Mar 22, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes (40) receives a pass during practice the day before the semifinals of the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men

Top 4 Wing Players in 2012 NBA Draft

In no particular order:

Michael Kidd Gilchrist- This kid is practically already a consensus number 2 pick in the draft, although workouts could definitely change that. He showed last year that he has the complete package. he is athetic, finishes strong, shoots, passes, and has already shown ability to be an elite wing defender. Unless the bobcats trade down to get more picks(a wise move in this deep of a draft), then it wouldnt surprise me to see him in a Bobcat uniform next year.

Harrison Barnes- The Black Falcon is an intriguing prospect with a high basketball IQ and incredible work ethic. Tyler Hansborough said when he was working out at Chapel Hill during the lockout that it was rare to find someone in the weight room before him, and the Black Falcon was the rare exception. He has a smooth shooting stroke, finishes at the rim, and has defensive potential as well. Potential landing spots for him include: the Washington Wizards or Cleveland Cavaliers.

Draymond Green- Green’s allaround game was impressive to watch develop under tom izzo. he embodied everything izzo is all about: toughness, teamwork, and defense. green did everything for the spartans. even notching their first march madness triple double since earvin “magic” johnson laced it up for the green and white. green may not be a superstar in the nba, but the team that drafts him may find a player they can have on the floor 30 minutes a night, and trust that he can be effective on both ends of the floor. His ceiling is a rich man’s Bruce Bowen in my mind.

Austin Rivers- He comes from a basketball pedigree and already knows what it will take for him to succeed at the next level. The only question is does he have it. He had a couple swagger moments at Duke, but also showed scouts some cause for concern. He is not an elite defender and his passing touch could be better; this kid is a pure scorer though, and those skills will translate while he still has some development to do. He might have been better served in basketball terms if he had stayed another year with Coach K, but it’s hard to blame a young man for wanting to make himself a millionaire. He could land on the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

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