NBA Draft 2012: Round 1 Mock Draft

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NBA Draft 2012: Round 1 Mock Draft
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Anthony Davis and as many of 4 as his Kentucky teamates could go in the 1st round this year.

The 2012 NBA draft is full of headlines. This draft is considered one of the best in years and may rival the historic 2003 and 2005 drafts in the coming years. It contains a nearly surefire first overall pick in Anthony Davis, a dynamic 6'10'' shot blocker who was a late bloomer and dominated college basketball. Well, on one side of the court at least.

Kentucky could produce four more additional first-round picks besides the consensus No. 1 pick. While the point guard crop is weak, there is an excess of quality 4s and high-upside shooting guards. The teams at the top have to be salivating over the quality of prospects that will be available throughout the lottery.

A player who considered leaving school early last year would have been a top-five pick in that draft. This year, Perry Jones III figures into the back end of the lottery, showcasing the depth of this draft.

This is a projection of who I believe is the best pick for each team. Without further ado...

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