2012 NBA Draft: First Round Winners And Losers

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.

Winners:

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.

Bradley Beal:  The shooting guard goes to the one team where he fills a gaping hole.  The Washington Wizards could challenge for the playoffs this upcoming season.

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.

Losers:

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.

Riley Schmitt is a writer forRant Sports.

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