The Cavaliers got the first spot of 2011 edition of the NBA Draft. Now, this time, Anthony Davis and company are the core group of following year’s draft selection. The former New Orleans Hornets snatched the top pick in the lottery followed by the Charlotte Bobcats.
2012 NBA Draft: If They Will Select Again (Part 5 of 9)
- New Orleans Hornets/ Pelicans – Anthony Davis
Original Pick: Anthony Davis
- The Hornets (now Pelicans) need a franchise player that embodies the will of new ownership of Tom Benson after his long success in handling New Orleans Saints at the NFL football. He believes that the product of Kentucky can provide the urgent need of New Orleans basketball in terms of defensive impact.
- Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets – Damian Lillard
Original Pick: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- The small ball movement of the Charlotte Bobcats are needed in order to succeed in the depth competition. This batch has great guards fresh from college, but the Charlotte should select Damian Lillard out of Weber State. No doubt that his 4-year loyalty to the college varsity can help the lowly Bobcats on improving the roster. Lillard is an offensive minded guy. But he can learn how to defend, that is for sure.
- Washington Wizards – Andre Drummond
Original Pick: Brad Beal
- The Wizards are one of the teams that loaded with big men in the Eastern Conference. Why can we add another behemoth on their roster? And it’s Andre Drummond from Connecticut. The veterans such as Nene can teach him on how to defend properly and executing smart plays coming from the staff.
- Cleveland Cavaliers – Bradley Beal
Original Pick: Dion Waiters
- The Cavaliers have a nice roster despite of Lebron’s leaving for Miami. Bradley Beal is the best available shooter from Florida. He can take long treys as well and compete among the rest of the shooters such as Klay Thompson.
- Sacramento Kings – Draymond Green
Original Pick: Thomas Robinson
- The Sacramento Kings needs a front court partner that can pair with Demarcus Cousins. If the Kings conducted a deep scouting program, they can grab Draymond Green out of normal sight. His strong skill set on getting 50-50 balls are so much needed to be competitive again. Taking long treys is his calibre as well and that can surprise everyone.
- Portland Trail Blazers – Khris Middleton
Original Pick: Damian Lillard
- The Portland needs a shooter that can complement with Lamarcus Aldridge. And they believed Khris Middleton can bring that mandate to the team. The Blazers are up and down team as the years passed by. They need some consistencies to be a playoff contender once more.
- Golden State Warriors – Harrison Barnes
Original Pick: Harrison Barnes
- Harrison Barnes out of North Carolina is a strong candidate on the Warrior’s wish list. They know that it’s very hard to get the top draftees but at the end of the day, they are the winners. His outside touch are Barnes’s strength and continue on improving.
- Toronto Raptors – Jared Sullinger
Original Pick: Terrence Ross
- The Raptors aside from Washington Wizards are the teams in Eastern Conference that had depth front court. Jared Sullinger can stretch the floor by hitting 3-point shots.
And that could produce nice results if it executes properly.
- Detroit Pistons – Dion Waiters
Original Pick: Andre Drummond
- Dion Waiters are one of the remaining best available talents in the draft pool and the Pistons have a best of opportunity to grab him. Waiters can fill out the hole of offense that has a big downside after the last two seasons. Everybody knows that he has a problem in handling tough situations, but I believe that they can manage him and focus more on basketball.
- New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans – Terrence Jones
Original Pick: Austin Rivers
- Together with the top pick Anthony Davis, the New Orleans has an opportunity to be one of the blockage teams in the hard-fought Western Conference by adding Terrence Jones. This Kentucky pair can succeed in years to come guiding by the principles deployed by Monty Williams.