2012 NBA Mock Draft (Part 2)

6/26/12 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

This is the second part of my 2012 NBA Mock Draft (for part one click here), in which I predicted the first 15 picks. Here we go with the rest of the first round...

Mar 23, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baylor Bears forward Perry Jones III (1) dunks the ball past Xavier Musketeers center Kenny Frease (32) inthe second half of the semifinals of the south region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome.  Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE16. Houston - PF Perry Jones (Baylor): Some have Jones going much higher than this, but from what I saw I didn't think he looked like a top 10 pick type player. Jones did, however, lead a very good Baylor team in both points and rebounds. I have the Rockets snagging shooting guard Austin Rivers with the 14th pick, so it makes sense for them to go with a big man here.

17. Dallas - SG/SF Terrence Ross (Washington): The Mavs roster is simply too old right now. Their only decent players that don't have double digit years of experience are Delonte West and Brandan Wright. Terrence Ross has been shooting up people's boards lately. Drafting him would give the Mavs a 6'7'' swingman to energize their aging core group of players. I wouldn't rule out the Mavs going for a point guard, but keep in mind that they're hoping to bring Deron Williams back to his hometown this summer.

18. Houston - SF Moe Harkless (St. John's): I think he and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb are the best players available, but drafting Austin Rivers (who I have going to the Rockets at 14) and Lamb doesn't make much sense. Should Rivers not fall to 14 for the Rockets to take, I'd say they get Lamb here, but as of now I'm going with the one-and-done kid out of St. John's. His game is similar to Perry Jones, but Jones has 3 inches and almost 30 pounds on him and I think they could work well on the court together.

19. Orlando - SG Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut): The Magic really do not have a good team when you take out Dwight Howard. With Howard looking like he's on his way out, the Magic should really just go for the best player on the board. Lamb is a good scorer who could help this team move on from the drama of Dwight.

20. Denver - PF Andrew Nicholson (St. Bonaventure): This kid made a name for himself while upsetting Duke during March Madness. The Nuggets have a good balance of solid young players. You can never have enough depth down low, and Nicholson will give them some more of that.

21. Boston - C Fab Melo (Syracuse): The Celtics never had a reliable center last season, and it showed as they finished dead last in the league in rebounding. Melo can give the Celtics rebounding and also become a defensive centerpiece to learn from and eventually replace Kevin Garnett as his career winds down (I fully expect Garnett to resign with the Celtics).
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