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Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 7:08 pm  |  89 responses

NBA Draft 2012 Live Blog

It’s getting Drafty in Newark…

We’re here at Newark’s Prudential Center, chatting live during tonight’s Draft. Join in below and let us know what you’re thinking about the picks, trades, rumors and more…

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  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Fingers crossed for a big trade day for my Lakers.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    The Cavs are an absolute joke. Kings got handed an amazing pick.

  • Bola

    If Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis become great then New Orleans will be the next Miami 2.0

  • Robb

    They are gonna waste TRob in Sacramento, im mad.

  • http://www.nba.com draft_slug

    MEYERS LEONARD WITH THE 11th PICK!!! 2nd coming of Michael Doleac…you heard it here first!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Jeremy Lamb was a steal at 12. He maybe the second best guard in this draft behind Heal.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Beal.

  • ChipS

    A lot of people are down on Toronto picking Terrence Ross at #8. I think he’s gonna surprise alot of people.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars

    Umm…Terrence Jones… sleeper pick for Houston. Chandler, Budinger and this kid will be nasty. Get a vet A$AP.

  • logues

    Mars: budinger got traded to the twolves

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    They traded Budinger, Mars.

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Perry jones about get on heat and beast

  • Ernie D

    Sulinger and “The REAL Melo” at 21 and 22. Boston gets players who can rebound and give the C’s size and strength. Don’t laugh just yet about either. Could be the next Thabeet… or the next Hibbert. If Thye sort out Sulinger’s back situation… he could be the next Boozer. Boozer and Hibbert in training? I’ll roll the dice with 21 and 22 if that’s even a remote possibility.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Not quite DopeBoi. Perry must have some crazy scary knees.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Boston with the steal!!
    No idea how the Waiter went 4th? But I wish him the best.
    Go Cuse

  • Bola

    Wow quincy Miller went 2nd round. Feel sorry for the dude. guess GM’s didn’t want to gamble.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    I think Quincy Miller situation was the “line of demarcation.” If you are on the margin and still have years of college eligibility left, NBA wants you to keep your behind in school.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I burst into tears yo, its like kissing a unicorn on a pot of gold

  • O

    WOW. Never heard of the kid the Knicks drafted. On top of that son ain’t gonna be here for a few years. I’m tight, b….

  • m3lo

    heat are stupid for not drafting perry jones smh

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Warriors and raptor really primed to be a semi conference finals team after older teams in respective conference retire.

    Lakers are over once Kobe retires unless mayo or harden go there. Josh smith won’t help lakers get over the hump. A new Coach will.

  • Bola

    Lol! Knicks fans, That’s some bs

  • Bola

    @ Shock Exchange. I think it’s becaus eof that knee injury he had. Look at Perry Jones too. They both had knee injuries and ended up in the 2nd round

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Harkless is wayyyyy overrated!

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Has anyone seen him play? He’s not Rudy gay or Paul George!

  • Bola

    Hornets are looking stacked up right now. The Next OKC 2.0

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Bola: Problem is they have no point guard. And two scoring shooting guards.

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Hornets starting 5:

    Austin rivers (Who will be a great pg)
    Eric Gordon
    Darius Miller
    Uniblocker
    Jason smith

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Bola, agreed. Because of Miller’s knee injury, he did not have the necessary “body of work” teams are looking for. I felt he needed at least one more year in college to give a true picture of his skill level.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    DopeBoi: You really think Austin Rivers can play point guard let alone be a “great” one? You’ve yet to say something intelligent on this thread. Maybe your next post will. Cheers.

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Yes. Focus on what his skills are. Tremendous ball handler with blaring speed. And it’s functional with the ball speed. Maybe 1/3 step slower than John wall. Second, now that he’s in the league and has reliable offensive weapons around him and coach who he trusts he’ll more than willing share the rock. His jumpshot is streaky but he’s going be a force at pg.

  • Bola

    @ Caboose, you might be right. Hopefully Austin can develop his 1 vs 1 basketball skill against NBA guards. Davis can improve on the offensive end and Darius can do what he does. And they still got Eric Gordon and Jack and Henry who hasn’t showed his potential yet. @ Shock Exchange you right i felt the boy needed 1 more year at college to establish himself to put some confidence in his game and at the GM dudes. Hopefully this doesn’t down his moral and he continues to improve his game.

  • Bola

    Hope KINGS don’t waste TR.

