2012 NBA Draft Results: Live Pick-by-Pick Grades and Analysis
With that being said, the 2012 NBA draft is under way.
Let's recap all the trades and moves that took place during the draft
1. The Los Angeles Lakers bought the No. 55 pick from the Dallas Mavericks, sending Darius Johnson-Odom to the Lakers.
2. The Philadelphia 76ers sold their No. 54 pick to the Brooklyn Nets, sending Tornike Shengelia to the Nets.
3. The Sacramento Kings sent Orlando Johnson (No. 36 pick) to the Indiana Pacers for cash considerations.
4. The Brooklyn Nets bought Tyshawn Taylor (No. 41 pick) from the Portland Trail Blazers for cash considerations.
5. The Dallas Mavericks traded Keleena Azubuike and the draft rights to Tyler Zeller (No. 17 pick) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for the draft rights to Jared Cunningham (No. 24 pick), Bernard James (No. 33 pick) and Jae Crowder (No. 34 pick).
6. The Miami Heat traded Arnett Moultrie (No. 27 pick) to the Philadelphia 76ers for Justin Hamilton (No. 45) and a future first-round pick.
There you have it. The 2012 NBA draft is in the history books.
It's now just a matter of time before we see how all 60 picks turn out for their respective teams.
No. 60 L.A. Lakers: Robert Sacre, C, Gonzaga
No. 59 San Antonio Spurs: Marcus Denmon, SG, Missouri
No. 58 Minnesota Timberwolves, SF, Robbie Hummel
No. 57 Brooklyn Nets: Ilkan Karaman, F, Turkey
No. 56 Toronto Raptors: Tomislav Zubcic, SF, Croatia
No. 55 Dallas Mavericks: Darius Johnson-Odom, SG, Marqutte
No. 54 Philadelphia 76ers: Tornike Shnegelia, F, Georgia
No. 53 L.A. Clippers: Furkan Aldemir, PF, Turkey
No. 52 Golden State Warriors: Ognjen Kuzmic, C, Bosnia
No. 51 Boston Celtics: Kris Joseph, F, Syracuse
No. 50 Denver Nuggets: Izzet Turkyilmaz, F, Turkey
No. 49 Orlando Magic: Kyle O'Quinn, C, Norfolk State
No. 48 New York Knicks: Kostas Papanikolaou, F, Grece
No. 47 Utah Jazz: Kevin Murphy, G, Tennessee Tech
No. 46 New Orleans Hornets: Darius Miller, F, Kentucky
No. 45 Philadelphia 76ers (To Miami Heat): Justin Hamilton, C, LSU
No. 44 Detroit Pistons: Kim English, SG, Missouri
No. 43 Atlanta Hawks: Mike Scott, PF, Virginia
No. 42 Milwaukee Bucks: Doron Lamb, PG, Kentucky
No. 41 Portland Trail Blazers: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas
Tyshawn Taylor is a player with a lot of potential, but he's going to need a lot of coaching and veteran mentoring to reach that potential.
Taylor's game is hindered by bad decisions, but his game is also helped out by his ability to drive into the paint and score.
It's interesting the Blazers went after another guard here, but who knows, it could pay off if Taylor is able to be disciplined enough to excel.
No. 40 Portland Trail Blazers: Will Barton, SG, Memphis
Will Barton is one of the purest scorers in the draft. He's lanky and he's super athletic.
Barton will bring immediate production off the bench for the Trail Blazers. The way Barton plays is reminiscent of another Blazers, Jamal Crawford, and that's great news for Blazers' fans.
Barton could be a steal of the 2012 NBA draft. He's that pure of a scorer.
No. 39 Detroit Pistons: Khris Middleton, SF, Texas A&M
The Detroit Pistons needed a player who could help the Pistons transition Tayshaun Prince out of the small forward spot, and Khris Middleton can do that.
Middleton had a tough year at A&M last year, and that hurt his draft stock. If he had stayed another year at A&M he certainly could've been a top-20 pick next year, but the Pistons are glad he didn't because they stole in the second round.
No. 38 Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor
The Denver Nuggets were able to get a player with lottery potential early in the second round in Quincy Miller.
Miller hurt his draft stock by not returning to Baylor for another year, but that's okay with the Nuggets as they'll be glad to help him transition into the NBA as a second-round pick.
With some coaching and veteran mentoring, Miller will be able to add polish to his offensive game, and he'll also be able to develop into a dangerous wingman for the Nuggets.
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