2012 NBA Draft Order: What Full Lottery Order Means for Top 5 Prospects
The 2012 NBA draft lottery order has officially been determined, and the New Orleans Hornets have effectively won the sweepstakes to land Anthony Davis with the first overall pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats, despite having the best overall odds at nabbing the top selection, will pick second, while the Washington Wizards will round out the top three slots.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings rounding out the top five picks of the first round, each team is in a prime position to land a prospect that can help retool the roster.
Let's take a look at how the top five picks will likely shake out for the top prospects in the 2012 draft class not that the lottery has now concluded.
5. Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson, PF
The Kings are searching for someone to pair alongside DeMarcus Cousins beneath the basket, and if Robinson slides to Sacramento, it shouldn't take long to make a decision.
Cousins flourished at center in his sophomore season and looked very comfortable on the court, and adding Robinson would give the Kings an entirely new dimension. He plays with 110 percent intensity and gives everything he has to his team in every game.
With a potential starting five of Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans, Robinson and Cousins, the future would be looking a lot brighter in California's capital.
Robinson is exactly the type of young player that the Kings and their fans should welcome with open arms.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andre Drummond, F/C
With Drummond, it is all about potential. He didn't impress during his tenure at UConn like some thought he would given his athletic abilities, but his upside is absolutely enormous and it's going to be tough to pass on someone with his skill set.
While the Cavs did just take Tristan Thompson fourth overall in 2011, Drummond could be brought in as a long-term answer at center. Drummond's presence would also allow Cleveland to once again take offers for Anderson Varejao—a player who could become a very valuable trade chip in the re-building process.
Watching Kyrie Irving operate the offense with Drummond down low would certainly be fun, and if Cleveland is going to improve in the long haul, it is going to have to come by taking some gambles along the way.
For Cleveland, Drummond is worth rolling the dice.
3. Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF
John Wall needs someone who can get out and run the floor with him and Kidd-Gilchrist would undoubtedly help that cause.
Although Washington will likely be hoping that Bradley Beal falls to third overall, adding MKG to the fold shouldn't be seen as any sort of consolation. He isn't afraid to relentlessly attack the rim, and he is not someone who needs the ball in his hands to have an impact on the game.
In other words, this kid could be really fun to watch with Wall as his point guard.
Kidd-Gilchrist can help this team immediately in his rookie season, and the Wizards are a team that needs a lot of help on the wing.
He might not ever develop into a star, but Kidd-Gilchrist should be a very solid player for a long time.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Bradley Beal, SG
Bobcats fans are likely disappointed that the club didn't land the top overall pick, and while Beal certainly isn't Anthony Davis, he is a dynamic player who will get on the map right away in the NBA.
Charlotte needs help at every position on the roster, and after selecting Kemba Walker last season, drafting Beal would allow the Bobcats to develop its backcourt of the future. Although Beal wouldn't turn this team around on his own, his selection would represent a step in the right direction.
For a team that is owned by Michael Jordan, that should be considered very good news.
Beal is a solid rebounder who has a great understanding of the game and is the type of young prospect who should come in and work hard from day one in order to set a tone for the rest of his teammates.
1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF
The New Orleans Hornets came out of this draft in extraordinarily good shape.
This is a team now poised to re-sign restricted free agent Eric Gordon, draft Anthony Davis with the first overall pick and still make an impact when the club is once again on the clock in the No. 10 slot. After a tumultuous 2011-12 season, landing the top selection is quite the story.
Now backed by stable ownership and a commitment to success, this squad can really develop a winning culture under Monty Williams—one of the most underrated young head coaches in the league today.
Assuming the Hornets don't trade the pick (which seems like a safe assumption), Davis knows that his future is in New Orleans with a team that will build around him for many years to come.