If I were the general manager...

The Mag asks NBA players to draft for their respective teams

Originally Published: June 26, 2012
By Ric Bucher, Sam Alipour, Elena Bergeron, Chris Palmer, Chris Broussard, Jordan Brenner, Molly Knight, Sarah Turcotte, Louise Cornetta | ESPN The Magazine
NBA Mock DraftESPN.com IllustrationDavis to the Hornets? Drummond to the Cavs? Barnes to the Wiz? How did NBA players draft for their teams?

For this, our fourth annual NBA mock draft, The Mag asked players from each first-round team to be their team's general manager. Lessons? Anthony Davis -- surprise! -- our No. 1 pick; Gerald Henderson thinks the Bobcats need more effort; and NBA players aren't sold on the services of Brad Beal, a consensus top-five pick, who inexplicably fell to the Orlando Magic at No. 19 in our draft. New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith, you're on the clock. …


1. Anthony Davis, F, Kentucky

Selected by: Jason Smith

"Davis is a young athletic player who has an amazing presence on the defensive end," says Hornets forward Smith about the Wildcat frosh, who blocked almost five shots per game. "That's rare in young players today." (The Hornets were 21st in the NBA in blocks in 2011-12.)


2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Kentucky

Selected by: Gerald Henderson

"More than anything, he just plays really hard, and that's what our team could really use," says Bobcats guard Henderson, the only Charlotte player to start more than 50 games last season. "I wouldn't say he's a great ball handler or shooter or rebounder, but he's got some slashing ability. His effort and passion for the game is what really stands out." (Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 11.9 ppg and 7.4 rpg last season.)