Rick Bonnell's NBA mock draft

June 27, 2012 

Staff writer Rick Bonnell’s mock first round, plus the Charlotte Bobcats’ first pick of the second round:

1. New Orleans, Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, 222: Will have immediate impact on defense and his offense improves all the time.

2. Charlotte, Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas, 6-9, 244: Will the Bobcats retain this pick or trade down to the third or fourth pick?

3. Washington, Bradley Beal, SG, Florida, 6-5, 205: Cleveland might have to jump up to two to hijack Beal away from the Wizards.

4. Cleveland, Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina, 6-8, 228: He reportedly worked out Tuesday for Golden State, so maybe it’s not a lock he’ll go top-four.

5. Sacramento, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky, 6-8, 233: Kings aren’t wedded to keeping this pick.

6. Portland, Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State, 6-3, 189: Raymond Felton didn’t have a great season as the Blazers’ point guard; now he’s a free agent.

7. Golden State, Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut, 7-foot, 279: A risky pick, but this deep into the draft you don’t often get to pick a center with a big upside.

8. Toronto, Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse, 6-4, 221: Phoenix made him a promise, and Waiters dropped off the grid, but Raptors won’t need a workout to draft him.

9. Detroit, Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, C-F, 7-0, 248: He’ll be versatile offensively. He could struggle defensively. But he’ll figure it out.

10. New Orleans, Austin Rivers, Duke, SG, 6-5, 203: An alpha male if there ever was one. He doesn’t apologize for being cocky.

11. Portland, Meyers Leonard, Illinois, C, 7-1, 250: Blazers address their need at center after taking care of point guard with their earlier lottery pick.

12. Houston, Moe Harkless, St. John’s, 6-9, 207: A big, athletic small forward who played for now-Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap.

13. Phoenix, Kendall Marshall, North Carolina, 6-4, 198: Some depth at point guard, in the event Steve Nash decides to leave for a team closer to title contention.

14. Milwaukee, Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut, 6-5, 179: He can shoot and he has nearly a 7-foot wingspan. But he was passive through much of the season.

15. Philadelphia, John Henson, North Carolina, 6-10, 216: He blocks shots and runs the floor. He needs to add bulk.

16. Houston, Royce White, Iowa State, 6-8 261: A point-forward similar to how the Hornets used to use Anthony Mason in Charlotte.

17. Dallas, Terrence Jones, Kentucky, PF-SF, 6-9, 252: A versatile forward who probably didn’t get to show all he could do among the Wildcats’ one-and-dones.

18. Houston, Terrence Ross, Washington, SG, 6-7, 197: A gifted scorer who badly needs more bulk and strength to hold up running through NBA screens.

19. Orlando, Jeffrey Taylor, Vanderbilt, SF, 6-7, 212: One of several quality perimeter scorers the Commodores produced this season.

20. Denver, Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, PF, 6-9, 268: Sooner or later, the talent outweighs concern about Sullinger’s back injury.

21. Boston, Marquis Teague, Kentucky, PG, 6-2, 180: The Celtics did just fine with another Kentucky point guard named Rajon Rondo.

22. Boston, Perry Jones III, Baylor, SF, 6-11, 234: Jones really isn’t bulky enough to be a power forward. But he’s skilled enough to play further from the basket.

23. Atlanta, Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt, C, 6-11, 264: This guy isn’t much help offensively, but he takes up a lot of space as a goalie under the rim.

24. Cleveland: John Jenkins, Vanderbilt, SG, 6-4, 212: A little undersized, but as good a 3-point shooter as there is in this draft.

25. Memphis, Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State PF, 6-11, 233: If you’re as deep as the Grizzlies, you can afford to add whoever is the best available.

26. Indiana Pacers, Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure, PF, 6-9, 234: An experienced, mature player for an emerging, deep team.

27. Miami, Fab Melo, Syracuse, C, 7-0, 255: A goalie for a team that already has abundant scoring options.

28. Oklahoma City, Quincy Miller, Baylor, SF, 6-10, 219: Building up depth should it become impossible to retain both James Harden and Serge Ibaka.

29. Chicago, Will Barton, Memphis, SG, 6-6, 174: Bulls are going to have some salary-cap complications, so they need affordable help from a player on the rookie scale.

30. Golden State, Evan Fournier, France, SF-SG, 6-7, 206: Warriors don’t want to sign four rookies, so drafting an International player makes sense.

31. Charlotte, Tony Wroten, Washington, PG, 6-6, 203: A big point guard who offers some protection should D.J. Augustin leave via free-agency.

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