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Mock Draft 4.0: One last guess before the real fun begins


Posted Jun 28 2012 2:40PM

Welcome to the final mock draft. Now to see whether it is the final, final mock draft.

The possibility of trades is everywhere, and an 11th-hour deal obviously changes everything. It happened last year -- Bobcats, Bucks, Kings -- it happens a lot of years. The talking continues into the final hours and minutes of the 2012 process as well, as high up as Charlotte with No. 2 and trying to flip it into multiple assets.

Until then:

FIRST ROUND

1 New Orleans Hornets | Anthony Davis | C | Kentucky

What has been known for about a month, since the lottery, finally becomes official. Davis is nothing short of the perfect piece for the rebuilding Hornets: superstar-level talent, high energy, hard worker, excellent character. | Season highlights


2 Charlotte Bobcats | Thomas Robinson | PF | Kansas

The trade conversations continue. Among the many options -- several players or a deal -- Robinson is an inside presence for a team that needs to get tougher. | Season highlights


3 Washington Wizards | Bradley Beal | SG | Florida

The Wizards take the leftover from the Bobcats Robinson-Beal debate and are happy with the outcome either way. | Season highlights


4 Cleveland Cavaliers | Harrison Barnes | SF | North Carolina

You take Tristan Thompson at 4 a year ago, you clearly don't mind unconventional. So keep Andre Drummond in mind. But most signs still pointing to a Barnes-Michael Kidd-Gilchrist decision. | Season highlights


5 Sacramento Kings | Michael Kidd-Gilchrist | SF | Kentucky

The Kings would be very happy. While Kidd-Gilchrist adds to the shooting woes, he would be a big improvement for the defense, for small forward and for the locker room. | Season highlights


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

Drummond is in the mix for a team that needs a center. But the Blazers also need a point guard, and Lillard is the best in the draft.


7 Golden State Warriors | Dion Waiters | SG | Syracuse

Waiters is slightly undersized at 6 foot 4, but he is an aggressive scorer who will cause problems for defenses and add needed depth to the backcourt. | Season highlights


8 Toronto Raptors | Jeremy Lamb | SG | Connecticut

The Raptors are looking for help at guard and would love a chance at Lillard, who has been in for two workouts, including a late return visit on Tuesday, or Waiters.| Season highlights


9 Detroit Pistons | Andre Drummond | C | Connecticut

It's not such a risk to take Drummond, with the second-best potential in the draft in the eyes of some teams, at this point. A Drummond-Greg Monroe pairing would be full of potential. | Season highlights


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

After going big with the first pick, the Hornets take 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

Leonard, with more potential, tops Tyler Zeller, more NBA-ready coming out of the draft, in the Portland debate over a new -- and hopefully permanently healthy -- center. | Season highlights


12 Houston Rockets | Tyler Zeller | C | North Carolina

If the Rockets are unable to swing a big deal, at least they have a new direction at center. Zeller could be very solid for a long time. | Season highlights


13 Phoenix Suns | Austin Rivers | SG | Duke

There is great disparity from teams on the Rivers read. Some see mid-lottery with a long career of scoring numbers, others see mid-teens with dominating the ball and turnovers. | Season highlights


14 Milwaukee Bucks | John Henson | PF | North Carolina

The Bucks got their (temporary) solution at center with the Samuel Dalembert acquisition while trading down two spots. If they still end up with the defensive presence on their board all along, it is a good night. | Season highlights


15 Philadelphia 76ers | Terrence Jones | PF | 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


16 Houston Rockets | Maurice Harkless | SF | St. John's

A lot of teams think Harkless, who came out after his freshman season, has lottery-level talent with athleticism and high character. | Season highlights


17 Dallas Mavericks | Terrence Ross | SG | Washington

The emerging sophomore has signs of a big-time scorer, with range on his shot and athleticism, with the versatility to play either swing spot. | Season highlights


