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2012 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Do Pacers Go The Best Player Available Route or Not?


It's time for the second version of my NBA Mock Draft as we are now only six days from the draft. The Pacers have worked out a total of 36 prospects so far pending any more workouts prior to the draft on Thursday.

Check out my second time trying to mock this year's draft after the jump.

1. New Orleans Hornets
Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky: The Hornets got the lucky bounce when they landed Davis with the NBA Draft Lottery. Easy pick right here folks.
2. Charlotte Bobcats
Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas: Charlotte could go four different ways here, but they settle for Thomas Robinson here. He looks like he will be a force down low for the Bobcats. Thomas will bring the toughness they need down low. Also, pairing him next to Bismack Biyombo will be fun to watch.
3. Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal, SG, Florida: Washington sent Rashard Lewis and their second round pick (46) to New Orleans in exchange for Emeka Ofafor and Trevor Ariza. This pretty much seals Bradley Beal here. They need a scoring guard to pair alongside John Wall. They could squeak into the playoffs with this new roster. Also, will Jordan Crawford be on the trading block if they draft Wall? I certainly would take him.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky: Cleveland has been in love with Harrison Barnes since the 2011 Draft and they could take him, but Kidd-Gilchrist falls into their laps. MKG will bring the toughness and defense they need to continue rebuilding after the controversial "Decision" from LeBron.
5. Sacramento Kings
Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina: Up until last week, I was sold Sacramento would take Andre Drummond. Now, I heard they don't like Drummond at all and will take the best forward available. That leaves Harrison Barnes putting on the purple. He would be a nice scorer on the wing as they try to move Tyreke Evans.
6. Portland Trail Blazers (from Brooklyn)
Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State: According to ESPN's Chad Ford, Portland loves Damian Lillard so much that they will take him here. They're scared that he won't be there when they pick at 11, so they will reach a little here. Could be a perfect fit for the Blazers.
7. Golden State Warriors
Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse: Golden State could go power forward here, but I heard that both Terrence Jones and Perry Jones III stunk it up at the workout there. That means that the Warriors will go with Dion Waiters here. He could fill the shoes of Monta Ellis here. Could be a 20 points per game scorer alongside Stephen Curry.
8. Toronto Raptors
Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut: According to Gery Woefel of the Racine Journal-Times, the Raptors are leaning toward taking Jeremy Lamb here. Even though Lamb sprained his ankle in the Toronto workout, they still love his freaky athleticism. Could Demar Derozan be on the block if they do this?
9. Detroit Pistons
Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut: Detroit get the man they wanted all along in Drummond. They didn't expect to have him fall this far, but Joe Dumars gets him anyway. Pairing Greg Monroe alongside Drummond could be scary for NBA teams.
10. New Orleans Hornets (from Minnesota through L.A. Clippers)
Austin Rivers, SG, Duke: The Hornets can afford to gamble here on Austin Rivers. He could turn out to be one of the more explosive players in this draft. Also, head coach Monty Williams and Doc Rivers know each other well and have been close friends. On a hunch, I say Rivers goes to the Bayou alongside Anthony Davis.
11. Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois: Leonard was a big, and I mean big riser after the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. I had him down in the early 20's and now he's vaulted all the way up to 11. The Blazers need size after the Greg Oden debacle and Leonard shows the most promise and potential. I expect Portland to take a risk on this big man.
12. Milwaukee Bucks
Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina: The Bucks need size badly after losing Andrew Bogut in the Monta Ellis trade. Tyler Zeller could give them that and more. He's more a scorer than Bogut ever was and could be a great pick and pop player. I'm hearing the Bucks love Zeller as well.
13. Phoenix Suns
Terrence Ross, SG, Washington: Phoenix would've love to have Waiters, Lamb, or Rivers still on the board. They will have to settle for Terrence Ross here. Ross could be an explosive guard who would pair nice in that fast Suns system. Who will be giving the ball to Ross though? I know it won't be soon to be free agent Steve Nash. That will be an interesting storyline.
14. Houston Rockets
Perry Jones III, PF, Baylor: Houston always loves to take the player with most potential with their picks. Jones III certainly gives them that. If he pays off, he could be the steal of the draft here. Perry could be a bigger form of a Tracy McGrady down in Houston.
15. Philadelphia 76ers
Terrence Jones PF, Kentucky: Philadelphia needs a big man who can score. Out of all of the bigs available, Jones can do it the best. Jones is a risk, but he could pay off if he's coached correctly.
