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Jun 1, 2012 10:48 AM by Alan Cutler

ESPN Guesses Four Cats Will Go In First Round

It is amazing to see that with all the money and time that's spent on the NBA draft, how often when you look down the road three years after any draft, how many mistakes these "experts" make.

Every mock NBA draft has Anthony Davis going number one to New Orleans. The only surprise would be if they trade the former UK superstar.

Cal is pushing for six Cats to go in the first round. The odds of that happening are not very good, but Cal will do everything he can to help convince some NBA team like Chicago to take Doron Lamb over let's say a John Jenkins of Vandy, who is also a very good shooting guard.

There is a great debate going on in Charlotte as to what Michael Jordan will do with the second pick in the draft. Chad Ford of ESPN who has only four Cats going in the first round, thinks UK's MKG is going to Charlotte at number two.

"Missing out on Davis is a major blow for the Bobcats," says Ford. "Now the question is which hole do they try to plug? I think this will come down to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson. Kidd-Gilchrist is the second-best player in this draft and will add toughness and leadership. Michael Jordan wants winners, and Kidd-Gilchrist is a winner. Robinson adds many of the same qualities at the 4 position, but maybe with a little less upside."

Ford's choice at No. 16 surprises me. Houston has as many forwards as I have old t-shirts my wife wants me to throw out. If I'm Houston, I'm looking at point guard or center, but Chad didn't call me. He's guessing they will take Terrence Jones, who could be off the board by the time Houston picks.

"Jones is a bit of an enigma. He could go as high as No. 7 or he could slide to here. No one doubts his talent; they're just not sure which position he would play in the pros and whether he'll be willing to put in the work to be great. At this point in the draft, though, he's worth the risk."

This next UK pick by Ford makes sense. You don't take a local player because he's local. You take a local player because he could grow into a really good player at a position of need. That's UK's Marquis Teague.

"Not only do the Pacers need more help at the point, but Teague is an Indy native who would be a great get here. He's not the pure point guard the Pacers really need, but he can push the ball effectively, get to the basket and create problems as a defender. Picking Teague could make Darren Collison a very interesting trade chip in July."

As far as the first players on Ford's list not taken in the first round, they include Doron Lamb. There is also no Darius Miller.

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