Al Iannazzone's NBA mock draft

Anthony Davis talks to reporters while visiting the

Anthony Davis talks to reporters while visiting the New Orleans Hornets, who have the first pick of the June 28th draft, at their practice facility in Westwego, La. (June 19, 2012) (Credit: AP)

1. New Orleans Hornets

Anthony Davis, 6-10, 220

PF/C, Kentucky, Fr.

Still needs work offensively but has been compared to Marcus Camby; Hornets hope he can be a franchise changer.

 

2. Charlotte Bobcats

Thomas Robinson, 6-9, 240

F, Kansas, Jr.

They could deal with Cleveland for picks 4 and 24, but Bobcats like the competitive Robinson, who averaged a double-double last year.

 

3. Washington Wizards

Bradley Beal, 6-3, 207

G, Florida, Fr.

Wizards need help at shooting guard and Beal has upside. The Cavs like him too and if they move up to the second pick they could nab Beal.

 

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, 6-7, 232, F, Kentucky, Fr.

Versatile wing player who defends and plays hard, but small forward Harrison Barnes is also possible if Cavs keep pick.

 

5. Sacramento Kings

Dion Waiters, 6-4, 210

G, Syracuse, So.

They could go big (Andre Drummond) or small (Damian Lillard), but the aggressive Waiters could replace Tyreke Evans if he's dealt.

 

6. Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, 6-3, 195

G, Weber State, Jr.

Point guard is a need for them and Lillard might be the most NBA-ready despite playing in the Big Sky Conference.

 

7. Golden State Warriors

Harrison Barnes, 6-8, 210

F, North Carolina, So.

Skilled forward may be gone already (perhaps at five) and if he is Drummond might be the Warriors' choice.

 

8. Toronto RaptorsAustin Rivers, 6-4, 200

G, Duke, Fr.

They may look at a point guard or could deal for Houston's Kyle Lowry, but the Raptors also need a scoring wing and Doc's son is talented and still improving.

 

9. Detroit Pistons

Andre Drummond, 6-10, 270

C, Connecticut, Fr.

The Pistons are expected to go for a big man with Drummond, if available, and UNC's John Henson good candidates.

 

10. New Orleans HornetsTyler Zeller, 7-foot, 250

C, North Carolina, Sr.

After taking Davis first, they could take a wing like Jeremy Lamb, but buzz is the Hornets may want another big man.

11. Portland Trail Blazers

John Henson, 6-11, 220

F, North Carolina, Jr.

If they go point guard at six, they're expected to pick big here with Henson or Meyers Leonard to pair with LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

12. Houston Rockets

Meyers Leonard, 7-1, 245

C, Illinois, So.

They're stockpiling picks (12, 16, 18) in hopes of packaging them to acquire Dwight Howard or Josh Smith or move up higher in the draft.

 

13. Phoenix Suns

Jeremy Lamb, 6-5, 180

G/F, Connecticut, So.

With Steve Nash a free agent, point guard Kendall Marshall is an option, but Suns may not want to pass on this versatile swingman.

 

14. Milwaukee Bucks

Terrence Ross, 6-6, 195

G, Washington, So.

After acquiring Samuel Dalembert Wednesday and swapping picks with Houston, Bucks could take this athletic wing player.

 

15. Philadelphia 76ers

Terrence Jones, 6-9, 252

F, Kentucky, So.

He's skilled and defends, making him a good fit for Doug Collins' team, along with Baylor forward Perry Jones III.

 

16. Houston Rockets

Perry Jones III, 6-11, 235

F, Baylor, So.

With all their trade talk, the Rockets could be picking for another team here, but Jones' size, length and potential make him attractive.

17. Dallas Mavericks

Moe Harkless, 6-8, 208

G-F, St. John's, Fr.

After a solid season for Red Storm, Harkless reportedly had good workouts, but with uncertainty at point guard Mavs could take Kendall Marshall.

 

18. Houston Rockets

Kendall Marshall, 6-4, 195

PG, North Carolina, So.

Kyle Lowry wants out and Goran Dragic is a free agent, so the Rockets, if they keep the pick, have to get a point guard somewhere in this draft.

 

19. Orlando Magic

Arnett Moultrie, 6-11, 249

F, Mississippi St., Jr.

New Magic GM Rob Hennigan has to start thinking about life after Dwight and Moultrie or Jared Sullinger is a possibility.

 

20. Denver Nuggets

Jared Sullinger, 6-9, 280

F, Ohio State, So.

They could trade pick if Marshall is gone, but Sullinger, whose stock fell because of injury, would be hard to pass up.

 

21. Boston Celtics

Royce White, 6-8, 270

F, Iowa State, Fr.

Has question marks, but he's a good ballhandler and playmaker in a power forward's body with plenty of upside.

22. Boston Celtics

Andrew Nicholson, 6-10, 250

F, St. Bonaventure, Sr.

Versatile four-year player who is a good fit for win-now teams like the Celtics.

 

23. Atlanta Hawks

Tony Wroten, Jr., 6-5, 205

G, Washington, Fr.

Needs to work on his shot but can play both guard spots and the Hawks need a backup for Jeff Teague.

 

24. Cleveland Cavaliers

Fab Melo, 7-foot, 255

C, Syracuse, So.

Could go with someone with size who can protect the paint or shooter/scorer such as Kentucky's Doron Lamb.

 

25. Memphis Grizzlies

Marquis Teague, 6-2, 189

G, Kentucky, Fr.

Grizzlies need depth at point guard and Teague can push the ball, but combo forward Draymond Green also may be appealing.

 

26. Indiana Pacers

Draymond Green, 6-7, 230

F, Michigan State, Sr.

A tough player who should contribute immediately, but point guard (Teague, Tyshawn Taylor or Will Barton) is a need, too.

 

27. Miami Heat

Jeffrey Taylor, 6-7, 225

F, Vanderbilt, Sr.

Athletic shooter and defender who could thrive with Miami's Big Three, but champs need size and his Vandy teammate Festus Ezeli is out there.

 

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

Evan Fournier, 6-6, 190

G-F, France

Since OKC may not be able to keep James Harden long term, Fournier, Doron Lamb or Oregon State's Jared Cunningham could be insurance.

 

29. Chicago Bulls

Will Barton, 6-6, 175

G/F, Memphis, So.

Derrick Rose is out and the Bulls have other question marks on the perimeter, so they need to start filling those holes.

 

30. Golden State Warriors

Miles Plumlee, 6-10, 245

C, Duke, Sr.

Size is one of their many needs, making Plumlee and Baylor freshman power forward Quincy Miller possibilities.

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