2012 NBA Mock Draft: Full 2-Round Predictions, Post-Lottery Edition
Now that the order of 2012 NBA draft lottery is decided and we have a perfect understanding—barring any sudden trades—of who drafts where, it's time for an updated two-round mock draft.
Starting with the New Orleans Hornets at No. 1 and running all the way through the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 60, I've got you covered if you want to know who your team should take in the 2012 draft.
This class is shaping up to have some terrific players, and the pool of talent is quite deep. There are some great players who will slip out of the first round, and other solid ones who will find themselves working to make a squad as an undrafted free agent.
Read on for the mock.
1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis
Vitals: 6'10", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists
Part of what makes Anthony Davis so special and nearly guarantees him status as the future top-overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft is his incredible leaping ability. Not only does the unibrow give him the power to soar and seemingly defy gravity as he hangs up in space far longer than human beings should, but it also gives him explosiveness.
Lots of NBA players can fly, but few can do so as quickly as Davis. From a standstill, he can elevate over the defense to grab an offensive rebound or throw-down alley-oop. Additionally, he's just as quick on the second jump and has no need for a brief second to regain his energy and balance.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Vitals: 6'7", 232 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist isn't a great shooter, though it's not for lack of desire. The small forward has a strong enough work ethic and should spend all offseason in the gym honing his shot from the outside.
If that happens, MKG will be an even more impressive player than he already appears to be. The first thing anyone talks about with this uber-athletic former Kentucky Wildcat is his motor. With unrelenting drive, Kidd-Gilchrist just plays his heart out every time on both ends of the court.
He's as deadly as anyone in transition and his defensive skills far outpace his age.
3. Washington Wizards: Thomas Robinson
Vitals: 6'10", 237 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists
Thomas Robinson may be generously listed at 6'10", but that's about the only flaw you can find in his game right now. His physical tools should be enough for him to overcome his challenges in the height department, even if that may limit his long-term upside.
The runner-up for National Player of the Year thanks to a terrific season at Kansas filled with double-doubles, T-Rob is another hard worker with bountiful quantities of explosiveness, athleticism, quickness and strength.
He's one of the most NBA-ready players in the class and should be able to score and rebound consistently even during his rookie season.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal
Vitals: 6'3", 207 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists
Bradley Beal might only stand 6'3", but he has a nose for rebounds that allows him to add a few imaginary inches to his frame when the ball is up in the air. Averaging 6.5 rebounds per game as a freshman in an athletic conference like the SEC is quite the achievement.
It's hard to pick out one strength for Beal on offense because he has so many of them. While he plays the game with intelligence and understands the concept of team, the shooting guard won't hesitate to let it fly from downtown and utilize his terrific long-range jumper.
He attacks the rim well and finishes more often than not as long as he can avoid getting blocked by the inevitably bigger players around him. So long as he's not the primary ball-handler on the court, he'll be fine.
5. Sacramento Kings: Andre Drummond
Vitals: 6'10", 270 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists
Andre Drummond wore No. 12 at Connecticut because he wanted to fashion his game after Dwight Howard, who happens to wear the same number for the Orlando Magic (although something tells me that I may regret not using the past tense in the second clause of this sentence).
The big man has a long way to go before he becomes the latest reincarnation of Superman, but he has all the tools necessary to do so.
After all, he shot just 29.5 percent from the free-throw line, showed a limited offensive game bolstered by dunks, and is virtually overflowing with defensive potential.
6. Portland Trail Blazers (From Brooklyn Nets): Perry Jones III
Vitals: 6'11", 235 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists
It's hard not to talk about physical tools when discussing this former Baylor Bear.
Perry Jones III is the latest player from Waco, Texas to have a III after his name and be highly thought of by scouts in his respective sport. I don't expect Jones to have quite as much success in the NBA as Robert Griffin III will in the NFL, but the forward should still be a solid player.
At 6'11", Jones has the athleticism to jump out of the gym and line up at power forward or center, but he also has the range and ball skills to play small forward and create huge mismatches.
7. Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 6'8", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Remember when Harrison Barnes was coming out of high school and seemed a sure No. 1 and a player who seemed on track for a spot in the basketball Hall of Fame as soon as he had laced up his sneakers in the NBA for the final time?
Yeah, that was a long time ago now.
Barnes is still a fantastic scorer with a silky-smooth jumper, but he's been exposed by the microscope that has been trained on him ever since he decided to return to North Carolina for his sophomore season.
8. Toronto Raptors: Jeremy Lamb
Vitals: 6'5", 180 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists
You can harp on about Jeremy Lamb's leadership skills and desire all you want, and there might be some valid criticisms there, but you can't deny the offensive toolbox that the athletic swingman has at his disposal.
When he's not jumping over Columbia players, Lamb is showing off his deadly jumper and hitting shots from everywhere on the court. This Connecticut team may have fallen apart without the presence of Kemba Walker late in the season, but it wasn't because of Lamb's offense.
While the former Husky has the ability to play small forward, his size and skills leave him better suited for the 2, where he can play with the ball in his hands more and show everyone just why his pull-up shot is to be feared.
9. Detroit Pistons: Jared Sullinger
School: Ohio State
Vitals: 6'9", 265 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists
My view on Jared Sullinger is very much contingent upon the frontcourt he lands in. While I have nothing but respect for the intelligence, smoothness and strength that the former Ohio State Buckeye plays with, I do have questions about his conditioning and struggles playing against length.
Unfortunately for Sullinger, length is something that the NBA has in abundance. Therefore, if he doesn't find himself playing alongside another offensively talented big man like Greg Monroe in Detroit, problems could ensue.
Sullinger is almost the opposite of what we've come to expect from modern big-man prospects. He isn't overly athletic and rarely plays above the rim, yet he overcomes his shortcomings with fundamentals and a technically-sound old-school game.
10. New Orleans Hornets (From Minnesota Timberwolves): Terrence Jones
Vitals: 6'9", 252 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Terrence Jones might be teetering in and out of the lottery right now, but a strong showing at the combine should make him a lock to be selected in the first 14 picks of the 2012 NBA draft. After all, that's when we'll be reminded of just how athletic Jones is.
Although he's inconsistent and plagued by the mental game at times, Jones is as versatile as they come at forward. His court vision is incredible and allows him to see the game one step ahead of almost everyone else that plays power forward.
As he continues to hone his offensive game while maintaining his stellar defensive skills, Jones could become a steal in the draft.
11. Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard
School: Weber State
Vitals: 6'3", 195 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists
If Damian Lillard had played for an NBA minor league team like the Kentucky Wildcats, we might be talking about him as a future top-five pick. Instead, Lillard sits on the fence as a top-10 prospect, even though he's clearly the best player at his position.
Lillard might not fit the prototypical mold of a pass-first point guard, but that hasn't hindered players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and the other score-first point guards of the modern NBA game from succeeding.
The most crucial thing for Lillard to understand if he's going to succeed at the next level is understanding that he's no longer at Weber State. He'll now be surrounded with other offensive options and can't start to play too selfishly.
12. Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 6'11", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists
John Henson may not be the most ballyhooed defensive prospect in this draft class, but he shouldn't be too far behind Anthony Davis.
The biggest knock on Henson is that he's got the length, but not necessarily the strength, to succeed in the low post. While that's true and the 6'11" PF/C needs to hit the weight room, Henson's long arms are still enough to engulf offensive players in the paint and make their life very difficult.
Henson's quickness and ability to guard more versatile players out on the perimeter is what really makes him stand out, though. You can confidently switch Henson onto smaller players in pick-and-roll situations and not worry too much about what happens next.
13. Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 6'4", 195 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.7 assists
In my mind, there's no more intriguing prospect in this year's draft class than Kendall Marshall, simply because I have no idea if he's going to be successful or flop massively. And I don't mean the Blake Griffin type of flop.