18 Houston Rockets | Jared Sullinger | PF | Ohio State

Sullinger has too much talent to drop much further amid concerns about a lack of athleticism and career longevity because of a back problem. He will be a physical presence as long as he is standing. | Season highlights


19 Orlando Magic | Perry Jones III | PF | Baylor

The talented-but-enigmatic Jones, a strong candidate for the lottery early in the season, is hoping he convinced teams he has gained the proper mindset. | Season highlights


20 Denver Nuggets | Royce White | SF | Iowa State

White lost the chance to play for the hometown Timberwolves, as he hoped, when Minnesota traded out of the first round. But George Karl will maximize White's unique talents as well as anyone. | Season highlights


21 Boston Celtics | Arnett Moultrie | PF | Mississippi St.

The Celtics, needing size anyway, try to build a bridge to life after Kevin Garnett. Moultrie rebounds, moves well and has an improving offensive game. | 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 because of his defensive presence at 7-feet and 255 pounds. | Season highlights


25 Memphis Grizzlies | Marquis Teague | PG | Kentucky

Teague is not a natural point, but some teams believe he can develop into a reliable decision-maker to package with physical skills. | Season highlights


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 | Miles Plumlee | PF | Duke

The lack of offensive game is a concern, especially going to a team that needs an offensive punch at center and power forward. But Plumlee is an athletic rebounder and improving. | Season highlights


29 Chicago Bulls | Will Barton | SG | Memphis

The Bulls will like the scoring punch from one of the Draft sleepers, a long, athletic junior who needs to get stronger and add range to his shot. | Prospect Profile


30 Golden State Warriors | Evan Fournier | SF | France

The Warriors may find their small forward in the draft, after all. They may just have to wait a year to actually get him in the NBA, if Fournier stays overseas.

SECOND ROUND

31 Charlotte Bobcats | Jeffrey Taylor | SF | Vanderbilt

The Bobcats have a big opening at small forward, and Taylor is a big-time defender with a lot of athleticism. | Season highlights


32 Washington Wizards | Draymond Green | SF | Michigan State

There are questions whether he can transition from college power forward, but Green has four years college experience, rebounds, passes and scores inside. | Prospect profile


33 Cleveland Cavaliers | Tony Wroten Jr. | PG | Washington

The Cavs are obviously set for a starter at the point with Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving, but Wroten can play some shooting guard as well. He could go in the first round. | Season highlights


34 Cleveland Cavaliers | Doron Lamb | SG | Kentucky

He has a great chance to stick as a role player on shooting alone. One of the less-publicized members of the national champions has NBA range and can create. | Season highlights


35 Golden State Warriors | Kyle O'Quinn | C | Norfolk State

O'Quinn went from 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the upset of Missouri in the NCAA tournament to being named MVP at the Portsmouth pre-Draft tournament. | Season highlights


36 Sacramento Kings | Drew Gordon | PF | New Mexico

The Kings can use the help at power forward. Godron is a nonstop competitor who moves well at 240 pounds and is tenacious on the boards. | Season highlights


37 Toronto Raptors | Tyshawn Taylor | PG | Kansas

Taylor has great physical attributes, but is suspect as a decision maker. If he improves there, the Raptors have a contributor. | Season highlights


38 Denver Nuggets | Orlando Johnson | SG | UC-Santa Barbara

Johnson has a versatile scoring game and can also pass and rebound. He is one of the underrated talents of the draft. | Season highlights


39 Detroit Pistons | Jared Cunningham | SG | Oregon State

Cunningham can be a difference maker on defense and brings a strong work ethic. Getting stronger will help. | Season highlights


40 Portland Trail Blazers | Kevin Murphy | SF | Tennessee Tech

A quick player who uses screens well and can score in bunches. The concern is that he is only 195 pounds and played at a small school.


41 Portland Trail Blazers | Furkan Aldemir | PF | Turkey

If he can bulk up from the 220 pounds on the 6-9 frame, Aldemir has a chance to be a sold rebounder in the NBA, whenever he comes over.


