Jared Sullinger

2012 NBA Draft: Pick-by-pick Recap

The madness of the 2012 NBA Draft, from Dion Waiters' rise to Kentucky's historic six-man draft class.
<p> The madness of the 2012 NBA Draft, from Dion Waiters' rise to Kentucky's historic six-man draft class.</p>

As always, the NBA Draft started at breakneck speed. Commissioner David Stern came out from behind his almighty Oz curtain and was greeted as he has been for years — with aggressive booing from the Prudential Center crowd.

“Thank you for the warm reception,” Stern said, in a tone normally reserved for Jim Rome.

From there, the parade of bad suits, embarrassing family and awkward TV could not be stopped.

2012 NBA Mock Draft: With Tiers, Trade Rumors

After the "Uni-blocker" Anthony Davis at No. 1, the 2012 NBA Draft is wide open.
<p> Athlon Sports' 2012 NBA Mock Draft, complete with trade rumors and a tier breakdown of the various talent drop-offs in the first round of the June 28 draft.</p>

Athlon Sports’ 2012 NBA Mock Draft (updated June 27, 4:45 p.m. ET) breaks down all 30 picks in the first round, highlighting each “tier” of talent and exploring several trade rumors in the opening round of the June 28 draft.

TIER 1
Potential 2012 Olympian, one-man band headed to the Big Easy.

2012 NBA Mock Draft: First Round With Tiers

Anthony Davis towers over the 2012 NBA Draft, as the only Tier 1 franchise player available.
<p> Athlon Sports' 2012 NBA Mock Draft starts with Kentucky's Anthony Davis, the only Tier 1 player available, and includes usual Tier 2 suspects like Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Ghilchrist, North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Kansas' Thomas Robinson, Florida's Bradley Beal and Connecticut's Andre Drummond.</p>

Athlon Sports’ 2012 NBA Mock Draft (updated June 27, 4:45 p.m. ET) breaks down all 30 picks in the first round, highlighting each “tier” of talent and exploring several trade rumors in the opening round of the June 28 draft.

TIER 1
Potential 2012 Olympian, one-man band headed to the Big Easy.