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  • Draft 2012 Player Profiles

    Excited!  Ok, so I’ve seen 9 freaking mock drafts by Chad Ford, and I haven’t done shit.  So here I go. 

    Anthony Davis:

    Oh Gosh, this is easy.  Unbelievable, other-worldly athletic, and an absolute terror on defense.  His ceiling is ridiculously high.  His NBA equivalent is absolutely Kevin Garnett.  His defensive presence is ridiculous and his offensive talent is yet untapped.  He could have Rasheed Wallace’s outside game, with Kevin Garnett’s defensive presence.  How bad ass of a beast would that be?  

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

    The consumate winner, my type of player.  He makes the right plays, plays hard, brings it on every possession.  He’s got great measurables.  A 3 in the NBA, who can guard 3 different positions.  His jumpshot is questionable, remind you of anyone?  I would say, worst case scenario, he’s going to be Andre Iguodala.  If he ever discovers his offensive game, he could be the next Scottie Pippen, and I’m not saying he’s a #2.  He can be Jordan’s first retirement Scottie Pippen, who averaged 22ppg, 8.7rbg, 5.6apg, and 2.9 spg.  That’s a ridiculous stat line, and MKG can do it.  

    Thomas Robinson:

    I think the most difficult of the lottery picks to figure out.  He filled the stat sheet in college.  Put up points, rebounds, assists, blocked shots, FG%, solid up and down, with a great motor and work ethic.  But he’s severely undersized.  I mean, I’ve seen this before, and his name is Carlos Boozer.  Boozer was able to develop a great 18 footer, and thus was able to carve a place for himself in the league.  I think his NBA equivalent is going to be David West, but a ferocious rebounder.  He’ll develop a good mid-range shot, be able to score inside against smaller players, and rebound the hell out of the ball.  

    Bradley Beal:

    Ray Allen. No questions asked about it.  He is a ferocious, good tenacity, rebounds well for his size.  He likes to dribble drive.  I’ll put question marks next to his defense and his ball handling, because he’ll have to improve both to be a superstar, but his skills on the offensive side of the ball kick ass.  

    Andre Drummond:

    The biggest enigma.  He’s got all the measurables.  Freakishly athletic, 7 footer, who looks great on the practice court, but when you put him in a game he seems to shy away.  There are a couple of guys like him in this draft, but he has the highest ceiling.  His equivalent in the game is Andrew Bynum.  He’ll struggle until he finds his place, his motor and maturity will be questioned, but ultimately, he’s talented, tall and impossible to guard on the offensive end.  He’ll be great with his back to the basket, but only if he works to gain position on the block.  If he doesn’t, he’ll flop out of the league.  

    Tyler Zeller:

    A winner in college.  He’s tall, and you can’t teach tall.  He’s got a great motor.  He’ll be able to hit the mid range jumper, so he’ll be a great pick and pop partner.  He’s not overly athletic, but he’ll be able to defend the 5.  He’ll be a great back up center.  Think Nick Collison, a rotation player, who can contribute with effort and smarts.  

    Harrison Barnes:

    He came out of high school being compared to Kobe Bryant, which is way too lofty for him.  He can’t create his own shot, and his defense is questionable.  He can shoot jumpers anywhere on the court, and he’s got decent basketball IQ.  I think he can be Andrei Bargnani.  He can shoot all day, rebound a little, but unless he steps up on defense, or works on his ball handling, he’ll be limited to a spot up shooter.  

    Ok, I’ll continue to do more later.  

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    Or, how its better known to me, NBA Draft month!  So this is when I do my mock drafts and all that other good stuff, so I’m going to try and change it up this year, do a little more interactive stuff.  So here goes! 

    The NBA draft lottery was today, and so here is the final draft order for the first round!