42 Milwaukee Bucks | Henry Sims | C | Georgetown

Sims is such a skilled passer at 6-11 and 240 pounds that he was the only player to finish in the top 15 in the Big East in blocks and assists. | Season higlights


43 Atlanta Hawks | Scott Machado | PG | Iona

Machado is a poor-man's Kendall Marshall -- terrific passer and floor vision, but not explosive. A candidate to become a dependable backup. | Prospect profile


44 Detroit Pistons | Tomas Satoransky | SG | Czech Republic

Satoransky, a solid offensive player, has an out in his contract this summer, but is open to returning to Europe. | Prospect profile


45 Philadelphia 76ers | Darius Miller | SF | Kentucky

A senior and one of the glue guys of the national champions, Miller is a shooter with 3-point range and NBA size at 6-7 and 235 pounds. | Season highlights


46 New Orleans Hornets | Hollis Thompson | SG | Georgetown

Thompson is one of the best perimeter shooters in the Draft, with the kind of 3-point range that can keep him in the NBA. | Season highlights


47 Utah Jazz | Kim English | SG | Missouri

English, at 190 pounds, needs to get stronger. But he is a very good shooter with range, experienced after four years in school, and smart. | Prospect profile


48 New York Knicks | Kevin Jones | PF | West Virginia

Jones plays with great energy and will crash the glass. In a different way than Amar'e Stoudemire will crash the glass, of course. Jones does a lot of his damage on the offensive boards. | Season highlights


49 Orlando Magic | Kris Joseph | SF | Syracuse

A terrific athlete and finisher who sometimes had lapses in aggressiveness last season as a senior. | Season highlights


50 Denver Nuggets | Khris Middleton | SF | Texas A&M

His play in pre-draft auditions, particularly the Chicago combine, was an encouraging reminder of his previous level of play after a 2011-12 marred by injury. | Season highlights


51 Boston Celtics | Quincy Acy | PF | Baylor

While it is never easy to make it as a power forward at 6-foot-7, Acy is a leaper with a long reach and a passion to scrap. | Season highlights


52 Golden State Warriors | Bernard James | PF | Florida State

James is a defender/rebounder with a proven work ethic after six years in the Air Force, exactly the approach the Warriors hope to add. | Prospect profile


53 Los Angeles Clippers | JaMychal Green | PF | Alabama

An active defender, Green can use athleticism and effort block shots and rebound, and maybe even use it enough to make the roster of a team that could need bigs, depending what happens with their free agents. | Season highlights


54 Philadelphia 76ers | Darius Johnson-Odom | PG | Marquette

Though an honorable mention All-America and the No. 2 scorer in the Big East, he will have a tough time staying at shooting guard at 6-foot-3. | Prospect profile


55 Dallas Mavericks | Jae Crowder | SF | Marquette

A tough, versatile defender who can guard both wing spots and will rebound, especially on the offensive end. | Season highlights


56 Toronto Raptors | Kostas Papanikolaou | SF | Greece

He boosted his stock at the Euroleague Final Final to become a good candidate to keep in Europe to develop, especially for a team that has three earlier picks.


57 Brooklyn Nets | Robbie Hummel | PF | Purdue

Hummel showed improvement medical improvements during the season after two ACL surgeries. Wihtout those, he could have gone at the end of the first round. | Season highlights


58 Minnesota Timberwolves | William Buford | SG | Ohio State

Buford will have to continue as a perimeter threat to have a chance to stick in Minnesota, though he can also pass and will rebound. | Season highlights


59 San Antonio Spurs | Robert Sacre | C | Gonzaga

A legit center at 6-foot-11 and 260 pounds, Sacre plays solid and smart. He has a few inside moves and an understanding of where to be to make the right play on defense. | Season highlights


60 L.A. Lakers | Mike Scott | PF | Virginia

Scott is a physical presence inside at 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds and can also score from different spots on the court. | Prospect profile


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