NBA Draft 2012: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Will Be Steal of the Draft at No. 5

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJune 28, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with the media during the news conference in which he announced he will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was once a contender for the second pick in the 2012 NBA draft, but he is going to fall to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5 on Thursday.

When the smoke clears on Thursday night, the Kings will undoubtedly be walking away with the biggest steal of the draft, as a potential All-Star in MKG will be theirs.

A lot has to happen for MKG to fall so far, but you can bet that it is going to happen.

Obviously, the New Orleans Hornets will take MKG's Kentucky teammate, Anthony Davis, with the No. 1 overall pick. No one will blink as Davis goes first, and then the rest of the draft will play out.


The Charlotte Bobcats are on the clock next with the second pick in the draft.

After going a horrendous 7-59 for the lowest winning percentage in league history, the Bobcats need more than just one player to turn things around in Charlotte. Because of that, it would come as a surprise to no one if they decided to trade the pick.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in the pick and are reportedly willing to give Charlotte the No. 4, No. 24 and No. 34 picks in the draft in order to leap-frog the Washington Wizards and take Florida's Bradley Beal at No. 2.


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ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 25:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels attempts a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Midwest Regional Final at Edward Jones Dome on March 25, 2012 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by
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This seems like too good of an offer for Charlotte to refuse, as this year's draft class is very deep, and it can get three great players with those picks.

With this trade almost certainly going down, you can bet that the Cavs will grab the second pick in the draft and take Beal in order to pair him with Kyrie Irving in the backcourt.


The Washington Wizards are on the clock next with the third pick in the draft.

With Beal off the board, the Wizards will probably look to bolster their front line. Kansas forward Thomas Robinson will still be on the board, coming with his NBA-ready frame and a desire to win.

Robinson is arguably the second-best big man in the class behind Davis, and his services inside to pair with John Wall at point guard will be too much for the Wizards to pass up on.


The Charlotte Bobcats are on the clock next with the fourth pick in the draft.

After trading down for the fourth pick in the draft, Charlotte is looking for a player that can bring fans to games and light up the scoreboard.

While there are a lot of players in this class who can do that, not one of them has something that Harrison Barnes has: being homegrown.

The kid who graduated from the University of North Carolina will draw fans to games, and he has a sweet jump shot that the Bobcats will love.

While I don't think that this is a smart pick at all, I think that Michael Jordan and the Bobcats will take Barnes fourth.


The Sacramento Kings are on the clock next with the fifth pick in the draft.

I would expect Sacramento to want to trade this pick in most cases, but with MKG still on the board at No. 5, it would be nothing short of foolish to pass up on him.

Look for the Kings to walk away with Kidd-Gilchrist on Thursday.