2012 NBA Mock Draft: How All 60 Picks Will Play out
After a good amount of anticipation, the NBA draft lottery sorted out which teams will pick in what slots in the NBA draft on June 28. The New Orleans Hornets came out as big winners by jumping to the No. 1 slot from the fourth position with a 13.7 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick.
The Charlotte Bobcats were dealt just a bit of disappointment, dropping to the No. 2 spot.
The talent in the draft is much better than last year, affirming the excitement from fans. Also, the delineation between the top five, top 10 and the rest of the prospects is pretty clear. Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal and Andre Drummond seem very likely to all go in the top five.
But to which teams will they go?
Follow along for a pick-by-pick projection of the entire NBA draft.
1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
Anthony Davis has been widely presumed to be the top pick in the draft. That's for good reason. Davis is extraordinarily strong, a terrific scorer and a fantastic rebounder. He also has a great wingspan at 7'4".
Now, the impact of a Davis pick on the Hornets' offseason is quite interesting. The Hornets will save several millions of dollars by drafting Davis to start at power forward instead of re-signing Chris Kaman. They may not have to re-sign Carl Landry, depending on whether they feel Jason Smith will stay healthy.
Drafting Anthony Davis will make the offseason quite a bit easier for the Hornets since he'll be able to start and take up good minutes right away.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Andre Drummond, Connecticut
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated said in his mock draft on Thursday that the Bobcats may try to trade down in attempt to grab multiple picks.
That just might happen, but to be safe, this mock draft is leaving out draft trades until they happen.
This is Rick Cho's second draft as Bobcats general manager. In his first draft, Cho chose Kemba Walker with the ninth pick. Walker seemed like a great pick at the outset, but the former Connecticut guard averaged 12.1 points per game while shooting only 36.6 percent from the field.
Look for Cho to take another former Huskies player, Andre Drummond, with the second overall pick. Drummond would fit the center role, which is most in need of being filled of any in the lineup. The Bobcats only have Byron Mullens at center. Mullens and Bismack Biyombo saw more time at center than anyone else.
Putting Biyombo at center wasn't a great idea since he's not a true center. Since he's 6'9", he's better off at power forward.
Meanwhile, Mullens looks the part, standing 7' and weighing 275 pounds. Still, he's not the center of the future.
Drummond would better take hold of the position, despite being two inches shorter. He's strong, shoots well and has great shot-blocking ability. The 2.7 blocks per game says it all.
3. Washington Wizards: Thomas Robinson, Kansas
The Washington Wizards have a couple of very specific needs for which they must consider drafting with their first pick. The best available player will address the power forward hole in their lineup.
The Wizards would be relieved once they get Thomas Robinson in the lineup. Robinson is a good shooter and rebounder. He shot 50.5 percent from the field and pulled down 11.9 rebounds per game in his last season. He's also long and strong, standing 6'10" with a 7'1" wingspan.
John Wall will surely be thrilled to have a solid scorer to dump the ball down to in the post. Wall could pass it in to Robinson and then gleefully watch him face up his man and throw it down.
After Anthony Davis, Robinson is the biggest difference maker in the draft. He'd be a big help for the Wizards.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, Florida
The Cavaliers could certainly use another legitimate scorer, especially with Antawn Jamison unlikely to re-sign with Cleveland, as Associated Press sportswriter Tom Withers tweeted. In order to tab a true No. 1 scoring option, the Cavaliers will look to draft Bradley Beal.
Beal is just the scorer the Cavaliers need to boost an offense that ranked No. 25 in scoring. Beal hit 54.1 percent of his two-point attempts and shot 44.5 percent on field goals overall.
Beal has a great feel for the game and a high basketball IQ. He has good size and strength on his 6'4" and 201-pound frame.
Kyrie Irving would certainly be thrilled by having a backcourt-mate who is as smart as he is. This could make for a better scoring and more efficient Cleveland offense.
5. Sacramento Kings: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist projects as well as basically anyone other than Anthony Davis for his career. He might not make as many All-Star teams as Thomas Robinson or Bradley Beal, but he'll be a solid player for years.
