NBA Draft 2012: Winners and Losers
One of the msot exciting days of the year the NBA Draft is here!
Let’s break down some of the action from Fridays draft with who did well and who….. not so well.
New Orleans Hornets
As expected Davis went number one and instantly raises credibility for this rebuilding franchise. Davis brings defense and athleticim to the Hornets. His ability to slide over in help defense will be a fantastic asset for this team.
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MJ has done it again. While he owns the worst team in the league he has done what I honestly didn’t think he would do.
On top of trading a broken Corey Maggette for Ben Gordon and a first round pick, he has selected a sure thing at number 2 with MKG.
Kidd-Gilchrist is a great athlete with a fabulous motor and gives the worst team a leader when it desperatley needs one.
MKG has had comparisons as high as Scottie Pippen and is a determined young man. Very excited to see what he can do with this up and coming team.
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The Kings just got nasty! I had Robinson going as high as 2 but he slips to 5 and will team up with Demarcus Cousins forming a brutal front court. Robinson plays D is a great offensive player and just made the Maloofs very happy men.
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And Danny Ainge does it again. The Celtics pick up one of the best players in the draft with Sullinger and a great project in Fab Melo.
Sullinger would have been a top 5 pick had the NBA Doctors not found a potential risk with his back.
For the Celtics down the bottom of the first round there is no risk with this pick, same goes for Melo.
I expect them to keep Garnett and pair these two with KG at times to form a very talented future front court.
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Oklahoma City Thunder
While Jones will be disappointed at how far he slipped, what he gains is a championship ready team to take him on board and compete next season.
Sam Presti has done it again, this screams Spurs pick all over.
Until being red flagged by the NBA Doctors, Perry Jones the 3rd was touted as one of the premier big men in the draft. Slipping all the way to the bottom of the first round gives PJ3 the chip he needs to prove all those other teams wrong that passed on him.
Talented enough to be a playoff player for the Thunder, I could now see OKC trading Kendrick Perkins, moving Ibaka to the 5 and having either Jones or Collison starting at the PF spot.
Yes he is that good!
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Happy to be proven wrong but this is way too high to be selected by the Raptors. Decent player, not special but a waste of a top 10 pick when they need so many things.
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New Orleans Hornets
Not a Rivers fan, has some skill, definitely a confident player. Does not seem to fit well with what the Hornets are starting to do in the rebuilding process.
The son of current Boston coach Doc Rivers, Austin is a scoring point at the NBA level and while he has the tenacity I think he will get a rude shock at just how good the NBA PG’s are.
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Wow! Not sure anyone saw Waiters going so high. I don’t like him at this point, would have thought Cavs would be much smarter to go with a talented big like Thomas Robinson.
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For the remainder of the first round much of it was expected.
How do you rate how your team drafted? Keen to hear your thoughts.
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