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Quincy miller is a steal. It’s better he develop under Karl then Baylor. It long term it’ll be better for his finances. Houston did terrible by passing on perry jones. Terrence jones isnt touching jones

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Dope: By that logic, Nick Young, JR Smith, OJ Mayo, and Marcus Thornton should all make “great” point guards. Austin struggles seeing the court and passing the ball, the two things a point guard needs most. He’ll never play PG in the league, believe that. Bola, if the Hornets could make a move for a pass first PG, they could be a sleeper team like Minny last year.

  • http://Buckthetrapup.com DopeBoiGD

    Detroit got Drummond and Monroe that could possibly be championship front court with Brandon knight sticker backcourt in 5-7 years

  • Dagger

    The funniest/saddest thing about this draft as a Raptors fan: if the Cavs hadn’t chosen Waiters the Raptors would have, according to Casey. Sigh. The Vince Carter days seem farther and farther off . . . .

  • Dankenstein

    Either DopeBoi is a troll or he wears adult diapers and a helmet.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    ^Or he’s just appropriately named.

  • Bola

    LOL! I got a question to ask people does Rivers have Dwayne Wade type of game ?

  • Moez

    Detroit got a player with a hell of a lot of upside in Drummond. Solid pick.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Bola: I really think Austin has more of a Mayo/Nick Young kind of game. Maybe I’m off base, but that’s what I always saw.

  • cbb_fanatic

    This draft was interesting. Happy that NO got some champions onboard with AD and Darius Miller. A little frustrated that Monty chose Rivers instead of Jeremy Lamb, but with his connections to the Rivers family, I wasn’t at all surprised. But I was surprised that Toronto was smart enough to pick up Terrence Ross. He’s so quietly good and gets the job done and I was sure he’d fly under the radar, but they saw his stats, defense, and motor was better than most guards and got him with the beast Quincy Acy. DopeBoi doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. Moe Harkless was UNDERRATED; that’s why showed out at the combine and in workouts (not to mention dropping 30 on Duke). He’s gone fit nicely with the Sixers.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Cbb, I like Terrence Ross but I really thought Jeremy Lamb would fit in better with Toronto. That’s all conjecture though.

  • cbb_fanatic

    Michael Jordon actually made two sensible picks with MKG and Jeffrey Taylor, two high motor scorers to lift the culture on that team (MKG can score regardless of what people say; if he’s averaging 12 ppg on 50%fg while attemption the 4th most shots, he can score). Excited about Waiters and Zeller joining the Cavs (I sense a playoff entry). Portland ended up with three great picks (including the strictly underrated Will Barton). Jeremy Lamb became a surprising steal for Houston (one Monty’s gone be seeing in his nightmares). Atlanta had the keen sense to pick up two underrated players (John Jenkins and Mike Scott). All in all, good draft. Some team were a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

  • birdy

    Tony Wroten will be great on the Grizzlies.

  • Bola

    i want to see how Beal will play with John Wall.

  • http://@broccolicity.com/author/demarco DeMack

    @cbb_fanatic, I have to agree with you!! Michael’s best draft to date, and that’s not saying much lol. But overall I was happy to see him do a good job, especially with picking up some athleticism & defense!! I think the Cavs could actually push for the 7th or 8th seed. Man it’s about time I see someone else who thinks Barton is highly underrated. He is statistically the best 2 guard coming out this draft and he has major potential, and he is teaming up with Aldridge, Lillard, Leonard!! I sense a strong comeback from Portland. But I think someone who really got slept on is Kim English. Dude is money from 3pt line and he will fit in well with Knight in transition, and Detroit can move Monroe back to the 4 and let Drummond handle everything down low.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    DopeBoi..you’re a complete idiot wtf lol.

  • SeanMagicJuan

    Houston hit a home run because even if they don’t get Dwight, they can build with 3 draft picks with great upside. Some teams are absolutely puzzling like Cleveland taking Dion Waiters when Andre Drummond was available, now they’ll have to see their blunder line up against them in the same division.

  • el_larsen

    can’t believe drummond fell to us!give him time and then him and the moose will own the paint!

  • Sam

    Harkless was a great pick for my sixers, I think that further shows lou williams will be leaving this summer which is a shame. Harkless is a big athletic guard to add to our deep bench, he may even start and get AI to SF. Moultrie will be a stud if we develop him properly. Its about time we got some size after the elton brand disaster I mean 80 mill to an undersized PF coming off an ACL? thats why our GM disappeared.