Kidd-Gilchrist will break into the NBA with the right team in the Sacramento Kings. He's not a top-flight scorer like Robinson, Beal or Davis, but he shoots well. He shot a nice 49.1 percent in 2011-12. Also, he rebounded spectacularly for his small forward position, pulling down 7.4 boards per game.
Further, Kidd-Gilchrist does many, many things well. He's great in transition. His DraftExpress.com profile notes that 71 percent of his field-goal attempts came on fast breaks. He's strong going to the basket and has a nice touch on his shots. He's a fine defender, able to lock down on all positions except center.
Kidd-Gilchrist fits in well on a Kings team that already has a few good players in Tyreke Evans, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton and DeMarcus Cousins. Adding Kidd-Gilchrist to the mix would help bring the young team close to having a complete lineup.
6. Portland Trail Blazers: Jared Sullinger, Ohio State
The Portland Trail Blazers are in desperate need of a center. Marcus Camby started for them most of the year before being traded to the Houston Rockets, and then Joel Przybilla and Hasheem Thabeet found their way into starting games.
In order to avoid looking at Thabeet longer than would be good for their well-being, the Trail Blazers will turn to Jared Sullinger for help at center.
Sullinger might be a bit shorter than some would like at 6'10", but he's a tremendous talent. He's a good jumper and a good athlete. He moves well. Generally, his rebounding skills are terrific. He pulled boards down at a great rate, grabbing 12.1 per 40 minutes.
Also, he's a nice scorer, having averaged 17.5 points per game in 2011-12.
Some might worry that his size could limit him in defending big centers like Marc Gasol and Andrew Bynum. However, he has the tenacity and skills to make up for that size disadvantage.
7. Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
The Golden State Warriors could use a good power forward, but with Harrison Barnes as the best player available at this point, they can't resist someone who can play like Barnes can. Barnes is a solid player on both ends of the floor. He can create for himself, drive off the dribble, play off pick and rolls and work in isolation.
He's an aware and steady defender who uses his length well to stop his opponent. Mark Jackson will enjoy having him as another player who can defend effectively.
Barnes can be a dynamic NBA scorer, but, as his DraftExpress.com profile states, he'd be best off not starting as a go-to scorer. Fortunately, the Warriors have David Lee to shoulder a fair amount of the shot-taking. Barnes could start out as the No. 2 option. If he feels comfortable after a year or two, he could become their No. 1 scorer.
8. Toronto Raptors: Perry Jones, Baylor
One of the more outrageous lineup juxtapositions in the NBA this season saw the Toronto Raptors playing Aaron Gray next to Andrea Bargnani. The Raptors would surely like to keep Gray, a marginal player, out of the starting lineup.
To make that happen, they'll draft Perry Jones, a strong, highly capable power forward from Baylor. Jones is incredibly gifted. He's long, with a 7'2.5" wingspan. He can go hard to the basket and play above the rim. His rebounding skills are good, although he hasn't shown enough promise on the defensive boards.
The main thing for Raptors coach Dwane Casey is harnessing his energy. Jones himself even admitted that he needs to turn up his engines.
Hopefully, Casey could inspire him to do that. If he can, then Jones and Bargnani would form a brilliant frontcourt.
9. Detroit Pistons: Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut
There's much to like about Jeremy Lamb. Lamb is a highly capable scorer who can hit shots. That's why the Detroit Pistons will pick him at No. 9.
Lamb's 47.8 percent shooting was impressive. His field-goal mark would have been even more impressive if he didn't force some of his shots.
Lamb's game took a hit with the lack of a steady coaching presence during the 2011-12 season.
One might worry about Lamb struggling with an unsteady Pistons franchise. Still, the Pistons won't be able to pass on Lamb, who possesses tremendous potential as a pure scorer.
10. New Orleans Hornets: Damian Lillard, Weber State
Damian Lillard had seemed like he would be one of the most underrated players in the draft since he comes from Weber State. Weber State is better known for knocking off No. 3 seeds Michigan State and North Carolina in 1995 and 1999, respectively, than for producing NBA talent.
