CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman updated his 2012 mock draft to reflect the results of last week’s NBA scouting combine, and there was some movement for the Cats on the board this time around. Anthony Davis is still #1, so we at least know Goodman isn’t completely crazy. Here are the rest of the projections for the Kentucky guys, and where he had them projected before the combine:
3. Washington – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (5)
Randy Wittman could use a skilled shooter to pair with John Wall, but we hear that they like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and his high-motor. He’ll never be a pure shooter, but his work ethic will certainly allow him to improve in that area.
17. Dallas – Terrence Jones (19)
The Mavs need someone up front who can rebound — and also score some. Jones is erratic, but he would certainly benefit by playing alongside Dirk and Shawn Marion.
20. Denver – Marquis Teague (27)
The Nuggets have plenty of depth just about everywhere except for the point guard position. Teague is the ideal backup to Ty Lawson and also brings speed to the table.
25. Memphis – Doron Lamb (25)
The Grizzlies could use a dead-eye shooter — and that’s what Lamb is about. He can also back up Mike Conley Jr. at the point.
Even though Darius Miller was left out of the first-round, Goodman did previously name him one of the combine’s winners, meaning that basically all of the Cats improved their stock in Chicago (except Lamb, who didn’t move at all). If Miller can get a team to fall in love with his all-around game during the workout process then he can join the rest of the Cats who seem to be in good shape to hear their names called among the first 30 picks, making it another historic draft night for UK in the process.
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