NBA Draft 2012: Predictions and Notable Player Developments

 @Lingberg2000 on June 20 2012 2:29 PM

The 2012 NBA Draft is about a week away but there is no shortage of news about it.

There is one thing that's for sure, and that is Kentucky's Anthony Davis being selected with the first overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets.  

Here is a look at other things to watch for with the NBA Draft looming:

Charlotte Bobcats

In addition to giving their uniforms a much needed update, there are rumors the Bobcats are open to trading away the second overall pick. The thinking here is that they are trying to bring in a young veteran so that the team will have an easier time picking up wins here and there. One of the more high profile players rumored to be involved is Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings. Evans would go to Charlotte, along with the fifth overall pick in exchange for the second overall pick. The Kings would then have a choice between Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kansas's Thomas Robinson and Florida's Bradley Beal. All three of these players would be a fantastic choice for the Kings but Robinson would most likely be the selection there if this trade actually happens. 

The Milwaukee Bucks are also rumored to have a desire to trade up for the No. 2 pick. Monta Ellis would be packaged with several other later picks, but this doesn't seem to have too much steam.

Jared Sullinger

The Ohio State big man has been red flagged by doctors after some issues with his back were discovered at the combine. Team doctors have advised their teams not to draft Sullinger because these issues could cut his career short. This news has the potential to destroy his draft stock, much like it did for DeJuan Blair after it was discovered he had no ACLs. But in hindsight Blair is perfectly capable of being an impact player in the NBA. But for Sullinger who certainly would have been selected within the first 10 picks a week ago, might fall out of the lottery picks altogether. He could fall to a late first round pick. This is disappointing because Sullinger is an extremely tough player who rebounds the ball and has a nice offensive game. 

Dion Waiters

After cancelling all future workouts with NBA teams, it was believed that Waiters received a draft promise. The Arizona Republic reported that the Phoenix Suns gave him a "soft promise" to draft him if he does indeed fall to their spot at No. 13. Waiters would be a solid pick for the Suns, given that he is able to create his own shot. His presence would take some pressure off point guard Steve Nash. 

Washington Wizards

The Wizards have completed a trade with the Hornets that basically involves the shuffling of huge, nasty contracts. They get Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza in exchange for Rashard Lewis and pick No. 46. The addition of Ariza could mean that Kidd-Gilchrist is out of the running for the third pick, for now. Beal will probably be the pick there when the Draft takes place next week. 

As for the Hornets, they have chosen to pair Chris Kaman with likely first overall pick Anthony Davis. It's not bad if you think about it because Kaman is an offensive force, whereas Davis is a defensive genius. The future already looks promising for New Orleans, just one season removed from trading away its franchise player in Chris Paul.