The draft order has been established. Your devoted writers here at the Dream Shake have set up a mock draft, dedicating themselves in the efforts to justify passing up Brandon Davis with each pick. Davis is a great talent, but we'll see if he ever gets picked. Read as we give our reasons why we think we will correctly predict the whole damn thing. Dane Cook.
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
11. Portland Trail Blazers: Jared Sullinger
12. Milwaukee Bucks: Meyers Leonard
13. Phoenix Suns: Dion Waiters
14. Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lamb
15. Philadelphia 76ers: Tyler Zeller
16. Houston Rockets (Via New York): Kendall Marshall
17. Dallas Mavericks: Austin Rivers
18. Minnesota Timberwolves: Moe Harkless
19. Orlando Magic: Terrence Ross
Now, the Denver Nuggets come up as they try and figure out who they want with the 20th pick. In a lot of ways, the Nuggets are the team the Rockets endeavor to be. They lack a star player, but are packed with elite talent and depth that carries them to consistent playoff contention. With Ty Lawson, Javale McGee, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, and Arron Afflalo, the Nuggets are equipped to contend for a very long time in the Western Conference.
So, which way will they go with the 20th pick? Jump to find out!
With the twentieth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets select Quincy Miller, small forward out of Baylor University. Miller was the consensus #1 prospect out of the high school class of 2011 just over a year ago, but has fallen after a torn ACL and an inconsistent freshman year. Nonetheless, he represents tremendous value this late in the draft.
Miller is a versatile scorer with a long wiry frame and an ability to score off the dribble and from the perimeter. Here's what DraftExpress had to say about him:
Regardless of how he progresses with his athleticism, Miller clearly has some attributes that will make him very attractive to NBA decision-makers with his high skill level and scoring ability to go along with his excellent size and length at the small forward position.
His under-developed frame may limit how quickly he'd be able to immediately contribute at the NBA level, but, barring any long-term injury concerns, he has a terrific upside to grow into as he continues to put on strength, improve on the defensive end, and adds polish offensively.
The Boston Celtics are now on the clock.