16. Houston Rockets (from New York)
John Henson, PF, North Carolina: Once again, Houston takes best player available here. Henson slips out of the lottery and into Houston's lap. You can never go wrong with having too many bigs on a team. The Rockets do need a lot of them anyways. You could move Perry Jones III to small forward, Henson to power forward, or just have one come off the bench. Both nice picks by Houston.
17. Dallas Mavericks
Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina: Dallas needs a new leader at point guard and Marshall fills that. Jason Kidd is getting up there in age and Marshall easily replaces him. Marshall is a pass-first point guard who could pass it to Dirk on the perimeter. Great fit for both sides here.
18. Minnesota Timberwolves (Utah)
Moe Harkless, SF, St. John's: Minnesota could lose Michael Beasley in free agency and they take the best small forward available here. Harkless has risen above Quincy Miller with his performance at the combine. He has great potential to be a great scorer alongside Kevin Love.
19. Orlando Magic
Arnett Moultrie, PF, Mississippi State: Orlando is likely to trade Dwight Howard this off-season and they go with the best forward here in Moultrie. He's still developing and will likely have to play out of position at center with Orlando.
20. Denver Nuggets
Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State: Jared Sullinger's big slide ends here. Due to being red flagged by NBA team doctors, he looks like he won't be drafted in the lottery. Denver needs an aggressive big man who can score and rebound. Jared can do that with ease. Could be a steal if his back holds up here.
21. Boston Celtics
Royce White, SF, Iowa State: According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Boston Celtics made a promise to Royce White here. You can always trust Ford around this time. I guess that busts our Pacers 26th Pick Tournament bracket here. Great pick by Boston here.
22. Boston Celtics (From L.A. Clippers through Oklahoma City)
Andrew Nicholson, PF, St. Bonaventure: It's either Nicholson or a guard like Doron Lamb or John Jenkins. I see them going with the best player available here. Nicholson would be a great player to develop under KG or replace him.
23. Atlanta Hawks
Tony Wroten, PG, Washington: It's either Quincy Miller or Wroten here. I say they go Wroten. When was the last time they had a point guard? Spud Webb? Wroten could score and pass with the best in this draft. His 6'6 frame could also be a great gift to have at point guard. Miller's knee has scared a lot of teams off and I say the same here.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers
Doron Lamb, SG, Kentucky: Cleveland took the forward with MKG, now they take his teammate in Lamb. Doron can shoot the lights out and has great potential to be a sixth man or starter on the next level. Lamb could be a new James Harden for the Cavaliers.
25. Memphis Grizzlies
Marquis Teague, PG, Kentucky: It's either Teague or Evan Fournier here for the Grizzlies. I'm starting to think that Memphis is blowing smoke with wanting to stash a player overseas for a year or two. That opens the door for Teague. They need a backup to Mike Conley and Teague could fill that. Great need for Memphis is filled with Teague.
26. Indiana Pacers
Quincy Miller, SF, Baylor: Indiana takes the best player available on the board here. I believe it's likely Miller, Fab Melo, or Evan Fournier if the board falls like this. They go with the player who has the most potential to make a big impact with Miller. I'm told his knee is fully healthy now and he impressed in today's workout against Robbie Hummel. At 6-10, Miller could be a new Kevin Durant. Eventually, if Miller lives up to the potential, we could have to move Danny Granger to start Quincy. The Pacers go with potential with the 26th pick here.
27. Miami Heat
Fab Melo, C, Syracuse: Miami just won the championship, but they need size down low. Fab Melo could certainly fill that. He could be worth the risk for the Heat at this point in the draft. Melo would start right away at center for the Heat.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeffery Taylor, SF, Vanderbilt: Oklahoma City doesn't have that much needs, so they go best player available here. Jeffery Taylor could backup Kevin Durant and learn from him. Thinking about it, they do need a backup for KD. Taylor good need that he filled here.
29. Chicago Bulls
Will Barton, SG, Memphis: Chicago is trying to move into the lottery by dangling Luol Deng out there. If they don't move up, Will Barton is a great fit. They need a scoring guard and Barton can certainly do that. Barton has gotten comparisons to Dwyane Wade and if he plays anything close to that, he could be a steal late here for the Bulls.
30. Golden State Warriors (from San Antonio)

Evan Fournier, SF, France: Golden State goes with the best player available here as well. Evan Fournier could come in and replace Dorell Wright or stay overseas for a few years. Fournier fills a need for the Warriors as a backup or starter. Fournier ends my second edition of my mock draft.

Do you think Quincy Miller is the correct pick for the Pacers if this is how the draft plays out? Tell me in the comments below and tell me who you want the Pacers to draft six days from now.