NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Results

Cleveland Cavalier fans should not be too disappointed with where they fell in the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery. Projected to pick third the Cavaliers fell one spot below and grabbed the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

In regard to the lottery odds, the draft order followed suit up until the Cavaliers were selected to pick fourth. The Washington Wizards, who were projected to land the second pick, ended up with the third pick and the woeful Charlotte Bobcats, who were in desperate need of the No. 1 pick and Anthony Davis, ended up taking the consolation prize with second place.

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) during the second half of the finals in the 2012 NCAA men

That means that the New Orleans Hornets, who had their star point guard Chris Paul torn away from them this past offseason, took home the first pick in this upcoming draft and will most likely select Davis. Davis, who is said to be one of the most talented “big men” according to some basketball gurus, has an incredible wingspan of 7’4″ and averaged 4.7 blocks.

Regarding the Cavaliers, I don’t think that them landing the fourth pick is a huge disappointment for the team. This year’s draft has a much deeper talent pool compared to the 2011 draft class, so there are a lot of options of whom Cleveland will pick when it comes time. The only thing that is basically set in stone already is that Davis will be donning a New Orleans jersey.

That leaves players such as Kyrie Irving’s old high school teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the hard-working Bradley Beal and big boys Thomas Robinson, Andre Drummond and Perry Jones III as options for the Cavaliers. Since there is a potpourri of players who could be selected with picks two and three, it’s hard to give a definite answer on who I think the Cavaliers will end up with.

I’ve liked everything I’ve heard about Beal through scouting reports, including teams during the NCAA Tournament giving him much-deserved praise and comparisons between him and Ray Allen, the all-time leader in three-point shots made. Kidd-Gilchrist has been working out near Cleveland during his downtime before the draft, so it’s not a secret that those within the Cavaliers organization have gotten extra looks at the Kentucky star.

In addition to their No. 4 pick the Cavaliers also have another pick in the first round (No. 24) from the Los Angeles Lakers and two more picks in the second round. Well then, without further adieu I give you the complete 2012 NBA Draft order:

Round 1

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (14) shoots over Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (5) during the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers (from Brooklyn Nets)

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans (from Minnesota Timberwolves via Los Angeles Clippers)

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal (23) during the second half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. Houston Rockets (from New York Knicks)

17. Dallas Mavericks

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Utah Jazz)

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Boston Celtics (from Los Angeles Clippers via Oklahoma City Thunder)

23. Atlanta Hawks

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers)

25. Memphis Grizzlies

26. Indiana Pacers

27. Miami Heat

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

29. Chicago Bulls

30. Golden State Warriors (from San Antonio Spurs)

Round 2

Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson (0) shoots over Kentucky Wildcats forward Anthony Davis (23) during the second half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

31. Charlotte Bobcats

32. Washington Wizards

33. Cleveland Cavaliers

34. Cleveland Cavaliers (from New Orleans via Miami Heat)

35. Golden State Warriors (from Brooklyn Nets)

36. Sacramento Kings

37. Toronto Raptors

38. Denver Nuggets (from Golden State Warriors via New York Knicks)

39. Detroit Pistons

40. Portland Trail Blazers (from Minnesota Timberwolves via Houston Rockets)

41. Portland Trail Blazers

42. Milwaukee Bucks

43. Atlanta Hawks (from Phoenix Suns)

44. Detroit Pistons (from Houston Rockets)

Jan 07 2012; Piscataway, NJ, USA; Connecticut Huskies center Andre Drummond (12) dunks the ball over Rutgers Scarlet Knights guard/forward Mike Poole (10) during the first half at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Alan Maglaque-US PRESSWIRE

45. Philadelphia 76ers

46. Washington Wizards (from Dallas Mavericks)

47. Utah Jazz

48. New York Knicks

49. Orlando Magic

50. Denver Nuggets

51. Boston Celtics

52. Golden State Warriors (from Atlanta Hawks)

53. Los Angeles Clippers

54. Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis Grizzlies)

55. Dallas Mavericks (from Los Angeles Lakers)

56. Toronto Raptors (from Indiana Pacers)

57. Brooklyn Nets (from Miami Heat)

58. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder)

59. San Antonio Spurs

60. Los Angeles Lakers (from Chicago Bulls via Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets) or Brooklyn Nets (from Chicago Bulls via Milwaukee Bucks)

Topics: Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Charlotte Bobcats, Cleveland Cavaliers, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, NBA Draft, NBA Draft Lottery, New Orleans Hornets, Thomas Robinson, Washington Wizards

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