There's no doubt that Marshall can pass with the best of them and create offensive for each and every one of his teammates. He may even be able to make someone like Joel Anthony look like an offensive powerhouse.
The question is whether that passing can overcome Marshall's lack of ability to create offense for himself and mask his defensive shortcomings. If you think people play off Rajon Rondo, just wait until you see what they're going to do for Marshall.
14. Houston Rockets: Meyers Leonard
Vitals: 7'1", 245 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists
The best thing for Meyers Leonard at this point is just to gain consistency. For all the athleticism and size that he possesses, he just doesn't always look comfortable out on the court and sometimes allows smaller players to push him out onto the perimeter, where point guards can't throw him easy lob passes.
Leonard is a true seven-footer with developing skills, but those skills are very much still works in progress. As he hones them, Leonard will start producing more and more like a lottery pick instead of just looking like one.
It's hard not to like his long-term potential, but don't expect him to make a lot of noise during his rookie season.
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Tyler Zeller
School: North Carolina
Vitals: 7'0", 250 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists
It's hard not to enjoy watching the cerebral play of Tyler Zeller. He never seems to make the wrong decision out on the court, even if his upside isn't as high as many of the players that will be drafted around him.
Zeller is good, but not necessarily great, in almost every aspect of the game. He's a solid rebounder, although he'll most likely never average 10 boards per game at the next level since he couldn't even do so in college.
Once his craftiness in the post is partially negated by the sheer size and athleticism of NBA defenders, Zeller will be forced to rely more and more on his developing outside jumper. It's good enough for him to succeed as a pro, but he'll never be a star.
16. Houston Rockets (From New York Knicks): Quincy Miller
Vitals: 6'9", 200 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists
It's almost unfair that a 6'9" small forward prospect like Quincy Miller has a 7'3" wingspan.
Ever since tearing his ACL during his senior year of high school, Miller has lost a bit of the speed and quickness he once possessed. His ball skills, shot-making ability, intelligence and footwork make up for that, though, as he still has a knack for getting past his defender.
With his athleticism and size, Miller has all of the physical tools you could ask for in a SF. As I've said before, he's a jumper away from potential stardom.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Dion Waiters
Vitals: 6'4", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists
The following is taken from an ESPN Insider piece about the 2012 NBA draft, as written by Chad Ford:
A number of NBA scouts who I really respect have been telling me for more than a month that the real sleeper in this draft is Syracuse sophomore Dion Waiters.
One GM went even further. "There are really only two potential superstars in this draft. One is a sure thing -- freshman Anthony Davis. The other one is Waiters. He can be an electric scorer in the NBA. There's some Dwyane Wade in him."
Comparing anyone to Wade is going too far. Waiters doesn't have Wade's elite leaping ability nor does he have his freakishly long wing span.
Still, very few NBA GMs or scouts doubt his talent, and most of them won't hesitate to compare him to Tyreke Evans. Waiters is one of the draft's best scorers and showed at Syracuse that he can get to the basket at will.
Evans went No. 4 in the draft two years ago and won Rookie of the Year. Wade has won an MVP award. Waiters is projected as a late lottery to mid-first-round pick by most teams.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Utah Jazz): Terrence Ross
Vitals: 6'6", 195 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists
For Terrence Ross, it's all about improving his strength and mental game if he's going to succeed in the NBA.
Not many swingmen are as explosive and athletic as this former Washington Husky, who can drive past anyone and get to the rim, even if he doesn't finish as consistently as he should once he gets there. Ross is a great all-around scorer and he knows it, sometimes forgetting that he should pass the ball and not shoot every time he touches the ball.
19. Orlando Magic: Marquis Teague
Vitals: 6'2", 189 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists
Marquis Teague's journey at Lexington was an interesting one, even though he spent only one season playing for the Kentucky Wildcats under master-recruiter John Calipari.
