2012 NBA Mock Draft: A Full 2-Round Mock for Lottery Week
In the midst of the fervor of the NBA playoffs comes the NBA Draft Lottery, the day that blows up all of these old mock drafts.
So here for your enjoyment is a full 60-pick mock draft, full to the brim of insight and opinion that will, by Wednesday evening, become obsolete.
Of course, the lottery could stay completely still and the teams could avoid shuffling at all—which would, while slightly boring, mean that these picks would be absolutely 100 percent correct come June 28th. But that's pretty unlikely to happen.
We know who the top pick is, no matter how the lottery ends up. Pick No. 2 is fairly concrete as well—but after that? It all depends on how those balls bounce.
With just two short days until the NBA lottery likely reshuffles all mocks, let's take a look at one final pre-ping pong ball mock.
1. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Davis
Vitals: 6'10", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 blocks, 1.4 steals, 62.3 percent shooting
What a grand surprise for the number one pick, huh? Davis would be number one in many drafts—certainly over Kyrie Irving last year, likely over John Wall in 2010, and probably over even Blake Griffin in 2009. He's a special talent that doesn't come along very often.
You have to feel bad for Charlotte if they fall in the draft. They really need a superstar badly.
2. Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Vitals: 6'7", 232 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.2 turnovers, 49.1 percent shooting
Kidd-Gilchrist is a pretty safe bet for the number two pick no matter who ends up with it, although he certainly isn't a lock like Davis is. He's an excellent leader with a toughness and work ethic that few players can match.
An exceptional athlete with a great first step and tremendous driving skills, Kidd-Gilchrist would be a perfect fit in Washington. He's just a consistent jump shot away (he shot just 25.5 percent from three last season) from becoming a superstar.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal
Vitals: 6'3", 207 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 44.5 percent shooting
Adding Beal alongside Kyrie Irving would give the Cavaliers one of the scarier young backcourts in the league. Beal lacked consistency in his one year at Florida, but as a shooter his potential is unmatched in the draft. He shot 33.9 percent from distance last season but was facing double-teams quite often—alongside Irving, that won't happen as much.
He's an Eric Gordon-type player (minus a bit of Gordon's athleticism) and would fit fantastically alongside the slashing Irving. The Cavaliers could go with Thomas Robinson here, but they already have Tristan Thompson (fourth overall pick last year) and Anderson Varejão, so a wing is their primary need.
If they get the number two pick though, expect Kidd-Gilchrist to be the selection.
4. New Orleans Hornets: Thomas Robinson
Vitals: 6'9", 237 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, .9 blocks, 50.5 percent shooting,
Robinson is quickly becoming one of the more underrated players in the draft. While he's a tiny bit shorter than you like (closer to 6'8'' than 6'9'') and a bit raw in the post, he has all of the athletic gifts you could want in a big man and the determination to make the best of them.
He's already a great post defender, even if he doesn't pick up enough blocks, and he was the best rebounder in the NCAA last year.
Some would be clamoring for the Hornets to take the bigger Andre Drummond here, which would be a mistake. Robinson has nearly as much potential as Drummond does, and while he lacks Drummond's brute size, he has a 100 percent better attitude and work ethic. Robinson is a determined beast on the court and he's the kind of player you could go to war with.
Robinson would be an excellent face of the franchise with which New Orleans can start over.
5. Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 6'8", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 45.4 percent shooting
The fit isn't as perfect as many Kings fans would like to believe. Barnes gives the Kings some much-needed shooting help, but he's basically a one-trick pony at this point. He's not a great defender, something the Kings need just as much as they need shooting, and he's not a confident rebounder for his size.
Can Barnes accept a diminished offensive role and be a spot-up shooter? Can he become a better defender and rebounder? If he can, he'd be a great fit—until then, he does come with some risk.
Still, he makes better sense for Sacramento than the much riskier Andre Drummond, who most are penciling in for the Kings at number five. Barnes addresses Sacramento's biggest positional need and helps in the shooting department.
6. Portland Trail Blazers (From New Jersey Nets): Andre Drummond
Vitals: 6'11", 270 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 53.8 percent shooting
The fall stops here for Drummond, who has great potential but barely showed anything in college except for a very questionable work ethic.
With his size and athleticism, he should have dominated college ball, but instead he looked both raw and often lost. His offense game is very weak at this point, especially his shooting (he shot just 29.9 percent from the foul line).
