2012 NBA Draft: Reaction and Analysis
Short and too the point, I really enjoyed watching the 2012 NBA Draft. I tried my best to accurately depict and predict how these picks will work out for the teams that picked ‘em. Truthfully, time is the only thing that will tell us which teams won and lost this draft.
That being said, here is may reaction and analysis to the 2012 NBA Draft Picks.
1. Hornets select Anthony Davis-PF, Kentucky.
Davis has the chance to be a superstar. He’s already being called a Kevin Garnett/Tim Duncan hybrid. A combination that could win him multiple Defensive Player of the Year Award’s. He is great offensively, as well. The Hornets needed a centerpiece to build a roster around, and they got one.
2. Bobcats select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist-SF, Kentucky.
You can’t go wrong picking a player like MKG. While he wasn’t the perfect fit for Charlotte, he will be the second best player to come out of this draft (Davis). He’s got a lot to work on, but he’s the hardest worker coming out of the draft as well. Again, can’t go wrong with MKG.
3. Wizards select Bradley Beal-SG, Florida.
I was ecstatic to see Washington to something significant in this draft. Since Arenas left, they’ve been longing for a shooter, and Bradley Beal has the ability to be one of the best shooters in the NBA. That pick alone will make the Wizards much more competitive next year.
4. Cavaliers select Dion Waiters-SG, Syracuse.
Dion who? What? Waiters? He didn’t start a single game last year for Syracuse, and he went 4th?! We can tank Phoenix for that one. He works out with them, and the Suns make him a promise of being picked. This propels Waiters skyward. He most assuredly isn’t the shooter the Cavs are craving, but he can be dominant driving to the basket.
5. Kings select Thomas Robinson - PF, Kansas.
Yes. Lots of it. This was a dream pick for the Kings. They need toughness, and you don’t get much tougher than a front court made up of Demarcus Cousins and Thomas Robinson. I cannot wait to see them play together.
6. Trail Blazers select Damian Lillard-PG, Weber State.
Good. Portland has needed a point guard, and Lillard has the ability to be very good in the NBA. He has things he needs to improve on, but he’s a hard worker. He’ll be a guy to look out for.
7. Warriors select Harrison Barnes-SF, North Carolina.
They wanted Waiter, but I think Barnes is the better pick. They need a 3-pt threat, and that’s everything Barnes is. Shooting from deep, they have Curry, Klay Thompson, and now Barnes. Opponents: y’all better be ready to play some defense.
8. Raptors select Terrence Ross-SG, Washington.
This pick confused me, to say the least. Toronto wanted a shooter to compliment DeRozan, and Ross is a good shooter. I just think they could’ve found someone better.
9. Pistons select Andre Drummond-C, Connecticut.
I love it. This pick is all about reward > risk. He is the absolute perfect fit for Detroit. The Pistons needed another rebounding shot blocker to compliment Monroe, and they got him. I just pray that he reaches his full potential. One of the most NBA ready.
10. Hornets select Austin Rivers-SG, Duke.
Another interesting pick. Monty Williams is great friends with Doc Rivers, and Austin Rivers is great friends with Anthony Davis. Austin Rivers has a lot of work to do, however Williams is a terrific coach, and will get the best from him. Now, we just have to see how this Eric Gordon situation pans out.
11. Trail Blazers select Meyers Leonard-C, Illinois.
The Blazers needed size. So, they snagged the biggest player in the draft. He’s a great athlete, but needs a ton of work. If the work gets done, he’ll be a good big man for a long time.
12. Rockets select Jeremy Lamb-SG, Connecticut.
The Rockets failed at getting into the Top 10, however they ended up with a Top 10 caliber guy. He’s a good athlete with a lot of great features, and at 12? A great pick.
13. Suns select Kendall Marshall-PG, North Carolina.
This pick had Steve Nash written all over it. Kendall Marshall is the best passer in the draft, and with Nash likely leaving, Phoenix had to be thinking replacement. He’s got many things to work on, but he’s an exception leader. If Nash leaves, no need to worry.
14. Bucks select John Henson-PF, North Carolina.
They needed a shot-blocker, and they got a great one. I’m not sure how he’s going to fit in on the roster, but regardless, he’s a special player with a lot of talent.
15. Sixers select Maurice Harkless-SF, Saint John’s.
Sigh. This pick had me so incredibly confused. I couldn’t stop asking, “why?”. He reminds a lot of people of Trevor Ariza. Philly needed a shooter, though.
16. Rockets select Royce White-SF, Iowa State.
White has a very valuable trait that only one other player in the NBA, LeBron James, has. He’s a power forward to can distribute the ball like a point guard. He has great hands and is extremely strong. A steal at 16.