    Description: strong>New Orleans</strong> New Orleans


    Description: strong>Charlotte</strong> Charlotte


    Description: strong>Washington</strong> Washington


    Description: strong>Cleveland </strong> Cleveland


    Description: strong>Sacramento</strong> Sacramento


    Description: a href=''  title='Blazers receive Nets first round pick (top 3 protected)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Portland</strong></a> *Portland


    Description: a href=''  title='Jazz receive the Warriors&#039; 2012 first-round pick, via Nets (Marcus Williams trade) (top 7 protected in 2012 and 2013, top 6 protected in 2014. If not received by 2014, Jazz will instead receive Warriors&#039; 2014 and 2016 second round picks)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Golden St.</strong></a> *Golden St.


    Description: strong>Toronto</strong> Toronto


    Description: strong>Detroit</strong> Detroit


    Description: a href=''  title='Hornets receive the Timberwolves 2012 first-round pick. via Clippers (unprotected). (Chris Paul trade 2011)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*New Orleans</strong></a> *New Orleans


    Description: strong>Portland</strong> Portland


    Description: strong>Milwaukee</strong> Milwaukee


    Description: strong>Phoenix</strong> Phoenix


    Description: strong>Houston</strong> Houston


    Description: strong>Philadelphia</strong> Philadelphia


    Description: a href=''  title='Rockets receive the Knicks&#039; 2012 first-round pick (top 5 protected in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, if not conveyed by 2015 then the Rockets will receive the Knicks 2015 and 2016 second-round picks)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Houston</strong></a> *Houston


    Description: strong>Dallas</strong> Dallas


    Description: a href=''  title='T&#039;Wolves receive the Jazz 2012 first-round pick (lotto protected in 2012 and top 12 protected in 2013, and Minn has option to swap picks in 2014 if Utah pick is 10 or lower. Otherwise Minn receives 2nd rounder.)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Minnesota</strong></a> *Minnesota


    Description: strong>Orlando</strong> Orlando


    Description: strong>Denver</strong> Denver


    Description: strong>Boston</strong> Boston


    Description: a href=''  title='Celtics receive the Clippers&#039; 2012 first-round pick, via Thunder (Eric Bledsoe trade) (top 10 protected in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, unprotected in 2016. In 2012, the Celtics would receive the lesser of the Clippers first-round pick or the T&#039;Wolves&#039; first-round pick (Marko Jaric trade))'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Boston</strong></a> *Boston


    Description: strong>Atlanta</strong> Atlanta


    Description: a href=''  title='Cleveland receives the Lakers&#039; (lottery protected) 2012 first round pick. (Ramon Sessions trade)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Cleveland </strong></a> *Cleveland


    Description: strong>Memphis</strong> Memphis


    Description: strong>Indiana</strong> Indiana


    Description: a href=''  title='Cavs have the option to swap 2012 first-round picks with the Heat'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Miami</strong></a> *Miami


    Description: strong>Oklahoma Cty</strong> Oklahoma Cty


    Description: strong>Chicago</strong> Chicago


    Description: a href=''  title='Warriors receive the Spurs 2012 (protected) first round pick. (Richard Jefferson trade)'  class='mock_team_link'><strong>*Golden St.</strong></a> *Golden St.


    Very, very exciting.  So here are my initial thoughts!

    -       Conspiracy Alert!  First of all, the NBA still owns the freaking Hornets, and now that they’re going to sell to the Benson Family, they don’t want to give them a bad team with a superstar that is willing to leave (Eric Gordon has made it clear that he’s not signing an extension with them), so why not hand wrap them the best big man prospect since Tim Duncan?  Yeah, that wasn’t blatantly obvious!  Ugh.  Really, NBA?  You couldn’t think of a better way to do it?!?!?!?

    -       Teams with 2 1st round picks:  New Orleans (1, 10), Portland (6,11), Boston (21, 22), Golden St (7, 30), Cleveland (4, 24), Houston (14, 16)

    -       Who’s number 2?  Anthony Davis is the clear #1, so who’s going to be the #2 pick?  A lot of options, so we’ll see where this goes. 

    -       Expect a TON of trades.  So many teams with double first rounders, and there’s a lot of teams that will want to move up!  

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