Rant Sports 2012 NBA Mock Draft

NEWARK — With the 2012 NBA Draft set to take place Thursday evening, there is a chance that lottery teams that such as Cleveland, Toronto and New Orleans could make the jump to playoff contention in 2012.

Cleveland, who would select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving, number one overall, would lead all rookies in scoring and win the NBA Rookie of the Year.

With selections at No.4 and No. 24, The Cavaliers are in prime position to take the next step towards playoff contention, and out of the ever-looming shadow of LeBron James.

New Orleans, who are widely assumed to take Kentucky power forward, Anthony “The Brow” Davis, have a promising young core of Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu, and with picks at No.1 and No.10, the Hornets—like the fore-mentioned Cavaliers—have a chance to take the next step towards contention in the ever-loaded West.

Toronto, who have the young core of Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan, may be a quality shooting guard away from contending for a playoff spot in the East.

Below are the top ten picks as selected by writers from Rant Sports.  The picks are based on projections, best fit and most likely scenarios for the respective teams involved.




1.) New Orleans HornetsPF/C Anthony Davis (Rob Nelson)

2.) Charlotte BobcatsPF Thomas Robinson (Paul Troupe)

3.) Washington Wizards – SF Harrison Barnes ( Dave Daniels)

4.) Cleveland CavaliersSG Bradley Beal (Robert D. Cobb)

5.) Sacramento Kings- SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Sachin Arora)

6.) Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn) – SG Damian Lillard (Ryan Gaydos)

7.) Golden State WarriorsPF Jared Sullinger (Steven Resnick)

8.) Toronto RaptorsPG Dion Waiters (Sachin Arora)

9.) Detroit Pistons – PF/C John Henson (Jeffrey Everette)

10.) New OrleansPF/C Andre Drummond (from Minnesota, via New Orleans) (Rob Nelson)


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