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Scott Howard-Cooper

Mock Draft 2.0: A little history for you pre-Draft camp fans


Posted Jun 14 2012 1:27PM

With the two big combines over and The Finals beginning in Oklahoma City, the memory of this time of year five seasons ago and news that Kevin Durant had a bad showing in a weightlifting drill at the pre-Draft camp comes to mind.

He's not strong enough to make it in the NBA! The sky is falling!

Some perspective is needed, then, as we pass the important Chicago pre-Draft camp for top U.S. college players and the adidas Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy, for most of the best international prospects. The two days in Illinois will impact the bottom half of the first round and the second round. The three days about 20 miles north of Venice were probably not enough for anyone there to crash the top 30.

There are tweaks to the first round for now after talks with dozens of executives, scouts, coaches and players in the last week. More shifting will continue until the selections on June 28, though, with team workouts the rest of the way. For now, here's how it looks:

1 New Orleans Hornets | Anthony Davis | C | Kentucky

Davis is nothing short of the perfect piece for the rebuilding: superstar-level talent, high energy, hard worker, excellent character. | Season highlights


2 Charlotte Bobcats | Thomas Robinson | PF | Kansas

The pick is in play. If the Bobcats do not trade it, Robinson is an inside presence for a team that needs to get tougher. | Season highlights


3 Washington Wizards | Bradley Beal | SG | Florida

If Robinson is off the board and the best chance to address a size need is gone, the Wizards fill another hole by adding a promising shooter. | Season highlights


4 Cleveland Cavaliers | Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | SF | Kentucky

Versatile defender, nonstop worker, athletic and a position need for the Cavs. A very good fit with a point guard, Kyrie Irving, who will deliver the ball. | Season highlights


5 Sacramento Kings | Harrison Barnes | SF | North Carolina

The Kings need anyone who can hit a shot and a small forward. Barnes is both. They would be happy if Robinson or Kidd-Gilchrist falls. | Season highlights


6 Portland Trail Blazers | Damian Lillard | PG | Weber St.

The Blazers, in need of a center, will give Andre Drummond a look. But they also need a point guard, and Lillard is the best one in the draft.


7 Golden State Warriors | Perry Jones III | SF | Baylor

Needing a small forward, the bold Warriors go for the risk pick, a very skilled and unselfish enigma who did not play hard all the time. | Season highlights


8 Toronto Raptors | Dion Waiters | SG | Syracuse

Waiters is a little small at 6-foot-4, but he is an aggressive scorer who will cause problems for defenses.| Season highlights


9 Detroit Pistons | Andre Drummond | C | Connecticut

His inconsistent focus is a concern, and the only reason he falls this far, but the lure of a Drummond-Greg Monroe pairing is too intriguing. | Season highlights


10 New Orleans Hornets | Kendall Marshall | PG | North Carolina

After going big with the first pick, the Hornets address point guard with the best distributor in the draft and hope he continues to improve as a shooter. | Season highlights


11 Portland Trail Blazers | Meyers Leonard | C | Illinois

What could possibly go wrong when the Blazers pick a center? Meyers is an athletic 7-footer who needs to get stronger.


12 Milwaukee Bucks | John Henson | PF | North Carolina

The Bucks need bigs, and some teams see a potential defensive star in Henson. He needs to bulk up in the NBA, though. | Season highlights


13 Phoenix Suns | Jeremy Lamb | SG | Connecticut

The Suns would love to land a dependable big man -- Jared Sullinger is an option -- but can't let Lamb's talents drop any further. | Season highlights


14 Houston Rockets | Tyler Zeller | C | North Carolina

His lack of strength is a concern, but Zeller has good offensive skills and could be a solid contributor for years. | Season highlights


15 Philadelphia 76ers | Jared Sullinger | PF | Ohio State

Sullinger drops, but maybe to an ideal place. The 76ers can use a power player, and the experienced Sullinger will be an interior presence. | Season highlights


16 Houston Rockets | Austin Rivers | SG | Duke

Rivers could become a serious scorer and an ideal backcourt partner because he handles the ball and can play with pressure. | Season highlights


17 Dallas Mavericks | Terrence Jones | SF | Kentucky

Jones, considered a possibility to go high in the lottery last season, has a lot of talent hidden in there somewhere. It's a reasonable risk this late. | Season highlights


18 Minnesota Timberwolves | Terrence Ross | SG | Washington

The emerging sophomore can play either wing, versatility that would be a great asset for a team looking for playmakers there. | Season highlights


19 Orlando Magic | Moe Harkless | SF | St. John's

As much as it would break the hearts of Magic fans to find a potential replacement for Hedo Turkoglu, Harkless scores and rebounds. | Season highlights


20 Denver Nuggets | Arnett Moultrie | PF | Mississippi St.

The Nuggets would love to add muscle at some point of the offseason, be it through the draft or later with a veteran pickup. | Season highlights


21 Boston Celtics | Royce White | SF | Iowa St.

It's difficult to know what direction the Celtics will go -- keep the roster together for another year or rebuild. But White's versatility is very attractive. | Season highlights


22 Boston Celtics | John Jenkins | SG | Vanderbilt

Jenkins is one of the best shooters available, complete with 3-point range. Plus, the Celtics may be parting ways with Ray Allen. | Season highlights


23 Atlanta Hawks | Andrew Nicholson | PF | St. Bonaventure

Nicholson is experienced and projects as a dependable player who can score from inside or out. | Season highlights


24 Cleveland Cavaliers | Fab Melo | C | Syracuse

Melo needs a lot of work on offense, but is a worthwhile investment pick because of defensive presence at 7-feet and 255 pounds. | Season highlights


25 Memphis Grizzlies | Jeff Taylor | SF | Vanderbilt

The Grizzlies could become very formidable defensively on the wings with Tony Allen and Taylor, the son of the former NBA player of the same name.


26 Indiana Pacers | Quincy Miller | SF | Baylor

The Pacers have developed something that will last and can afford to wait for a payoff this late. Miller has talent, but struggled in 2011-12. | Season highlights


27 Miami Heat | Festus Ezeli | C | Vanderbilt

At 6-foot-11 and 265 pounds, Ezeli has the potential to become a shot blocker and the work ethic to become a solid role player for Miami. | Season highlights


28 Oklahoma City Thunder | Marquis Teague | PG | Kentucky

OKC needs point guard depth behind Russell Westbrook. Teague isn't a true point, but some teams believe he can develop. | Season highlights


29 Chicago Bulls | Tony Wroten Jr. | SG | Washington

The potential to be a combo guard makes Wroten an attractive selection, with or without the health problems for Derrick Rose. | Season highlights


30 Golden State Warriors | Kevin Jones | SF-PF | West Virginia

Jones heads to the NBA as a tweener, which is a problem, but also as a relentless rebounder with an understated offensive game.


Scott Howard-Cooper has covered the NBA since 1988. You can e-mail him here and follow him on twitter.

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