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2012-13 Draft Prep: Head-to-Head mock draft

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With less than three weeks until the NBA season, we present out first Head-to-Head mock draft. The participants include CBS Fantasy Sports editorial staff and it is a standard scoring format.

The first round of the draft went about as expected, though it is interesting to see 76ers center Andrew Bynum go ahead of his former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant in the first. The second and third rounds feature few surprises, though we do see Denver's Ty Lawson and Detroit's Greg Monroe fall off the board. These two enjoyed big breakouts last season, but could be in for even more this year as they continue their development. We expect big things from both, especially with the offseason moves their teams made.

Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire will be one of the big fallers in most drafts, as he was a borderline first-round pick last season. After a disappointing second season in New York, he tumbles to the end of the third round here. The fourth round featured a big run on centers -- six of the next 12 picks are centers, including Bosston's Kevin Garnett making his debut as a primary center. The third center taken in the round was the first rookie off the board. No. 1 pick Anthony Davis of New Orleans went No. 41 overall. He might be worth an even higher pick in Rotisseries formats. In 30 minutes of preseason action against the Bobcats in his first game, he finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and a block. His growth as a Fantasy contributor will be one of the key storylines this season and it may be accelerated after spending the summer learning from the best players in the world on Team USA.

Seemingly everyone went for a home run in Round 5; some of the biggest question marks in the NBA went off the board. This includes centers Andrea Bargnani of Toronto and Brook Lopez of Brooklyn, as well as Hornets guard Eric Gordon. The three of them missed 153 games combined last season, but have second or third-round talent, at least. A pair of supremely talented guards with big bust-or-boom potential and new hometowns also went, in Houston's Jeremy Lin and Phoenix's Goran Dragic. Myself, I like Dragic's potential more this season -- his track record is lengthier and probably has more help offensively. He was also arguably better than Lin at their respective peaks last year, averaging 18.2 points and 8.3 assists per game once he became the starter.

We saw some of the injury risks go off the board starting with Bulls guard Derrick Rose in Round 6 while Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio went in Round 11 and Clippers guard Chauncey Billups followed in Round 12. The latter two should be back earlier than Rose, who has hinted that he may not even return this season if his recovery from a torn ACL does not go as swiftly as planned. A more minor injury risk is Wizards guard John Wall, who went in Round 3 and should be back after just three or four weeks of the regular season.

We had nine rookies drafted, culminating with the selection of Jonas Valanciunas of Toronto with the 166th overall selection.

League rules: 10 active spots, 4 reserve spots; Starting lineup consists of four guards, four forwards and two centers

1. Nando DiFino, Fantasy Writer
2. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
3. Scott White, Fantasy Writer
4. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
5. Jeffrey Tobin, Associate Managing Editor, Fantasy Sports
6. Dave Richard, Fantasy Writer
7. Bill Passonno, Fantasy Writer
8. Jeffrey Lippman, Fantasy Writer
9. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
10. Jamey Eisenberg, Fantasy Writer
11. Adam Moore, Fantasy Writer
12. Igor Mello, Fantasy Writer

