2012 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting How the Lottery Picks Will Shake Down

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We're about a month and a half removed from the NBA draft and a few weeks removed from the NBA Draft Lottery.

It's an exciting time of year. While the playoffs are in full swing, draft junkies and rookie enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for pre-draft workouts to get underway so they can hear more about their favorite prospects.

While Anthony Davis is the consensus first overall pick, there are two other players I've been curious about. These are guys who made the decision to stay an extra year in school last season and will see whether or not that decision paid off when their names are called at the end of June. 

Obviously, I'm talking about Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Baylor's Perry Jones III. While each made the decision to stay, Sullinger had a solid year whereas Jones continued to be plagued by questions concerning his consistency and desire. 

It doesn't ever make sense to knock a player for entering the draft when he's ready or has the appropriate hype. In the same vein, it also doesn't make sense to knock a player for deciding he needed more time. Both of these players will be on NBA rosters next season, so they win—even if we would have done it differently.

 

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