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Hanrahan's Final Mock 2012 NBA Draft


Hanrahan's Final Mock 2012 NBA Draft

1) New Orleans Hornets
Anthony Davis C Kentucky

Only lock of the night as the Hornets hope Davis can immediately impact and change the team's fortunes around.

The 6'-10" center did it all in his only season at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to a national title and was the national player of the year.

Davis averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and nearly 5 blocks a game as Kentucky went 38-2.

Davis is head and shoulders above the rest of the NBA draft prospects and is the clear-cut number one pick.

2) Charlotte Bobcats
Harrison Barnes F North Carolina

Michael Jordan doesn't let the swingman get out of state and takes the 6-'8 forward whose stock has improved with individual workouts.

Barnes was inconsistent and appeared to play lackadaisical in his sophomore season at North Carolina, averaging 16 points and 6 points a game. Barnes' game is probably better suited for the NBA as he is a smooth, athletically gifted jump shooter.

3) Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal G Florida

The Wizards desperately need a shooter and they hope Beal is the real deal. Beal's stock went through the roof late in his only season at Florida, averaging 14 points and 7 rebounds.

Known for his smooth outside shot, Beal struggled though from 3-point land, making just 33 percent of his attempts from there.

The Wizards need players who can shoot and hopefully Beal fits the mold.

4) Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael Kidd Gilchrist F Kentucky

Davis' front court teammate gets taken by the win starved Charlotte Bobcats. Gilchrist's stats at Kentucky weren't overwhelming but scouts drool over his tenacious approach and competitiveness.

Gilchrist averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds his freshman season at Kentucky.

5) Sacramento Kings
Andre Drummond C UConn

The Kings take a gamble and take the biggest mystery of this NBA draft in Drummond.

The 6'-11" big man averaged 10 points, 8 rebounds and nearly three blocks a game for an underachieving Huskies team.

Drummond could be the piece in the middle that the Kings need but is seen as a bit of a project.

6) Portland Trailblazers
Thomas Robinson F Kansas

Robinson falls back into the Blazers' lap and Portland takes the power forward.

Robinson put up 17 points and 11 rebounds a game as he led Kansas to the national title game.

Robinson is an appealing prospect simply because of his vast improvement from his sophomore to junior season. Robinson came off the bench two seasons ago and averaged only 7 points and 6 boards.

7) Golden State Warriors
Jeremy Lamb F UConn

The silky smooth swingman may have also hurt his stock by returning for his sophomore season with the Huskies. After helping UConn win the national title his freshman season, Lamb was expected to have a huge sophomore season.

While his stats were pretty good at 17 points and 5 rebounds, UConn struggled through a sub par year with a lot of the blame falling on Lamb.

At 6'-5" and 180 pounds, the wiry Lamb will have to get a little stronger to handle the rigors of the NBA game.

8) Toronto Raptors
Austin Rivers G Duke

Toronto gambles here and takes the potential that Rivers offers offensively. The 6'-5" Rivers averaged 15 points a game in his only season at Duke.

9) Detroit Pistons
John Henson F North Carolina

Another player whose stock who has sky rocketed during the pre-draft
workouts, Henson is 6'-10" with a huge wing span and can bring interior help to the
Pistons. Henson can run the floor and finish around the rim, which would also make him an ideal fit with Milwaukee's style.

Henson averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks in his junior season for the Tar Heels.

10) New Orleans Hornets
Damian Lillard G Weber State

The Hornets got Davis at center with the top pick and now they get a scoring point guard in the 6'-3" Lillard. A four-year player at Weber State, Lillard averaged 24 points and 4 assists in his senior campaign.

11) Portland Trail Blazers
Tyler Zeller C North Carolina

Good fit here with the Blazers in need of front court help.

The 7'-0" Zeller averaged 16 points and nearly 10 rebounds a game in his senior season with the Tar Heels.

Zeller won't be a star but he should be a reliable post-player.

12) Milwaukee Bucks
Meyers Leonard C Illinois
Milwaukee needs help up front so the Bucks will select the 7'-1" big man.

Leonard improved mightily to average 13 points and 8 rebounds his sophomore season. Leonard saw limited time his freshman season, scoring only 2 points a game.

13) Phoenix Suns
Dion Waiters G Syracuse

With Steve Nash's future up in the air, Phoenix needs guard help and they get it with the 6'4" Waiters who can play either point or shooting guard. Waiters said the Suns guaranteed him they would take him here. We shall see.

14) Houston Rockets
Kendall Marshall G North Carolina

With point guard Kyle Lowry's future in doubt, the Rockets should nab Marshall out of North Carolina. Marshall is a true floor general who averaged 8 points and 9 assists in his sophomore season for the Tar Heels.

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Phil Chenier becomes fifth Bullets player to ever have his jersey retired


Phil Chenier becomes fifth Bullets player to ever have his jersey retired

On the newest banner that hangs from the rafters at Capital One Arena, a small microphone - embroidered with a white 33 - is subtly stitched into the bottom left corner. 

You'd barely notice it was there; Phil Chenier certainly didn't.

Chenier, who had his #45 jersey retired tonight during halftime of tonight's Wizards-Nuggets game, didn't even notice the mic, added to signify his three decades as a broadcaster with the team.

"I had no idea there was even a mic on it," Chenier said, laughing. "I'll have to go back out and look at it some more."

Despite the Wizards' 108-100 loss, the night was first and foremost a celebration of Chenier - the 5th player in franchise history to have his number rasied in the rafters. He joins Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes, Gus Johnson, and Wes Unseld as the only players to achieve the honor so far.

