Jun 07

Sarah's 2012 NBA Mock Draft

By sarahhecht Posted in: 2012draft, draft2012, mockdraft

1) New Orleans: Anthony Davis PF
Duh. The clear first pick, he’ll be the brow of the franchise in NOLA. Rebounding, shot-blocking, scoring, defense, he’s got it all. In the words of Jarrett Jack “Bring the BROWS to the BAYOU!!”

2.) Charlotte: Thomas Robinson PF
The Bobcats need some fight following a heinous season. A tough and physical big, he’ll have and instant impact in reshaping Charlotte’s front court and give them a great young player to rally around.

3.) Washington: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF
Commonly referred to as a “winner,” MKG will be a great fit for the struggling Wizards. Though he’s not the greatest shooter from the perimeter, his ability to attack the rim will make him a nice complement to John Wall. Not to mention the Wiz could use his toughness.

4.) Cleveland: Harrison Barnes SF
Word on the street is the Cavs are drooling over Barnes just as they did during the draft last year. They’re going with his high basketball IQ and his ability to score from just about anywhere.

5.) Sacramento: Bradley Beal SG
Though the Kings have a decent number of guards with strong upside Bradley Beal is the best player on the board at this point. His athleticism and ability to score and rebound will get him some play even with the current guards.        

6.) Portland: Andre Drummond C
There are two glaring holes in Rip City right now and center is one of them. At 6-11 and 275lbs Drummond is an intimidating presence in the middle. His shot blocking and rebounding abilities make him a good fit to shore up Portland’s front court. If the Trail Blazers are targeting a proven point guard in free agency or via trade, which I’m hoping for, you can bet Drummond is on his way to town.

7.) Golden State: Perry Jones PF A workout wonder, Perry Jones is increasing his stock with every workout he attends. Golden state has a glut of guards and need a big to ease the stress of injury-prone Andrew Bogut and high-minute David Lee.

8.) Toronto: Jeremy Lamb SG Toronto needs to strengthen their guard rotation and Lamb will do just that. A solid mid-range shooter and an athletic wing he’ll be a good option with Jose Calderon running the show. Picking up Lamb would also allow the Raps to move DeMar DeRozan to small forward where me may be better suited.

9.) Detroit: John Henson PF
Detroit is in desperate need of another big to play alongside Greg Monroe. Henson is a smaller guy for that task but still his athleticism, rebounding and shot-blocking capabilities make him the best option for the Pistons.
10.) New Orleans: Damian Lillard PG With Jarrett Jack at the helm in NOLA Lillard will be a great back-up and potentially even tear the starting job from Jack. A strong scorer with range, his threats would be a great addition to those of Anthony Davis.

11.) Portland: Kendall Marshall PG
Though I don’t think Portland will keep both picks, if we draft at 11 we’ll continue to address need while still choosing one of the best players available. Marshall’s strong passing ability is exactly what the Trail Blazers are looking for in a point guard. With the likes of scorers like LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews the need for a pass-first PG is perfect.    

Check out my full mock draft here as well as those of other Trail Blazers broadcasters.


  1. A few things Sarah. First your mock draft links do not match up. On the link you have Sullinger going to Portland at #11 even though in writing you have us picking Marshall.

    The next thing is the Bobcats, they have Byron Mullens, Bismark Biyombo, DeSagna Diop and Tyrus Thomas all under contract unless they can find someone to take on the massive salary of Diop or Thomas then I could see them taking Robinson but I think Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist fills a need better than Robinson.

    New Orleans with the 10th pick I could certainly see them taking a PG but I believe it will be Marshall and not Lillard since his game is quite similar to that of Jarret Jack's.

    Otherwise good work. Your logic is sound and well presented.

    by cmeese47 on 6/7/2012 2:55 PM
  2. Thanks for the catch! That goof is very much a product of my inner debate on whether we'll take a PG or a big first. Just forgot to change the bottom half. All fixed now!

    As for the Bobcats, I think you're right that the Bobcats have a need for a player like MKG, but I still think the fight in Robinson will make him their target. They need a tough guy.

    As for NOLA, I like your argument. Mine is this, Lillard is good enough to potentially go at the sixth pick to Portland and is the better of the two PGs. NOLA will lean that way too and Lillard could quickly swoop the starting spot from Jack.