  • Sam

    PS I’m just hoping moultrie isn’t another Speights!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Showtime

    The winner of draft OKC – jones III that type of talent shouldnt be available @ 28. Boston – got sully andfab for a steal, N>O. with davis, gordon, and rivers is kind of intriguing and t-dot with ross is a solid pick. But alot of losers Cavs- & wonder y Lebron left???? Waiters at 4 is a hella reach just like thompson last year. Houston- lamb is a great pick but now ur log jam at the sf/pf type of players??? Morris, Pattrick Patt, Scola, John luer, T jones and now fear of planes Royce??? Orlando- Nichlason??? too much talent still on the board for a pick like that and wonder Y d12 is leaving, Denver- picks the best foriegner in a weak international draft??? memphis – wroten jr kid is a good talent but they needed a shooter big time not a slasher with a broken jumper Pacers- plumlee really ,really over Moultrie or Pj3. come on Son

  • R32

    Toronto should of picked up Rivers or Drummond! Im sure Ross will be OK but considering what the team could’ve had, it depressing as a fan..

  • Sam

    I’m aware harkless is 6’9 and probably will be the starting small forward! 5% body fat and 220? hes a unit!

  • cbb_fanatic

    For all the people that are wondering why Terrence Ross was taken at number 8 instead of Rivers or Drummond, he’s a better shooter, defender, and is more consistent than Rivers and Drummond. Why do you think the Cavs called him back in for a last minute workout? The Raptors did the right thing by drafting based on proven talent and not underdeserved or preconceived hype. When him and Quincy Acy get to Toronto, you’ll see it first hand.

  • Cochise Dior

    Of Course Okc Drafted Pj3, Always Daft Solidly -.-

  • MirChilly

    I don’t know who is going to win the Rookie MVP but Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger will finish in the top 3. Zeller has improved every single year, works hard, can score on either side of the block, rebounds, defends his position and can run the floor with great hands. He will absolutely thrive with Irving. Jared is Kevin Love. Can rebound, score, shoot, pass and is a better ball handler than people realize. He automatically starts and gives Boston 15 and 9 plus the ability to stretch the floor.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Detroit got the steal of the draft at # 9 with Drummond. 3 straight years the Pistons have had a player who should have been top 5 drop into their laps. Very fortunate. Drummond is everything that Monroe isnt. They will complement each others game perfectly. Very excited to be a Pistons fan today.

  • Fat Lever

    Hey guys, did Lou Roe get drafted last night?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    I was surprised by Toronto’s pick as well, but I ain’t mad. Do is a good fit, plus Dwane Casey has been stressing defense and Ross is known as an above average defender. I admit I don’t know much about Quincy Acy though, anyone have some info? I was hoping they would grab Quincy Miller, Will Barton, or Doron Lamb…
    On another note, WHY didn’t any team DRAFT SCOTT MACHADO?!?!? (My raps had a chance towards the end and didn’t take him =.=)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ TAD – I think Drummond’s worst case scenario is DeAndre Jordan, which wouldn’t be that bad…his ceiling is insanely high though. He’ll be a project though, he’s only 18. Fortunately rebounding and blocks translate to the NBA well, and he’s already as big or bigger than most centers in the NBA. Dude can jump through the roof too…we’re talking Dwight Howard type athletecism. I’m REALLY excited about this pick. Out of BKnight, Monroe, and him, he deffinitely has the most potential.

  • bike

    Don’t understand the excitement over Drummond. He had probably the worst season statistically of any first rounder, has questionable work ethics, and flopped badly in UConn’s first round tourny loss. He could easily be Eddy Durry 2.0. The NBA would have done itself and Drummond a favor by advising him to stay in school and see if he puts in the work to improve. Knowing how to play basketball should be a requirement for a lottery pick.

  • Fat Lever

    In all seriousness, I’m not excited about Harkless or Moultrie. To be fair, I haven’t seen any of them this past year, but if the Sixers wanted to get rid of Iguodala, it would have been nice if they offered him to the Raps and a second rounder for the 8th spot and grabbed Ross, who fills an immediate need. I think Ross is going to be be a legit starting 2 guard in the league for years. Not a superstar, maybe not even a star, but one of those guys that will consistently put up solid numbers. If they would have been able to pull in Harkless at 15 and Ross at 8, while moving Iguodala, that would have been a win-win, to me.

  • MirChilly

    @ Fat Lever… I never will understand why the sixers want to get rid of Iggy. He is their best players and one of the best defenders and ball handlers in the league. You need somebody like him to compete for titles. They should of offered during the season Lou and Evan for Rudy Gay. Gives the sixers an impact scorer while allowing Iggy to do what he does best. Amnesty Elton and to get under the cap

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    @ Fat Lever – Moultrie is going to be solid. He’ll be a double double machine, he’s a good defender (not a great shot blocker), and he has a relentless motor.

