The first draft held in the Prudential Center was filled with North Carolina and Kentucky players. 10 players were drafted by both schools with 8 of them going in the first round. The Rockets dominated the first round with 3 picks (Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones). Now lets take a look at how the first ten picks went down and how the Sixers made out in Newark.
1. New Orleans Hornets- Anthony Davis, C, Kentucky
The Hornets didn’t surprise anyone by going with the best overall player in Davis. Davis will roam the middle in New Orleans being a defensive threat with his length and tremendous shot blocking ability. He will need to bulk up a bit more in order to be able to score on the offensive end at the next level.
2. Charlotte Bobcats – Michael Kidd Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
The Bobcats had shopped this pick but never got the right deal. Kidd-Gilchrist is very athletic and not afraid take it to the basket and draw contact. He will have plenty of time to learn and plenty of chances to score with a team that is rebuilding and has a new coach.
3. Washington Wizards – Bradley Beal, SG, Florida
The Wizards have found their back court. Beal and his shooting ability will join the explosive John Wall in DC. Although teams will dominate them inside, these two should be able to slow down the perimeter.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Dion Waters, SG, Syracuse
The Cavaliers addressed their back court just like the Wizards. As a sixth man at Syracuse, Waters was that scoring punch that Boeheim would turn to change the momentum of the game. Paired with Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and his great court vision, Waters will get plenty of scoring opportunities.
5. Sacramento Kings – Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
Unlike the last few teams, the Kings addressed their front court. Robinson will compete with Jason Thompson at the power forward spot to play up front with DeMarcus Cousins. He has the size to play in the post and is a very good rebounder and defender.
6. Portland Trail Blazers – Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
The Blazers addressed their point guard situation with the best in the draft. Lillard was an unknown out of Weber State but through his workouts he rose into the lottery. He is a score first kind of point guard, averaging 24 points a game his senior year.
7. Golden State Warriors – Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
A guy who took a bit of a step back this past season will fit nicely in Mark Jackson’s offense. Barnes is a lanky, athletic forward who will be able to find his shot in an up tempo offense. He will need to improve his defense but will have good size at his position.
8. Toronto Raptors – Terrence Ross, SF, Washington
A surprise pick here by the Raptors. Ross is a player that can do a little of everything. He can score, rebound and is a decent defender. Ross will be a nice addition in the front court with Andrea Bargnani.
9. Detroit Pistons – Andre Drummond, C, UConn
The Pistons had another big man fall into their lap. Drummond is a bit of a project but he could be a nice complement to Greg Monroe in the motor city. A 53 percent shooter, he is a handful around the basket and can rebound and defend decently.
10. New Orleans Hornets – Austin Rivers, SG, Duke
After addressing the front court, the Hornets took a combo guard in Rivers. He can play both guard positions, but will have to play the point more with Eric Gordon at the 2 spot. Rivers has range and quickness which will be tough to defend.
15. Philadelphia 76ers – Maurice Harkless, SF, St Johns
This pick might mean the end to Andre Iguodala’s time in Philadelphia. Harkless is a decent scorer who can rebound but needs to work on his shot. If they decide to keep Iguodala, he will need to be patient getting minutes.
27. Miami Heat (Traded to 76ers for Justin Hamilton and future 1st), PF, Mississippi State
After taking Harkless, they were still able to get the guy they were looking at all along. Moultrie who didn’t flourish until transferring to Miss State, is a double-double threat in the post. Depending on what the Sixers do with Spencer Hawes and Elton Brand, he could find a starting job.