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The 2012 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2


(For Round One,click here)

It's here. Thursday. Pop, RC, and the best scouts in the biz, working together, will make their draft day move. Will they keep the 59th pick and select a hidden overseas talent or a college star who was slated to go higher? Might they make a move for the number 3 overall pick and grab Bradley Beal? Or is another trade in the works? Should they stay put, it is nearly impossible to predict the 59th pick (we drafted both of the guys on the right around where we're picking this year), but the impossible is what we do at PtR, so let's dive in...

And once again, check out DC Pro Sports Report (who featured this mock) for more great mock drafts.

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31. Charlotte Bobcats - G Tony Wroten, Washington - One of draft's best scoring combo guards

32. Washington Wizards - F Draymond Green, Michigan State - Most predicted him to go first round, I see him dropping due to size

33. Cleveland Cavaliers - C Bernard James, Florida State - Brings boards, defense to complement Cavs' young offensive bigs

34. Cleveland Cavaliers (from New Orleans) - F Will Barton, Memphis - The Cavs get badly needed wing help, Barton could have gone 1st round

35. Golden State Warriors - C Furkhan Aldemir, Turkey - Could bring rebounding, glass game to complement David Lee

36. Sacramento Kings - G John Jenkins, Vanderbilt - Pure shooter brings stability to Tyreke Evans' flash

37. Toronto Raptors - C Miles Plumlee, Duke - Could team with Baylor's Jones to provide frontcourt of future

38. Denver Nuggets (from Golden State) - G Jared Cunningham, Oregon State - Very athletic, Denver can wait for him to develop

39. Detroit Pistons - F Khris Middleton, Texas A&M - Has seen his draft stock rise in workouts as a big shot-creating wing, and he'll get his chance to create with Detroit

40. Portland Trail Blazers (from Minnesota) - F Mike Scott, Virginia - Has nice game to complement LaMarcus Aldridge for spells

41. Portland Trail Blazers - G Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas - Best PG remaining, Portland needs a backup

42. Milwaukee Bucks -G Kim English, Milwaukee - High BBIQ, 3 point shot enough to hide the athletic deficiencies which caused his stock to drop

43. Atlanta Hawks (from Phoenix) - F Drew Gordon, New Mexico - Insurance if Josh Smith departs, otherwise is valuable reserve

44. Detroit Pistons (from Houston) - G Tomas Satoransky, Czech Republic - Pistons need more PG depth

45. Philadelphia 76ers - F JaMychal Green, Alabama - Heir apparent to Elton Brand

46. New Orleans Hornets (from Dallas) - Shined at Nets' Combine, true scorer could ease Eric Gordon's load

47. Utah Jazz - F Darius Miller, Kentucky - Utah's first pick goes to replace the likely departing Raja Bell

48. New York Knicks - F Kevin O'Quinn, Norfolk State - Knick's first pick adds depth behind Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler

49. Orlando Magic - G Hollis Thompson, Georgetown - Magic have holes aplenty; Thompson is tall, true shooter

50. Denver Nuggets - F Quincy Acy, Baylor - Vertically challenged but an exciting college player, could thrive above the rim in George Karl's system

51. Boston Celtics - F Jae Crowder, Marquette - Very similar player to Brandon Bass, fills hole behind him

52. Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta) - F Kris Joseph, Syracuse - Joseph's all-around game could be good value here, though his advanced age caused him to drop

53. Los Angeles Clippers - F Tornike Shengelia, Republic of Georgia - Clippers need depth behind Blake Griffin, Shengelia was predicted by some to go high in the second round

54. Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis) - C Robert Sacre, Gonzaga - Project doesn't need to play immediately because of Spencer Hawes' success

55. Dallas Mavericks (from Los Angeles Lakers) - C Henry Sims, Georgetown - Looked much better rebounder/shot blocker at Portsmouth Invitational than he did in senior year; 7'4 wingspan can develop behind Haywood, Mahinmi.

56. Toronto Raptors (from Indiana) - F Kostas Papanikolaou, Greece - Shores up weak swingman position for Toronto

57. Brooklyn Nets (from Miami) - G Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette - One of best possible steals in draft, great offensive game, solid defense; here because only 6'2, no PG skills

58. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City) - F Leon Radosevic, Croatia - Best big man left, Wolves need depth there

59. San Antonio Spurs - G Kevin Murphy, Tennessee Tech - Best player available. Elite-level scorer, played against low-level competition but shined against draft prospects in Portsmouth. Worked well within team defense, would need work to guard NBA-level guards. Good size at 6'6 with great first step, can slash, pull up, and hit from long range.

60. Los Angeles Lakers (from Chicago) - G Will Buford, Ohio State - One of OSU's best scorers ever, should be solid reserve shooting guard to help Lakers with much-needed depth

In Summary: No one, I repeat, no one can confidently predict what the Spurs will do in this draft. If a player of Murphy's caliber fell to 59, it's very possible we would take him. However, Radosevic and Johnson-Odom are also realistic possibilities, and both could be quality additions. All said, researching the 2012 draft has shown me the real depth in this class. Take courage in the fact that several players with unique skill sets and potential to contribute very soon will be available at the end of the draft.