    Thanks for reading! And I can't wait to see your mock draft! Great stuff as always.

    by sarahhecht on 6/7/2012 3:16 PM
  3. Hey Sarah, I just read this from Chad Ford, "Lots of teams buzzing about a Dion Waiters promise. Teams say he's canceled all upcoming workouts. Blazers, Raptors, Suns all suspects." Also, I read Marshal was a big flop in his workouts today and was complaining about his elbow ... sounds like his stock is slipping.

    by cminor on 6/7/2012 3:22 PM
  4. I'm VERY suspect of Dion Waiters. Name me one Syracuse player who has lived up to the hype! And yes, I'm counting Melo. I thought he'd be much better, but in reality, he's just another Glenn Big Dog Robinson.

    by DHawes22 on 6/7/2012 3:47 PM
  5. @cminor, What are you inferring with the cancelled workouts? That someone promised him a pick?

    by sarahhecht on 6/7/2012 3:51 PM
  6. @cminor, Marshall is still rehabbing from a broken elbow and wrist. they just discovered the elbow two weeks ago. So that is probably the reason for the flop.

    by Hg on 6/7/2012 3:59 PM
  7. Hey Miss Sarah, I have been commenting on DHawes and he too is taking Drummand at 5, I thought he would be gone by our pick, but I surely hope you are right. He is so big all he has to do is stand in the middle and guards can't go around him without packing a lunch. but because of U and DHawes, I picked him too.
    I have Lillard at 11, but if we don't get Drummand at 6 I think we take Perry Jones111 at 11 and Lamb at 5. but I like yours better. See how easy you influence me.

    by Hg on 6/7/2012 4:07 PM
  8. That's exactly the case Sarah. My guess is that the Raptors promised him at #8. I don't see being promised by the Suns at #13 good enough to warrant canceling workouts and I highly doubt Portland said he's theirs at six either.

    by ClydeFrog on 6/7/2012 4:06 PM
  9. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Tim Duncan a FA now? No 1 any where has mentioned this or the bringing of him to Portland. Normally I don't like his personality (BUT he's NOT a chemistry problem on/off court ;) & I think he's whiny BUT IF he's helpin' OUR cause... even I WILL support him bc he WOULD bring A LOT to the table (even now, he's STILL a VERY good player! Also, he should come a lil' cheaper since EVERY1 knows he's not in his prime)! Even though SA is out o' the Playoffs, Tim brings playoff/championship mentality/toughness/experience; Tim wants 1 more season (he says it's no guarantee BUT I say he's back for sure next season w/ some1 ;) & w/ that season, he's gonna want another championship; I think w/ him, the Blazers could give it to him (& HE could give it to US! :) Plus, what better mentor for LaMarcus than Tim; LA looked/s up to this guy (twin towers any1?)! If we go after Tim, we trade our #11 to Utah for Kanter & then we trade + whatever to whomever gets MKG & then we sign a FA pg (my 1st choice is Dragic :) If we can't get Tim for what ever reason, we STILL do all of the above & we nab us Ersan Ilyasova!

    by Simpson on 6/7/2012 4:32 PM
  10. @Simpson, Yes, I believe Duncan is a FA. BUT, he has stated publicly he will retire as a Spur. If he doesn't get a contract, which I'm sure he will, I bet he'll retire.

    Another point to consider is that our new GM Neil Olshey said during his introductory press conference that the Trail Blazers will not seek out quick fixes. If we can get a big like Duncan or a PG like Nash who will help develop the long-term solution at the position then it might fit the "vision." Other than that you won't see a ton of cash spent on an aging vet.

    And like I said, I'm willing to bet the farm Duncan stays a Spur for good.

    by sarahhecht on 6/7/2012 4:35 PM
  11. Thx for confirming the Duncan FA thingy :) Me know about Olshey's feelings/words on "quick fixes;" this is why the including Kanter (HE IS the MAJOR reason to bring in Tim ;) in all of this, transitions things so that my proposal isn't a "quick fix" ;) Also, I know Tim would prefer to end as a Spur BUT if they can't convince him that the championship window is still open in SA & that some serious front court help is coming... I CAN c him movin' on (to us= A CONTENDER! Portland can AND isn't afraid to do what it takes win now AND L8r & the League knows it :)

    by Simpson on 6/7/2012 5:55 PM
  12. I say dont trade the picks unless it is for someone that will change the face of this franchise. Drafting Drummond and PJ3 is a big risk but we need to take it. I think the upside to there game is to scary to pass up. I no Perry Jones isn't a SF but he said he would prefer to play it and I wouldn't mind seeing him play that position but unless there is a major change in his game I don't think he can play as the 3. I think the Blazers staff could polish up his games and make him a shot blocker. And it would be a pretty scary line up to assuming both of them are starting.

    PG: Either a point we get from a Trade, Free agency or Johnny Flynn
    SG: Nicholas Batum 6-8
    SF: Perry Jones III 6-11
    PF: LA 6-11
    C: Andre Drummond 6-10

    I'm just kinda tired of seeing the Blazers draft a PG in the 1st around for the past like 3-4 years and then we just either trade them away or give them no playing time. If there is a PG in the draft i would like to see to come back to play for Portland it would be Jared Cunningham.

    by Truly_Blessed on 6/7/2012 5:47 PM
  13. On the 11th/10th picks, I think the Hornets would be smarter to pick Kendall Marshall over Lillard. With the Hornets' future looking bright, Eric Gordon will most likely sign an extension, thus they will have two good scorers in Davis and Gordon. Having two high scoring guards would be pointless, so the Hornets should pick Marshall, as he is pass-first point guard, a poor-man's Steve Nash, and will be able to make better use of Davis and Gordon than Lillard can.

    With Marshall gone, Portland should pick Lillard as their guard of the future. Lillard will be a good choice for Portland. Yes he did attend a small college and his passing abilities might be questionable, but he did score more and pass less because he was carrying his team. And he did carry his team well - he only averaged 15.5 shots per game for his 24.5 points per game.

    PG Damian Lillard
    SG Wes Matthews/Elliot Williams
    SF Nicolas Batum
    PF LA
    C Andre Drummond

    by CameraOn on 6/8/2012 12:24 AM
  14. @CameraOn; I like your logic's and I like your line-up. It would be great if we had a PG as maybe a stop-gap as Steve Nash, or a reliable PG as Dragic or Lowry. We need depth especially at PG as Nolan, with a shortened season and no playing time under Nate, hasn't anymore experience then Lillard or Marshall.
    IMO, if NOH takes Lillard we take Marshall, if NOH takes Marshall we take Lillard. DHawes says it is a toss up between the two, and that is good enough for me.

    by Hg on 6/8/2012 9:52 AM
  15. Rumor has it the Hornets are dangling the #10 pick if a team is willing to take Ariza or Okafor..I say do it. We need to build through the draft like OKC has done and like we did in 2006.

    by ClydeFrog on 6/8/2012 3:30 PM
  16. Great minds think alike Sarah, lol!! My gut feelings on Portland's picks are the same as what you have projected :) I have a particularly good feeling about Marshall. However, I also think it is still quite likely one/both picks get packaged to either move up or in a trade for an established player. Should be interesting to watch either way!
    Also, I am VERY relieved to have heard from the new GM that the plan is long-term and not short-term. The GW, Camby, and Felton trades were all short-term moves, to try to maintain momentum. While I don't think the Blazers need a full rebuild, with LA, Wes, Elliot, and probably NIc on the roster, they can certainly afford a year to do some reloading/developing. The only concern is Lamarcus' age and amount of time left on his contract. If the Blazers can pull off this "retool", and become a playoff team again by 2013-14, I think LA will be inclined to remain a Blazer for the duration.

    by SisillaRiann on 6/9/2012 2:54 PM
  17. i really dont like picking drummond at 6, the things i've been hearing dont sound good at all. the guy is so raw its ridiculous. they're saying drummond has the highest potential to be a bust, that he's lazy, has a bad motor, no offense, AND they question his work ethic. i dont understand why nobody else sees the red flags. this reminds me of last year when they were saying great things about faried...and the portland trail blazers select...nolan smith.

    by The Unholy on 6/9/2012 3:48 PM
  18. i think austin rivers with the 11th pick, he can create his own shot, and his ball handling.

    by Nito on 6/9/2012 3:49 PM
  19. I agree Austin Rivers is the pick at #11, I like Myers Leonard at #14

    by mbmurr1 on 6/9/2012 10:00 PM
  20. I read on Swishscout that Austin rivers best scenario was Jamal Crawford and the worst scenario was Jamal Crawford, so I eliminated him as a Portland Trailblazer; two of him would be too much

    by Hg on 6/10/2012 5:11 AM
  21. @The Unholy: I have been reading quite a lot of bad stuff about Drummand also. the big thing is 25% free throw shooting. Then his lack of ability to score; But he is great at rebounding, running the floor and using his size. Whereas, Thabeet doesn't use his size well, doesn't run the floor exceptionally fast but is a pretty good free throw shooter, is OK with the alley oop. Both would be project players, but Thabeet because of his lack of offense would go a lot cheaper. Drummand is quick so he doesn't foul as much as Thabeet.
    The big Question to me is; can either of them be trained? In that respect, I like Drummand as he is only 18. Nevertheless there are other Centers in the early draft that is more NBA ready, but if we are going for the long haul then we might keep both of them.

    by Hg on 6/10/2012 5:22 AM
  22. Austin Rivers Pros:
    Killer instinct, ability to create his own offense, clutch

    Austin Rivers Cons:
    Short for his position, doesn't do anything else other than score, has tunnel vision as he's only looking for his shot

    At #11, that's just too high. If we trade back, he wouldn't be a bad pickup but he really should have stayed another year at Duke to hone his passing skills and refine his OVERALL game.

    by DHawes22 on 6/10/2012 10:37 AM
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