The point guard entered as one of college basketball's top recruits and a near lock for a lottery spot after a one-and-done season with the Wildcats. However, after his turnover-prone nature was made more clear, his stock slipped, leading to questions about whether he was truly a great prospect and whether he'd stay for his sophomore season for more polish.
Teague was viewed as the potential weak link in Kentucky's championship chain before he turned it on at the end of the season and became yet another strong piece in that puzzle. Now, he's back in the middle of the first round.
20. Denver Nuggets: Austin Rivers
Vitals: 6'4", 200 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Even if Austin Rivers isn't going to be a No. 1 scoring option in the NBA, well, you can be sure that he'll do his best to at least try out for the role by taking over the offense at inopportune times and killing the flow of the team he's drafted by.
A talented combo guard with a knack for keeping perfect control of the ball as he inevitably drives past his man, Rivers can score. There's no doubt about that. In fact, he was one of the only players on Mike Krzyzewski's squad last year who seemed able to create his own shot.
As is commonly known by now, Rivers' biggest problem is making the right decisions and not forcing his offense at the detriment of both the team's success and the production of the other players around him.
21. Boston Celtics: Arnett Moultrie
School: Mississippi State
Vitals: 6'11", 230 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists
If it wasn't for Mississippi State's collapse at the end of the season, Arnett Moultrie wouldn't have as many red flags surrounding him and would be evaluated purely for his talent on the basketball court.
There's a lot of that talent.
Moultrie has great size and athleticism; plus, he's full of skills from the perimeter because he played a lot of small forward at UTEP before he transferred to Mississippi State.
22. Boston Celtics (From Los Angeles Clippers): 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
I'm still shocked that whoever was advising Moe Harkless decided to tell him it was a good idea to go pro after his freshman season. As good as he was during his first year at St. John's, he could have worked his way up into the lottery with ease if he put together a productive sophomore season and showed improvement.
Harkless truly needs to work on his shot, but his athleticism is ridiculous and allows him no shortage of highlight plays.
The swingman also has the tools necessary to be a lockdown defender and more than just the ball-hawk he currently is. His quick hands ensure a lot of steals, but he has to do a better job of staying in front of his defender.
23. Atlanta Hawks: Tony Wroten
Vitals: 6'5", 205 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists
Not only was Tony Wroten the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, but he also narrowly missed out on winning the conference's award for best player regardless of class. The combo guard was that good during his freshman season.
Wroten is a big point guard with a terrific crossover and the athleticism to finish at the rim once he gets by his man. His jumper and care for the ball could use some work, as could his tendency to be a little too unselfish at times, but the upside is tremendous here.
With his great defensive skills and isolation offense, he should thrive even more in the NBA than he did at Washington.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Los Angeles Lakers): Evan Fournier
Team: Poitiers (France)
Position: Shooting guard/small forward
Vitals: 6'7", 206 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists (in Pro A France)
Evan Fournier's height gives him his biggest advantage if he's going to line up at shooting guard, and maybe even slide over to point guard in some cases. Even though he's conservatively listed at 6'7", he still plays with the ball skills of an average point guard.
Ultra-aggressive in getting to the rim, Fournier's knack for driving helps to make up for his lack of touch from downtown, which I would like to say is developing even if we haven't seen much progress in Europe. He also seems to have a true feel for the game, which helps minimize the number of questionable decisions he makes with the ball.
With enough toughness to be a good defender, the Frenchman is a jump shot away from potential stardom, as are a few other players in this draft class.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Tyshawn Taylor
Vitals: 6'3", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists
Tyshawn Taylor can be incredibly frustrating, but then reward you for your patience with a series of plays that will leave you questioning why he isn't more highly thought of. If you don't believe me, ask any Kansas Jayhawks fan about the last four years.
He's a great athlete and about as explosive as true point guards can get, but he lacks the court vision and decision-making possessed by most successful floor generals.
If you can live with some costly turnovers, potential maturity issues showing up off the court and missed shots from the charity stripe, and wait for the inevitably great offensive plays he does make when he's feeling it, Taylor is the point guard for you.