Mock Draft Results
Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino LeBron James, SF, MIA
2 Towers Kevin Durant, SF, OKC
3 White Kevin Love, PF, MIN
4 Madden Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
5 Tobin Chris Paul, PG, LAC
6 Richard Josh Smith, PF, ATL
7 Passonno Dwight Howard, C, LAL
8 Lippman Deron Williams, PG, BKN
9 Hurcomb Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
10 Eisenberg Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA
11 Moore Andrew Bynum, C, PHI
12 Mello Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL
Round 2
Pick Team Player
1 Mello DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC
2 Moore LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, POR
3 Eisenberg Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
4 Hurcomb Steve Nash, PG, LAL
5 Lippman Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS
6 Passonno Joe Johnson, SG, BKN
7 Richard Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
8 Tobin Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL
9 Madden Al Jefferson, C, UTA
10 White Pau Gasol, PF, LAL
11 Towers Greg Monroe, C, DET
12 DiFino Tony Parker, PG, SA
Round 3
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino Rudy Gay, SF, MEM
2 Towers Ty Lawson, PG, DEN
3 White Monta Ellis, SG, MIL
4 Madden John Wall, PG, WAS
5 Tobin Marc Gasol, C, MEM
6 Richard Brandon Jennings, PG, MIL
7 Passonno Andre Iguodala, SF, DEN
8 Lippman David Lee, PF, GS
9 Hurcomb Paul Millsap, PF, UTA
10 Eisenberg Amar'e Stoudemire, PF, NY
11 Moore Mike Conley, PG, MEM
12 Mello Paul Pierce, SF, BOS
Round 4
Pick Team Player
1 Mello James Harden, SG, OKC
2 Moore Chris Bosh, PF, MIA
3 Eisenberg Al Horford, C, ATL
4 Hurcomb Roy Hibbert, C, IND
5 Lippman Anthony Davis, C, NO
6 Passonno Stephen Curry, PG, GS
7 Richard Marcin Gortat, C, PHO
8 Tobin Jrue Holiday, PG, PHI
9 Madden Kevin Garnett, C, BOS
10 White Tyreke Evans, PG, SAC
11 Towers Carlos Boozer, PF, CHI
12 DiFino Joakim Noah, C, CHI
Round 5
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino Jeremy Lin, PG, HOU
2 Towers Kemba Walker, SG, CHA
3 White Goran Dragic, PG, PHO
4 Madden Luis Scola, PF, PHO
5 Tobin Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
6 Richard Luol Deng, SF, CHI
7 Passonno Eric Gordon, SG, NO
8 Lippman Gerald Wallace, SF, BKN
9 Hurcomb Andrea Bargnani, C, TOR
10 Eisenberg Brook Lopez, C, BKN
11 Moore Darren Collison, PG, DAL
12 Mello Jeff Teague, PG, ATL
Round 6
Pick Team Player
1 Mello Tim Duncan, PF, SA
2 Moore Ryan Anderson, PF, NO
3 Eisenberg Derrick Rose, PG, CHI
4 Hurcomb Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA
5 Lippman Michael Beasley, PF, PHO
6 Passonno JaVale McGee, C, DEN
7 Richard Danny Granger, SF, IND
8 Tobin Kris Humphries, PF, BKN
9 Madden Zach Randolph, PF, MEM
10 White Klay Thompson, SG, GS
11 Towers O.J. Mayo, SG, DAL
12 DiFino Evan Turner, SG, PHI
Round 7
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino Elton Brand, PF, DAL
2 Towers Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN
3 White Raymond Felton, PG, NY
4 Madden David West, PF, IND
5 Tobin Nene, C, WAS
6 Richard Lou Williams, SG, ATL
7 Passonno Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
8 Lippman Bradley Beal, SG, WAS
9 Hurcomb Damian Lillard, PG, POR
10 Eisenberg Brandon Knight, PG, DET
