Chad Ford is one of the best in the business at creating NBA mock drafts. His experience, coupled with insider access to teams across the league, allows the ESPN expert to pinpoint where many prospects are bound to land.
Obviously, things always change on draft day, and this year will be no different. There are so many potential trades that are bound to come to fruition and players will rise and fall seemingly out of nowhere.
Let’s take a look at some picks Mr. Ford will be proven wrong about on tomorrow night during the 2012 NBA draft.
Projections from Ford’s Mock 9.3, available behind ESPN Insider’s pay wall.
No. 4 – Cleveland Cavaliers – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
The Cavs should only have their sites set on two prospects; Bradley Beal and Harrison Barnes.
MKG is a great player and going to be a force in this league, but he doesn’t have the offensive skill set that those other two possess.
Considering that Cleveland direly needs to pair Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving with a gifted scorer, it just doesn’t make sense for them to grab the Kentucky swingman.
No. 7 – Golden State Warriors – Andre Drummond
Which Pick Did Ford Botch Most?
The W’s nabbed their big man at the 2012 trade deadline when they made a deal for Andrew Bogut. His ability to protect the rim, defend and contribute easy buckets in the post is exactly what the team needed.
Now the organization needs to add another guard for some depth or a potential starting SF and should take the best available one when it is their turn at the podium.
It would not make sense for Golden State to take a high-risk player at a position they just upgraded.
No. 10 – New Orleans Hornets – Austin Rivers
Anthony Davis is obviously going No. 1 and will be a star player that compliments their young, high upside SG in Eric Gordon.
There is absolutely no reason for this team to take Rivers when they already have an excellent option at the position and major holes to fill at PG, SF and C.
With plenty of talented point guards likely to be available, NOLA would be much better suited selecting one of them to help run a totally re-tooled offense.