Charlotte Observer's 2012 NBA mock draft lottery for 10 picks
Thursday's NBA draft - and the draft-day trade that sent Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston to Milwaukee - showed that the Charlotte Bobcats continue to be in rebuilding mode. If that's the case, the Bobcats could well end up in the lottery again next season, possibly with a higher pick than the Nos. 7 and 9 selections they ended up with this year. Here's a look at 10 intriguing players who could be available for the Bobcats if they have a high lottery pick. Six of them will be freshmen in college this upcoming season.
1. Anthony Davis, PF, 6-10, Fr., Kentucky
Expert's take: "Has great instincts around the rim, touch within 5 feet of the basket ... Great athleticism, body control and touch makes him a very strong finisher in the paint. NBADraft.net
Bottom line: Scored 29 points (on 13-of-15 shooting) and had 11 rebounds and four blocks in Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte in May ... Grew 7 inches after his junior year in high school.
2. Harrison Barnes, SF, 6-8, Soph., North Carolina
Expert's take: "Appears to have a good understanding of where he is now and where he's going . . . Still shows a good deal of potential left in his game . . . Needs to work on improving his left hand and become equally adept at driving using either hand. NBADraft.net
Bottom line: Averaged 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds as a freshman for Tar Heels . . . Came on strong at end of season after struggling early.
3. Jared Sullinger, PF, 6-9, Soph., Ohio State
Expert's take: "He has decent touch around the basket, but misses the occasional easy shot, but luckily is so big and hustles to get an easy put back. He knows how to use his body, is smart and aggressive." Swishscout.com
Bottom line: Averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds for Buckeyes ... Big 10 freshman of the year.
4. Perry Jones, PF, 6-9, Soph., Baylor
Expert's take: "His potential in terms of rebounding and defense is unlimited, he has the tools to defend all five positions." NBADraft.net
Bottom line: Averaged 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds for Bears ... Was expected to leave school after freshman season, but elected to stay.
5. James McAdoo, PF/SF, 6-9, Fr., North Carolina
Expert's take: "McAdoo's biggest virtues lie in his skill-level and his basketball IQ, which is extraordinarily high for a player his age." Draftexpress.com
Bottom line: Was co-MVP of Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald's All-Star games ... Relative of former Tar Heel and long-time NBA star Bob McAdoo.
6. Quincy Miller, SF, 6-9, Fr., Baylor
Expert's take: " Small forward who kills defenders with his ankle-breaking moves, change of pace, and aggressiveness getting to the basket." Swishscout.com
Bottom line: Missed much of last season at Westchester Academy in High Point with knee injury.
7. Bradley Beal, SG, 6-4, Fr., Florida
Expert's take: "Skilled scorer who has the ability to get to the rim, hit the pull-up jumper, or just shoot the 3 and be equally effective at all of his options." Swishscout.com
Bottom line: Heading to Florida after a standout high school career at Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis ... Averaged 32.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.7 steals last season.
8. Michael Gilchrist, SF, 6-7, Fr., Kentucky
Expert's take: 7-foot wingspan and stand-out athleticism allow him to play much bigger than his height ... Rebounds very well utilizing his length and athleticism and the fundamentals of boxing out. NBADraft.net
Bottom line: Another top recruit going to Kentucky for likely one season ... Averaged 19.4 points, 14.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 5.2 blocks and 3.5 steals as a senior at St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J.
9. Austin Rivers, PG/SG, 6-4, Fr., Duke
Expert's take: "Rivers is a multi-faceted offensive threat who is capable of creating his own shot in the half-court and being a deadly shooter from beyond the arc." Draftexpress.com
Bottom line: Son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was the consensus top high school prospect of last season ... Averaged 28.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 2.0 steals for Winter Park (Fla.) High.
10. Jeremy Lamb, SG, 6-5, Soph., Connecticut
Expert's take: "The first thing that jumps out about Lamb is his incredible length. Standing 6-5 with a reported 7-1 wingspan - which, if true, would be one of the longest wingspans of any shooting guard in our database." Draftexpress.com
Bottom line: Averaged 11.1 points for Huskies as backcourt mate of Bobcats-draftee Kemba Walker ... Improved his draft prospects with his play in NCAA tournament.
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