1) New Orleans Hornets -- Anthony Davis, Kentucky, 6-10 ½ , 222 – The only consensus franchise-changing player in the draft, Davis can help the Hornets right away by just standing in the key and blocking shots. His potential is limitless.
2) Charlotte Bobcats – Bradley Beal, Florida, 6-5, 202 – The Bobcats need stars, they need scorers, they need everything. Beal is a player to build around and comparisons to a young Ray Allen don’t hurt his stock either.
3) Washington Wizards – Thomas Robinson, Kansas, 6-9, 244 – The Wizards are trying to change their culture and Robinson fits the bill with his toughness and work ethic. He will improve exponentially and Washington will benefit.
4) Cleveland Cavaliers – Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, 6-8, 228 – The Cavaliers need scoring and need a small forward and Barnes will fit right in to give the club a sparkling young core. Barnes’s motor has been questioned but his skills haven’t.
5) Sacramento Kings – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky, 6-8, 233 – The Kings had a hard time finding players to workout for them, but they will take a chance on Kidd-Gilchrist, who will team with former UK center DeMarcus Cousins for a formidable tandem.
6) Portland Trail Blazers – Andre Drummond, UConn, 7-0, 279 – Would the Blazers take another project center? They may not have a choice. They need a franchise-type big man to team with LaMarcus Aldridge and Drummond can’t be another bust. Can he?
7) Golden State Warriors – Damian Lilliard, Weber State, 6-3, 189 – The Oakland kid will come home as the Warriors desperately need an explosive point guard and Lilliard has become quite a popular player since the season ended.
8) Toronto Raptors – Dion Waiters, Syracuse, 6-4, 221 – Waiters received a promise weeks ago and we believe it’s the Raptors, who need another scorer to go along with DeMar DeRozan. Waiters is a gem who never started a game for the Orange.
9) Detroit Pistons – John Henson, North Carolina, 6-11, 216 – Painfully thin, Henson knows how to play the game and the Pistons need a defensive-minded center to replace Ben Wallace. He knows his role and will blend into the Pistons’ system quickly.
10) New Orleans Hornets -- Kendall Marshall, North Carolina, 6-4, 198 – The Hornets need a cornerstone point guard and Marshall is a pass-first player who will grow into a star. He and Davis give the Hornets a sparkling tandem, especially with Marshall’s unselfishness.
11) Portland Trail Blazers – Jeremy Lamb, UConn, 6-5, 180 – Lamb would have been a Top 5 pick a year ago but the Blazers need an established scorer with Brandon Roy gone. Lamb will have to be more aggressive but has the potential to grow into a star.
12) Houston Rockets – Tyler Zeller, North Carolina, 7-1, 247 – In case the Rockets aren’t able to use all their first-round assets to acquire Dwight Howard, the Rockets take another defensive-minded big man who has the potential to be an All-NBA defender.
13) Phoenix Suns – Austin Rivers, Duke, 6-5, 203 – What a more perfect fit for the free-wheeling Suns system than Rivers, who will be allowed to score and find himself in Phoenix. Rivers will be better than most predict.
14) Milwaukee Bucks – Perry Jones III, Baylor, 6-11, 234 – He has Top 5 stills and a Yugo motor at this point. Jones has to prove he can play and produce consistently while the Bucks have to hit a home run here after years of mediocrity.
15) Philadelphia 76ers – Terrence Ross, Washington, 6-7, 197 – The Sixers’ offense needs an electrifying player and Ross will fit that bill. He is one of the fastest risers of the draft and may be the eventual replacement to Andre Iguodala.
16) Houston Rockets – Terrence Jones, Kentucky, 6-10, 252 – Another athletic body in Houston for Kevin McHale to coach. The Rockets need younger players and big men and Jones has skills, although overshadowed at Kentucky.
17) Dallas Mavericks – Meyers Leonard, Illinois, 7-1, 250 – Dallas needs another big man in case they are not able to sign Dwight Howard and Leonard will provide a defensive presence and has a high upside.
18) Houston Rockets – Moe Harkless, St. John’s, 6-9, 207 – The Rockets get deeper with the potentially superstar skills of Harkless, who showed flashes of brilliance while with St. John’s. Harkless is versatile and would have been a lottery pick if he stayed in school.
19) Orlando Magic – Fab Melo, Syracuse, 7-0, 255 – The Magic prepare for life after Dwight Howard with the enigmatic Melo, whose absence was likely the reason why the Orange didn’t reach the Final Four. But he has the skills to be a productive NBA center.
20) Denver Nuggets – Arnett Moultrie, Mississippi State, 6-11, 233 – The Nuggets are open to making a trade because of their young assets but if they keep this pick, Moultrie could become their center of the future.
21) Boston Celtics – Jared Sullinger, Ohio State, 6-9, 268 – The Celtics are doing cartwheels on Causeway when Sullinger’s back issues drop him into their lap. He is represented by the same agent as Jeff Green, and will be the team’s next power forward.
22) Boston Celtics – Royce White, Iowa State, 6-8, 261 – He is tough and multitalented and perhaps the heir apparent to Paul Pierce. White has some issues to deal with but the Celtics will be giddy to deal with those and put him in the rotation.
23) Atlanta Hawks – Tony Wroten, Washington, 6-6, 203 – The Hawks need athletes in the backcourt and Wroten has the potential to be a frontline combo guard, but he will need time. The Hawks have the depth to let him grow.
24) Cleveland Cavaliers – Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure, 6-10, 234 – The Cavaliers added to their frontcourt with the skilled Nicholson, who would have been a Celtic had Sullinger not dropped so far. Cleveland needs a replacement for Anderson Varejao.
25) Memphis Grizzlies – Marquis Teague, Kentucky, 6-2, 180 – The Grizzlies are seeking a capable backup to Mike Conley and Teague will grow into that role. Would have been a lottery pick if he stayed in school.
26) Indiana Pacers – Draymond Green, Michigan State, 6-8, 236 – The Pacers need toughness in the paint and have been watching the all-Big 10 forward for years. He is one of the more NBA-ready players in this draft.
27) Miami Heat – Quincy Miller, Baylor, 6-10, 219 – The Heat are built to win now, meaning they can afford to allow players to season and Miller can be a star in a few years.
28) Oklahoma City Thunder – Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt, 6-7, 213 – The Thunder could use another long-range shooter and someone who will unselfishly fit into their system. Taylor will arrive ready to contribute.
29) Chicago Bulls – Will Barton, Memphis, 6-6, 174 – The Bulls need another scorer to join Derrick Rose and Barton has impressed in workouts. He is the type of athlete Chicago needs to jumpstart a sometimes stagnant offense.
30) Golden State Warriors – Miles Plumlee, Duke, 7-0, 252 – The Warriors need big men and can’t be sure that Andrew Bogut will stay healthy. Duke bigs know how to play the game and Plumlee is a tough guy.