Experts NBA mock draft

Our five Insiders weigh in on which players teams should take in 2012 draft

Originally Published: June 27, 2012
By Jay Bilas, Chad Ford, Fran Fraschilla, Doug Gottlieb and David Thorpe | ESPN Insider

You've already read the most recent edition of Chad Ford's NBA mock draft, looking at the picks teams are most likely to make in Thursday's draft. You've also already seen ESPN The Magazine's annual players mock draft, which let NBA players make picks for their own teams.

Now we're presenting to you the experts' mock draft, featuring picks from Insiders Ford, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, Doug Gottlieb and David Thorpe, based on which players they think teams should draft in each spot, not based on whom they think teams will pick.

There's an obvious agreement at the top, with Anthony Davis, but how does the rest of the first round shake out? Here's how our experts picked.

1. New Orleans Hornets

The pick: Anthony Davis, Kentucky Wildcats

I don't know which player he's more likely to become, Bill Russell or Tim Duncan. But he is a great anchor for the rebuilding Hornets. -- Fran Fraschilla


2. Charlotte Bobcats

The pick: Bradley Beal, Florida Gators

Beal is not only the second-best prospect in the draft, he also fills a position of need for the Bobcats. Charlotte was dead last in 3-point shooting percentage last season, and while he won't fix all of their issues, Beal will solidify Charlotte at the wing for years to come. -- Doug Gottlieb


3. Washington Wizards

The pick: Thomas Robinson, Kansas Jayhawks

He's exactly what the Wizards need to get past the Andray Blatche "era" -- a no-nonsense, tough-as-nails player with a great work ethic. His motor and skills pair nicely with Nene and he should make an excellent ball-screen partner for John Wall. -- David Thorpe