17. Mavericks select Tyler Zeller-C, North Carolina.
He ended up in Cleveland, though, through a trade. Since Ilgauskas, Cleveland has needed size. The 7-footer runs the floor extremely well for his size, and that’ll work great with Cleveland’s up-tempo style of play.
18. Rockets select Terrance Jones-PF, Kentucky.
A very interesting pick, here. Jones does a little bit of everything, and has the size to do whatever he wants. It’ll be interesting to see how Houston uses him.
19. Magic select Andrew Nicholson-PF, St. Bonaventure.
A very underrated player. He’s a great shooter for his size, and can move well. However, he isn’t very good at anything else. A David West type player.
20. Nuggets select Evan Fournier-SG, France.
He put up great numbers in France this year. He’s got great potential, but needs to build some muscle. We’ll see.
21. Celtics select Jared Sullinger-PF, Ohio State.
Another case of reward > risk. An absolute 100% steal for the Celtics. Sullinger’s back cannot be overlooked, but if he stays healthy, watch out.
22. Celtics select Fab Melo-C, Syracuse.
Big. Block shots. Rebounds. However, he has a lot of maturity issues that need to be dealt with, however, there isn’t a man who could do that better than Doc Rivers. He’ll be a terrific defensive asset.
23. Hawks select John Jenkins-SG, Vanderbilt.
A fantastic shooter. However, he’s undersized and very often one-dimensional. The Hawks needed a shooter, though, and they got one.
24. Cavaliers (for Dallas) select Jared Cunningham-SG, Oregon State.
He reminds me a lot of Russell Westbrook. Lacks a jumps shot, so he drives to the basket and finishes at the rim. As long has he doesn’t consistently shoot horribly, a great player for Dallas.
25. Grizzlies select Tony Wroten Jr.-PG, Washington.
An extremely exciting player to watch. Much like Cunningham, he can get to the basket, but his jump shot needs some help. Risk > reward, in this case. We’ll see.
26. Pacers select Miles Plumlee-PF, Duke.
This was just a downright stupid pick by the Pacers. He’s strong and he can hop. Everything else? Practice, brotha. He reminds the Pacers of a young Jeff Foster. Yeah, we’ll see about that.
27. Heat select Arnett Moultrie-PF, Mississippi State.
He’ll go to the 76’ers for some future picks. Moultrie was a guy the Sixers had their eyes on initially. He does a little bit of everything, except shoot 3’s. He can drop off at times, but when he’s on, he’s on.
28. Thunder select Perry Jones-PF, Baylor.
A knee issue had him plummeting down the draft board. However, at 28, he’s a no-brainer and a great pick for the Thunder. He’s gonna be great in OKC.
29. Bulls select Marquis Teague-PG, Kentucky.
This is an interesting pick by Chicago. He’s worthy of being a starter in the NBA, but we all know that job belongs to Rose. However, with the injury woes Rose has been having, Teague is a very great and very important pick. Two Calipari bred point guards on the same team? I’m not complaining.
30. Warriors select Festus Ezeli-C, Vanderbilt.
Built like a tank. A great rebounder and defender. However, I would’ve gone with Draymond Green.
31. Bobcats select Jeff Taylor-SF, Vanderbilt.
An elite athlete and defender. However, he’s the exact same player as MKG. Not sure what the purpose of that was.
32. Wizards select Tomas Satoransky-SG, Czech Republic.
He’ll remain in Europe for a few years, I’m guessing. Once he improves his stroke, he’ll move to the NBA. He’s got a very high basketball IQ.
33. Cavs (for Dallas) select Bernard James-C, Florida State.
27-years old and he’s been to Iraq three times. I’m not sure how much potential he as, but he’s ready to play now. That’s a great attribute.
34. Cavs (for Dallas) select Jae Crowder-SF, Marquette.
He’s scrappy, plays hard, and is strong. I’m not sure how Dallas will use him, but he will be useful wherever he ends up.
35. Warriors select Draymond Green-SF, Michigan State.
I thought he was going to go in the middle of the first round. A steal for Golden State at this point in the draft. He’s big, strong, versatile and knows the game like the back of his hand. He’ll be in the league for a long time.
36. Magic (For Indiana) select Orlando Johnson-SG, UC Santa Barbara.
He’s a great shooter and that’s exactly what the Pacers need. He’s a four-year senior coming out of UCSB, and he’ll be able to help Indy right off the bat.
37. Raptors select Quincy Acy-SF, Baylor.
A great rebounder. At 37, he’s a steal for Toronto. He’s a tad undersized, but his toughness and energy make up for it. I always love watching this cat play.
38. Nuggets select Quincy Miller-SF, Baylor.
If he had been healthy, he would have gone much sooner. If he gets healthy, he will be one of the steals of the draft. He was one of the top high school players in the country last season. Due to his knee injury, his freshman year was one to forget. However, I believe he’ll thrive in the NBA.
