2012 Mock Drafts
 
WHO WILL THEY TAKE?
NBA Writers and Web Sites Pose Their Mock Drafts
There are a lot of "experts" out there trying to predict who the Warriors are going to select with the No. 7 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Warriors.com has combed through the Internet for you and compiled all their picks in one place. Check back often for new additions and updates!
   

  Last Updated: June 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Dion Waiters
DION WAITERS
Guard; 6'4"; 221 lbs.
Syracuse, Sophomore
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Andre Drummond
ANDRE DRUMMOND
Center; 6'11"; 275 lbs.
Connecticut, Freshman
What They're Saying
Harrison Barnes
HARRISON BARNES
Small Forward; 6'8"; 215 lbs.
North Carolina, Sophomore
What They're Saying
Perry Jones III
PERRY JONES III
Small Forward; 6'11"; 235 lbs.
Baylor, Sophomore
What They're Saying

Damian Lillard
DAMIAN LILLARD
Point Guard; 6'3"; 189 lbs.
Weber State, Junior
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST
Small Forward; 6'7"; 230 lbs.
Kentucky, Freshman
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Jeremy Lamb
JEREMY LAMB
Guard/Forward; 6'5"; 180 lbs.
Connecticut, Sophomore
What They're Saying

Austin Rivers
AUSTIN RIVERS
Guard; 6'5"; 203 lbs.
Duke, Freshman
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John Henson
JOHN HENSON
Power Forward; 6'11"; 220 lbs.
North Carolina, Junior
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Jared Sullinger
JARED SULLINGER
Forward; 6'9"; 280 lbs.
Ohio State, Sophomore
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DION WAITERS, G, 6-4, 221, SYRACUSE
Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2011-12 Third Team All-Big East
  • 2011-12 Big East All-Tournament Team
  • 2011-12 Big East Sixth Man of the Year
  • 2011-12 NIT Season Tip Off All-Tournament Team
  • 2009-10 Parade Second Team All-American
    Source/Comments
  • Chad Ford, ESPN.com: Adding Waiters to their backcourt gives them a guy who can get to the basket at will. Sort of a Monta Ellis player at a fraction of the price.
  • Sam Amick, Sports Illustrated: Considering the always-fragile right ankle of point guard Stephen Curry and the inexperience of promising, soon-to-be second-year shooting guard Klay Thompson, Waiters would be a valuable fit here.
  • Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: 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.
  • DraftExpress
  • NBADraft.net
  • USA Today: Solid combo-guard with good athleticism. Can play without the ball but is an instinctive scorer.
  • Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle: Most dynamic scorer in draft.
  • Joe Kotoch, SheridanHoops.com: Some around the league believe that over time, Waiters may be one of the top offensive players in this draft.
  • Adam Lauridsen, Fast Break: Waiters fits an immediate need of providing a slashing, penetrating guard.
  • Jeff Goodman, CBS Sports: Waiters is a mini D-Wade and could co-exist well in the backcourt with Stephen Curry.
  • Matt Moore, CBS Sports: Waiters gives them a scorer with absurd length and athleticism, someone who won't battle with Stephen Curry for shots.
  • Mike Elworth, Hoopstuff: With Curry and Thompson in place, Waiters would have to come off the bench, but he could become one of the league’s top sixth men almost immediately.
  • Sport Smasher: He is a slasher with a little Dwayne Wade to his game, and would bring the Warriors an element that they do not currently have offensively and add depth in case Stephon Curry continues to struggle with ankle injuries.
  • NBA Draft Insider
  • Tony Mejia, Pro Basketball News: Waiters’ ability to penetrate would make him an ideal third guard.
  • Dime Magazine: Some even say he has the most potential to become a superstar of anyone in the draft outside of Davis.
  • The Sports Bank: Waiters’ ability to get to the basket would be a great complement for shooters Steph Curry and Thompson.
  • MyNBADraft.com
  • NBA-draft.com
  • Scott Shirley, RoundballChat.com


