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How will the top 5 shakeout?
At this point, its clear that Anthony Davis is the consensus first overall pick and Thomas Robinson will be following him at number two. But what about the third pick? Most mock drafts have the Wizards taking Florida freshman Bradley Beal, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist steal this spot. Both have incredible upside and will be future NBA starters. I expect UNC guard/forward Harrison Barnes to round out the top 5. Connecticut big-man Andre Drummond and Weber St. guard Damian Lillard both have an outside chance to sneak into the top 5 as well.
How far will Jared Sullinger slide?
Oh how the times have changed for Sully… As a freshman, he was considered a potential first overall pick. Although he didn’t necessarily have a sophomore slump, Sullinger’s stock took a slight hit last year. Now, things have gone severely downhill for the Ohio State power forward. At the NBA combine, questions were raised about his troublesome back. Now, Sullinger faces the possibility of slipping into the second round. I don’t see that happening, and this could possibly be a blessing in disguise for Sullinger. He will most likely end up being taken in the 20-25 range, where he will find a place with an NBA contender. Stay tuned.
How many Kentucky Wildcats get taken in the first round?
The national champs were loaded with future NBA picks last year, which was evident during their dominant title run. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrance Jones, and Marquis Teague are all lottery pick locks, but what about the other two? Sophomore guard Doron Lamb was Mr. Consistency for the Wildcats last year, but is viewed as a bit of a tweener by NBA scouts. And senior Darius Miller is a likely second round pick, as he was over showed by the younger Wildcats and only averaged a measly 9 points per game. I expect Lamb to sneak into the first round, which means the entire starting lineup from last year will be guaranteed millionaires.
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How many seniors will be taken in the first round?
Every year it feels like this number dwindles down. Last year, six seniors were selected in the first round. This year, there are really only two seniors considered locks for the first round (Tyler Zeller, Andrew Nicholson). This number could flucuate a little depending on where Festus Ezeli, Jeff Taylor, and Draymond Green end up.
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