However, he's now seen as a high-end prospect by analysts. Chad Ford of ESPN called Lillard the best point guard in the draft. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated had Lillard going eighth to the Raptors in his mock draft.
Lillard could buck the trend set by the eight NBA players who've come from Weber State, none of whom played 5,000 minutes in the league. He's an efficient, high-scoring point guard. DraftExpress.com noted that Lillard turned it over on only 10 percent of possessions. He averaged 24.5 points per game in 2011-12.
He hit 46.7 percent from the field, which seems even better when considering how much he shot from three-point land. Lillard hit 40.9 percent from three-point range while taking 46.5 percent of his field-goal attempts from beyond the arc.
The Hornets will make him a fine point guard. He'll facilitate the offense with his scoring, which was lacking in New Orleans this season, his efficiency and his passing.
Having Lillard and Davis in the lineup would raise the Hornets' play tremendously. They'd have real scorers. Their point guard would be a natural starter. One can only imagine what the next step would be for the team.
11. Portland Trail Blazers: Kendall Marshall, North Carolina
After the Hornets grab a badly needed point guard, the Trail Blazers will do the same. They'll take Kendall Marshal to take over for another North Carolina product, Raymond Felton. Felton isn't a bad point guard. He passes well and can score, but he can't elevate a team like Marshall can.
Marshall is a simply fantastic point guard prospect. DraftExpress.com framed him as the prospect of a generation. The site found his 10.2 assists per 40 minutes to be the best since 2001-02. Also, it had Marshall at No. 3 in assist-turnover ratio in that time at 3.51.
He has good awareness and good feel for the game. He finds teammates well.
The Trail Blazers would love Marshall's ability to distribute the ball and make the most of the offensive potential of Nic Batum, Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge.
12. Milwaukee Bucks: Terrence Jones, Kentucky
While the Milwaukee Bucks might be better off taking a center like Tyler Zeller or Meyers Leonard, they'll take small forward Terrence Jones. Jones is a top-10 prospect, but he will fall as a couple of teams go for much-longed-for players.
Jones is a good scorer and a strong defender. He's terrific at scoring inside. He can be aggressive and use his strength and length to power up for a strong finish.
His 7'2" wingspan also aids his solid defense.
Jones will make the Bucks forward group pretty good, joining a couple of nice players in Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
13. Phoenix Suns: Austin Rivers, Duke
Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic warned that the Phoenix Suns would suffer if Steve Nash leaves. In order to prevent Nash from leaving, they'll draft a dynamic scoring guard in Austin Rivers.
Rivers is just the player the Suns need. He's an aggressive, spectacular and efficient scorer. He can create for himself, driving to the hole and hitting shots from the perimeter.
While at Duke, Rivers was unable to realize his potential due to the system's bias against freshmen. At times, he was able to flash his offensive prowess.
He'd be able to show more of it in Phoenix. He'd get action in transition and get underneath for nice, close shots.
Nash should be excited to finish his career with the Suns after a selection of Rivers.
14. Houston Rockets: John Henson, North Carolina
John Henson will be a much-needed pick for the Houston Rockets to be made at precisely the right time. The Rockets watched Luis Scola slide downward last season. Scola's numbers fell across the board, including a fall in scoring from 18.3 points per game to 15.5 and rebounding from 8.2 per game to 6.5 per game.
His field-goal percentage fell below 50 percent for the first time in his five-year career.
In order to stave off the impact of the decline of the 32-year-old power forward, they'll pick Henson to replace him.
Henson was remarkable defensively last season. He averaged 13.6 rebounds and almost four blocks per 40 minutes.
His offensive game is a bit concerning. As DraftExpress.com notes, he goes up strong with a good touch and takes good shots inside, but he doesn't connect much outside of 10 feet. Thus, the Rockets would have to keep him close to the basket. A problem exists there when one considers that his physical strength isn't great.
Hopefully, he'll pack on more weight in the next couple years.
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Terrence Ross, Washington
The Philadelphia 76ers already have a crowd of guards on their roster, but they won't mind adding to that when they see Terrence Ross on the board.
Ross is a fine perimeter shooter who is good spotting up and taking shots.
He plays hard and displays great speed on both ends of the floor.