    ANDRE DRUMMOND, C, 6-11, 275, CONNECTICUT
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 Big East All-Rookie Team Selection
  • 2011-12 Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year
  • 2011-12 Preseason All-Big East Honorable Mention
  • 2011-12 Recorded 10 Double-Doubles
  • 2010 Member of gold medal winning U.S. team at the FIBA Under-17 World Championships
    Source/Comments
  • Steve Alexander, Rotoworld: Drummond could be a solid NBA center once he gets a year or two of development under his belt.
  • Christopher Reina, Real GM: The suspiciously public reluctance to draft Drummond from the Warriors is the great smokescreen of the 2012 Draft buildup.
  • Ryan McNeill, Hoops Addict
  • Sean Deveney, Sporting News: There is a good mix of youth and experience on this team, so they can afford to allow Drummond to develop.
  • Ethan Strauss, WarriorsWorld: He’s 280 pounds with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. Everyone’s hating on him, but he’s 18 years old, athletic and blocks shots.
  • Hoops World
  • Nicholas Schwartz, Business Insider: Though he could be a bust, some scouts are comparing him to Dwight Howard, and he'd have some protection in Golden State behind Andrew Bogut.
  • Dennis Velasco, The Basketball Jones: With Drummond dropping in their laps, I’d expect the Warriors to take the gamble on him if they keep the pick.
  • College Hoops Update: If Andre Drummond is still on the board it's tough to pass him up with the upside and potential. He instantly brings a natural post defender who will block shots and intimidate.
  • NBA Draft Guru
  • Ben Watanabe, NESN: Golden State remains a sensible landing place for Drummond considering they need insurance behind Andrew Bogut.
  • Steve Kyler, Hoops World
  • Joel Brigham, Hoops World
  • Alex Raskin, Hoops World
  • Jeff Fox, Hoops Manifesto
  • NBA Draft Room: VShould be a very good rebounder and interior defender at the pro level and is developing nice offensive post moves.


    HARRISON BARNES, SF, 6-8, 215, NORTH CAROLINA
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 Second-Team All-American
  • 2011-12 First-Team All-ACC
  • 2010-11 ACC Rookie of the Year
  • 2010-11 Freshman All-American
  • 2011 NCAA East Regional All-Tournament Selection
  • 2010-11 Second-Team All-ACC
  • 2011 First-Team All-ACC Tournament
  • 2010-11 Preseason All-American (First Freshman ever)
  • 2010 McDonald’s All-American
    Source/Comments
  • Tom Ziller, SB Nation
  • Aran Smith, HoopsHype: With good size and a high, clean release on his jumper, Barnes should excel at the next level in catch and shoot situations.
  • DraftTek
  • FOX Sports
  • Matt Steinmetz, CSN Bay Area: He may be the most polished of the small forwards, and that’s a position the Warriors are interesting in addressing for the long term.
  • Henry Wofford, CSN Bay Area: Barnes has a nice mid-range game and excellent athletic ability. I’m convinced we have not seen him play his best ball yet.
  • Dan Favale, Bleacher Report: The Warriors need someone who can move without the ball and create his own shot on offense. That man is Harrison Barnes.
  • Colin Kennedy, Metta Chronicles: Barnes slides in perfectly with the Warriors, as he instantly becomes their starting SF.


    PERRY JONES III, SF, 6-11, 235, BAYLOR
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2011-12 USBWA All-District VII selection
  • 2011-12 NABC All-District 8, Second Team
  • 2012 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
  • 2012 AP All-Big 12 Second Team
  • 2010-11 USBWA Freshman All-American, Second Team
  • 2010-11 NABC All-District 8, Second Team
  • 2010-11 AP Honorable Mention All-Big 12
  • 2010-11 Big 12 All-Rookie Team, Unanimous Selection
  • 2010 McDonald’s All-American
    Source/Comments
  • Ben Shapiro, Bleacher Report: He's comfortable shooting from the outside or slashing to the basket, and he has the athleticism and ball-handling to play the position as well.
  • The Hoop Doctors: Perry is a physical specimen that has all the athletic ability to become a star but must get rid of the all too nice off the court persona.
  • Rohit Ghosh, Metta Chronicles: He has the potential to be a Lamar Odom type player, and unless Barnes is available at the No. 7 spot, Warriors should gamble on Jones.
  • Doug Ferguson, NBE Basketball