His rebounding and blocking skills are both very solid, which fits Portland's needs well. The Blazers need some more muscle in the paint to go alongside LaMarcus Aldridge.
There is no denying that if he harnesses his physical gifts he could be a dominant force—but if you take him for his potential, you're also taking a serious risk on the biggest bust candidate in the draft.
7. Golden State Warriors: Perry Jones III
Vitals: 6'11", 235 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, .6 blocks, 50.0 percent shooting
The Warriors need a defensive center more than anything, but Drummond won't likely fall to this point and none of the other big men are worth a top-seven pick. Enter Jones, who would fit the Warriors need for some help on the wing to go with Klay Thompson.
He'll play small forward in the NBA, so expect him to play mainly on the perimeter with his face to the basket. He's a nice shooter with significant range and has the agility and athleticism to attack the basket with the best of them.
The biggest question for Jones over the next few weeks is how he handles workouts. Despite his athletic gifts and supreme size, he's a poor defender and really tries to avoid contact. If he works out individually with no defenders, he'll absolutely wow and will see his stock soar.
If he plays with defenders who keep him honest and expose some of his bigger weaknesses, he could fall a bit past this spot.
8. Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard
School: Weber State
Vitals: 6'3", 195 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 47.0 percent shooting
With Jose Calderon in the last year of his contract, Lillard makes a ton of sense as the future point man for the Raptors. He's one of the draft's better pure scorers and is able to hit from nearly anywhere on the court. He's also an above-average defender.
As a point guard, he impressed last year, finishing with a 4-to-2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio. Entering his junior year, there were concerns that he was more of a shooting guard, but he proved last year that he can be a willing distributor.
9. Detroit Pistons: John Henson
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 6'11", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.9 blocks, 50.7 percent shooting
Henson makes a ton of sense in Detroit. The Pistons need some post defensive help, and that is Henson's calling card.
Offensively, Henson is very raw, but that would be negated a bit by playing next to current Piston Greg Monroe. He'd also help Monroe out defensively, serving as the Serge Ibaka-type athletic shot-blocker.
There are concerns about his position in the NBA due to his less-than-bulky frame—and while it's true that 220 pounds is a bit small for a power forward, he should be able to gain weight and with his defensive tenacity he should have no problem making an impact in the league.
10. New Orleans Hornets: Kendall Marshall
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 6'4", 195 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 8.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.8 assists, 2.8 turnovers, 1.2 steals, 46.7 percent shooting
I have the Hornets taking Thomas Robinson with the No. 4 pick and here they take a guy who can get Thomas the ball, big time.
Marshall is easily the best pure point guard the NCAA has seen in a long time, even if his scoring abilities and athleticism leave something to be desired. His basketball IQ is off the charts, and he had one of the more impressive NCAA tournament performances before he was injured.
New Orleans needs just about everything here, but if they add Robinson as the post presence and Marshall as the point man, they get an easy A in the draft.
11. Portland Trail Blazers: Jeremy Lamb
Vitals: 6'5", 180 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 47.8 percent shooting
Some mocks have Lamb falling into the mid-teens, but I think he fits in nice for Portland. While I expect that the Blazers are hoping either Damian Lillard or Kendall Marshall fall to them at No. 11, they could stand to add some more firepower on the wing since the Jamal Crawford experiment failed.
Lamb is a very capable scorer who struggles with his shot selection. He's also not a great defender, but he's a prototypical high-volume scorer who could excel if he learns in the right system.
12. Milwaukee Bucks: Jared Sullinger
School: Ohio State
Vitals: 6'9", 270 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks, 51.9 percent shooting
Sullinger was a lock for a top-five pick last season—now he's a late lottery selection.
He's the most talented low-post scorer in the draft, but he's not a great leaper and is only average defensively. He's got a big body and knows how to use it, but he's slow and not really athletic enough to keep up with most NBA bigs.
He struggled in the big games to dominate and there are some that worry he's already reaching his ceiling. He has the potential to be a Luis Scola-type efficient post scorer, but he could also bust and become Glen Davis.
13. Phoenix Suns: Terrence Jones
Vitals: 6'9", 252 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals, 50.0 percent shooting
Jones' stat line is pretty impressive when you consider how stacked Kentucky was this past year. He's big enough to play as a stretch 4 and athletic enough to play the 3, and a skilled enough defender to guard anyone in between.