26. Indiana Pacers: Royce White
School: Iowa State
Position: No Idea (but really SF/PF)
Vitals: 6'8", 270 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists
By listing his position as "No Idea (but really SF/PF)", I'm trying to make it clear that no one really has any clue how Royce White is going to be used in the NBA.
He could settle in as a traditional undersized power forward, play small forward with the ball in his hands, or even run the show as a point-foward if a team decides to give him the chance to do so.
Regardless of where he settles in, White is going to be able to contribute because of his dizzying array of basketball talents. Just get ready for a lot of turnovers too.
27. Miami Heat: Fab Melo
Vitals: 7'0", 255 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists
A true-seven footer with a solid frame, Fab Melo is everything you could ask for when coming up with a prototypical body for an NBA center. The question remains: How will he use that body?
Melo's offense is limited to a jump hook that he uses almost every time he gets the ball in the post and takes a shot, as well as the inevitable alley-oop lobs thrown in his general direction. Other than that, his game on that end of the court is about as raw as an uncooked steak.
Defense is where Melo stands out now, and always will. He's a great shot-blocker and a fundamental defender who will need to transition into a man-to-man style of defense before he can earn steady minutes.
That transition and defensive rebounding will be the primary focuses this offseason for this former Syracuse big man.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeffery Taylor
Vitals: 6'7", 225 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists
Jeffery Taylor has an NBA pedigree, but should be able to quickly outproduce his father, who averaged only 3.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists during his short-lived NBA career.
This small forward is insanely athletic (and that is no exaggeration). He needs to improve his offensive skills and hasn't done so yet despite four years at Vanderbilt, as he more than compensated with his jumping abilities.
Taylor should find a role and a lot of playing time early on in his career because of his perimeter defense.
29. Chicago Bulls: Doron Lamb
Vitals: 6'4", 210 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists
A smooth offensive powerhouse who plays within the flow of the offense, Doron Lamb is going to answer the big question for us rather early on in the 2012-13 season.
The question, of course, is whether his lack of elite numbers stems from a lack of elite ability or a system populated by other talents like Michael Kidd-Gichrist, Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Darius Miller.
Personally, I'm going with the latter.
30. Golden State Warriors (From San Antonio Spurs): Draymond Green
School: Michigan State
Vitals: 6'7", 230 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists
There isn't much risk in drafting Draymond Green, although there isn't much upside either.
Green's best traits are his intangibles. He has the heart of a champion, shows tremendous leadership and never gives up. As cliche as all of that may sound, it's true for Green.
He's not a great athlete, but his shooting and versatility are solid enough for him to make an impact at either small forward or power forward.
31. Charlotte Bobcats (From New Orleans Hornets): Darius Miller
Vitals: 6'8", 225 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 9.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists
A sweet-shooting big small forward using to playing the sixth-man role, Darius Miller can also capably play shooting guard.
32. Washington Wizards: John Jenkins
Vitals: 6'4", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 19.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists
Not only is John Jenkins the best long-range shooter in this class, but he also works his way free off defenders with marvelous ease and should be an early-second steal.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Nicholson
School: St. Bonaventure
Vitals: 6'9", 240 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Intelligent and solid in nearly every facet of the game, Andrew Nicholson has a lot of room to grow and doesn't have any major flaws on either side of the court, with the slight exception of his turnover-prone nature when double-teamed on the block.
34. Cleveland Cavaliers: Will Barton
Vitals: 6'6", 175 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists
Another ridiculous athlete with a smooth all-around game, Will Barton will succeed in the NBA if he's crafty enough to make up for his lack of strength and a frame that doesn't necessarily allow him to bulk up enough to bang with the big bodies of the NBA.
35. Golden State Warriors (From Brooklyn Nets): Tomas Satoransky
Team: Qalat Cajasol
Vitals: 6'7", 210 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists (In ACB)
A capable defensive player with size, strength and athleticism to boot, Tomas Satoransky is one of the better European combo guards in quite some time, even if he's going to struggle in one-on-one situations with NBA defenders.
