2012 NBA Draft: 10 Players Drafted into the Best Situations
On Thursday night 60 players fulfilled lifelong dreams when they were drafted into the NBA.
There were many rumors and questions going into the 2012 NBA Draft: Would the Charlotte Bobcats keep their pick? Would the Houston Rockets trade into the top 5? How far would Dion Waiters rise?—and it made for an interesting night.
In the end there weren't as many trades as analysts expected, but there were still some surprising turn outs throughout the night.
The only certainty about this draft was that the New Orleans Hornets would select Kentucky forward Anthony Davis with the first overall pick.
Now that all the picks are in it's time to look at 10 players that were drafted into the best situations.
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Doron Lamb-Milwaukee Bucks, 42nd Overall
The fifth of six Kentucky players drafted, Lamb went to the Bucks, who have Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis ahead of him.
But Lamb is a shooter that Milwaukee desperately needs. His ability to knock down shots from 15-plus feet will get him time on the court, and if he plays well enough, he may make Jennings or Ellis expendable.
Lamb was the most consistent and efficient offensive force for Kentucky's national championship team last year.
He also was able to run the point for the Wildcats, and if he can remain a combo guard, he will be a great fit for the Bucks.
Tony Wroten Jr: Memphis Grizzlies, 25th Overall
Wroten is still an unfinished product, but what he is good at—penetrating and passing—will be much welcomed additions to Memphis.
Last year, the Grizzlies didn't have a player outside of Mike Conley that was a consistent threat to get into the lane every possession.
By adding Wroten, Memphis gets both a back up point guard and someone to help get easy baskets for their star-studded frontcourt of Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
Wroten will attack the rim and get to the free throw line again and again. If he can improve his shot from the line, he could become the steal of the draft.
Perry Jones III: Oklahoma City Thunder, 28th Overall
Jones was a prospect who's stock was believed to be slipping heading into the draft...and slip he did.
But one scout's red flag is another general manager's steal, and general manager Sam Presti and the Thunder were able to pick up a lottery level talent at the back end of the first round.
Jones will be expected to fill the role left by Jeff Green as a combo forward, which will could help give Kevin Durant a break or he could even play on the court alongside him when Oklahoma City goes small.
This fit is great because Jones will not be asked to be a star right away and will be given time to grow and develop.
Jared Sullinger: Boston Celtics, 21st Overall
Sullinger was the second big name prospect that developed a late medical red flag heading into the 2012 NBA Draft.
Sullinger, like Perry Jones after him, fell right into an amazing spot.
Sullinger will be able to play with Kevin Garnett (if he returns) a la Glen Davis and Brandon Bass. He will be able to control the paint for the Celtics while Garnett floats around on the perimeter.
Playing alongside Rajon Rondo will help Sullinger as well. Rondo's passing abilities and unselfish play should lead to numerous easy paint points for Sullinger.
Marquis Teague: Chicago Bulls, 29th Overall
Teague dominated the high school ranks two years ago by aggressively attacking the basket and scoring as he pleased.
At Kentucky, Teague played on a more talented and complete team and was asked to try and facilitate an offense in order to become a more traditional point guard.
However, with another former John Calipari guard, Derrick Rose, sidelined due to injury, Teague is the perfect replacement.
While he isn't the athlete Rose is, Teague is as fast—if not faster—as D Rose and has the ability to finish at the rim like the former MVP.
Darius Johnson-Odom: Los Angeles Lakers, 55th Overall
Darius Johnson Odom is an ultimate competitor, and even though he will not be a star in this league, he is perfect player for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers lacked any true punch off the bench last year and DJO is just the type of player to provide that spark that Los Angeles is missing.
DJO can shoot, handle the ball, execute pick and roll situations, and attack the rim.
Whenever Kobe Bryant goes to the bench, DJO will be able to play much the same way he did for Buzz Williams and Marquette. All DJO did there was average 18.3 points per game.
Thomas Robinson: Sacramento Kings, 5th Overall
Robinson seemed to be a lock to go second overall to the Bobcats before Thursday night, yet when the Sacramento Kings went to select, Robinson remained on the board.
With DeMarcus Cousins already in house the Kings were looking for another big man to team with him.
T-Rob fits perfectly next to Cousins. Robinson is a high-energy, athletic and aggressive forward who gives his all on the court each time he steps on it.
Robinson and Cousins could easily become one of the most dominant frontcourt tandems in the NBA in a few seasons.
Harrison Barnes: Golden State Warriors, 7th Overall
After his freshman season, Barnes was considered a lock to be selected in the top five of the 2011 NBA Draft. Yet he choose to go back to the University of North Carolina for his sophomore year.
Barnes faded at the end of his sophomore season, and that final impression seemed to last on scouts as Barnes fell to the Warriors at seven.
Harrison is one of the most offensively gifted players in the draft. He has the shot and athleticism that general managers and scouts look for in a wing prospect, and he averaged 15.7 and 17.1 points per game, respectively, in his two seasons as a Tar Heel.
With shooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on board, Barnes will be a welcomed addition to the Bay Area.
Andre Drummond: Detroit Pistons, 9th Overall
Drummond is the quintessential high-risk/high-reward player in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The UConn product has the size, athleticism, length and speed that make scouts drool. However, he has yet to put all his talent to use on the basketball court.
He underwhelmed as a freshman at the University of Connecticut, averaging 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. But Drummond is only 19 years old.
In Detroit he will be going to a team with an already established low post player in Greg Monroe, and the Pistons aren't going anywhere soon. This gives Drummond the time needed to develop and reach his full potential, which could eventually make him the best player in this draft class.
Bradley Beal: Washington Wizards, 3rd Overall
Beal is the final piece of the overhaul the Wizards have undergone in the past year.
Bradley is the perfect compliment to star point guard John Wall. Wall is an athletic and aggressive driver and penetrator.
With a shooter of Beal's capabilities, Wall will now have a player to kick out to for open shots. Beal is not only a shooter but he rebounds well for his size and is able to drive and finish at the rim.
With a potential lineup of Wall, Beal, Trevor Ariza, Nene, and Emeka Okafor, Washington could potentially break into the playoffs in 2013.