The 76ers will enjoy his shooting and defending in making the backcourt more dynamic.
16. Houston Rockets: Dion Waiters, Syracuse
In search of scoring help from a guard who can play effective defense, the Rockets will use their second first-round pick on Dion Waiters.
Waiters scored 12.6 points per game while playing just 24.1 minutes per game in 2011-12. That spread out to a cool 20.9 points per 40 minutes. He shot a nice 47.6 percent from the field.
His defense is special. Waiters goes hard and aggressive at ball-handlers. He averaged 1.8 steals per game, which seems even more impressive when considering the amount of time he saw. Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated pointed out on February 8 that Waiters created turnovers in 38 percent of possessions in which he was directly engaged to that point.
Waiters would be a remarkable game-changer for the Rockets, even though he didn't play as many minutes as other players in the draft.
17. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Zeller, North Carolina
The Dallas Mavericks need a solution at center right now. That solution is not named Dwight Howard, but Tyler Zeller.
Zeller would be the real center that the Mavericks are lacking. He's a terrific rebounder, pulling down 9.6 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game. He's a smart defender who knows how to hold his position.
He's a solid scorer on the inside. He scored 16.3 points per game on 55.3 percent shooting in 2011-12.
Zeller is big at 7' and 250 pounds. He isn't as rugged as some centers, but he'll be able to hang with some of the better centers.
Having a quality seven-footer to pair with Dirk Nowitzki in Nowitzki's waning years would benefit the Mavericks tremendously.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah Jazz): Moe Harkless, St. John's
The Minnesota Timberwolves will be looking to add a true scorer to their backcourt, and they'll find one in Moe Harkless, a 6'8" small forward from St. John's. Harkless averaged 15.5 points per game in 2011-12. He has good instincts and understands how to fit into an offense.
While he mostly played center and power forward at St. John's, Harkless will be more of a backcourt player since he's skinny for his height. His offensive sensibilities will allow him to get open for passes from Ricky Rubio and drive inside for buckets.
19. Orlando Magic: Meyers Leonard, Illinois
The Orlando Magic could be looking at the end of the Dwight Howard era before this offseason is over. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Howard is still seeking a trade, even though he exercised his option for next season.
The Magic will have to prepare for a new era by drafting Meyers Leonard from Illinois. Leonard might not be a reincarnation of Howard, but he plays the position well. He runs the floor well, is a strong rebounder and can score inside. He has the lateral quickness necessary to compete on the defensive end.
While he isn't dominant on the inside, the Magic would love having his rare blend of size and quickness.
20. Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller, Baylor
The Denver Nuggets will be looking for a talented player to add another dimension to their scoring attack. They'll be able to find their guy in Quincy Miller. Miller showed some ability to bang it in, scoring 10.6 points per game in his only year at Baylor.
He probably didn't show his total potential in his season as a Bear, since he was still recovering from an ACL tear. As long as he continues to recover as he should. Miller should be able to provide a nice amount of scoring.
21. Boston Celtics: Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State
The Boston Celtics will soon be readying for the post-Big Three era. Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen seem like they won't come back after this season. Part of laying out the framework for the new era will include drafting someone up front. To do so, they'll pick up a solid all-around player in Arnett Moultrie.
Moultrie does a great job shooting the ball. He scored 16.4 points per game on 54.9 percent shooting in 2011-12. He can back down and power it in.
His offensive rebounding helps his offensive game, as he pulled down an amazing 3.7 offensive boards per game. Often, he put back shots on offensive rebounds.
His rebounding overall is great. He averaged 10.5 rebounds per game.
Also, Moultrie can hit free throws. He knocked down 78 percent at the line.
22. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers): Evan Fournier
After grabbing a center for the future, the Celtics will turn around and take a scorer for the future. They'll get that in Evan Fournier. Fournier tends to take the ball to the basket and doesn't do as much from the outside. He's good rolling in with the ball.
Also, his DraftExpress.com profile noted that his shot selection isn't good since he tends to rush shots.
He may have to rework his game once he gets to the NBA. If Doc Rivers can harness his offensive energy, then the Celtics would benefit tremendously.
