Wednesday's NBA Draft Lottery set the order of picks for the 2012 NBA Draft, and four prominent sites have published their first post-lotto mock Draft results. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress, writing for Yahoo!, has the Orlando Magic using the 19th overall selection on St. Johns swingman Moe Harkless, as does Aran Smith of NBADraft.net. Meanwhile, Chad Ford of ESPN.com predicts Orlando will take Illinois center Meyers Leonard, and Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com believes the Magic will choose Washington guard Tony Wroten.
Harkless, who turned 19 earlier in May, averaged 15.5 points, a team-leading 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and three combined steals and blocks for St. John's in his freshman campaign. Smith compares his game to that of James Posey, saying the Queens native "is not expected to have an immediate impact," but could wind up becoming one of the top players from this draft class. Givony says it's hard to peg what Orlando, which has yet to hire a new General Manager to replace the departed Otis Smith, might do with the pick, but reasons his choice of Harkless by saying "small forward was the weakest position on the Magic last season."
Leonard, a true seven-footer, played two seasons at Illinois, averaging 7.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks. In his sophomore season, he averaged 13.6 points on 58.4 percent shooting, 8.2 rebounds, and a Big Ten-leading 1.9 blocks per game. Ford says Orlando should take the center if he's still on the board due to the uncertainty surrounding Dwight Howard's future in Magic pinstripes.
Wroten averaged 16 points, five rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals, and 3.8 turnovers in his lone season as a Husky. Howard-Cooper says Wroten could "climb" the draft boards following his individual team workouts, during which Wroten could impress teams with his combo-guard skills.
The 2012 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 28th on ESPN.
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