The first round of the 2012 NBA Draft is in the books, which means it is time for a way too early breakdown of it. There will be plenty of winners and losers from the first round, so I have decided to take a look at what teams and which players came out the best and worst on Thursday night.
New Orleans Hornets: Anytime you can add a guy like Anthony Davis, you are going to be picked as a winner. He should help the team right away. Austin Rivers is a perfect fit for this team. Look for Rivers to Davis on lobs for years to come.
Sacramento Kings: Everyone and their mother thought they were going to trade down. Thomas Robinson fell right into their lap. Pairing him with DeMarcus Cousins is a nightmare for everyone else.
Dallas Mavericks: Didn’t see anyone at 17 they liked, so they traded down to 24 and picked up two second rounders. Jared Cunningham could be absolute force down the line as a defensive stopper.
Oklahoma City Thunder: They get a top ten talent in Perry Jones III at the bottom of the first round. The rich just get richer.
Cleveland Cavaliers: You can always count on Dan Gilbert and company to screw up. Taking Dion Waiters at 4 when you could have traded down and got him later? Priceless. Trading up to get a falling Tyler Zeller is a good move, but it doesn’t make up for Waiters.
Houston Rockets: How could a team with three first round picks be a loser? That’s easy. They did not get the guy they wanted. They wanted to trade up to the lottery, but just couldn’t do it. If they get a certain center from Orlando, that helps, but it doesn’t help this first round.
Foreign Prospects: Anyone else notice a lot of American born college players getting picked? This is the first draft in a long time that was not ripe with foreign players. Most fans actually could pronounce every name in the first round. Evan Fournier was the sole first round pick.
Jared Sullinger: If he would have came out last year, he would have been a top three pick. He looked like a lottery pick this year until back issues shoved him all the way down to 21 and the Boston Celtics.
Perry Jones III: Lottery talent but questions about his knee slid him down the draft. Wasn’t picked until the late 20s but goes to a good situation with the Thunder.
For first round steals and reaches, click here.
For team by team grades from the draft, click here.