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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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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

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Source: Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

This summer is shaping up to be lucrative for NBA free agents and big man Bobby Portis is well-positioned to cash in. After spending the final three months of the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, Portis is already seeing a healthy market develop ahead of the June 30 start of the league's negotiating period, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

The Wizards are likely to first extend a qualifying offer on June 30 to make him a restricted free agent. According to Spotrac.com, it will be about $3.6 million and that will give the Wizards the right to match an offer sheet from another franchise.

But teams are already indicating they want Portis, who is just 24 and coming off a season in which he averaged a career-high 14.2 points and 8.1 rebounds in 50 games. That market includes 5-10 teams and could grow once free agency opens.

Portis is expected to draw interest from the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and Knicks among others, NBC Sports Washington has learned.

Despite restricted free agency, Portis has a few things working for him. For one, there are a lot of teams with cap room. Spending won't reach 2016 levels, when the new CBA spiked the salary cap, but there will a lot of money to go around.

Also, guys in Portis' tier will only be helped if the top free agent options continue to dwindle. Klay Thompson looks more likely than ever to stay in Golden State after tearing his ACL. Winning a title could increase the odds Kawhi Leonard re-signs in Toronto, according to reports. And Kevin Durant's torn Achilles has thrown a wrench into the plans of teams with the most money to spend.

There is also the possibility Kemba Walker stays in Charlotte. And Kyrie Irving signing with Brooklyn, if it happens, would leave others exploring backup plans.

Portis isn't directly competing with any of those players, but could benefit if the top options are off the market. His name will only move up the list if that is the case.

Portis also has a unique selling point going for him. He shot 39.3 percent from three this past season and held a 40.3 percent clip to close the year in his 28 games with the Wizards. Three-point shooting is more valuable than ever and he brings that to the table at 6-foot-10.

Portis, who averaged 3.8 three-point attempts per game this past season, was one of only six players 6-10 or taller to shoot at least 39 percent on 3.5 attempts or more (min. 50 G). 

The question for Portis will be whether he gets the money he wants. He turned down an extension with the Chicago Bulls last fall just hours before the deadline to sign one. According to the Chicago Tribune, the deal was worth about $50 million and he wants to be paid in the range of $16 million annually. His asking price was partly why the Bulls traded him to the Wizards in February.

Even if the Wizards clear money, and they are expected to free up some by declining Jabari Parker's $20 million team option by the June 29 deadline, Portis could price himself out of Washington. It might not even take $16 million per year for that to happen.

The Wizards are set to operate through free agency with interim team president Tommy Sheppard at the helm, as the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Sheppard making the call increases Portis' odds of staying, but that doesn't mean the price will match for both sides.


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UNC's Coby White talks Wizards workout, North Carolina and John Wall's legendary mixtape

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UNC's Coby White talks Wizards workout, North Carolina and John Wall's legendary mixtape

In Tuesday's Wizards Talk podcast Chris Miller sat down with point guard Coby White, a projected lottery pick from the University of Carolina. 

On Monday, the Wizards worked out White and college teammate Nassir Little in the franchise's highest-profile workout this year. Despite being projected higher than No. 9, White was enthusiastic about the opportunity. 

"These mock drafts are cool, but it's not the real deal," explained White. "If I was to slip and Washington were to select me, I'd be in a great place."

White's passion combined with his impressive skill set enabled him to become the all-time leading scorer in North Carolina high school history. Growing up he followed John Wall, as did every hooper in North Carolina, and he still remembers Wall shredding apart defenses on his legendary high school mixtape. 

"His mixtape was lit," professed White. "The style he played with was uncomparable to anyone else."

What many people don't know about White was that growing up, his dream school was Duke. Once he got to Chapel Hill, however, Roy Williams, his teammates and UNC's winning tradition won him over in a heartbeat. 

"They didn't care how much you had coming in, Coach Williams never promised me playing time," said White. "He just promised me 'I'll be the hardest coach you ever had and I'll try my best to make you the best you can be.'"

At Thursday draft, White's life will be changed forever once he hears his name called and shakes Adam Silver's hand. For Wizards fans, hopefully, that won't happen before the No. 9 pick