Apr 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and small forward Luke Babbitt (8) and guard Jamal Crawford (11) prepare to face the Dallas Mavericks during the overtime period at the American Airlines Center. The Trailblazers defeated the Mavericks 99-97 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Folks, the draft order has been established. Your devoted writers here at the Dream Shake have set up a mock draft, pick by pick, to be delivered to you daily. We will be going through the first round of the draft with our selections and our reasons why we think we will correctly predict the whole damn thing.
Previously, a trade between the Trailblazers and the Bobcats had been discussed, but as we are well aware, those kinds of deals can be vetoed. In order to keep things as simple as possible, this pick belongs to the Trailblazers and the Bobcats picked Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at #2.
Here's how things have shaken out so far:
1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3. Washington Wizards: Andre Drummond
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Harrison Barnes
5. Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson
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With the sixth pick in the draft, the Portland Trailblazers select Bradley Beal, the 6'4" shooting guard out of University of Florida.
This is really a no-brainer. I have a hard time envisioning many scenarios where the Trailblazers would have the opportunity to land Beal without moving up, but they'd pounce at the opportunity to land the player many consider to be the second best in the 2012 class, especially at a position of need. Here's what DraftExpress had to say about Beal:
Looking forward, Beal obviously has a very bright future ahead of him, as he already shows excellent fundamentals, a versatile skill-set, a high basketball IQ, and great maturity, despite the fact that he doesn't turn 19 till the day of the 2012 draft. While not oozing with upside, he gets rave reviews from every coach he's worked with, and should continue to improve on his all-around polish in time, making him a relatively low-risk high-reward type prospect to pick in the mid to late part of the lottery.
The Warriors are now on the clock.