36. Sacramento Kings: Jae Crowder
Vitals: 6'6", 235 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists
An undersized, high-energy power forward, Jae Crowder is always careful with the ball and works hard enough that he should be able to serve as a glue guy in any team's rotation.
37. Toronto Raptors: 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
Orlando Johnson was a gifted collegiate scorer who could peak as a solid sixth man in the NBA thanks to his innate confidence and offensive ability, although it is tempered by his lack of quickness with the ball.
38. Denver Nuggets (From Golden State Warriors): Festus Ezeli
Vitals: 6'11", 255 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists
Possibly my least favorite prospect in this draft class, Festus Ezeli would be a great defender if he could stay healthy, but he lacks nearly any upside on the offensive end of the court.
39. Detroit Pistons: Kevin Jones
School: West Virginia
Vitals: 6'7", 260 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 20.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists
Kevin Jones is an underrated playmaker and an absolute spectacle when you watch him crash the offensive boards with tenacity and overwhelming success.
40. Portland Trail Blazers (From Minnesota Timberwolves): Jared Cunningham
School: Oregon State
Vitals: 6'4", 194 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists
Be on a sleeper alert with Jared Cunningham, because he'll be a deadly offensive and defensive player if he can add some strength to his wiry frame and maintain his crazy hops.
41. Portland Trail Blazers: Furkan Aldemir
Vitals: 6'9", 220 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 8.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists (in Turkish League)
Although he's not particularly athletic and limited to the paint on offense, Furkan Aldemir is one of the most impressive European rebounding prospects in quite some time, as he showed by averaging 15.9 per game for Turkey during the U-20 European Championship last season.
42. Milwaukee Bucks: Kevin Murphy
School: Tennessee Tech
Vitals: 6'6", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 21.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists
A terrific long-range shooter who made 71 percent of his jumpers, Kevin Murphy has proven all he can against low-level opponents in the Ohio Valley Conference and is awaiting an opportunity to show off against basketball's elite.
43. Atlanta Hawks (From Phoenix Suns): Scott Machado
Vitals: 6'1", 180 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.9 assists
My second-favorite PG in this draft class (yes, even more so than Kendall Marshall, Marquis Teague and the rest of the players being drafted above him), Scott Machado is a terrific dual-threat at the 1 and should drastically outperform expectations.
44. Detroit Pistons (From Houston Rockets): Tu Holloway
Vitals: 6'0", 190 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists
Tu Holloway's stock may have slipped significantly during his senior season, but he's still a terrific shooter with unerring accuracy from the free-throw line, where he spends a good portion of his time.
45. Philadelphia 76ers: 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
A ridiculously strong 6'10" frontcourt player capable of lining up at either power forward or center, Kyle O'Quinn won't be a double-double threat at the next level, although he will make a significant impact off the bench.
46. Washington Wizards (From Dallas Mavericks): Drew Gordon
School: New Mexico
Vitals: 6'9", 245 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Drew Gordon could very well use his few post moves, unrelenting motor and great technique on both the offensive and defensive glass to become a second-round steal.
47. Utah Jazz: Darius Johnson-Odom
Vitals: 6'2", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists
Darius Johnson-Odom has a knack for getting to the rim—enough so that he might be able to play point guard instead of lining up as an undersized shooting guard—but he's going to have to improve his court vision for that almost-necessary transition to occur.
48. New York Knicks: William Buford
School: Ohio State
Vitals: 6'6", 220 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists
I'd expect for this athletic shooting guard to move up after the combine reminds scouts of why they fell in love with him in the first place. Right now, however, William Buford's letdown of a senior season at Ohio State is still too fresh in everyone's mind.
49. Orlando Magic: J'Covan Brown
Vitals: 6'1", 197 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 20.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists
If only J'Covan Brown knew how to do things besides shoot...
