Predicting Full Stat Lines for Top 5 Picks of the 2012 NBA Draft
While the draft wasn't necessarily as exciting as people were hoping, full of blockbuster trades, it was still really great to see all these guys achieve their dreams of joining the NBA.
Now it's time to analyze these kids all summer long until we get to see them in action with their new teams. The top five picks are always the most scrutinized. The interesting thing about this year's draft is that the first three were freshmen for the first time ever.
While this means they'll have long NBA careers, it also means that there hasn't been a ton of time to really evaluate them, and they have been taken mostly on potential. But obviously they have some sort of body of work, otherwise they wouldn't have been picked.
So, with that said, here's some stat line predictions for the top five picks.
Anthony Davis: New Orleans Hornets
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On this Hornets team, huge things are expected of young Anthony Davis, and he'll be able to deliver. Davis will have a leadership role on this team as a highly touted first-round pick, and he'll be playing alongside Rivers which will help him out as well.
Since he's so big and athletic, don't expect his stats to look too much different from his college stat line.
PPG—12; AST—2; RBD—2
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Charlotte Bobcats
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is one of those players who has a ton of upside but may not be extremely useful right off the bat. He's really athletic, and has an enormous wingspan. It's a bit surprising that he averaged less than one block a game, but that will likely increase with time.
He also has a winner's attitude and never gives up which will help him as he adjusts to the NBA and improves.
He's really young, so don't look for him to have a monster breakout season, but he'll definitely get some playing time and learn to create his shots as time goes on.
PPG—7; AST—2; RBD—4
Bradley Beal: Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal was really impressive as a freshman so it's easy to see how he rounded out the top three picks. The Wizards are definitely working on rebuilding their team this offseason so it's not certain what team will surround him, but he will be surrounded.
Beal will provide some valuable bench minutes off the bat, possibly working his way into a starting position if he improves.
PPG—8; AST—2; RBD—4; he'll likely be good for at least one steal a game as well.
Dion Waiters: Cleveland Cavaliers
Dion Waiters is certainly ready for the NBA. He's a big guard who will play very well alongside Kyrie Irving. Look for him to get similar stats to what he did during his sophomore year, since he'll likely get his usual 24 minutes, even if he isn't a starter.
PPG—10; AST—3; RBD—2; and a block here and there.
Thomas Robinson: Sacramento Kings
Thomas Robinson will likely be used slightly differently on the Kings than he was on the Jayhawks since there are more established players, but he'll play nicely alongside DeMarcus Cousins. He probably won't be averaging a double-double like he did in college, but there's a chance.
While he may still score in the double digits, the players in the NBA are much faster and bigger than he's used to, so his stats won't be as inflated. That said, his shooting percentage is a great starting point for him to build on.
PPG—10; AST—2; RBD—6