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2012 NBA Draft Full of Surprises: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Perry Jones III and More

June 29th, 2012 at 11:29 AM
By Donald Lappe

After months of buildup to the 2012 NBA Draft, it came and went in one night. It wasn't without surprises, as risers and fallers always catch observers off guard and it's a fascinating trend to watch on draft night. The Houston Rockets specifically ended up with an interesting draft as they fell short in their bid to acquire Dwight Howard.

Early Surprise: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going second overall to the Charlotte Bobcats. With Anthony Davis going No. 1 to the New Orleans Hornets, the Kentucky Wildcats became the first program to produce the top two picks in a single NBA Draft.

Speaking of the Hornets: Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers is a nice haul for their first NBA Draft under new ownership. That team just got a much-needed facelift.

Fallers: While it wasn't a surprise that Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III fell, it was amazing to see Perry Jones last until pick No. 28. Jared Sullinger ended up in Boston at No. 21 overall, with Perry Jones being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Just what the Thunder needed, more athleticism.

Riser: How about Miles Plumlee going to the Pacers at No. 26, ahead of Perry Jones? Seriously, a dude who averaged around seven points and seven rebounds as a 7-footer in college is a first rounder? It just goes to show that 7-footers with athletic ability will always be overdrafted because of future potential. If Mike Krzyzewski couldn't polish off Plumlee's game, that should hold some weight.

Houston Rockets: Maybe they didn't get what they were gunning for (Dwight Howard), but it's hard to pout about adding Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones to your roster. Those three young pieces immediately up Houston's talent level.

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Tags: 2012 NBA Draft, Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets, Jared Sullinger, Jeremy Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Miles Plumlee, NFL, NFL Draft, Perry Jones, Royce White, Terrence Jones

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