"To be up there with the other 4 names means a lot – people I had the fortune of playing with," he added. "I remember my first day of practice and I had just watched this team play in the finals and now I’m plopped down with Wes Unfeld and Earl Monroe and Gus Johnson. It seemed like they accepted me from the get go."

Many from that 1978 Championship team were in attendance on Friday night, watching as one of their teammates cemented his professional legacy. For Chenier, that acceptance as an All-Time Bullets great is at the core of why he played the game.

"You know, when you play this game, you play for acceptance," he said. "You want to be the best, you want to be accepted. Having players and childhood friends – and of course, your family – here, you’re surrounded by so many people that meant a lot to you both before and now. It’s a really humbling feeling.”

It was hard to find someone in DC without something good to say about Chenier on Friday night. Even in the basement of Capital One Center, after the Wizards' fifth loss in seven games, head coach Scott Brooks took a moment out of his press conference to praise Chenier. 

"[Chenier] is a great ambassador and we all love him," Brooks said. "It's well deserved. It's going to be pretty cool seeing his jersey every time we step into this building."

Fans left the arena with a commemorative Phil Chenier cut out. Phil Chenier left the arena with his number retired. The experience was, according to the man himself, everything he thought it'd be. 

"You don’t know what the emotions are going to be..." he told media members after the ceremony."...Obviously it’s something I thought about, but it really was exciting to see the 45 up there and my name."

Then Chenier cracked a smile.

"I’m glad it’s over with."

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Wizards lose again, this time to Nuggets as offense falls flat

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Wizards lose again, this time to Nuggets as offense falls flat

The Washington Wizards lost to the Denver Nuggets 108-100 on Friday night. Here's analysis of what went down...

Another loss: It is becoming more and more clear that the Wizards need a shot in the arm, something to change the direction of where they are currently heading.

Whether that will come in the form of All-Star point guard John Wall returning from his months-long absence, an adjustment to their lineup or strategy, or something else entirely, the losses are piling up and at a tough time in the season.

With another loss on Friday night, their seventh in their last 11 games, the Wizards are now 40-32. They have plenty of room to still clinch a playoff berth, as their magic number stands at two, but they only have 10 games left to secure their all-important playoff seed.

Both the Pacers and Cavaliers, two teams just ahead of them in the playoff race, won on Friday.

The Wizards lost their second straight game and again offense was their problem. They scored 100 points, six below their season average, and committed 17 turnovers.

Big third quarter: The Denver Nuggets have emerged as a team on the rise, a young squad with burgeoning stars that could someday soon make some noise in the Western Conference. The reason is because they are very good on offense. Defense is a much different story.

That was not the case on Friday night, as the Wizards had all sorts of trouble scoring in three of their four quarters. They managed just 43 points by halftime, the fewest the Nuggets have allowed in a first half since Jan. 27.

The Wizards, though, did get cooking in the third quarter. They erupted for 33 points in the frame while shooting 63.2 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from three. Markieff Morris, who finished with 17, had 11 points in the third quarter and Bradley Beal (24 points) hit three threes.

The Wizards also found a solution for Jamal Murray, one of the Nuggets' brightest young stars. He had 20 points at halftime, but went scoreless in nine minutes in the third quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. (15 points) was among those who gave him trouble. Murry finished with 25.

The big third quarter reflected well on the Wizards' ability to make adjustments, but their 24-point fourth quarter flipped the script again.


Didn't force mistakes: The first time these teams squared off back in October, the Wizards forced the Nuggets into 23 turnovers. This game was a very different story. 

The Nuggets didn't commit their first turnover until midway through the second quarter and had only three by halftime. They had just 10 turnovers for the game.

Denver deserves some credit for limiting their mistakes, but all of it did not reflect well on the Wizards' defense. They didn't put enough pressure on the ball and failed to disrupt passing lanes like they usually do. It was uncharacteristic, as the Wizards entered the game 10th in average turnovers forced.

Not creating mistakes allowed the Nuggets to get way to many field goal attempts. Though they shot just 43.5 percent, Denver managed 108 points. And not getting turnovers offered the Wizards few opportunities for easy transition buckets.

Turnovers were one issue with the Wizards' defense. So was defending the perimeter, as the Nuggets shot 17-for-34 (50%) from long range. It is worth noting the Nuggets were without their leading scorer Gary Harris, a guy who is dangerous from long range.


Special night: Halftime offered a memorable moment in franchise history as legendary player and broadcast Phil Chenier had his No. 45 jersey retired by the team. His longtime broadcaster and friend Steve Buckhantz hosted the ceremony with about 20 friends and family members of Chenier's seated behind him. Buckhantz had opening comments, then majority owner Ted Leonsis spoke as everyone in the crowd stood and cheered.

Then, it was Chenier's time to talk. He thanked his former teammates, members of the organization and those close to him. He kept his composure until the very end when he brought up his mother, Peggy, who could not make the event. Chenier choked up and wiped away tears as he described what she has meant to him in his life.

It was a powerful moment and a great ceremony to honor a guy who has impacted the lives of many in the D.C. area. Now, his No. 45 will hang up in the rafters forever. That banner, by the way, features a picture of a microphone and the phrase '33 years,' signifying how long he was the color analyst for Bullets and Wizards games.


Up next: The Wizards do not have a game Saturday, though they are going to practice and Wall is expected to take a big step forward in his rehab. Their next game is Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington when they host the Knicks. That will also be a special game, as the Wizards are set to honor the 40th anniversary of their 1978 NBA championship.

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