2012 NBA Draft Top 10 Picks

29 06 2012
Anthony Davis Jordan Brand Classic 2011

Anthony Davis Jordan Brand Classic 2011 (Photo credit: BasketballElite)

The NBA draft was held today and here are the 2012 top ten picks:

  1. New Orleans Hornets pick Anthony Davis (Kentucky) – From national champs to over-all No.1, life has been moving so fast for Anthony Davis in the past couple of months. The Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four  will be playing in the city where he won the national championship as a freshman. He averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks in his only year in college. The 6-11 and 222 pound – power forward is expected to start and star for the Hornets who lost Chris Paul last year.  He is a definite upgrade to Carl Landry or Jason Smith. He will improve the Hornets rebounding that only ranks 24th last year. Potential: Tim Duncan II Question: How will the additional affect his game in the NBA?
  2. Charlotte Bobcats pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) – For the first time in history, the No. 1 and No. 2 picks come from the same school. John Calipari must be proud as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is picked next to Anthony Davis. Kidd-Gilchrist is another freshman forward from the national champs, he is expected to play SF in the pros. After speculations of draft day trades, the Bobcats chose to keep the pick. He is a  third-team All-American. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats. He is known for his high motor and defensive intensity. The Bobcats have a lot of holes to fill and the pick will fill many of those holes. He can replace Corey Maggette at SF and help improve the Bobcat’s rebounding (29th in the NBA) and defense (27th in the NBA). Potential: Dennis Rodman with slightly better scoring averages. Question: How will he help the dismal offense of the Bobcats?
  3. Washington Wizards pick Bradley Beal (Florida) – A 3rd straight freshman is picked this year, as the Wizards chose  Beal.Beal was the 2011 Gatorade national player of the year after averaging 32.5 points in his senior season in high school. In his lone season at Florida, he averaged 14.8 ppg, team high 6.7 rpg, and 2.2 apg. Many are saying that the Wall-Beal backcourt will be  joy to watch. Potential: Ray Allen with better defense but less 3FG%. Question: Will he be enough to get John Wall to the playoffs?
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers pick Dion Walters (Syracuse) – The 4th pick was another underclassman in Dion Walters of Syracuse. Walters is the 6th man for Syracuse but he is 2nd leading scorer of the Orangemen. Many pundits think that Cleveland reached for this pick but the nice the thing about Walters is that he is a player who does not need to start to make an impact. He is do-it-all that can play both guard positions.  Along with Kyrie Irving, they can rival the Wall-Beal pairing in Washington. Potential: James Harden. Question: Will he bring his offensive and defensive efficiency to the NBA?
  5. Sacramento Kings pick Thomas Robinson (Kansas) – The big man from the national runner-up Kansas is going to Sacramento.  In his junior season, he averaged 17.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, and had 27 double-doubles to lead the Jayhawks to the national finals. By drafting him, the Kings will pair him with DeMarcus Cousins to form one of the most dynamic big man tandems in the league. Potential: DeMarcus Cousins, just imagine 2 of those playing for Sacramento every night. Question: Will the 2 be enough for the Kings?
  6. Portland Trailbalzers pick Damian Lillard (Weber St.) – The first senior and first point guard taken in the 2012 draft is Damian Lillard of Weber State. The Blazers took the mid-major star after a string of impressive pre-draft performances. Lillard averaged 24.5 ppg, 4.0 apg and 88.7 FT% in his final collegiate season. Portland will now have an option to let go of either Jamal crawford or Raymond Felton. Potential: Chauncey Billups Question: Will he be an effective NBA point guard?
  7. Golden State Warriors pick Harrison Barnes (North Carolina) – Barnes was slated to be a Top 5 pick last year before deciding to comeback to play with the Tar Heels for a sophomore season.  His draft number was lower than expected mainly because of some poor performance in the 2012 March Madness. Some experts think that his outstanding play was a result of playing with outstanding pass-first point guards. With the Warriors, he will be playing with the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and most likely he needs to create his owns shots in most situations. Potential: Antawn Jamison Question: Will he start immediately for the Warriors?
  8. Toronto Raptors pick Terence Ross (Washington) – At 6’6 and 195 lbs., Ross has an ideal size for an NBA shooting guard.  He averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in his last season with the Huskies. His size and athleticism will be useful in guarding the likes of Kobe Bryant and Dawyne Wade in the NBA. He could start immediately at Toronto who needed efficient production from the two guard position. Potential: Eric Gordon. Question: Will he be better than DeMar De Rozan?
  9. Detroit Pistons pick Andre Drummond (Connecticut) – The young big man from Connecticut fell to Detroit at 9.  Drummond averaged 10.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 2.7 bpg. He will pair up with Greg Monroe to give the Pistons an young and imposing front court. The teenager could star immediately for Detroit and give a defensive presence that has been lacking since they heydays of Ben Wallace. Potential: Dwight Howard – Lite. Question: Will he be consistently good and durable in the NBA?
  10. New Orleans Hornets pick Austin Rivers (Duke) – The son of Boston Celtic coach Glenn “Doc” Rivers was picked No.10 by the Hornets. The pick along with the No.1 pick will give them an inside-outside tandem for the years to come. He averaged 15.5 ppg 3.4 rpg and 2.1 apg in his only season with the Blue Devils.  He could be PG in the NBA but he also have the skills and mentality of an SG. Potential: Russell Westbrook II. Question: Will he be a PG or an SG in the NBA?

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