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NBA Draft 2012: 1st-Round Grades and Pick Analysis
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The 2012 NBA Draft is over and the picks are in, so how did your team do on draft night?

The New Orleans Hornets, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder  were all big winners, while the Mavericks and Blazers came out looking like disappointments.

So, did your team ace the 2012 NBA Draft?

 

2012 NBA Draft Grades

New Orleans: Anthony Davis, Power Forward, A+

The best player in the draft, pure and simple.

 

Charlotte Hornets: Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, Small Forward, B

A tough, hard-nosed forward who will play great defense, learn to shoot and lead the dysfunctional Charlotte locker room.

 

Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, Shooting Guard, A

A great shooter and the best talent on the board.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, Shooting Guard, B-

An excellent scorer and almost a poor man's Dwayne Wade, but Harrison Barnes was the best player and fit for Cleveland.

 

Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson, Power Forward, C

A super-scoring forward and leader, but not a future star.

Portland Blazers: Damien Lilliard, Point Guard, D

A good scoring guard, but passing on Harrison Barnes' talent here will haunt Portland.

 

Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes, Small Forward, A+

Barnes is a perfect fit for Golden State. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes, David Lee and Andrew Bogut, the Warriors are a top three team in the Western Conference.

 

Toronto Raptors: Terrence Ross, Shooting Guard, C-

A good shooter and future role player, but passing on Andre Drummond's talent here is a mistake.

 

Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond, Center, A

A great talent and good fit next to Greg Monroe.

 

New Orleans Hornets: Austin Rivers, Shooting Guard, A

A great pick. Rivers is a confident, scoring guard who will play well alongside Davis and gives New Orleans the flexibility to trade Eric Gordon for a king's ransom.

 

Portland Blazers: Meyers Leonard, Center, D

A talented but immature player. Passing on Jeremy Lamb here could continue Portland's history of passing on future stars for big-man busts.

 

Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb, Shooting Guard, A-

A great player and the underrated star of Connecticut's 2011 NCAA Championship team.

 

Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall, Point Guard, B+

It's the end of the Steve Nash era in Phoenix, and like his predecessor, Marshall has the passing ability to make the players around him better. He is, in a word, Nash-lite.

 

Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson, Power Forward, B+

A superb defensive player with a developing offensive game and star potential.

 

Philadelphia 76ers: Maurice Harkless, B

A talented swingman who is likely to replace Andre Igoudala on a young, growing Philadelphia team.

 

Houston Rockets: Royce White, A-

A very skilled, big player who can be a rare point forward star. The Rockets now have a lot of pieces to work with in their quest to acquire established NBA stars.

 

Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Zeller, B

A rock solid, surprisingly athletic future center.

 

Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones, A-

A very skilled and talented combo forward who is a great fit in Houston's collection of talent assets.

 

Orlando Magic: Andrew Nicholson, Power Forward, B

A skilled, almost veteran forward who will be a nice fit alongside Dwight Howard.

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Denver Nuggets: Evan Fournier, Shooting Guard, B+

A dynamic, talented scorer who could become the best French import since Tony Parker. But should they have passed on both Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III?

 

Boston Celtics: Jared Sullinger, Power Forward, A-

A very productive, skilled forward who vacuums the boards. He can be a special player in Boston and the most talented player to drop out of the lottery.

 

Boston Celtics: Fab Melo, Center, B-

A very good defensive center with the strength to block shots and rebound inside. But Perry Jones III, a top 10 talent, would have been the better fit.

 

Atlanta Hawks: John Jenkins, B

Not the best talent on the board, but the Hawks needed a shooter and Jenkins is the best in the draft.

 

Dallas Mavericks: Jared Cunningham, Shooting Guard, D+

A solid player but not a big-time talent like Quincy Miller, Will Barton and Perry Jones—just to name a few players that Dallas did not draft.

 

Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten Jr., B+

A top five talent if he had a jump shot and a better attitude. He is a great gamble here, though they passed on talented and popular local product Will Barton.

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Indiana Pacers: Miles Plumlee, Center, D

A great athlete who never produced well at Duke, but how do you take him over Jeff Taylor, Perry Jones III, Arnett Moultrie and Marquis Teague? This a classic mistake of drafting need over talent.

 

Philadelphia 76ers: Arnett Moultrie, Power Forward, B

A skilled, athletic big man who can clog the paint and shoot the ball for the Philadelphia 76ers' reserve unit.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III, Small Foward, A+

A special talent who could have been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. What a steal!

 

Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague, Point Guard, B+

A top 10 talent with great quickness, a fast first step and underrated passing ability. He will replace the injured Derrick Rose and, if he blossoms into a star, become the Bulls' best trade asset.

 

Golden State Warriors: Festus Ezeli, Center, B

A backup center who plays defense, which is exactly what the Warriors needed at this spot.

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