23. Atlanta Hawks: Marquis Teague, Kentucky
The Atlanta Hawks ran a dual point guard system this season with Kirk Hinrich and Jeff Teague. They could get younger in the backcourt and continue running that system by drafting Marquis Teague.
Marquis Teague is a long, athletic guard who can push the ball. He's capable of running in transition.
His record in his sole college season was mixed. Teague had a sub-2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio. He broke out in the NCAA Tournament. In the second round, he had 24 points, seven assists and just two turnovers against Iowa State. In the Sweet 16, he posted seven assists and two turnovers again.
The Hawks would have to maximize his effectiveness by having him share touches with other players, whereas Kentucky had him facilitating the offense much of the time.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers): Fab Melo, Syracuse
The Cleveland Cavaliers hurt while Anderson Varejao was injured this season. Tristan Thompson wasn't too bad taking Varejao's place in the lineup, but he didn't shoot well. Thompson hit just 43 percent from the field. Also, while Thompson had 6.5 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game, he wasn't the dynamic presence that Varejao was.
Fab Melo would be better able to match Varejao's energy. Like Varejao, Melo is a defensive specialist who can do it all on the opposing end. Melo rebounds and blocks shots terrifically. He averaged 2.9 blocks per game in 2011-12.
Like Varejao, Melo can get off the block and defend the perimeter.
Melo pulled down 5.9 rebounds per game, including 2.7 per game on the offensive end.
The Cavaliers would benefit from having another strong defensive big man in Melo.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten, Washington
The Memphis Grizzlies will be looking for a replacement for O.J. Mayo, as they're likely to lose him in free agency.
They'll find their replacement, Tony Wroten, to be quite similar to Mayo. Wroten is a combo guard who, like Mayo, is an aggressive ball-handler, likes to shoot a great deal, can score and is a good defender.
Wroten scored 16 points per game in 2011-12 while taking 12.8 shots per game (16.9 per 40 minutes). He also had 3.7 assists per game. Using his ability to pick up action on defense, he's skilled at forcing turnovers, as shown in his 1.9 steals per game.
The flaw in his game in his tendency to turn it over. He turned the ball over 3.8 times per game.
26. Indiana Pacers: Doron Lamb, Kentucky
The Indiana Pacers will look for an efficient scorer in the late first round. They'll find one in Doron Lamb. Lamb did a great job controlling the ball and making the most of his shots. He scored 13.7 points per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and taking just 9.2 field-goal attempts per game.
Also, he committed just 1.1 turnovers per game.
The Pacers would be pleased with his ability to assist a squad that committed the seventh fewest turnovers this season.
27. Miami Heat: Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure
I must admit that I fell in love with Andrew Nicholson's complete game in the last two years.
Then again, how can a person not fall in love with the St. Bonaventure product when breaking down the action with a friendly Franciscan priest?
Even those who aren't attached to the men in brown can acknowledge what a fine all-around player Nicholson is. He bangs it inside and plays above the rim. Not only does he play great inside, but he can also hit shots from the outside.
Nicholson showed his three-point ability in the Bonnies' NCAA Tournament game against Florida State, knocking down four of five shots from beyond the arc.
He cleans up the glass, averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, including 2.6 on the offensive boards.
Also, the long 6'9" front man can swat the ball away in a fury, as he picked up two blocks per game as a senior.
Nicholson has risen up the draft boards steadily, and the Miami Heat would do well to take him at No. 27. The Heat lacked much of a presence in the frontcourt, especially with Chris Bosh missing a significant amount of games due to injury.
LeBron James wasn't meant to lead a team in rebounding as he did this season.
Nicholson would provide relief for James. Nicholson will be a quality starter on the inside.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Draymond Green, Michigan State
The Oklahoma City Thunder will go after extra scoring by drafting Draymond Green. Green was seen as a versatile power forward, scoring, passing and rebounding while at Michigan State.
He put up 16.2 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game in 2011-12.
His game will likely be limited to scoring in the pros, as his size (6'6" and 235 pounds) makes him more of a general forward than a pure power forward.
Green would have to look for his minutes after James Harden gets his, but Green will still manage to make an impact offensively for the Thunder.
