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Rothstein Files: 2012 NBA Mock Draft

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By Jon Rothstein
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1. NEW ORLEANS — ANTHONY DAVIS, KENTUCKY

THE SKINNY: Shot-blocking big man will be a hit from day one with the Hornets.

2. CHARLOTTE — THOMAS ROBINSON, KANSAS

THE SKINNY: Hard-working power forward should provide instant energy to the struggling Bobcats.

3. WASHINGTON — BRADLEY BEAL, FLORIDA

THE SKINNY: Sharpshooter’s ability to stretch the floor should provide a nice security blanket for John Wall.

4. CLEVELAND — HARRISON BARNES, NORTH CAROLINA

THE SKINNY: Barnes’ offensive polish gives him the nod by the slimmest of margins over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

5. SACRAMENTO — MICHAEL KIDD-GILCHRIST, KENTUCKY

THE SKINNY: Blue collar wing will change the culture in Northern California the minute he shows up at the team’s training facility.

6. PORTLAND — ANDRE DRUMMOND, UCONN

THE SKINNY: New Blazers general manager Neil Olshey will hope that Drummond turns out to be the next Deandre Jordan.

7. GOLDEN STATE — DION WAITERS, SYRACUSE

THE SKINNY: Mark Jackson loves guards and he’ll get the best one in college basketball from last season.

8. TORONTO — JEREMY LAMB, UCONN

THE SKINNY: Lamb’s arrival should allow the Raptors to move Demar DeRozan to small forward.

9. DETROIT — MEYERS LEONARD, ILLINOIS

THE SKINNY: 7-foot-1 center has tremendous upside and should provide immediate help to Greg Monroe on the interior.

10. NEW ORLEANS — DAMIAN LILLARD, WEBER STATE

THE SKINNY: Burgeoning prospect could pair nicely with Eric Gordon in the Hornets back court — if Gordon resigns.

11. PORTLAND — TERRENCE ROSS, WASHINGTON

THE SKINNY: Athletic small forward gives the Blazers insurance in case they lose Nicholas Batum through free agency.

12. MILWAUKEE — TYLER ZELLER, NORTH CAROLINA

THE SKINNY: Former Tarheel could start in the pivot from day one.

13. PHOENIX — AUSTIN RIVERS, DUKE

THE SKINNY: Talented combo guard will hope to take the baton from Steve Nash in the desert.

14. HOUSTON — JOHN HENSON, NORTH CAROLINA

THE SKINNY: Henson probably won’t ever be a great NBA player, but his intangibles are too much for the Rockets to pass up.

15. PHILADELPHIA — TERRENCE JONES, KENTUCKY

THE SKINNY: Southpaw power forward has turned into a sleeper and he’s ready to make people pay — as long as he can handle Philly.

16. HOUSTON — ARNETT MOULTRIE, MISSISSIPPI STATE

THE SKINNY: Armed with a lethal second jump, Moultrie was the second best player in the SEC last season statistically behind Anthony Davis.

17. DALLAS — ROYCE WHITE, IOWA STATE

THE SKINNY: The Mavericks need a replacement for Jason Kidd — and they love everything about White. This is the steal of the draft.

18. MINNESOTA — MOE HARKLESS, ST. JOHN’S

THE SKINNY: David Kahn has his sights set on a marquee wing and Harkless is the only one left on the board.

19. ORLANDO — PERRY JONES III, BAYLOR

THE SKINNY: If Jones didn’t bite as a puppy, why would he bite as a dog?

20. DENVER — JARED SULLINGER, OHIO STATE

THE SKINNY: Big man will have a chip on his shoulder bigger than the Rocky Mountains if he drops this low.

21. BOSTON — KENDALL MARSHALL, NORTH CAROLINA

THE SKINNY: Talented point guard is too good for Danny Ainge to pass up.

22. BOSTON — ANDREW NICHOLSON, ST. BONAVENTURE

THE SKINNY: Skilled power forward has improved his outside shot and is good enough to be a rotation player next season.

23. ATLANTA — JEFFERY TAYLOR, VANDERBILT

THE SKINNY: One of the sleepers in the draft, Taylor blends perfect with the Hawks’ deep stable of athletes.

24. CLEVELAND — WILL BARTON, MEMPHIS

THE SKINNY: Think of Barton like Josh Howard in 2003 — productive college player drafted late in the first round that will have a long NBA career.

25. MEMPHIS — MARQUIS TEAGUE, KENTUCKY

THE SKINNY: The Grizzlies have their backup for Mike Conley.

26. INDIANA — TONY WROTEN, WASHINGTON

THE SKINNY: Burly floor general gives Pacers insurance if they don’t resign Leandro Barbosa.

27. MIAMI — DRAYMOND GREEN, MICHIGAN STATE

THE SKINNY: Green is a winner and the Heat just won the NBA title. Great fit for both parties.

28. OKLAHOMA CITY — DORON LAMB, KENTUCKY

THE SKINNY: Long range sniper is the perfect piece to put alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

29. CHICAGO — JOHN JENKINS, VANDERBILT

THE SKINNY: Dead eye shooter will be a specialist off the bench for Tom Thibodeau.

30. GOLDEN STATE — QUINCY MILLER, BAYLOR

THE SKINNY: Miller is simply too talented a prospect to not be taken in the first round.

How do you see it going down? Let us know in the comments below!