By Fitzgerald Cecilio

As expected, the New Orleans Hornets used the No. 1 overall pick to acquire Kentucky's Anthony Davis at Prudential Center.

The 6-11 Davis led the Wildcats in scoring with 14.2 points per outing and rebounding with 10.4 a game while shooting .623 from the field in his only season in college.

The Charlotte Bobcats held on to the No. 2 pick coveted by many teams and selected Davis' Kentucky teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who averaged 11.9 points with the Wildcats last year.

Florida's Bradley Beal was picked third overall by the Washington Wizards while the Cleveland Cavaliers surprised many observers by using the No. 4 pick on Syracuse shooting guard Dion Waiters.

The Sacramento Kings strengthened their line-up by picking 6-10 power forward Thomas Robinson of the Kansas Jayhawks. He averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds in his senior year with Kansas.

In need of additional scorer, the Portland Trail Blazers selected sweet-shooting playmaker Damian Lillard of Weber State with the 6th pick. He averaged 24.5 points in his senior year and normed 18.6 during his four-year stint with the Wildcats.

The Golden State Warriors used the 7th pick to select 6-8 power forward Harrison Barnes of the University of North Carolina. Barnes left the Tar Heels after his sophomore year with a career average output of 16.4 points per game.

The Toronto Raptors selected shooting Terrence Ross of the Washington Huskies as the 8th overall pick while the Detroit Pistons went big with the 9th pick with center Andre Drummond of Connecticut.

Returning with the 10th pick, the Hornets picked Duke point guard Austin Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. He left the Blue Devils after only one season with an average of 15.5 points per game.


2012 NBA Draft Round 1 Picks

Pick Team Player
Source: NBA
1New Orleans HornetsAnthony Davis (PF, Kentucky)
2Charlotte BobcatsMichael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF, Kentucky)
3Washington WizardsBradley Beal (SG, Florida)
4Cleveland CavaliersDion Waiters (SG, Syracuse)
5Sacramento KingsThomas Robinson (PF, Kansas)
6Portland Trail BlazersDamian Lillard (PG, Weber State)
7Golden State WarriorsHarrison Barnes (SF, North Carolina)
8Toronto RaptorsTerrence Ross (SF, Washington)
9Detroit PistonsAndre Drummond (C, Connecticut)
10New Orleans HornetsAustin Rivers (SG, Duke)
11Portland Trail BlazersMeyers Leonard (C, Illinois)
12Houston RocketsJeremy Lamb (SG, Connecticut)
13Phoenix SunsKendall Marshall (PG, North Carolina)
14Milwaukee BucksJohn Henson (PF, North Carolina)
15Philadelphia 76ersMoe Harkless (SF, St Johns)
16Houston RocketsRoyce White (SF, Iowa State)
17Dallas MavericksTyler Zeller (C, North Carolina)
18Houston RocketsTerrence Jones (PF, Kentucky)
19Orlando MagicAndrew Nicholson (PF, St Bonaventure)
20Denver NuggetsEvan Fournier (SF)
21Boston CelticsJared Sullinger (PF, Ohio State)
22Boston CelticsFab Melo (C, Syracuse)
23Atlanta HawksJohn Jenkins (SG, Vanderbilt)
24Cleveland CavaliersJared Cunningham (SG, Oregon State)
25Memphis GrizzliesTony Wroten (SG, Washington)
26Indiana PacersMiles Plumlee (C, Duke)
27Miami HeatArnett Moultrie (PF, Miss State)
28Oklahoma City ThunderPerry Jones III (PF, Baylor)
29Chicago BullsMarquis Teague (PG, Kentucky)
30Golden State WarriorsFestus Ezeli (C, Vanderbilt)


2012 NBA Draft Round 2 Picks

Pick Team Player
Source: NBA
31Charlotte BobcatsJeff Taylor (SF, Vanderbilt)
32Washington WizardsTomas Satoransky (PG)
33Cleveland CavaliersBernard James (C, Florida State)
34Cleveland CavaliersJae Crowder (SF, Marquette)
35Golden State WarriorsDraymond Green (PF, Michigan State)
36Sacramento KingsOrlando Johnson (SG, UC Santa Barbara)
37Toronto RaptorsQuincy Acy (PF, Baylor)
38Denver NuggetsQuincy Miller (SF, Baylor)
39Detroit PistonsKhris Middleton (SF, Texas A&M)
40Portland Trail BlazersWill Barton (SG, Memphis)
41Portland Trail BlazersTyshawn Taylor (PG, Kansas)
42Milwaukee BucksDoron Lamb (SG, Kentucky)
43Atlanta HawksMike Scott (PF, Virginia)
44Detroit PistonsKim English (SG, Missouri)
45Philadelphia 76ersJustin Hamilton (C, L-S-U)
46New Orleans HornetsDarius Miller (SF, Kentucky)
47Utah JazzKevin Murphy (SG, Tenn Tech)
48New York KnicksKostas Papanikolaou (F)
49Orlando MagicKyle O`Quinn (PF, Norfolk State)
50Denver NuggetsIzzet Turkyilmaz (C)
51Boston CelticsKris Joseph (SF, Syracuse)
52Golden State WarriorsOgnjen Kuzmic (C)
53Los Angeles ClippersFurkan Aldemir (PF)
54Philadelphia 76ersTornike Shengelia (SF)
55Dallas MavericksDarius Johnson-Odom (SG, Marquette)
56Toronto RaptorsTomislav Zubcic (F)
57Brooklyn NetsIlkan Karaman (F)
58Minnesota TimberwolvesRobbie Hummel (SF, Purdue)
59San Antonio SpursMarcus Denmon (SG, Missouri)
60Los Angeles LakersRobert Sacre (C, Gonzaga)



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