Anyone care to guess who went No. 1 in the 2012 NBA Draft Thursday night? I'll give you three guesses, but if you need more than one hang your head in shame (hint--he's got some fierce facial hair and I don't mean a goatee).
As expected, Kentucky's Anthony Davis was taken No. 1 by the New Orleans Hornets (shocker). The real question was who the Charlotte Bobcats would take with the No. 2 pick. Word earlier in the day Thursday was that the 'Cats had as many as five trade offers to entertain. With a draft deep in talented players and a lot of needs, it certainly would not be a bad idea for Michael Jordan to trade down.
Charlotte ended up holding onto the No. 2 pick and took Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky, making it the first time that the first two picks in the draft came from the same school. Head coach John Calipari had this to say:
Somebody told me they are going to call it the Blue Room instead of the Green Room.
The duo started off a string of picks where the teams really couldn't screw it up too much with all the talent available. The only teams to have their picks rated a 'C/C-' by USA Today were the Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 4 Syracuse guard Dion Waiters; C-), New Orleans Hornets (No. 10 Duke guard Austin Rivers), and the Milwaukee Bucks (No. 14 North Carolina forward John Henson). The following were the top 15 picks:
- New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky
- Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
- Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse
- Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
- Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
- Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
- Toronto Raptors: Terrence Ross, SG, Washington
- Detroit Pistons: Andre Drummond, C, UConn
- New Orleans Hornets: Austin Rivers, PG, Duke
- Portland Trail Blazers: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois
- Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb, SG, UConn
- Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina
- Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson, PF, North Carolina
- Philadelphia 76ers: Maurice Harkless, SF, St. John’s