    DAMIAN LILLARD, PG, 6-3, 189, WEBER STATE
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 Third Team All-American
  • 2011-12 NABC Third Team All-American
  • 2011-12 Big Sky Conference MVP
  • 2011-12 USBWA District VIII Player of the year
  • 2011-12 Second in the nation in scoring (24.5 ppg)
  • 2009-10 All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2009-10 Big Sky Conference MVP
  • 2009-10 First Team All-Big Sky

  • 2008-09 Big Sky Freshman of the Year

  • 2008-09 First Team All-Big Sky
    Source/Comments
  • David Aldridge, NBA.com: He's come on strong in the last month to become the consensus top pick at point guard.
  • The Hoops Report
  • SB Nation
  • Yannis Koutroupis, Hoops World


    MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST, SF, 6-7, 230, KENTUCKY
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 Second Team All-American
  • 2011-12 NABC Third Team All-American
  • 2011-12 USBWA Second Team All-American
  • 2011-12 First Team All-SEC
  • 2011-12 SEC All-Defensive Team
  • 2011-12 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • 2011-12 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team
  • 2010-11 McDonald's All-American MVP
    Source/Comments
  • Marcus Thompson, Bay Area News Group: MKG has the skills to be just about anything the Warriors need, a play-making starter, a facilitating starter, a pace-changing reserve, a threat to incumbents Dorell Wright and Brandon Rush.
  • Ball-O-Holics


    JEREMY LAMB, G/F, 6-5, 180, CONNECTICUT
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2011-12 All-Big East First Team
  • 2011-12 Preseason All-American
  • 2011-12 Preseason All-Big East First Team
  • 2011 Led Team USA in scoring (16.2 ppg) at the U19 FIBA World Championships
  • 2010-11 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team
  • 2010-11 NCAA West Region All-Tournament Team
  • 2010-11 Big East All-Tournament Team
  • 2010-11 Big East All-Rookie Team


    AUSTIN RIVERS, G, 6-5, 203, DUKE
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 NABC Third Team All-American
  • 2011-12 First Team All-ACC
  • 2011-12 ACC All-Tournament Second Team
  • 2011-12 Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team
  • 2011-12 ACC Freshman of the Year
  • 2011-12 ACC All-Freshman Team
  • 2010-11 McDonald's All-American
  • 2010-11 Naismith Prep Player of the Year
    Source/Comments
  • Bay Area Sports Guy: Rivers is big enough to play at little at the 2 with Thompson at the 3. The Warriors have a legitimate 7-footer now, so even in doing that they wouldn’t exactly be going small.
  • Draft Hybrid: With Monta Ellis gone, the Warriors need to add depth at guard. Austin Rivers is a sharp shooter and would be a major threat offensively for the Warriors.


    JOHN HENSON, PF, 6-11, 220, NORTH CAROLINA
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2011-12 First-Team All-ACC
  • 2011-12 CBSSports.com All-American 3rd Team
  • 2010-11 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2010-11 USBWA All-District Selection
  • 2011 All-ACC Tournament 2nd Team


    JARED SULLINGER, F, 6-9, 280, OHIO STATE
    Career Highlights
  • 2011-12 First-Team All-American
  • 2011-12 First-Team All-Big Ten
  • 2010-11 First-Team All-American
  • 2010-11 First Team All-Big Ten
  • 2010-11 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 2010-11 Sporting News Freshman of the Year
  • 2010-11 Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year
  • 2011 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2011 Big Ten All-Tournament Team
  • 2010 James A. Naismith Award Winner
  • 2010 McDonald’s All-American
    Source/Comments
  • Zac Ceigler, DraftHype.com: He is a bit undersized for the position, but he is a tough, smart player with the ability to dominate the boards.


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