So, 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.
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
6. Portland Trail Blazers: Bradley Beal
7. Golden State Warriors: Terrence Jones
8. Toronto Raptors: Perry Jones III
9. Detroit Pistons: John Henson
10. New Orleans Hornets: Damian Lillard
Now on the clock for the second time are the Portland Trailblazers, who selected SG Bradley Beal with their first pick, the sixth overall selection. The Trailblazers have two picks to begin the painful rebuilding process, and how they use them could seriously hinder or help the effectiveness of the rebuilding effort.
Jump for the Trailblazers' second pick in the draft!
With the eleventh selection in The Dream Shake 2012 Mock Draft, the Portland Trailblazers select Jared Sullinger, PF from Ohio State. The pick boiled down to two players, Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, but Sullinger's polished game and rebounding potential make him the pick.
Here's an excerpt from Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress:
Where he's even more dangerous is in the mid to high post, where he sees a large amount of isolation plays in Ohio State's offense every game. Sullinger can put ball on the floor effectively and attack his matchup in a straight line off one or two dribbles, being very difficult to contain thanks to his strength and aggressiveness. Sullinger bounces off opponents and can make difficult shots on the move thanks to his excellent touch, at times using the glass. This is a part of his game that should translate very nicely to the NBA level.
There is already a model in the NBA for players in his mold (such as Kevin Love, Luis Scola or Paul Millsap) who can be incredibly effective with similar limitations, so it may not be prudent to overanalyze his flaws and ignore his tremendous productivity.
Perhaps I am erring in failing to land the center of the near future in Tyler Zeller, but Portland is reportedly high on Sullinger and I believe he will be the pick. The Milwaukee Bucks are now on the clock.