11 Moore Paul George, SG, IND
12 Mello Ersan Ilyasova, PF, MIL
Round 8
Pick Team Player
1 Mello Tyson Chandler, C, NY
2 Moore Chandler Parsons, SF, HOU
3 Eisenberg Marcus Thornton, PG, SAC
4 Hurcomb Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN
5 Lippman DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
6 Passonno Andrew Bogut, C, GS
7 Richard Serge Ibaka, PF, OKC
8 Tobin Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
9 Madden Manu Ginobili, SG, SA
10 White J.J. Hickson, PF, POR
11 Towers Mo Williams, PG, UTA
12 DiFino Jose Calderon, PG, TOR
Round 9
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino Samuel Dalembert, C, MIL
2 Towers Arron Afflalo, SG, ORL
3 White Isaiah Thomas, PG, SAC
4 Madden Jason Terry, SG, BOS
5 Tobin Gerald Henderson, SG, CHA
6 Richard Nicolas Batum, SF, POR
7 Passonno Wesley Matthews, SG, POR
8 Lippman DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC
9 Hurcomb Devin Harris, PG, ATL
10 Eisenberg Anderson Varejao, C, CLE
11 Moore Thaddeus Young, SF, PHI
12 Mello Ramon Sessions, PG, CHA
Round 10
Pick Team Player
1 Mello Taj Gibson, PF, CHI
2 Moore Rodney Stuckey, PG, DET
3 Eisenberg Derrick Favors, PF, UTA
4 Hurcomb Kevin Martin, SG, HOU
5 Lippman Jameer Nelson, PG, ORL
6 Passonno Dion Waiters, SG, CLE
7 Richard Andre Miller, PG, DEN
8 Tobin Luke Ridnour, PG, MIN
9 Madden* Hedo Turkoglu, SF, ORL
10 White Greivis Vasquez, PG, NO
11 Towers Chris Kaman, C, DAL
12 DiFino Andrei Kirilenko, SF, MIN
Round 11
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino Jared Dudley, SG, PHO
2 Towers Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA
3 White Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
4 Madden* Kirk Hinrich, PG, CHI
5 Tobin Jason Kidd, PG, NY
6 Richard MarShon Brooks, SG, BKN
7 Passonno Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN
8 Lippman Lamar Odom, PF, LAC
9 Hurcomb Austin Rivers, SG, NO
10 Eisenberg Jarrett Jack, PG, GS
11 Moore Jerryd Bayless, PG, MEM
12 Mello Shawn Marion, SF, DAL
Round 12
Pick Team Player
1 Mello Derrick Williams, PF, MIN
2 Moore Glen Davis, C, ORL
3 Eisenberg Antawn Jamison, PF, LAL
4 Hurcomb George Hill, PG, IND
5 Lippman Chauncey Billups, PG, LAC
6 Passonno Jason Richardson, SG, PHI
7 Richard Carl Landry, PF, GS
8 Tobin Tayshaun Prince, SF, DET
9 Madden Courtney Lee, SG, BOS
10 White Brandon Roy, SG, MIN
11 Towers Emeka Okafor, C, WAS
12 DiFino Jordan Crawford, SG, WAS
Round 13
Pick Team Player
1 DiFino Bismack Biyombo, PF, CHA
2 Towers D.J. Augustin, PG, IND
3 White Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
4 Madden Jose Juan Barea, PG, MIN
5 Tobin Trevor Ariza, SF, WAS
6 Richard J.J. Redick, SG, ORL
7 Passonno J.R. Smith, SG, NY
8 Lippman Andre Drummond, C, DET
9 Hurcomb Omer Asik, PF, HOU
10 Eisenberg Royce White, PF, HOU
11 Moore Dorell Wright, SF, PHI
12 Mello Gerald Green, SG, IND
Round 14
Pick Team Player
1 Mello Jason Thompson, PF, SAC
2 Moore Jamal Crawford, SG, LAC
3 Eisenberg Mario Chalmers, PG, MIA
4 Hurcomb Thomas Robinson, PF, SAC
5 Lippman Shelvin Mack, PG, WAS
6 Passonno Trevor Booker, PF, WAS
7 Richard Ray Allen, SG, MIA
8 Tobin Shannon Brown, PG, PHO
9 Madden Eric Bledsoe, PG, LAC
10 White Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
11 Towers Alonzo Gee, SF, CLE
12 DiFino Tiago Splitter, C, SA
 