  • Fat Lever

    MirChilly, the reason why is because he is best suited as a 2nd or 3rd best player on a team. Unfortunately for Sixer fans, the Sixers front office has made missteps along the way in trying to acquire/draft that franchise type of player to be the Batman to Dre’s Robin. Yes, he is an elite perimeter defender, good passer, solid rebounder. But, he will never lead this team to a title and I’m of the belief that we should blow this team up, start from scratch, and build through the draft, which is why I was ok with trading him to T Dot or GSW for their pick. As far as Evan, he has shown enough flashes of brilliance to at least intrigue Sixer fans and the FO into believing that he could be a building block for a franchise. We know what we have with Dre, the unknown with ET is what really causes Sixer fans to feel like Dre is expendable.

  • Fat Lever

    Wayno, I hope you’re right. I’ll take a guy who may not be an athletic freak but is willing to put in the work and is hungry over a guy with a 40″ vertical. That’s why I think Thomas Robinson is going to be a very good player. You see his interview after he was picked? Dude is hungry, and his actions back up his demeanor.

  • MirChilly

    @ Fat Lever… ET at his best is Rudy Gay. They can keep Evan and Iggy they will just have to amnesty elton. Knowing the 76ers, they will just overpay Lou, trade iggy for draft picks or something far worse. Also Arnett and Mo will be starters for you guys in the next couple years

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Yeah, I’m deffinitely high on TRob too…dude is gonna be really good.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen much of Amdrew Nicholson. Anyone wanna fill me in? He seems like a player who wouldn’t exactly fit with the Magic…

  • SeanMagicJuan

    T Rob is a 6’8″ (maybe 1/2) high motor PF who can be solid. Drummond could be Dwight Howard.

    The Dion Waters pick was the laughable.

  • SeanMagicJuan

    T Rob is a 6’8″ (maybe 1/2) high motor PF who can be solid. Drummond could be Dwight Howard.

    The Dion Waiters pick was the laughable.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    That’s the thing with Drummond, Howard really wasn’t very skilled when he entered the league either, he was just huge and an amazing athlete. I could see Drummond’s best case scenario being a Dwight Howard type of player. The major difference I see is that Howard’s motor was much better… Still, a very intriguing/exciting prospect. Deffinitely worth the risk @ #9.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Some people play basketball simply because they are tall. I have seen the kid play in college and severall AAU games. Inexplicably, he disappears at times. I think you could pick the entire draft with a Magic 8 ball and be as successful.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    ^Except the Cavs.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Word on the street is that Quincy Miller has been taking career advice from a few commenters on this site … as the theme from “Jeopardy” plays ad infinitum.

  • ChipS

    Someone asked about Quincy Acy. I think he’s a mix between Reggie Evans and Taj Gibson. Reggie Evans as far as energy and Hustle and Taj Gibson on the offensive end. Taj has better fundementals and footwork though.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Not sure if Shock Exchange is troll or stupid.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m getting a little tired of these athletic 7 footers who don’t know a single post move… Also these combo forward tweeners who aren’t tall enough to guard 4′s or fast enough to guard 3′s, but are “versatile” on the offensive end. When Dwight Howard is the last real center alive, you know there’s something wrong.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Really happy with Houston’s picks though… Even though they drafted 2 SF-PF tweeners. They were definitely sleeper picks with real upside.
    Anyone think Jeremy Lamb can be a piece worth building around? He looked totally st0ned in that one pre-draft interview, but I’m really liking this guy.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    I never mentioned any specifics on the bad career advice. However, my grandmother always said “If you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the one who gets hit is going to holler.”

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He’s stupid.

  • Fat Lever

    MirChilly, to counter your point, dre dala at his best is dre dala.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7C0vd-L5lg Munky

    You guys get way too emtional over other ppl’ss comments. NBK and Caboose are the worst offenders, and they are always the firsts to call someone a name. Get a life you two.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I call people stupid when I feel like they are stupid. Has nothing to do with emotion, just honesty

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Munky: Really? Your half of an opinion is noted.

  • MirChilly

    @ Fat… But nothing is wrong with that. Yes he isn’t a go to scorer, but he is the type of guy who will help you win a title. If Gerald Wallace gets 10mil a year, Iggy is worth atleast 12-13. Not a good offensive player, but he is a very, very good basketball player.

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