The NBA Draft is like Christmas. What does that mean, exactly? Fair question.
Christmas is one of those things that is always better in principle than in reality. The build-up, the excitement, the mysteries - all those things that make Christmas time so enjoyable far outweigh the actual experience of Christmas Day itself.
The NBA draft is the same way. The months leading up to the draft, when players see their draft stock inexplicably rise or plummet based on a few workouts or shuttle runs, always prove to be more exciting than the actual draft itself.
The most exciting pre-draft activities are the endless projections and mock drafts. Pundits and talking heads everywhere pretend to have some inside analysis that makes their predictions more plausible.
Like those pundits, I have my opinions on who the best and worst prospects are.
Unlike the pundits, however, I will not pretend my analysis is more expertly conceived than everyone else.
I watch a ton of college basketball and a fair amount of NBA games. That's really the basis of my insight.
These predictions are based upon what I saw players do on the court. They are not based on how long someone's arms are, or what the player could possibly achieve if placed in the perfect situation with the perfect coach, perfect system, perfect offense, perfect point guard, perfect diet, perfect strength coach etc.
That being said, here are the players I see as the best and worst prospects in the 2012 NBA Draft.