With the NBA Finals finished, it is time to focus on next year. LeBron James finally got his championship, and Oklahoma City played well before the pressure and the Heat got them. The Thunder and the Heat have no reason to slow down any time soon and should be going head-to-head for a long time.
Now it is time to look at the NBA Draft. There will be several teams looking for good, young talent. Some teams will want to fill specific spots on their rosters, while others will be looking to just get the best player available. Some experts say that it is a deep draft, but some say that there is very little starting talent in the group. Whatever the case may be, it is sure to be an interesting draft.
The top pick in the draft lottery went to the New Orleans Hornets. It is all but certain that they will take Anthony Davis out of Kentucky with the first pick. The Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings round out the top five. All five teams are already young and will looking to be add to it.
There are six teams that have two picks in the first round, and thus six teams that do not have a first round pick. The New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics all have two picks. The Celtics will be especially happy to add young talent to a roster that is most likely losing Ray Allen, and maybe Kevin Garnett.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz have no picks. This hurts the Nets especially, as they had the worst record of the group, and would have liked to have brought some new young talent into their new home. The Lakers have shown interest in trading up into the first round, maybe even into the top five.
With all of this in mind, here is the order for the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.
|1. New Orleans Hornets|
|2. Charlotte Bobcats|
|3. Washington Wizards|
|4. Cleveland Cavaliers|
|5. Sacramento Kings|
|6. Portland Trail Blazers (From Brooklyn Nets)|
|7. Golden State Warriors|
|8. Toronto Raptors|
|9. Detroit Pistons|
|10. New Orleans Hornets (From Minnesota Timberwolves)|
|11. Portland Trail Blazers|
|12. Milwaukee Bucks|
|13. Phoenix Suns|
|14. Houston Rockets|
|15. Philadelphia 76ers|
|16. Houston Rockets (From New York Knicks)|
|17. Dallas Mavericks|
|18. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Utah Jazz)|
|19. Orlando Magic|
|20. Denver Nuggets|
|21. Boston Celtics|
22. Boston Celtics (From Los Angeles Clippers)
|23. Atlanta Hawks|
|24. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Los Angeles Lakers)|
|25. Memphis Grizzlies|
|26. Indiana Pacers|
|27. Miami Heat|
|28. Oklahoma City Thunder|
|29. Chicago Bulls|
|30. Golden State Warriors (From San Antonio Spurs)|