NBA Draft 2012 Grades: 76ers and Teams That Made Best Value Picks

Scott CarasikContributor IIJuly 1, 2012

Perry Jones will be an asset for the Thunder.
Perry Jones will be an asset for the Thunder.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The draft is where teams are built to be true contenders. There are three teams in the NBA that took a huge step forward with their draft this year. 

It's very rare when teams can hit on their draft and get multiple players who should be able to contribute right away. These teams either needed the influx of talent to go from a fringe playoff team to a true contender or to take that next step to win a title.


Houston Rockets

Who They Took: SG Jeremy Lamb, SF Royce White, PF Terrence Jones

The Rockets brought in three guys who can come right in and start for them. While this wasn't a draft that will automatically make the Rockets a title contender, it's something that will give them the building blocks for the future.

Jeremy Lamb is one of the best pure shooters in the draft, averaging 17.7 points per game in college. He is the guy who can take over as the primary scorer for the Rockets.

Royce White is more of an all-around player. He's very raw as a scorer, but he has the all the talent to help the Rockets develop into one of the top teams in the West.

Terrence Jones is very similar to a Marvin Williams (h/t While that's not the best thing to say about a prospect, Marvin Williams has been a solid contributor for his career with 11.5 points per game.

The Rockets have a great draft that will end up being a building block to their future as a perennial title contender. They should be able to use this as the building block to a playoff appearance in 2012-2013.

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Jeremy Lamb (R) of the Connecticut Huskies greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number twelve overall by the Houston Rockets during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012
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Oklahoma City Thunder

Who They Took: SF/PF Perry Jones III

Oklahoma City had a great run this year in the playoffs and will have continued success over the next few years thanks to a good core. While Perry Jones may not start initially, the Thunder took the right guy to help build depth behind Ibaka and Durant.

Jones could take over as a sixth man for the Thunder if they either decide to trade James Harden or move him to the starting lineup. Perry fell due to injuries, but his 14.0 points per game, 7.7 rebounds per game and 0.6 blocks per game will translate well for the NBA and give the Thunder a true scorer off the bench.


Philadelphia 76ers

Who They Took: SF Moe Harkless, PF Arnett Moultrie, SF Tornike Shengelia

Out of every team in the draft, no one had the top notch selections that the 76ers had. They brought in two guys who can start and one guy who will be excellent off the bench. For a team that earned the eighth seed and won their first series against the Derrick Rose-less Bulls, they needed some more talent at their forwards.

Moe Harkless is one of the most athletic talents in the draft. His ability to start at the 3 and move Iguodala to the 2 will help the 76ers as a whole. Harkless will at the very least be able to provide depth and contribute off the bench early.

Arnett Moultrie and the 76ers just seemed like the perfect fit in the 2012 draft. Moultrie is the kind of athletic big man they like and will be able to take over should they trade or amnesty Elton Brand. Moultrie can give the power forward spot some size and athleticism.

Tornike Shengelia is a guy who is complete depth and may not even play in the United States this year. Shengelia, combined with Moultrie and Harkless, gives the 76ers some talented depth to take that next step this year and in the future.