The 2012 NBA Draft is set to get underway on Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with pro basketball teams hoping to get the best players to fill their teams’ needs.
While it’s almost a guarantee that Kentucky star freshman Anthony Davis will be the top pick by the New Orleans Hornets, the rest of the order is less certain.
Among the next four could be Davis’ teammate at Kentucky Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida’s Bradley Beal, or Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, depending on how teams choose. North Carolina stars Harrison Barnes, John Henson, and Tyler Zeller, are also all projected to get drafted within the top 13 selections.
As Bleacher Report points out, there’s also expected to be a lot of movement before and during the draft. The Rockets have already made multiple trades. The have the 12th, 16th and 18th picks, and are expected to use those to move up in the draft or acquire an NBA star — reportedly Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.
The 2012 NBA Draft live streaming and televised coverage starts at 7pm EST with the NBA Draft preview show. For those of you unable to get a television set by 7:30pm EST, you can tune into the live action online at ESPN3.com.
For a less in-depth but still comprehensive overview of the proceedings, you can also visit CBSSports.com’s Draft Tracker.
ESPN’s projected Top 10 in 2012 NBA Draft can be seen below:
- New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky
- Charlotte Bobcats: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
- Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, G, Florida
- Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
- Portland Trail Blazers: Andre Drummond, C, UConn
- Golden State Warriors: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
- Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
- Detroit Pistons: Perry Jones III, PF, Baylor
- New Orleans Hornets: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina
Hoops fans chime in: Are you planning on tuning in to watch the 2012 NBA Draft on TV or online? Do you think this year’s crop of talent is the best since 2003′s pool, which included Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade?