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Standig's 2012 NBA Mock Draft, picks 1-32

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Standig's 2012 NBA Mock Draft, picks 1-32

What's the point of having a draft if you don't mock it. This is my second - and perhaps - final version...1) New Orleans: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky Obviously. Lets move on.2 Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas If the Bobcats keep the pick, the athletically gifted double-double machine is probably the only option that makes sense for a team lacking, um, a lot.3 Washington: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida No need to be coy about this one, Beal is the only option that makes positional and need sense based on the current depth chart. Addhis textbook jumper and court awareness to an offense that made efficient strides late last season and the success rate goes up, especially from long range. 4 Cleveland: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky Players can develop their shot in the pro ranks. If MKG does and maintains the rest of his high-energy, intangible-heavy game,he forms ascary perimeter combo with his high school teammate, some guy named Kyrie Irving. Late draft chatter has Syracuses Dion Waiters gaining steam with this pick.

5 Sacramento: Harrison Barnes, SF, Cleveland Like the Wizards and Bobcats, the Kings came way up short last season in the make 3-pointers consistently category. Say what you want about Barnes ability to create his own scoring opportunities, but he can knock down perimeter looks and his athleticism is truly off the charts.6 Portland: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State If the Blazers want the highest upside player remaining, Andre Drummond is the obvious call. However, Portland is lacking at the point guard slot and Lillard is impressing more and more. He might not be available when the Blazers pick again at 11.7 Golden State: Andre Drummond, PF, Connecticut The Warriors need small forward help and therefore are probably hoping Barnes falls to them. Waiters is a much-rumored option. At this point, taking a shot on Drummonds power-packed physique and truly raw skill set is a relative no-brainer.8 Toronto: Austin Rivers, SG, Duke Waiters may have offer a more intrigue as a scorer and Jeremy Lamb has better size and athleticism, but Docs kid has that Kobe Bryant-like confidence teams fall in love with. 9 Detroit: John Henson, PF, North Carolina Ive had Meyers Leonard in this spot, but far too many folk have the Pistons tabbing the slender but athletic shot blocker for me to ignore. Regardless, Greg Monroe gets some help inside.10 New Orleans: Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina Though not an elite prospect, the polished 7-foot senior averaged 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in his ACC Player of the Year campaign. Taking Zeller is more about adding a piece to the puzzle rather than selecting a future top 3 player .11- Portland: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse If the buzz surrounding the legitimate two-way threat is sincere, Waiters might surpass Davis as the overall number one pick by Thursday night. Call it naivete ora hint of skepticism, Ill leave the 6-foot-4 wing around for the Blazers. Waiters dramatically improved his 3-point shooting (36.3 percent) as a sophomore while swiping 1.8 steals per game.12 Houston: Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut Based on all their maneuvering, seems likely the Rockets move this pick, if not any or all of their three first rounders. If the silky-smooth guard with size and length proved to NBA decision makers there is a competitive rage behind the placid demeanor, he could hear his name called in the top 10.13 Phoenix Terrence Ross, SFSG, Washington Whichever wing guard is left, the Suns take. Ross knocked down 37 percent of his 3-point tries last season and he has the versatility to swing up to small forward. Would benefit greatly if Steve Nash returned. Who wouldn't.14 Milwaukee: Perry Jones, PF, Baylor After trading down for center Samuel Dalembert, the Bucks shoot for the moon with the highly-athletic, but low-motor 6-foot-11 forward. Jones is one of those players whose future position remains in question.15 Philadelphia: Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State The 76ers lose out in the scoring guard game of musical chairs, butthe 6-foot-11 forward with crazy hops and double-double production last season is no mere consolation prize.16 Houston: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois Whether its the Rockets or another team drafting in this spot, the athletic 7-foot-1 center who can run the court and averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore will be tough to resist.17 Dallas: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina Because there is so much talk about Marshalls lack of athleticism, were set for 10 future years worth of stories about how the entirety of the D.C. area natives skill set can be measured in measurements alone. Jason Kidd replacement owns a Jason Kidd knack for finding open shooters. That is what the point guards job is about.18 Houston: Terrence Jones, SF, Kentucky Draft range for the 6-foot-9 forward starts at No. 7. Would be clearer if teams felt confident he could transition from college power forward to NBA small forward.19 Orlando: Royce White, PF, Iowa State Im a sucker for big men that are effective passers, especially when said passing leads to the player being deemed a point-power forward. One of my faves in this entire draft.20 Denver: Moe Harkless, SFPF, St. Johns Only inexperience and the freshman transitioning to a small forward role keeps the talented 6-foot-9 forward away from the lottery. Harkless scored 30 points against Duke and averaged 21.5 in two games against Georgetown last season.21 Boston: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State Has a pro skill set, a major league caboose, but amateurish athleticism, an under-the-rim gameand apparentlya faulty back. Boston has an opening for a wide-bodied forward after trading away Big Baby last year. Sullinger will be ready for key minutes for the annual title contender.22 Boston:Fab Melo, C, Syracuse Celts have lacked an interior power player since Kendrick Perkins was shipped to the Thunder.23 Atlanta: Jeff Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt Taylor is one of the top athletes in the draft and a position hedge should Josh Smith be dealt.24 Cleveland: Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure The polished power forward averaged 16 and 8 last season while shooting 57 percent from the field. The Cavs could use a big man that can make shots away from the basket.25 Memphis: Evan Fournier, SG, France The only international prospect receiving consistent first round love, Fourniers high basketball IQ and knack for late game heroics eventually help the Grizzlies, either this year or next. 26 Indiana: Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky George Hill is a free agent and should he return, Darren Collisons trade bait status goes up a notch. Adding another ball handler works.27 Miami: Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt Play LeBron James wherever you want, but the reigning NBA champs need help in the middle regardless.28 Oklahoma City: Draymond Green, SF, Michigan State The Big 10 Player of the Year may be a rookie, but he will bring grit to a youthful Thunder lineup.29 Chicago: John Jenkins, SG, Vanderbilt The Bulls start setting the deck for Derrick Roses realistic return (2013-14) by adding a knockdown shooter.30 Golden State: Will Barton, SG, Memphis With the final pick in the first round, the Warriors addan electric wing presence who shines in the open court.31 Charlotte: Tony Wroten, SGPG, Washington There are safer picks on the board, but the 6-foot-6 combo guards offers an assertive physical presence out of the backcourt. A potential lottery pick if he had stayed beyond his freshman season.32 Washington: Tyshawn Taylor, PG, Kansas - For my take on why the senior floor leader makes sense for the locals, click here.Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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