His shooting is improving but his shot selection has always been questionable. Still, he's a very versatile option and would fit in nicely in Phoenix, as the Suns need just about every area of talent they can get.
14. Houston Rockets: Arnett Moultrie
School: Mississippi State
Vitals: 6'11", 230 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, .8 blocks, 54.9 percent shooting
Moultrie has been considered a late first-rounder for much of the year, but he has jumped up the boards in the last few months. He's a very athletic big man with four years of college under his belt and a very nice array of post moves that should help him transition into the NBA quite easily.
He's an average defender and an above-average rebounder, but his handles are pretty poor at this point. If he works on his hands and his control, he should be a very nice selection.
Houston needs some more help inside, and while the center position is a bigger need, I can't see them passing on Moultrie at this point.
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Terrence Ross
Vitals: 6'6", 195 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 45.3 percent shooting
One of Philadelphia's biggest weaknesses is their three-point shooting. In the playoffs, they shot the fourth-fewest threes a game out of the 16 teams, shooting 12.8 a game and making just 3.9 of them for a 30.7 percent clip.
Ross has all the skills you look for in a shooting guard and would give the 76ers an excellent long-ball threat. Ross is very athletic guard and possesses above-average defensive skills. His only real weakness is he's a bit too small to play at the 3.
Dion Waiters from Syracuse is emerging as a potential lottery selection, but he isn't a good shooter and Ross really is.
16. Houston Rockets: Dion Waiters
Vitals: 6'4", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 47.6 percent shooting
Houston gets another player here who has been jumping up the boards. While the Syracuse prospect was the sixth man for the Orange, he's got an undeniable gift for getting to the basket. He's also a very capable passer and a tough, athletic defender.
The biggest weakness for Waiters is his lack of a consistent jumper. Think of Waiters as a smaller, less dominant Tyreke Evans-type prospect.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Zeller
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 7'0", 250 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 55.5 percent shooting
Dallas really needs some help in the post, and Zeller is easily the best player at this point in the draft. He could go much higher than this, but some GMs might be wary of taking the senior ahead of some of the less-talented players who have higher potential than Zeller.
While it's true that Zeller's ceiling may not be as high as some of the draft's big men, he's an incredibly smart and well-balanced big man. His athleticism is limited, which makes him a less-than-desirable defender, but he's a hard worker who should easily find himself a spot in this league.
I could also see Dallas taking Illinois center Meyers Leonard here if they'd rather go for higher potential and a bigger risk.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Austin Rivers
Vitals: 6'4", 200 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.3 turnovers, 43.3 percent shooting
As much as I'd like to pencil Rivers falling to the Boston Celtics (and thus playing for his dad, Doc Rivers), scouts have Rivers as a mid-to-late teens pickup.
The concerns about Rivers are well discussed. He's a talented scorer, but he lacks any sort of control to his game and his shot selection was often very poor. He also doesn't seem to care much when playing defense.
Still, he makes a ton of sense for Minnesota here. The Timberwolves need some wing scoring badly, particularly someone with significant range. Rivers would need to learn to play off the ball here (with Ricky Rubio playing the point for Minnesota), but if he can do that, he could become one of Rubio's favorite targets.
The sky is the limit for Rivers if he ends up in the right situation and is determined to make it work.
19. Orlando Magic: Meyers Leonard
Vitals: 7'1", 245 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.9 blocks, 58.4 percent shooting
Orlando could add at any position here, but Leonard is the best prospect left and Orlando should start preparing for life after Dwight.
I expect Orlando's draft will be shuffled with a Howard trade long before this, but Leonard makes way too much sense. If he'd waited another year, he'd likely have been a top-10 selection. He's a great defender and rebounder, but he needs to improve his post moves.
20. Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller
Vitals: 6'9", 200 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 45.7 percent shooting
Denver is a very balanced team with no significant weakness, so they can take the best player regardless of position here. That would be Miller, who should have stayed another season and likely would have been an early lottery talent next year.
He isn't great at anything but he isn't bad at anything either. He's very bouncy and has excellent length, and his potential could make him a steal at this point if he rounds himself out as a scorer and improves his defense.
21. Boston Celtics: Maurice "Moe" Harkless
School: St. John's
Vitals: 6'8", 208 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, 44.5 percent shooting
Harkless is a lot like a less talented version of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a small forward who could dominate if he significantly improves his jump shot. As a defender and slasher, he's already above average, and he's athletic enough to keep up with nearly any NBA player.
