Today’s 2012 NBA Draft will see the latest crop of college stars and international prospects come together at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Join us from 9am AEST today to find out all the latest draft buzz, trade rumors and drama associated with picks one through 60.
Each will arrive with one wish; to have their name read out at some point during the next three hours.
Who will land where and under what circumstance?
It’s no secret that the New Orleans Hornets will be selecting Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis with the first overall pick, thus the majority of attention has been directed towards the remaining 59 picks.
This is a rare draft in the sense that it doesn’t have a clear-cut second best player. From all reports we can expect this to be one of the most trade heavy, action packed draft days in recent memory.
The Michael Jordan owned Charlotte Bobcats will have all eyes on them with the second overall pick.
Will they take dynamic Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson, or look to go small with Florida’s shooting guard Bradley Beal?
Could they attempt to trade down the order and opt for the youngest prospect in this years draft, Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd Gilchrist, or former #1 high school recruit Harrison Barnes? The simple fact is nobody knows, and that’s the beauty of this years draft – we can expect twists at every corner.
Some general managers such as Minnesota’s David Kahn have already demanded to be let off the Draft rollercoaster. The Timberwolves got the player movement ball rolling by trading the 18th pick for Houston Rockets small forward Chase Budinger. Others, such as Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King, are moving in the opposite direction and doing everything they can to jump back on.
One general manager who has us all scratching our heads is the Houston Rockets Daryl Morey, who has stockpiled picks 14, 16 and 18. Are the Rockets in love with numerous players in this draft, or are they trying to position themselves to make a bid for disgruntled Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard?
In a matter of hours, all will be revealed.
The NBA Draft is known for generating numerous side stories outside of the selections themselves. Will we see someone dethrone Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone for worst suit in Draft history?
Will a prospect opt to hug it out with commissioner David Stern, as opposed to the more formal handshake? Could one of the green room invitees slide down the order and break our hearts like a tearful Rashad Lewis did in 1998? Could a European prospect one up Jan Vessely’s makeout session with his girlfriend upon hearing their name read out?
We can’t predict what will happen, but we can guarantee that there will be fireworks one way or another.
Whether it’s a rumor heating up, a trade being announced or a selection out of left field, we’ll have you covered.
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Let the fun begin…