29. Chicago Bulls: Will Barton, Memphis
The Chicago Bulls need to find scoring with Derrick Rose and Luol Deng injured. They'll be able to get some in the draft with Will Barton. Barton scored a sweet 18 points per game in 2011-12 on 50.9 percent shooting and a reasonable 12.9 field-goal attempts per game.
Barton is lean at 6'6" and 175 pounds. Tom Thibodeau will like his defensive energy and aptitude, as it will help replace the loss on that end with Rose out.
30. Golden State Warriors (from San Antonio Spurs): Darius Miller, Kentucky
The Warriors will add another dimension to their offense by drafting Darius Miller with their second pick in the first round. Miller mainly is a jump shooter. He's effective at that, hitting shots at a 47.4 percent clip, including a 46.6 percent clip from beyond the arc.
The addition of Miller will assuage fears that the Warriors offensive attack could become compact now that Monta Ellis is gone.
31. (2nd Round, 1st Pick) Charlotte Bobcats: Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas
After picking up a center in the first round, the Bobcats will get some guard help in the second round by drafting Tyshawn Taylor. Taylor is listed as a point guard, but he is more of a scorer than a passer. In 2011-12, he averaged 16.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Taylor will be able to help facilitate the offense when D.J. Augustin needs a break, but he may spend a good amount of his time on the floor attacking, as he took 12.2 shots per game.
Still, he could help boost an offense that was last in scoring this season.
32. (2nd Round, 2nd Pick) Washington Wizards: Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt
The Wizards will add to their freewheeling offense by picking up Jeff Taylor in the second round. Taylor is an effective shooter. He averaged 16.1 points per game on a cool 49.3 percent shooting and only 11.8 shots per game.
Taylor isn't great handling the ball. He turned it over 2.2 times per game. His DraftExpress.com profile stated, "...[H]e lacks the ability to change speeds or direction with the ball."
Thus, John Wall would have to try to lead him with passes and set him up so that he doesn't have to put the ball on the floor too often.
33. (2nd Round, 3rd Pick) Cleveland Cavaliers: Royce White, Iowa State
Looking to further build on their frontcourt, the Cavaliers will go after a versatile big man in Royce White. White put up interesting numbers in 2011-12, averaging 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, five assists and 1.2 steals per game.
That's even more impressive when you look at his 6'8", 270-pound frame. Even though he carries extra weight, White is quite mobile.
He'd add even more athleticism to the Cleveland frontcourt.
34. (2nd Round, 4th Pick) Cleveland Cavaliers (via Hornets): John Jenkins, Vandy
The Cavaliers will turn around and use their next pick on a flashy scorer in John Jenkins from Vanderbilt. Jenkins put up 19.9 points per game in 2011-12. Jenkins was mostly a three-point shooter, hitting three-pointers at a 43.9 percent rate while taking almost two-thirds of his shots from downtown.
Jenkins would be a welcome addition to a Cavs team that was 15th in the league in three-point shooting.
35. (2nd Round, 5th Pick) Golden State Warriors (from Nets): Festus Ezeli, Vandy
The Warriors will look to build on their frontcourt by drafting the defensive prodigy Festus Ezeli. Ezeli is a strong 6'11" center who is a dynamic shot-blocker. He knocked away two shots per game last season.
Also, he put up 10.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while playing just 23 minutes per game.
The issue with him is his lack of physicality. Mark Jackson will urge Warriors management to let him work with him to build him up.
36. (2nd Round, 6th Pick) Sacramento Kings: Drew Gordon, New Mexico
The Kings will try to build a frontcourt lacking in depth by taking Drew Gordon in the second round. Gordon showed a good amount of effectiveness as a scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. His DraftExpress.com profile stated that many of his shots came close to the rim and he was strong finishing at the hole.
He's a strong guy at 6'8.5" and 241 pounds and possesses a good amount of athleticism.
The Kings would savor his tenacity on the inside.
37. (2nd Round, 7th Pick) Toronto Raptors: Orlando Johnson, UCSB
The Raptors will go after guard help in the second round, taking Orlando Johnson of California-Santa Barbara. Johnson is a physical specimen. He's 6'4.5" with a jaw-dropping 6'11" wingspan. He packs a good amount of muscle on his long frame.
