2012 NBA Mock Draft: Late First-Rounders Who Will Shine in Pros

March 16th, 2012 by Ryan Rudnansky Leave a reply »
It's always nice to have a lottery pick, but the great franchises find diamonds-in-the-rough later in the first round.

We've seen plenty of stars emerge late from the first round in NBA drafts throughout the years. The key is to find a prospect who has something more than just elite athleticism and strength. Some of the most heady players in the draft class end up being the best.

Here's my latest NBA mock draft, complete with late first-rounders who will shine in the pros.

1. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky

Anthony Davis has shown in one year of college basketball that he's already set for the pros. He can score, rebound, block shots with the best of them and run the floor. He's a terror on the interior who has the ability to single-handedly change games.

2. New Orleans Hornets: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas

The Hornets have had a gaping hole at power forward since the departure of David West and Thomas Robinson exploded this season for Kansas. Thomas Robinson is an explosive athlete who rebounds and defends well. He even showed a perimeter game and ball handling skills this year. He's a future star, ...

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