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A selection-by-selection look at the 2012 NBA draft:
No. 1 New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, 6-11, 222, Kentucky, power forward
Davis knew he would be the No. 1 pick before it was determined which team would get the selection. He is the centerpiece of New Orleans’ attempt to revive the team without Chris Paul. While Davis needs to add muscle and develop in the post, he is a long, athletic wing player who is a very talented rebounder and shot blocker. He can defend multiple positions and is a very tough player. Standing at just a shade under 7-feet, his reach extends nine feet.
No. 2 Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 6-7, 233, Kentucky, small forward:
Like Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist played only one season in Lexington, though it was an excellent one. The 18-year-old averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds a game and was named to the All-SEC first team. He is one of the most dynamic athletes in the draft, and leaves everything on the court as a tenacious rebounder and offensive attacker. The biggest knock on him entering the draft is a perimeter game that still needs to develop.
No. 3 Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, 6-5, 202, Florida, shooting guard:
Beal is a very good athlete who can play the point or as a shooting guard. Some view him as a tweener. However, he is a terrific rebounder for a guard. His shooting is one of his best attributes, and he is not afraid to take the big shot in clutch moments. As talented an offensive player as he is, he also is an asset on the defensive end. He should be an immediate contributor.
No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, 6-4, 221, Syracuse, shooting guard:
Waiters scored in double figures in 26 of Syracuse's 37 games this season and averaged 12.6 points as the Big East's sixth man of the year. He loves to attack the rim, though he can become a complete package offensively by improving his jump shot. Because of his size and his ball-handling ability, he might play some point guard in the future.
No. 5 Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson, 6-9, 244, Kansas, power forward:
Robinson was a consensus first-team All-American following his junior season at Kansas, averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds while leading the nation with 27 double-doubles. He is long and athletic, though he is a bit undersized for his position. He is a tough defender whose offensive game continues to improve. His rebounding game benefits from a 7-4 wingspan.
No. 6 Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, 6-3, 189, Weber State, point guard:
Lillard started all but five games in which he appeared during his college career, though he missed all but nine games in his junior season because of a foot injury. As a senior, he averaged 24.5 points and five rebounds. Offensively, he can drive and create his own shot, and he is just as talented on the perimeter. He works hard and has few turnovers, though some scouts say he needs to improve his court vision.
No. 7 Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes, 6-8, 228, North Carolina, small forward:
Barnes started all but two games during a two-year career at North Carolina in which he averaged 16.4 points and 5.5 rebounds. He has a terrific mid-range game and can score from anywhere on the floor. He needs to add strength to his long frame and improve his ability to create his own shot off the dribble. He is a strong defender and has a terrific basketball IQ.
No. 8 Toronto Raptors: Terrence Ross, 6-7, 197, Washington, small forward:
Ross is an explosive athlete who averaged 16.4 points and 6.4 rebounds during his sophomore season at Washington. He can get to the basket and is proficient from beyond the arc. Scouts say he tends to defer to his teammates instead of taking the shot himself. He is a playmaking defender who should be able to contribute right away.
No. 9 Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond, 7-0, 279, Connecticut, center:
Drummond played one impressive season with the Huskies before declaring for the NBA draft, and was good enough for All-Big East rookie honors. He can hit a jump shot at an impressive rate for his size, but scouts say he settles for perimeter shots too often. He can make a difference on both ends of the court with his NBA-ready body. He was often inconsistent, though that is to be expected for a player who will not turn 19 until August.
No. 10 New Orleans Hornets: Austin Rivers, 6-5, 203, Duke, shooting guard:
Rivers is the son of Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers. In his only season at Duke, Rivers averaged 15.5 points, and many scouts believe another year in college could have done wonders for him. Rivers is not an elite athlete, but he has deep range and is a very confident shooter, which sometimes leads to him being selfish. He is a good ball handler and has an excellent crossover move.
No. 11 Portland Trail Blazers: Meyers Leonard, 7-1, 250, Illinois, center: