NBA Mock Draft 2012: Davis, Robinson Top Expected Lottery Picks

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on June 26 2012 2:17 PM

Here's a look at the players expected to be lottery picks on June 28 at the Prudential Center in New Jersey for the 2012 NBA Draft.

1. New Orleans Hornets -- Anthony Davis, Kentucky, Power Forward, 6-foot-10, Freshman

Davis is the consensus top overall pick for many reasons. He's an athletic defender, he has good shooting form, and most importantly, he has shown a strong interest in improving his game. Davis may not develop into a superstar in the NBA like Dwight Howard, but he should be a major impact player after his rookie season. 

2. Charlotte Bobcats -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, Forward, 6-foot-7, Freshman

Kidd-Gilchrist, an effective starter for Kentucky, played bigger than his size, averaging 11.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Although his offense needs to improve, he can be an effective force in the paint immediately.

3. Washington Wizards -- Bradley Beal, Florida, Guard, 6-foot-3, Freshman

Regarded as the best shooter from long-range, Beal has constantly been compared to Ray Allen for his style and accuracy. Beal, who averaged nearly a double-double during his lone season at Florida, was named to the All-SEC First team and won All-SEC Freshman honors. Beal will be able to play both shooting and point guard, and will provide an offensive edge early in his career.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Thomas Robinson, Kansas, Forward, 6-foot-10, Junior

Arguably the best defensive-minded player available, Robinson is extremely athletic for his size, and is praised for his physical play. Due to his long stature, Robinson is a tough defender for any opponent in the paint, and will immediately prove any team's defense. But he needs to improve his basketball IQ and make better decisions in the paint. He also needs to better understand when to shoot and when to pass.

5. Sacramento Kings -- Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, Small Forward,6-foot-8, Sophomore

Barnes can score from anywhere on the court, but is especially terrific from mid-range. However, Barnes lacks the explosiveness needed to play effectively on defense in the NBA. Barnes will provide some relief for the Kings, but don't expect Barnes to stand out until his after his rookie season.

6. Portland Trail Blazers -- Andre Drummond, UCONN, Center,  7-foot, Freshman

Drummond is the most NBA-ready center available in this year's draft. His size and power will come to his benefit and allows him to flourish in the paint. Although he still needs to learn a lot about his position, his transition to the NBA should not be as difficult. He needs to stay clear of being foul-prone, though, and use his stature to its potential.

7. Golden State Warriors -- Dion Waiters, Syracuse, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-4, Sophomore

Waiters, who plays with confidence and skill, can easily score more than 20 points per game. The main concern in the NBA will be his size, and how he is able to set-up drives during fast-break plays. He's a good ball-handler and can be very tough to defend due to his quickness and agility.

8. Toronto Raptors -- Damian Lillard, Weber State, Point Guard, 6-foot-3, Junior

Having a very high basketball IQ, Lillard can play in any circumstance, and can provide immediate offense in the NBA. He is effective from long-range, and can quickly set up plays. Lillard will need to work on his overall court vision to become exceptional in the NBA. 

9. Detroit Pistons -- Jeremy Lamb, UCONN, Shooting Guard, 6-foot-5, Sophomore

Lamb is an excellent all-around shooter with long arms and athleticism. He can easily average 15 points per game, but will need to put on some weigh in order to be effective driving to the hoop. His mid-range scoring is not an issue, but the lack of offense in the paint could affect his game.

10. New Orleans Hornets --  Meyers Leonard, Illionis, Center, 7-foot-1, Sophomore

Leonard averaged 13.2 points and eight rebounds per game in college. He runs the floor well, and plays the game with a much smaller frame than his height would suggest. However, Leonard needs to improve his overall strength in order to be effective defensively at the next level. Although he has proven to be a good shot-blocker, he needs to gain the strength to hold his ground against defenders.

11. Portland Trail Blazers -- Terrence Ross, Washington, Guard, 6-foot-7, Sophomore

 Ross possesses very strong court vision and can easily score from mid-range, long-range, or in the lane. He'll need to add weight to his frame, in order to be able to rebound or follow up on missed shots. He needs to better utilize his speed, but he's overall a solid draft pick and ready for the NBA.  

12. Milwaukee Bucks -- Austin Rivers, Duke, Guard, 6-foot-5, Freshman

Rivers, the son of the Boston Celtics head coach, performed well under pressure, especially shooting, during his freshman year at Duke. He has smooth ball-handling skills, but can be side-dominant at times. He will have to become a universal shooter from both sides of the court in order to succeed in the NBA.

13. Phoenix Suns --  Terrence Jones, Kentucky, Small Forward, 6-foot-9, Sophomore

 Jones is NBA-ready with great athleticism and an ability to defensively patrol the paint with his blocking and rebounding ability.  He can easily score in double-digits in the paint with his explosiveness and size, but needs to work on being more versatile on the court.

14. Houston Rockets -- Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, Power Forward, 6-foot-9, Sophomore

Sullinger plays smart basketball, recognizes opportunities, and can find others open on the court. He uses his body to get open looks against his opponents, but does not have the athleticism of an elite player. He can be shut down and will need to learn how to create more elbow space to get easier shot opportunities.

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