2012 NBA Mock Draft
1. New Orleans - PF Anthony Davis (Kentucky): This is just blatantly obvious.
2. Charlotte - SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky): I love this kid's game. The Bobcats have a ton of needs and MKG can fill a few of them. If he can develop a relatively consistent jump shot he could be an elite NBA player.
3. Washington - PF Thomas Robinson (Kansas): In the games that I saw Robinson play, I often times thought that he got a little out of control and just threw himself recklessly towards the rim. While that did concern me, he's definitely got all the tools to be great and the Wizards could use a dominant big man to put down low while John Wall and Jordan Crawford run the back court.
4. Cleveland - SG Bradley Beal (Florida): Another one of my favorites in the draft. He can shoot, drive (with great athleticism), rebound, and whatever else you want. I say the Cavs put a great shooting guard next to Kyrie Irving to take some scoring pressure off of their sensational young point guard. I'd have considered predicting a big man to be selected had they not drafted PF Tristan Thompson just a year ago.
5. Sacramento - C Andre Drummond (Connecticut): The Kings have a plethora of guards, and while they may still lack a pure point guard, they also only had one player average 7+ rebounds per game (DeMarcus Cousins). I say they put this raw but gifted talent alongside Cousins to try and develop one of the league's dominant front courts.
6. Portland - PG Damian Lillard (Weber St.): I've heard things about the Blazers and Lillard having a bit of a love affair going on already, and the team seems to be ready to part ways with Raymond Felton, so Lillard here makes sense.
7. Golden State - SF Harrison Barnes (North Carolina): I dropped him because in the UNC games that I saw I'd often forget he was even on the court for stretches. He also doesn't seem to have that killer instinct scorer mentality that many of the great scorers possess. He did, however, still average 17.1 points per game by scoring in a variety of ways. The Warriors have Stephen Curry at the point with Andrew Bogut and David Lee down low. They should fill the whole in the middle.
8. Toronto - SG Dion Waiters (Syracuse): Waiters left the Combine before it was over, and there is heavy speculation it is because he was promised by the Raptors that they would draft him. The Raptors deny it, but I think it makes sense for them to take him there.
9. Detroit - PF John Henson (North Carolina): The Pistons are said to be looking to take a big man in the draft, which makes sense with Brandon Knight, Ben Gordon, and Rodney Stuckey at guard. Center Craig Monroe showed some solid improvement last year (his second season in the NBA), finishing with averages of about 15 points and 10 boards. Henson is a great defensive player who could form a great tandem down low next to Monroe.