Boston needs help on the wing and in the post, so Harkless makes a lot of sense, fitting in for the role that the Celtics had hoped Jeff Green could.
22. Boston Celtics (From Los Angeles Clippers): Fab Melo
Vitals: 7'0", 255 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, 56.6 percent shooting
This is a bit of a reach, and Boston has a tough decision. Do they go with Royce White, the more talented player who can play power forward but isn't an ideal fit? Or do they go with Fab Melo, a fantastic fit if slightly less talented?
My gut says they go with Melo. The big man out of Syracuse is a great post defender, which will help Boston out big time. If he can learn some post moves and a jump shot from Kevin Garnett (should KG return to the Celtics next season), Melo could be an excellent pick.
23: Atlanta Hawks: Royce White
School: Iowa State
Vitals: 6'8", 270 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 52.1 percent shooting
Royce White can do just about anything you ask of him, except grow a few more inches. If he was 6'10" and a better post defender (he averaged just .9 blocks a contest), he'd be a lottery pick.
There are some concerns about his anxiety disorder, and he has a significant fear of flying. Will those lower his draft stock? I wouldn't be surprised to see him go higher than this if some team falls in love with his talent.
He's got good post skills, a nice jump shot, strong rebounding skills and an excellent passing touch for a big man. The only thing you dislike, besides his lack of blocks, is his 3.8 turnovers a game. He handled the ball a ton for Iowa State, so it's a bit understandable, but he needs to get better control.
Atlanta could use some bulk at the 3 or 4, and Royce is the best talent left on the board.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (Via Los Angeles Lakers): SF Jeffery Taylor
Vitals: 6'7", 225 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 49.9 percent shooting
While Cleveland would love to see Quincy Miller or Moe Harkless fall here, they shouldn't be too upset with Taylor.
Taylor doesn't have the potential that Miller or Harkless has, but he's the more NBA-ready player. He's incredibly athletic and already a consistent shooter and defender. Adding Bradley Beal (with the third pick) and Taylor to the Cavs gives them two excellent wing players.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten
Vitals: 6'5", 205 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.8 turnovers, 44.3 percent shooting
Wroten is a popular "sleeper" pick because he has the look and feel of an above-average NBA point guard. Too bad none of his stats back that up.
He never really excelled as a point in his one year at Washington, ending with more turnovers (3.8 a game) than assists (3.6). And while he shot a respectable 44.3 percent from the floor, he's a poor shooter. He shot just 58.3 percent from the free-throw line and an absurdly bad 16.1 percent from downtown.
The Grizzlies could use a backup point guard, and while Marquis Teague is the better talent right now, Memphis can afford to gamble on Wroten's potential.
26. Indiana Pacers: Marquis Teague
Vitals: 6'2", 189 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds, .9 steals, 41.4 percent shooting
While I can picture Memphis taking the higher potential/bigger bust in Tony Wroten, I don't think Indiana would be too upset to see Wroten go ahead of Teague. Indiana plays in an extremely team-oriented manner and the more demure Teague fits that better than Wroten.
Teague did a great job of fitting into Kentucky's system last year and worked hard to get all of his talented teammates involved. Offensively, he was average, but he did have some strong performances in the NCAA tournament. He'll have to improve his shooting ability if he wants to become more than an average backup.
27. Miami Heat: Draymond Green
School: Michigan State
Vitals: 6'7", 230 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.0 turnovers, 44.9 percent shooting
Green is my vote for most underrated prospect of the year. He's doubted because of his size (too small to play the 4, too slow to play the 3), but skill wise he doesn't have a weakness.
He's got a developing post game and an above-average jump shot that makes him a tough offensive player. He was one of the best rebounders in college last year, and while there are concerns about where he'd play defensively, he's tough enough that he won't be a liability.
He is easily one of the best leaders in the class. He produced a rare triple-double in the first round of the NCAA tournament with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The next game, he had 16 points, 13 boards and six assists.
Miami needs to add more versatile depth and toughness. Green will be considered a steal in a few years, mark my words.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Evan Fournier
Team: Poitiers (Professional France Team)
Vitals: 6'7", 206 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats (according to DraftExpress.com): 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 42.5 percent shooting
This doesn't really fit a need for the Thunder—they need some backup big men more—but they can afford to go with the more talented prospect no matter the position. That would, at this point, be Fournier, the only foreign player likely to be drafted in the first round this season.
