NBA Draft Preview 2012

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Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis- At 6’10, 220 lbs, Davis is the all around best player in the upcoming draft class. He is a versatile shot blocking machine with outrageously long arms and the ball handling abilities of a guard. Just like in most drafts, there is an obvious number one, and 2012 is no exception. Davis will enter the NBA and have an immediate impact on the defensive end, but I think he will struggle offensively. Similar to what we saw in the championship game against Kansas, his dominant interior defense of six blocked shots and 16 rebounds stole the show.  

Thomas Robinson- Unlike the NBA ready Davis, Robinson’s game must evolve if he wants to succeed at the next level. His big frame and quick, explosive style is everything that an NBA team could want in a draft prospect. But, he must be more consistent on both ends of the floor, including developing a post-up game and improving his ball handling skills if he wants to succeed in the NBA. Overall, Robinson’s physical abilities should overshadow the aspects of his game that can be improved with practice and time in the gym.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist- In my opinion, Kidd-Gilchrist is the safest pick in this year’s draft. He is explosive around the rim and doesn’t need the ball to have an impact on the game. He is an exceptional defensive player, which I think will be his bread and butter in the NBA. His high energy and intensity makes him a great pick and a great leader to build a team around.

Andre Drummond- When talking about pure size, mobility, power and athleticism there is only one player that comes to mind: Andre Drummond. At 6’11, 270 lbs, Drummond has drawn comparison to Amar’e Stoudemire because of his explosiveness around the rim and his ability to finish. Overall, I think Drummond will be a top 10 pick, but will struggle as a rookie as he tries to translate his game to the NBA. His non-existent post-up move will come to bite him as he goes up against some of the best centers in the league.

Harrison Barnes- It seems like every guard or small forward in this draft class struggles to create his own shot. In Barnes’ case, it is his lack of explosiveness that prevents him from doing that. In his sophomore season at UNC, Barnes averaged 17.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. In the NBA, I see Barnes getting lost under all the talented players surrounding him. We all know that he will be a top ten pick, but in my opinion, his game is just not good enough to translate into a good NBA player.

Draft Order

  1. New Orleans
  2. Charlotte
  3. Washington
  4. Cleveland
  5. Sacramento
  6. Portland (from Brooklyn)
  7. Golden State
  8. Toronto
  9. Detroit
  10. New Orleans (from Minnesota via L.A. Clippers)
  11. Portland
  12. Milwaukee
  13. Phoenix
  14. Houston
  15. Philadelphia
  16. Houston
  17. Dallas
  18. Minnesota
  19. Orlando
  20. Denver
  21. Boston
  22. Boston (from L.A. Clippers via OKC)
  23. Atlanta
  24. Cleveland (from L.A. Lakers)
  25. Memphis
  26. Indiana
  27. Miami
  28. Oklahoma City
  29. Chicago
  30. Golden State (from San Antonio)
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