39. Pistons select Khris Middleton-SF, Texas A&M.
At first, I hated this pick. Now that I have had time to think about it, though, I like it. As long has he stays healthy, that it.
40. Trail Blazers select Will Barton-SG, Memphis.
An elite high schooler. He is very up-and-go, and is a terrific midrange player. He’s a great shooter coming out of the second round and will be a positive in influence in Portland.
41. Trail Blazers (for Broolyn) select Tyshawn Taylor-PG, Kansas.
An extremely fast and agile point guard. If he can limit his bonehead mistakes, he’ll be a very effective player. This cat has a ton of potential.
42. Bucks select Doron Lamb-SG, Kentucky.
I thought Lamb was going to go a lot sooner. One of the best shooter in the draft, and will thrive at the next level. He’s an absolute steal at 42.
43. Hawks select Mike Scott-PF, Virginia.
A very consistent scorer, and a lot of teams thought he was gonna go in the first round. He’s very versatile and can be effective from anywhere on the floor. Great pick for Atlanta.
44. Pistons select Kim English-SG, Missouri.
Detroit traded away Ben Gordon, and needed a shooter to replace him. English was lights out from deep and efficient everywhere else. He’s a little small, but he’ll fit in great with the Pistons.
45. Sixers (for Miami) select Justin Hamilton-C, LSU.
Not a very notable college player, however he gained a following through workouts and draft camps. The Heat are always looking for big guys, and he’ll play in Europe for a while, until they need him in Miami.
46. Hornets select Darius Miller-SF, Kentucky.
A great mover, 3-pt shooter, and defender. He can be a great 6th man, and provides New Orleans with some much needed depth.
47. Jazz select Kevin Murphy-SF, Tennessee Tech.
One of the better shooter in the NCAA last season. He’s a nice sleeper pick for Utah, and he’ll compliment Gordon Hayward.
48. Knicks select Kostas Papanikolaou-SF, Greece.
Now, Knick fans may have hated this pick, but it’s a good one. He completely shut own Andrei Kirilenko in the Euroleague Finals. He’ll remain in Greece for a few years, but he could eventually be a good NBA player.
49. Magic select Kyle O’Quinn-C, Norfolk State.
O’Quinn made a name for himself beating Mizzou. He isn’t a very good athlete, but he’s long and competes hard. He will help Orlando in the paint.
50. Nuggets select Izzet Turkyilmaz-PF, Turkey.
A perimeter big man who can both shoot and attack the basket. He needs to bulk up and lacks experience. I think he’ll stay in Europe.
51. Celtics select Kris Joseph-SF, Syracuse.
He is extremely athletic. I don’t believe we’ve seen him play at his full potential. We’ll just have to wait and see.
52. Warriors select Ognjen Kuzmic-C, Bosnia.
He’s a harder worker, but needs to bulk-up. He’s going to need a lot of work, but he could prove to be an asset down the road.
53. Clippers select Furkan Aldemir-PF, Turkey.
One of the better rebounders in the draft. He not elite and is a bit undersized, but he’s got a lot of potential.
54. Sixers (for Brooklyn) select Tornike Shengelia-SF, Georgia.
One of the better international players in this draft. He’s long, athletic, and can really attack the basket well. If he can make something of his jump shot, it’ll be very interesting to see how good he gets.
55. Mavs (for L.A.L.) select Darius Johnson-Odom-SF, Marquette.
A tough and physical player. He’s short for his position, but can shoot and plays great defense. He’ll fit in well with the Lakers.
56. Raptors select Tomislav Zubcic-SF, Croatia.
He can shoot the 3 and move the ball very effectively. He needs to build some muscle and hasn’t really proved himself at a high level, yet. He’s got a lot of potential, though.
57. Nets select Ilkan Karaman-PF, Turkey.
Athletic and big. Attacks the board with some serious ferocity as well. He has a good jump shot and could be a good prospect down the road, if he works hard and improves.
58. Timberwolves select Robbie Hummel-SF, Purdue.
Hummel doesn’t have great potential, but he’s incredibly smart and can shoot lights out. The T’Wolves need as many shooters as possible, and Hummel is ready to play.
59. Spurs select Marcus Denmon-SG, Missouri.
He doesn’t have a distinct position, but he was very productive for Missouri. A very smart player, tough, and can shoot like crazy. He’ll be great in San Antonio.
60. Lakers select Robert Sacre-C, Gonzaga.
The only thing he has going for him is his size.
So, there you have it. A lot of great talent, potential talent, and some question marks. I really enjoyed the draft this year, and can’t wait to see these cats get on the floor for their first NBA minutes.