Fournier is like a better-driving, worse-shooting version of Portland's Nicolas Batum. He's a crafty player able to get to the basket and finish with finesse. He's also a tough defender, and if he adds some consistent range he'll be a very dangerous player.
29. Chicago Bulls: Doron Lamb
Vitals: 6'4", 210 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 47.6 percent shooting
I expect Chicago will be kicking themselves if they miss out on Fournier, as they have both a great history of scouting foreign talent and have a serious need at the wing.
Lamb isn't a bad selection by any means. He's a very capable shooter and arguably the best long-ball treat in the draft. He averaged 46.6 percent from downtown last season as a spot-up scorer for Kentucky.
He'd be a near-perfect fit in Chicago, as he's used to being a perimeter option for more talented players to pass too. If Derrick Rose can return completely healthy, Lamb might be the missing shooting guard the Bulls so desperately need. He's a more rounded alternative to Kyle Korver.
I could also see the Bulls taking John Jenkins here. Jenkins was a bigger option for Vanderbilt than Lamb was for Kentucky, but he's not as good an athlete.
30. Golden State Warriors (From San Antonio): Andrew Nicholson
School: St. Bonaventure
Vitals: 6'9", 240 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 57.1 percent shooting
Golden State has a much bigger need for a defensive center, but none on the board are half as good as Nicholson. He exploded onto the NCAA landscape after torching in his last two months in college and will likely be a first-round selection.
He's a great low-post scorer and comfortable with his back to the basket. He's a good rebounder and a solid defender, but he's just a bit shorter than you'd like and not quite as athletic as some of the draft's bigs. He could really help the Warriors shore up their weaknesses in the paint.
31. Charlotte Bobcats: Will Barton
Vitals: 6'6", 175 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 50.9 percent shooting
Barton has all the offensive tools to be a steal in the draft and Charlotte needs all the talent they can get. Barton shot 34.6 percent shooting from downtown but is also great at driving to the basket. He's a tough defender and a fairly decent ball-handler, finishing with a 2.9-to-2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
His biggest weakness is a significant lack of bulk. He's 6'6'' but very much a tweener, and he needs to add a ton of muscle or he will be beaten up defensively.
32. Washington Wizards: Darius Miller
Vitals: 6'8", 225 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 47.4 percent shooting
Kentucky's senior sixth man was a great glue guy for the champion Wildcats and he's the exact kind of guy that the Wizards need in their locker room. He was held back at Kentucky thanks to the deep roster, but he's a talented player in his own right with a solid jump shot and above-average defensive skills.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Festus Ezeli
Vitals: 6'11", 255 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 53.9 percent shooting
Ezeli has all the tools you look for in a big man, but his below-average basketball IQ and raw offensive skills hold him back. Of course, those same words described Anderson Varejão when he came into the league, and he turned out all right.
34. Cleveland Cavaliers (From New Orleans Via Miami): John Jenkins
Vitals: 6'4", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 19.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, .8 steals, 47.4 percent shooting
Certainly, another sharpshooting guard isn't a huge need for the Cavaliers—I have them taking Bradley Beal at number three, after all—but Jenkins is too good to pass up at this point.
He's a fantastic offensive player who is only held back by his average athleticism.
35. Sacramento Kings: Jae Crowder
Vitals: 6'6", 235 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.5 steals, 49.8 percent shooting
The Kings need all the help they can get defensively and Crowder is one of the best defenders in the draft class. He averaged an incredible 2.5 steals a contest for Marquette and was very efficient offensively.
36. Golden State Warriors (from Brooklyn): Tyshawn Taylor
Vitals: 6'3", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.5 turnovers, 47.7 percent shooting
Golden State could use some backup point help and Taylor fits well here. He is a headache-inducing player sometimes, as evidenced by his 3.5 turnovers per game, but he's also a very talented scorer and a willing passer.
If he works on his handles (significantly, that is), he could well be a steal here.
37. Denver Nuggets (From Golden State Via New York): Kevin Jones
School: West Virginia
Vitals: 6'7", 260 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 19.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 50.9 percent shooting
Jones is a bruiser in the low post and he's a very determined, high-motor player. He doesn't really have a set position and he's not a great athlete, but a well-rounded game should help him fare well in the NBA.