Johnson is a strong scorer. He averaged 19.7 points per game in 2011-12. His team used him a great deal of the time, and he managed his role well.
The Raptors will surely relish having his scoring and dynamic physical gifts.
38. (2nd Round, 8th Pick) Denver Nuggets (from Warriors): Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech
Kevin Murphy could be a nice addition to the Nuggets offense. Murphy averaged 20.6 points per game in his last season at Tennessee Tech. He's a versatile scorer inside and out. His 44 percent shooting clip wasn't pretty, but he made it work as he scored aggressively.
The Nuggets could find a nice role for Murphy coming off the bench.
39. (2nd Round, 9th Pick) Detroit Pistons: Jared Cunningham, Oregon State
The Pistons will look to add scoring by picking Jared Cunningham in the second round. Cunningham scored 17.9 points per game in 2011-12. He isn't efficient, holding a one-to-one assist-to-turnover rate and averaging 2.8 turnovers per game. That inefficiency could keep in a bench role for his career.
40. (2nd Round, 10th Pick) Portland Trail Blazers: Jae Crowder, Marquette
Jae Crowder's strength and scoring ability will catch the Trail Blazers' attention in the second round. The 2011-12 Big East Player of the Year will swoop into Portland to provide effective scoring off the bench.
Crowder put up 17.5 points per game on 49.3 percent shooting in 2011-12. His 6'5.5", 235-pound frame is great for a small forward. While he has a wide frame, he moves well for his size.
Crowder could become the latest Marquette player to force himself into fans' minds with his shooting ability.
41: (2nd Round, 11th Pick) Portland Trail Blazers: Kevin Jones, West Virginia
The Trail Blazers will build further on their frontcourt by adding Kevin Jones. Jones is a long power forward, standing 6'8" with a 7'1.5" wingspan. He averaged 19.9 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field.
42. (2nd Round, 12th Pick) Milwaukee Bucks: Kyle O'Quinn, Norfolk State
The Bucks will provide a bit of hope for the future at center by picking Kyle O'Quinn. O'Quinn is a lengthy center, standing 6'10" with a 7'5" wingspan. He shot efficiently, putting up 15.9 points per game, while taking 9.9 shots per game and shooting 57 percent from the field. His 2.7 blocks per game were tremendous.
43. (2nd Round, 13th Pick) Altlanta Hawks (from Suns): JaMychal Green, Alabama
The Hawks will try to help a thin center position by adding JaMychal Green from Alabama. Green looks small at 6'8" and 225 pounds but has a 7'2" wingspan. Green averaged 14 points on 54.6 percent shooting in 2011-12.
44. (2nd Round, 14th Pick) Detroit Pistons: Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky is a tall guard at 6'7". He can score a fair amount and shows a good flair as a ball-handler.
45. (2nd Round, 15th Pick) Philadelphia 76ers: Furkan Aldemir
Furkan Aldemir would be a good addition to help the 76ers as Elton Brand ages. He's a strong power forward who can move around a bit. He scores well finishes hard underneath.
46. (2nd Round, 16th Pick) Washington Wizards: Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
Darius Johnson-Odom is a nice guard prospect. He's long and strong at 6'2" and 215 pounds, with a 6'6" wingspan. While he has a point guard's size, he's more like a shooting guard. He scored 18.3 points per game while dishing out 2.7 assists per game.
Still, the Wizards would do well getting him for backup scoring.
47. (2nd Round, 17th Pick) Utah Jazz: Mike Scott, Virginia
The Jazz will take Mike Scott to help fortify the frontcourt. He's a good scorer, averaging 18 points per game on 56.3 percent from the field.
48. (2nd Round, 18th Pick) New York Knicks: Tu Holloway, Xavier
The Knicks could use more depth at point guard after watching Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert get injured this spring. They'll start by drafting Tu Holloway. Holloway averaged 17.5 points and 4.9 assists per game in 2011-12. His turnovers were a concern, as he committed three per game.
