NBA Mock Draft 2012: Davis, Robinson, Beal Should Go First

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on June 22 2012 10:58 AM

On June 28, Anthony Davis will be likely selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. 

The 13 other lottery-pick hopefuls, however, don't have the same luxury as Davis in knowing which city they'll be calling home. 

Based on consensus picks, college performances, and statistical analysis, these are some projections for the order of the 2012 NBA Draft:

1.)    New Orleans Hornets -- Anthony Davis, Kentucky

The guaranteed number one overall pick hails from the current national champion Kentucky Wildcats. Davis, one of the best overall defenders scouts have seen in recent memory, has the defensive prowess to completely lock off the paint and change the flow of games.  His extremely long arms and supreme athleticism allow him to play smart defense without being fooled by opponent's ball fakes.  Davis defines the term game changer with his interior defense alone.  He also possesses a high basketball IQ to go along with his leadership, giving him great set intangibles.   

2.)  Charlotte Bobcats -- Thomas Robinson, Kansas

Robinson is an offensive force that will make an immediate impact upon his arrival in the NBA.  He's a high energy player that combines his NBA-ready body with good athleticism, and phenomenal set of post tools.  The former Kansas star developed a great right hook shot in college along with solid jump shot.  Scouts love him because he's a well-rounded post player that has no major weakness

3.) Washington Wizards -- Bradley Beal, Florida

 Beal is a strong shooting guard with great shooting skills.  He has good size for the two guard position, which allows him to drive the ball and draw fouls.  He's expected to make an immediate impact in the NBA because he can create his own shot and score in a variety of ways. 

4.) Cleveland Cavaliers -- Andre Drummond, Connecticut

Drummond's enormous size allows him to play either power forward or center in the NBA.  He is an explosive player that can finish consistently with authority, but still has great touch and footwork around the paint for a big man. 

5.) Sacramento Kings -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrest, Kentucky

Kidd-Gilchrist is a very gifted player that is effective all over the court.  He's a very good on-ball defender, and plays with passion on both offense and defense.  Huge potential to become an even greater offensive NBA player

6.) Portland Trail Blazers -- Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Most effective as a mid-range shooter, Barnes has an arsenal of moves to draw fouls.  At 6-foot-8 Barnes has great size and long arms to shoot over opponents and avoid contact when needed.

7.) Golden State Warriors -- John Henson, North Carolina

Henson is a very long power forward that has even longer arms than Anthony Davis.  He crashes the boards as a great rebounder and is a reliable defender.  He has a decent jump shot to go along with a strong interior game.

8.) Toronto Raptors -- Damian Lillard, Weber State

Lillard, who is slated as the best point guard in this year's draft, can score from anywhere.  He shot over 40 percent from the three point line in college and has confidence to knock down big shots in NBA. 

9.) Detroit Pistons -- Austin Rivers, Duke

Right behind Lillard, the son of famed coach Doc Rivers is an extremely talented one-on-one scorer. He is an extremely quick player, which allows him to get down the court in seconds.  Rivers can create his own offense with his great shooting or crafty drives to the hoops. 

10.) New Orleans Hornet --  Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut

 Lamb projects to be a scoring option in the NBA right from the beginning.  He's long and lanky for his size, while perfecting his spot up shooting game playing at UConn.  At 6-foot-5, he has an unimaginable wingspan of 6-foot-11.  

11.) Portland Trail Blazers -- Tyler Zeller, North Carolina

 A great player for UNC, Zeller has the body and size to become a prototypical center in the NBA.  As a seven-footer, he has uncanny quickness and athleticism that separates him from the rest of the pack. 

12.) Milwaukee Bucks -- Meyers Leonard, Illinois

 Leonard, the second best true center in the draft, has developed an NBA body along with the tools to become an effective player.  He was very productive in the paint at Illinois and could become a franchise center down the road. 

13.) Phoenix Suns -- Dion Waiters, Syracuse

Waiters is a talented shooting guard that knows how to play team basketball.  He can score in a variety of ways, but also knows how to play without the ball. 

14.) Houston Rockets -- Perry Jones, Baylor

Jones is a hybrid forward that can explode to the rim with reckless abandon.  That ability to jump out of the building makes him a potentially very effective NBA slasher.

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