2012 NBA Draft: Predicting The Top 5
by Tom Mullins- TRST NBA Writer
1. New Orleans Hornets- PF Anthony Davis
Davis is a lock at the number one spot, he’s the future of the franchise and will make an immediate impact, not only on the team but in the ticket sales. His athletic game along with his defensive presence will help the Hornets notch up a few more wins next season and give the team potential moving forward. The bigger question for the Hornets is their decision with the tenth overall pick.
2. Charlotte Bobcats- PF Thomas Robinson
Since they were ‘robbed’ out of the first pick, the struggling Bobcats will take one of the most NBA ready players in the draft. Many compare Robinson to the Clippers’ Blake Griffin, but with a better jump shot and slightly less athleticism, even though he is explosive at the rim. Charlotte has also been interested in trading the pick for a young star such as Rudy Gay or James Harden.
3. Washington Wizards- SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
John Wall needs to be surrounded with talent, who better than Kidd-Gilchrist to help him out in the nation’s capital. After winning the NCAA Championship with Kentucky, the 18-year-old has been described as a natural leader with an extreme level of competiveness. He has a perfect build for the NBA and could make the Wizards a playoff team in seasons to come.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers- SG Bradley Beal
Florida’s freshman shooting guard Bradley Beal will be taken by the Cavs and be the future of Cleveland along with their exciting young point guard Kyrie Irving. He’s a solid rebounding guard and can be an offensive threat from almost anywhere on the court. Cleveland will take him if he’s available, but I could also see them selecting MKD.
5. Sacramento Kings- SF Harrison Barnes
With Tyreke Evans’ future in Sacramento uncertain, the Kings may look to trade their lottery pick or Evans in exchange for a veteran leader. If they stay put, Barnes would probably be the best available player left on the board and could definitely be part of Sacramento’s future with his outstanding work ethic and great outside game.
What to look out for?
Andre Drummond may be a ‘risky’ pick but could possibly sneak into the top five, some even predicting him to be taken by Charlotte. Also don’t be shocked if we see multiple trades occur in the top ten, or even the first five picks.