Denver loves versatile players who can do a bit of everything, and that pretty much describes Jones.
38. Toronto Raptors: Jared Cunningham
School: Oregon State
Vitals: 6'4", 194 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals, 45.0 percent shooting
Cunningham could very well become the next Monta Ellis-type second-round steal. He's got all the athletic skills you look for in an electric scoring guard, and he's an excellent ball hawk, snagging 2.5 steals a contest. His major problem is he is vastly undersized to play with NBA 2-guards. He needs to add muscle to his frame.
Toronto picks up another backcourt piece to try and improve their scoring options.
39. Detroit Pistons: Tomas Satoransky
Team: Qalat Cajasol (Czech Republic)
Vitals: 6'7", 210 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats (according to DraftExpress.com): 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 42.9 percent shooting
Detroit could use another backup point guard, so they snag one of the higher-potential foreign league guards here. He's a very athletic guard with a good feel for the game, but he needs to improve his shooting ability and he lacks a real ability to create his own shot.
40. Portland Trail Blazers (From Minnesota Via Houston): Drew Gordon
School: New Mexico
Vitals: 6'9", 245 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.7 points, 11.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks, 54.2 percent shooting
Gordon is an NBA player in terms of athleticism and strength, but he's got a lot of growth before he can be expect to produce at the pro level. He's a great rebounder but he's completely raw offensively.
Portland still needs more help inside, and I have them taking Andre Drummond at number six, so why not another high-potential raw player here?
41. Portland Trail Blazers: Orlando Johnson
School: UC Santa Barbara
Vitals: 6'5", 205 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 45.1 percent shooting
Johnson has an NBA body, NBA athleticism and an NBA motor, but he's already 23 years old and may not have as much potential as some of the players in this draft. Still, his tough play and excellent efficiency in college make him a late first-/early second-round talent.
42. Milwaukee Bucks: Scott Machado
Vitals: 6'1", 180 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 9.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 49.5 percent shooting
The leader in assists in the NCAA this season, Machado combines a good scoring instinct with great floor vision and passing skills. His biggest weakness appears to be that he's a bit undersized, but so was Isaiah Thomas in last year's draft, and we all know how that ended up.
43. Atlanta Hawks (From Phoenix): Kevin Murphy
School: Tennessee Tech
Vitals: 6'6", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 20.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 44.4 percent shooting
Murphy is a great shooter and all-around talented scorer, mixing in above-average range with above-average athleticism. He wasn't the most efficient of shooters though, and he's undersized to play the 2-guard spot in the NBA, let alone the 3 spot he played in college.
44. Detroit Pistons (From Houston): Kyle O'Quinn
Team: Norfolk State
Vitals: 6'10", 240 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.6 blocks, 57.3 percent shooting
O'Quinn's name started bouncing around after his Norfolk State team upset Missouri in the NCAA tournament. He's an above-average rebounder and a very respectable defender with good size, and he has good skills in the paint. He has a reputation of having a somewhat questionable motor, though.
45. Philadelphia 76ers: Darius Johnson-Odom
Vitals: 6'2", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 44.7 percent shooting
Johnson-Odom is a natural scorer with very solid range who is held back mainly by his size. He'd do better as an NBA point guard but he really lacks the handling or passing skills to do that. Still, he's a determined player and a very capable defender.
46. Washington Wizards (From Dallas Mavericks): Kostas Papanikolaou
Team: Olympiakos (Greece)
Vitals: 6'8", 225 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats (according to DraftExpress.com): 7.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, .6 assists, 51.0 percent shooting
Papanikolaou is a very smart player with excellent size for his position and a very solid jump shot. He'll be limited by his average athleticism, but his high basketball IQ and capable range could help him find a role in the NBA.
47. Utah Jazz: Hollis Thompson
Vitals: 6'7", 205 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 46.4 percent shooting
Hollis Thompson never became a consistent scoring threat at Georgetown, but he certainly has NBA potential thanks to his seemingly limitless range. He shot 43.0 percent from three-point territory this year and has all the tools (good athleticism, above-average basketball IQ, good defensive fundamentals) to become an absolute steal.
He could very well be a Trevor Ariza-type player.