The Knicks will have to hope he improves so that he can effectively step in when needed.
49. (2nd Round, 19th Pick) Orlando Magic: Scott Machado, Iona
Jameer Nelson is now 30, and the former St. Joseph's guard isn't as effective for the Magic as he once was. Getting some depth at the point guard spot would be a great move for Orlando.
They could grab Scott Machado for help. At 6'1" and 180 pounds, Machado certainly isn't big. He is effective, though. Machado put up 13 points and 9.9 assists per game in 2011-12. His assist-to-turnover ratio was three-to-one.
50. (2nd Round, 20th Pick) Denver Nuggets: Bernard James, Florida State
By this point, the Nuggets will have to add depth at center. They could use support behind Javale McGee other than Timofey Mozgov. Bernard James is a solid rebounder, pulling down 8.1 boards per game. He also scored 10.1 points per game this past season.
51. (2nd Round, 21st Pick) Boston Celtics: Kris Joseph, Syracuse
The Celtics will further aid the rebuilding process by drafting Kris Joseph. Joseph adds perimeter scoring. He averaged 13 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field. He could come off the bench to provide a nice scoring punch from outside.
52. (2nd Round, 22nd Pick) Golden State Warriors (From Hawks): Marcus Denmon, Missouri
Marcus Denmon was a strong scorer at Missouri, and he could make something happen while putting up shots for the Warriors. Denmon averaged 17.7 points per game while hitting 46 percent of his shots.
Denmon is a bit small at 6'3", but he can step back for separation while hitting three-pointers, where he was good for 40 percent.
53. (2nd Round, 23rd Pick) Los Angeles Clippers: Khris Middleton, Texas A&M
The Los Angeles Clippers will get a bit of athleticism for their bench late in the draft by picking Khris Middleton. Middleton is good at creating his own shot on the perimeter and driving to the hole. He didn't shoot very well in 2011-12, hitting only 41.5 percent from the field.
If he can settle down in the Clippers' slow-paced offense, Middleton could be successful.
54. (2nd Round, 24th Pick) Philadelphia 76ers (from Grizzlies): Henry Sims, Georgetown
The 76ers will look to further build on their frontcourt by taking Henry Sims. Sims has good size at 6'11" and 251 pounds. He averaged a nice 11.6 points and six rebounds per game. He did shoot only 46.2 percent from the field.
55. (2nd Round, 25th Pick) Dallas Mavericks (from Lakers): Kim English, Missouri
The Mavericks will add a nice scoring punch late in the draft by taking Kim English. English scored 14.5 points per game on 52 percent shooting in 2011-12. He was solid from three-point range, hitting 45.9 percent.
56. (2nd Round, 26th Pick) Toronto Raptors (from Pacers): Justin Hamilton, LSU
Justin Hamilton is a big, strong center at 6'11" and 260 pounds, just what the Toronto Raptors need for a backup center. He was solid defensively in 2011-12, averaging 7.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.
57. (2nd Round, 27th Pick) Brooklyn Nets (from Heat): Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin
With the possibility of Deron Williams leaving, the Nets will have to draft a point guard. Better late than not at all, as they'll take Jordan Taylor. Taylor put up 14 points and four assists per game in 2011-12. He shot 40 percent from the field.
58. (2nd Round 28th Pick) Minnesota Timberwolves: Herb Pope, Seton Hall
The Timberwolves will seek depth at center near the end of the draft. Herb Pope would be a great addition at this point. In 2011-12, he put up 15 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.
59. (2nd Round, 29th Pick) San Antonio Spurs: John Shurna, Northwestern
The Spurs have pushed towards more scoring this year, and they could continue that trend by drafting a perimeter shooting forward in John Shurna. In 2011-12, Shurna posted a sweet 20 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting.
He'd be a great addition to help spread the floor for the Spurs.
60. (2nd Round, 30th Pick) Los Angeles Lakers: Dee Bost, Mississippi State
The Lakers need help at point guard, and they could find a bit of assistance at the end of the draft. Dee Bost was a fine point man as a Bulldog. He put up 15.8 points and 5.5 assists per game. His efficiency isn't great, but he has good awareness and feel for the game.
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