG—1.2 APG—56% FG

53. Los Angeles Clippers: Quincy Acy, Baylor Bears

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—216'7"—205 pounds—6'10" wingspan

    Pros:

    Lights out shooter with deep range. Very long, very athletic. Influential motor. Considered a locker room and on-court leader. Dominant defender.

    Cons:

    Must add some bulk to his frame. Can be turnover-prone. Tendency to force shots.

    Why It Works:

    If Caron Butler's injury has proven anything, it's that the Los Angeles Clippers are very weak at the 3. Starting Bobby Simmons in a playoff game is evidence of such.

    In drafting Quincy Acy, the Clippers solve that problem by adding one of the more well-rounded players available. They also add a very intelligent player who has a respectable work ethic. His low-post and perimeter play is a necessary add.

    Season Averages: 18.87 PER—12.8 PPG—5.5 RPG—1.5 APG—0.7 SPG

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Grizzlies): Yancy Gates, Cincinnati Bearcats

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    Player Traits: Power Forward—226'9"—260 pounds—7'3" wingspan

    Pros:

    Very big, very strong, very physical. Solid mid-range game. Runs the floor well. Can put shoulder down in the post and push opponents aside. Crashes the boards well.

    Cons:

    History of off-the-court issues. Has had conditioning issues. Inconsistent motor. Rather raw in the post.

    Why It Works:

    The Philadelphia 76ers landed an excellent young prospect at the 5 in Meyers Leonard, but remain rather small in the front court. While Gates is only 6'9", his 7'3" wingspan and massive frame make up for such deficiencies. He'd be the quintessential long-term replacement for Elton Brand.

    Season Averages: 20.95 PER—12.2 PPG—8.9 RPG—0.9 BPG—0.7 SPG

55. Dallas Mavericks (via Lakers): J'Covan Brown, Texas Longhorns

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    Player Traits: Point Guard—226'1"—185 pounds

    Pros:

    Very good shooter. Range beyond the NBA three. Versatile enough to play undersized 2. Can take over a game at any given moment. Exudes confidence.

    Cons:

    Tendency to force shots. Can become one-dimensional when struggling. Undersized.

    Why It Works:

    While the Dallas Mavericks will inevitably throw everything but the kitchen sink at Deron Williams, they must not forget about the importance of depth. With Rodrigue Beaubois struggling to find consistent playing time, even with Jason Kidd struggling to deal with injuries, it's hard to imagine any of their current corps will do the trick.

    In selecting J'Covan Brown, the Mavericks would have an in-state prospect who is capable of spreading the floor with his shooting. Considering the Mavericks' 2011 title run hinged on three-point shooters making their shots, this seems to be a nice fit.

    Season Averages: 23.23 PER—20.1 PPG—3.8 APG—3.4 RPG—1.2 SPG

56. Toronto Raptors (via Pacers): Casper Ware, Long Beach State 49ers

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    Player Traits: Point Guard—22—5'10"—170 pounds

    Pros:

    Big-game player. Very strong, can be overpowering. Deep range on his jump shot. Excellent ball handler. As quick as lightning. Powerful and explosive enough to finish in traffic. Excellent around the rim. Has the talent to be a star.

    Cons:

    Very, very undersized. Considered by some to be a better fit for the 2, but far too small to play the position.

    Why It Works:

    It's times like these that call for a trade. Nevertheless, a pick must be made.

    After selecting a 2 and 3 in the first two rounds, and already possessing a crowded front court of young players, point guard seems to be the only rational choice. While Long Beach State's Casper Ware is very undersized and a name not too many are familiar with, he'll add depth to a position that's both injury-prone and aging.

    Season Averages: 19.53 PER—17.4 PPG—3.4 APG—2.4 RPG—1.4 SPG

57. New Jersey Nets (via Heat): Tomas Satoransky, Czech Republic

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    Player Traits: Guard/Forward—20—6'7"—204 pounds—6'7" wingspan

    Pros:

    Tall enough to play the 3, versatile enough to play the 2. Active defender. True point forward. High basketball IQ. Small minutes, big impact. Great motor. Above-average athlete.

    Cons:

    Could bulk up. Failed to contribute in European league. Rather weak jump shot. Needs to add NBA-range three.

    Why It Works:

    The Nets not only need a 3, but they also need an international personality for marketing purposes. Tomas Satoransky fills both of those needs and offers a great motor to go with it.

    Satoransky has the talent to go 15 picks earlier, but falls due to the depth at his position. Nevertheless, the Nets land themselves a steal here and have a nice building block for the future. This kid will impress NBA fans league-wide.

    Season Averages: 17.3 MPG—4.8 PPG—2.2 RPG—1.4 APG—0.5 SPG

58. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Thunder): Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin Badgers

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    Player Traits: Point Guard—22—6'1"—195 pounds

    Pros:

    Good shooter with three-point range. Very strong, can defend and dribble against bigger opponents. Three-point range. High basketball IQ. Takes care of the ball. Killer in the clutch.

    Cons:

    Could be taller. Isn't an elite athlete. Is rather one dimensional as a scorer.

    Why It Works:

    When Ricky Rubio went down, the Minnesota Timberwolves' season went with it. While adding Jordan Taylor won't necessarily prevent such a plunge, depth at the point guard is something the Timberwolves have to be searching for.

    Season Averages: 18.87 PER—12.8 PPG—5.5 RPG—1.5 APG—0.7 SPG

59. San Antonio Spurs: Kris Joseph, Syracuse Orange

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—23—6'7"—210 pounds—6'10" wingspan

    Pros:

    Explosive athlete. Definition of a hustle player. Crashes the boards. Disrupts passing lanes. Very long player. Solid jump shot.

    Cons:

    Very, very raw on offense. One-dimensional scorer. Can be overwhelmed by stronger opponents. Must find more consistency with his shooting. Not the greatest basketball IQ.

    Why It Works:

    Some are crazy about Kris Joseph, while others are not. I'm a part of the latter.

    While I see his upside, his game just isn't as polished as his popularity. He's very one-dimensional on offense and lacks the necessary basketball IQ to play early. Furthermore, his shooting percentages saw a decline from a year ago despite seeing nearly the exact amount of playing time.

    A steal for San Antonio, but he will not go as high as some have projected.

    Season Averages: 21.05 PER—13.4 PPG—4.7 RPG—1.5 APG—1.4 SPG

60. Los Angeles Lakers (via Bulls): Robbie Hummel, Purdue Boilermakers

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    Player Traits: Small Forward—23—6'8"—212 pounds—6'10" wingspan

    Pros: 

    First round talent. Quintessential point forward. Deep, deep range on jump shot. Very consistent shooter. Excellent passer and ball handler. Not afraid to bang in the trenches or dive for loose balls. Non-stop motor.

    Cons:

    Long history of injuries. Must improve upper and lower body strength. Could be a much better defender.

    Why It Works:

    The Los Angeles Lakers' most glaring need is, and long has been, their lack of a three-point shooter. They have ranked in the bottom half of the league in three-point shooting for the past three seasons and are very one-dimensional when Kobe Bryant isn't scoring.

    The addition of Hummel would give them a player similar to Lamar Odom, in the sense that he can handle the ball, crash the boards and score. Hummel would also stretch the floor as he'd be the best three-point shooter on the team from day one.

    Season Averages: 25.62 PER—16.4 PPG—7.2 RPG—1.9 APG—1.2 BPG—0.7 SPG

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