50. Denver Nuggets: Kris Joseph
Vitals: 6'7", 215 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists
Despite playing all four years of his eligibility to completion, Kris Joseph remains a raw offensive player who gets by on his athleticism and hustle.
51. Boston Celtics: Marcus Denmon
Vitals: 6'3", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Marcus Denmon possesses the shot, toughness and intelligence to develop into a scorer who comes off the bench, but don't expect anything more because of his lack of height and the fact that he won't be playing in the fast-paced Missouri Tigers system anymore.
52. Golden State Warriors (From Atlanta Hawks): Alex Young
Vitals: 6'6", 212 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 20.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists
Alex Young employs absolutely putrid shot selection, but he's still talented enough to score quite a few points when he gets his jumper going and has the green light to let his athleticism get it done.
53. Los Angeles Clippers: Herb Pope
School: Seton Hall
Vitals: 6'8", 236 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists
With red flags surrounding his health and off-court presence, Herb Pope might never get the chance to make the most of his rebounding, NBA-ready body and surprising mobility for a big frontcourt player.
54. Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis Grizzlies): Mike Scott
Vitals: 6'8", 237 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 18.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists
Although his passing could stand to get better, Mike Scott is a ridiculous efficient power forward on offense who should be a safe bet to succeed in the NBA, even if he doesn't possess elite upside after his stellar career at Virginia.
55. Dallas Mavericks (From Los Angeles Lakers): Casper Ware
School: Long Beach State
Vitals: 5'10", 175 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists
Let's just say that Casper Ware has absolutely everything you could want from a point guard, except for about four inches more in the height department.
56. Toronto Raptors (From Indiana Pacers): Maalik Wayns
Position: Point Guard
Vitals: 6'2", 185 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists
An aggressive and quick point guard who looks to score first, Maalik Wayns will end up making his defense his calling card at the next level.
57. New Jersey Nets (From Miami Heat): Mitchell Watt
Vitals: 6'10", 225 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 16.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists
A sweet-shooting big man with experience and tremendous potential on the defensive end, Mitchell Watt will only find a niche role on an NBA squad if he can learn to stop his opponents without constantly getting into foul trouble.
58. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Oklahoma City Thunder): Dee Bost
School: Mississippi State
Vitals: 6'2", 176 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists
Dee Bost is so fast that sometimes even he can't handle it and therefore winds up playing out of control and negating his above-average passing skills.
59. San Antonio Spurs: Kim English
Vitals: 6'6", 200 pounds
2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists
If you're looking for one player from this draft class to follow, make it Kim English (@EnglishScope24), whose tweets constantly show that he understands this game well and has a future not only as an NBA player, but also as a coach.
60. Los Angeles Lakers (From Chicago Bulls): Eric Griffin
Position: Power forward
Vitals: 6'8", 190 pounds
2011-2012 Per-Game Stats: 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists
To cap off the mock draft, I'm including a full, although previously-written, profile of one of my biggest sleepers in the draft:
It's amazing to consider just how impressive Eric Griffin's senior season for Campbell was, especially since he's only been playing organized basketball for five seasons. The power forward didn't make his high school team until he was a senior and then spent two seasons at junior college before transferring to Campbell.
Griffin gained steam in the minds of scouts when he threw down two incredible dunks earlier this year against North Carolina A&T, and he hasn't looked back since. As you can tell from watching those highlights, athleticism is not exactly an area he's lacking in.
Because he's still learning the game, Griffin hasn't reached his potential by any stretch of the imagination. He recently made and excelled at the difficult transition from playing on the perimeter to going to work in the paint the majority of the time he touched the ball.
Already showing a diverse array of post moves, Griffin made 64 percent of his attempts from the field as a senior. He has the quickness to get around bigger defenders and the size and athleticism to go over the top of smaller ones. Add to that a combination of three-point range, shot-blocking skills and defensive ability and you've got one hell of a sleeper in this year's draft class.
As is always the case with players from smaller schools, questions about the level of competition are going to rain down.
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