48. New York Knicks: Marcus Denmon
Vitals: 6'3", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 46.0 percent shooting
The high-point man of the most efficient NCAA offense in recent memory, Denmon is a very capable shooter who thrived with the Tigers thanks to his high basketball IQ.
He isn't as aggressive as a defender as he is on offense, and he's smaller than you'd like, but he can also play point guard if needed. He averaged just 1.2 turnovers a game despite being Missouri's major offensive weapon.
49. Orlando Magic: Tu Holloway
Vitals: 6'0", 190 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 4.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 42.9 percent shooting
Holloway has all the skills you'd like in an NBA point guard, but his efforts to climb the draft boards were disrupted this year in the Xavier/Cincinnati brawl. Still, he's a smart point guard with good vision and could be a nice pick, but he needs to vastly improve his shooting efficiency.
50. Denver Nuggets: Henry Sims
Vitals: 6'10", 240 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 46.2 percent shooting
Offensively, Sims has a ton of work to do, but he's still young and is a very athletic and fluid big man. With competent bigs somewhat of a rarity in the second round of this draft, Sims may go higher than he would in other years.
51. Boston Celtics: Furkan Aldemir
Team: Galatasaray (Turkey)
Vitals: 6'9", 220 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats (according to DraftExpress.com): 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 60.6 percent shooting
The best foreign big in this draft, Aldemir is a tough, physical player and an above-average rebounder. He's not a great athlete and he needs to add a lot more muscle to last in the NBA.
52. Golden State (From Atlanta): Casper Ware
School: Long Beach State
Vitals: 5'10", 170 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 3.4 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 40.1 percent shooting
Ware's best skill is his tough physical defense, and while he's undersized to guard most NBA point guards, he's lightning quick. His speed is unmatched and he was able to penetrate to the basket in college with ease. He's got good handles and nice passing skills, but his jumper leaves much to be desired.
53. Los Angeles Clippers: Mike Scott
Vitals: 6'8", 237 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, .5 blocks, 56.3 percent shooting
Scott is a very well-rounded big man with good post skills and decent range for his size, but he'll be turning 24 this year. His age may scare some teams away, especially here in the late second round where teams favor younger, higher-potential picks.
54. Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis): JaMychal Green
Vitals: 6'8", 240 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 blocks, 54.6 percent shooting
Green is one of the better defenders at his position—a tough, physical big man who gets up right in his opponent's grill. He's a hair shorter than you'd like, but he makes up for it with above-average athleticism. Offensively, he is very, very raw though.
55. Dallas Mavericks (From Los Angeles Lakers): William Buford
School: Ohio State
Vitals: 6'6", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, .8 steals, 41.9 percent shooting
Buford's shooting abilities are well chronicled, but aside from that he really doesn't have much else that is NBA ready. He's athletic enough but shy away from the paint and he's only an average defender. There will always be a place in the NBA for shooters, though.
56. Toronto Raptors (From Indiana): Kris Joseph
Vitals: 6'7", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 42.1 percent shooting
A great leaper with a limited jumper, Joseph needs to gain some consistency in his range and become a far more efficient scorer. He's a hard worker and has been a leader for the Orange in the past four years.
57. Brooklyn Nets (From Miami): Quincy Acy
Vitals: 6'7", 235 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 57.7 percent shooting
Acy would be more suited to play power forward, but he's a bit too short for that. He's a good post scorer with great hops and is tough on both the glass and the defensive end, but some scouts believe he's hit his ceiling.
58. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Oklahoma City): J'Covan Brown
Vitals: 6'1", 197 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 20.1 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 turnovers, 41.7 percent shooting
An electric scorer with very poor shot selection, Brown will need to learn to be more in control in the NBA if he wants to be a big-league point. He's way too small to play the 2 but has very questionable handles for a point.
59. San Antonio Spurs: Miles Plumlee
Vitals: 6'10", 245 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 6.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, .9 blocks, 61.0 percent shooting
Plumlee is a very smart player and an efficient inside scorer limited by both athleticism and potential. Sounds like the perfect San Antonio pick, no?
60. Los Angeles Lakers (From Chicago Via Brooklyn): Tornike Shengelia
Team: Charleroi (Belgium)
Vitals: 6'9", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats (according to DraftExpress.com): 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 45.2 percent shooting
Shengelia is a very capable shooter with good scoring potential. He was one of the more efficient scorers in the Euroleague before being injured early in the year.
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