- New Orleans Anthony Davis (PF) Kentucky
The face of the franchise for many years to come. Big superstar potential. Has to work a lot on his offensive game, but his D is phenomenal already. Almost unfair combination of athleticism, length and skills. Great attitude too.
- Charlotte Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF) Kentucky
Another Kentucky guy at No. 2. Not likely to become a go-to guy for any team, but could be a great second option down the road. Fantastic competitor. Jump shot looks real bad, but he has a terrific motor and great defensive skills already.
- Washington Bradley Beal (SG) Florida
Wizards have an exciting youg backcourt with John Wall and Bradley Beal now. Looked terrific in the workout circuit. Well-rounded offensive player that puts effort on the defensive end too. Not an elite athlete.
- Cleveland Dion Waiters (SG) Syracuse
Strong offensive player. Looks very good creating his own shot. A little undersized for the shooting guard position. May be a reach for the Cavaliers at No. 4.
- Sacramento Thomas Robinson (PF) Kansas
Has great talent and work ethic. Plays bigger than his size and can score in a variety of ways. Not as much upside as other lottery picks.
- Portland Damian Lillard (PG) Weber St
Quite an athlete with a nice jump shot. The best point guard in the draft, but not an awesome playmaker yet. May have a tough rookie year.
- Golden State Harrison Barnes (SF) UNC
Beautiful jump shot and good size for the small forward position. The Warriors will really be scary from beyond the arc with him, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
- Toronto Terrence Ross (SG) Washington
Nice combination of athleticism and shooting skills. Needs to develop an efficient mid-range game.
- Detroit Andre Drummond (C) UConn
Consistently called a boom-or-bust pick. Has all the tools to be a star in the NBA, but may not want it enough to actually become one.
- New Orleans Austin Rivers (SG) Duke
Great one-on-one skills, but must learn to play within a team concept. Has a me-first attitude. Very confident.
- Portland Meyers Leonard (C) Illinois
Blazers take a gamble on a project here. Not likely to give Portland anything his rookie season. Very good mobility for his size. Could have used another year in college.
- Houston Jeremy Lamb (SG) UConn
Impressive wingspan and mid-range game. Must get stronger and more consistent. May struggle defensively in the NBA.
- Phoenix Kendall Marshall (PG) UNC
A true floor general that makes his teammates better. Not much of a scorer or an athlete. Taking Steve Nash’s spot on the team?
- Milwaukee John Henson (PF) UNC
Could become a defensive stalwart in the NBA if he gets stronger. Has the mobility, length and energy to become one.
- Philadelphia Maurice Harkless (SF) St John’s
Runs the floor with the best of them. Amazing wingspan and great first step. Very green still.
- Houston Royce White (SF) Iowa St
Excellent passing big man. Very strong. Has an anxiety disorder. Can he handle the pressure of life as a pro basketball player?
- Dallas Tyler Zeller (C) UNC
Traded to Cleavland 24th, 33rd, and 34th picks.
- Houston Terrence Jones (PF) Kentucky
Great versatility. Likes to shoot the three, but jumper doesn’t look that good. A combo forward or a tweener?
- Orlando Andrew Nicholson (PF) St B’nvntre
His massive wingspan makes him an intimidating presence on the defensive end. Must get a lot stronger.
- Denver Evan Fournier (SG) France
If he is inserted into a well balanced system, he could have an immediate impact on the game, and could be an important member of a supporting cast … Fournier will have until June 18th to decide to withdraw or leave his name in this year’s NBA draft …
- Boston Jared Sullinger (PF) Ohio St
Feels like a steal for the Celtics. Plays below the rim, but is one of the most skilled players in the draft. Can he stay healthy in the NBA?
- Boston Fab Melo (C) Syracuse
Won’t contribute offensively, but his size, mobility and shot blocking ability are intriguing.
- Atlanta John Jenkins (SG) Vanderbilt
The Atlanta Hawks draft one of the purest scorers in this year’s draft, who also happens to have the smoothest stroke as well, in John Jenkins.
- Cleveland (To Dallas Mavericks) Jared Cunningham SG Oregon State
The Cleveland Cavaliers select Jared Cunningham, who will be traded to the Dallas Mavericks, if their proposed trade goes through.
- Memphis Tony Wroten Jr. (PG) Washington
The Memphis Grizzlies draft the backup point guard they’ve needed for the past few seasons, in Tony Wroten Jr.
- Indiana Miles Plumlee (C) Duke
The Indiana Pacers make a major stretch by selecting a second-round prospect late in the first round with Miles Plumlee.
- Miami Arnett Moultrie (PF) Mississippi State
The 2012 NBA Champions select an athletic and lanky power forward in Arnett Moultrie.
- Oklahoma City Perry Jones III, (PF) Baylor
A high risk, high reward prospect, Jones has a guard’s game with a center’s height … Arguably a top 5 talent with almost unprecedented tools, it’s how he puts them to use that will determine whether Jones turns out to be a reach or a steal, boom or a bust…
- Chicago Marquis Teague (PG) Kentucky
Teague has promise as a scoring PG who can set up guys too … His athletic and physical tools are top-notch … He has a developing jumper and is competitive and energetic … He should play less selfish and consistently defend, but he has talent … He is a potential lotto pick for the 2012 draft …
- Golden State Festus Ezeli (C) Vanderbilt
Though he’s a 22-year old senior with past injury issues, Ezeli’s presence alone could make a front line more intimidating … He has the physical attributes and toughness required for NBA centers, and while his offensive game is still being developed, he size, length and athleticism could be luxury off the bench
Player descriptions courtesy of Hoops Hype, NBAdraft.net and the bleacher report