Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats players Anthony Davis (23) and Terrence Jones (3) react during the second half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

NBA Mock Draft: Pre-Lottery Version

The NBA Draft Lottery is tomorrow and after that we will have a set in stone look at what the draft order will be. Right now, predicting the draft beyond the first pick is like trying to figure out the plot of The Dark Knight Rises or P.T. Anderson’s new flick The Master. But what we can do is get as close as we can before we are handed an actual script for the draft and order sets in.

The NBA Draft is under a month away and we will find out the official draft order after Wednesday's lottery.

Because the actual order of the draft won’t be known until the lottery on Wednesday, we can’t really give accurate analysis of the pick. Even beyond the lottery things aren’t clear as what happens in the lottery has a ripple effect. But visit the Big Board for that and stay tuned to updated versions of the mock draft as we approach the 2012 NBA Draft.

Before we start here’s an interesting note to ponder: the Bulls actually own the Bobcats first round pick in 2012, but it’s a lottery protected pick which means if it falls where it is right now it still belongs to Charlotte. The Bulls can watch how well the Bobcats do in 2013 as if the Bobcats finish with the 13th pick or lower, it belongs to Chicago. In 2014 if the Bobcats finish with the 11th pick or lower it’s Chicago’s and in 2015 the Bobcats must own the 7th pick or higher to keep their first round draft pick. In 2016 if the Bobcats finish with the No. 1 overall pick it belongs to the Bulls as it’s unprotected in 2016.

Alright, Mock Draft time!

PICK

TEAM

SELECTION

POSITION

COLLEGE

HEIGHT

1

Bobcats 

 Anthony Davis

PF 

Kentucky 

6′ 10″ 

2

 Wizards

Bradley Beal 

SG 

Florida 

6′ 3″ 

3

 Cavaliers

 Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist

 SF

 Kentucky

6′ 7″

4

 Hornets

Thomas Robinson 

SF 

Kansas 

6′ 10″ 

5

 Kings

 Andre Drummond

 C

 UConn

 6′ 10″ 

6

 Trailblazers

 Harrison Barnes

 SF

North Carolina 

6′ 8″

7*

 Warriors

Perry Jones III

PF 

Baylor 

  6′ 11″ 

8

Raptors 

 Austin Rivers

 SG

 Duke

6′ 4″

9

Pistons 

Jared Sullinger 

 PF

Ohio St. 

6′ 9″ 

10**

Hornets 

Jeremy Lamb 

SG 

UConn 

 6′ 5″

11

Trailblazers 

Tyler Zeller 

PF/C

 North Carolina

7′ 0″ 

12

 Bucks

 John Henson

 PF

North Carolina 

6′ 11″ 

13

 Suns

 Kendall Marshall

 PG

 North Carolina

6′ 2″ 

14

 Rockets

 Meyers Leonard

PF 

Illinois 

 7′ 1″

15

 Sixers

 Terrence Jones

PF 

Kentucky 

6′ 9″ 

16

Rockets 

Damien Lillard 

PG

 Weber St. 

 6′ 2″

17

Mavericks 

 Marquis Teauge

PG 

 Kentucky

 6′ 2″

18***

Timberwolves 

Dion Waiters 

 SG

Syracuse 

 6′ 4″

19

 Magic

Tony Wroten 

 PG

 Washington

 6′ 5″

20

Nuggets 

 Arnett Moultrie

 PF

 Mississippi St.

 6′ 11″ 

21

 Celtics

 Royce White

 PF

 Iowa St.

6′ 8″ 

22

 Celtics

Terrence Ross

 SG 

 Washington

6′ 6″

23

Hawks 

Jeffery Taylor 

SF

Vanderbilt

 6′ 7″

24****

Cavaliers 

Quincy Miller 

SF 

Baylor 

 6′ 9″

25

Grizzlies 

 Doron Lamb

SG 

 Kentucky

 6′ 4″

26

 Pacers

 John Jenkins

SG

Vanderbilt 

 6′ 4″

27

 Heat

Fab Melo 

 C

 Syracuse

 7′ 0″

28

Thunder 

 Evan Fournier

 SG/SF

France 

 6′ 7″

 29

 Bulls

William Budford

 SG

Ohio St.

6′ 5″

 30t

 Warriors

 Andrew Nicholson

 PF

 St. Bonaventure

 6′ 9″

* – Pick belongs to Utah Jazz of it falls out of the Top 7

** – Pick via Minnesota Timberwolves (Chris Paul Trade)

*** – Pick Via Utah Jazz (Al Jefferson Trade)

**** – Pick via Los Angeles Lakers (Ramon Sessions Trade)

t – Pick via San Antonio Spurs (Stephen Jackson Trade)

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