Team by Team
Adam Moore
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Andrew Bynum, C, PHI
2.2 LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, POR
3.11 Mike Conley, PG, MEM
4.2 Chris Bosh, PF, MIA
5.11 Darren Collison, PG, DAL
6.2 Ryan Anderson, PF, NO
7.11 Paul George, SG, IND
8.2 Chandler Parsons, SF, HOU
9.11 Thaddeus Young, SF, PHI
10.2 Rodney Stuckey, PG, DET
11.11 Jerryd Bayless, PG, MEM
12.2 Glen Davis, C, ORL
13.11 Dorell Wright, SF, PHI
14.2 Jamal Crawford, SG, LAC
Bill Passonno
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Dwight Howard, C, LAL
2.6 Joe Johnson, SG, BKN
3.7 Andre Iguodala, SF, DEN
4.6 Stephen Curry, PG, GS
5.7 Eric Gordon, SG, NO
6.6 JaVale McGee, C, DEN
7.7 Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
8.6 Andrew Bogut, C, GS
9.7 Wesley Matthews, SG, POR
10.6 Dion Waiters, SG, CLE
11.7 Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN
12.6 Jason Richardson, SG, PHI
13.7 J.R. Smith, SG, NY
14.6 Trevor Booker, PF, WAS
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Kevin Durant, SF, OKC
2.11 Greg Monroe, C, DET
3.2 Ty Lawson, PG, DEN
4.11 Carlos Boozer, PF, CHI
5.2 Kemba Walker, SG, CHA
6.11 O.J. Mayo, SG, DAL
7.2 Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN
8.11 Mo Williams, PG, UTA
9.2 Arron Afflalo, SG, ORL
10.11 Chris Kaman, C, DAL
11.2 Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA
12.11 Emeka Okafor, C, WAS
13.2 D.J. Augustin, PG, IND
14.11 Alonzo Gee, SF, CLE
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Josh Smith, PF, ATL
2.7 Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
3.6 Brandon Jennings, PG, MIL
4.7 Marcin Gortat, C, PHO
5.6 Luol Deng, SF, CHI
6.7 Danny Granger, SF, IND
7.6 Lou Williams, SG, ATL
8.7 Serge Ibaka, PF, OKC
9.6 Nicolas Batum, SF, POR
10.7 Andre Miller, PG, DEN
11.6 MarShon Brooks, SG, BKN
12.7 Carl Landry, PF, GS
13.6 J.J. Redick, SG, ORL
14.7 Ray Allen, SG, MIA
Igor Mello
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Kobe Bryant, SG, LAL
2.1 DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC
3.12 Paul Pierce, SF, BOS
4.1 James Harden, SG, OKC
5.12 Jeff Teague, PG, ATL
6.1 Tim Duncan, PF, SA
7.12 Ersan Ilyasova, PF, MIL
8.1 Tyson Chandler, C, NY
9.12 Ramon Sessions, PG, CHA
10.1 Taj Gibson, PF, CHI
11.12 Shawn Marion, SF, DAL
12.1 Derrick Williams, PF, MIN
13.12 Gerald Green, SG, IND
14.1 Jason Thompson, PF, SAC
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Dwyane Wade, SG, MIA
2.3 Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
3.10 Amar'e Stoudemire, PF, NY
4.3 Al Horford, C, ATL
5.10 Brook Lopez, C, BKN
6.3 Derrick Rose, PG, CHI
7.10 Brandon Knight, PG, DET
8.3 Marcus Thornton, PG, SAC
9.10 Anderson Varejao, C, CLE
10.3 Derrick Favors, PF, UTA
11.10 Jarrett Jack, PG, GS
12.3 Antawn Jamison, PF, LAL
13.10 Royce White, PF, HOU
14.3 Mario Chalmers, PG, MIA
Jeff Lippman
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Deron Williams, PG, BKN
2.5 Rajon Rondo, PG, BOS
3.8 David Lee, PF, GS
4.5 Anthony Davis, C, NO
5.8 Gerald Wallace, SF, BKN
6.5 Michael Beasley, PF, PHO
7.8 Bradley Beal, SG, WAS
8.5 DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
9.8 DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC
10.5 Jameer Nelson, PG, ORL
11.8 Lamar Odom, PF, LAC
12.5 Chauncey Billups, PG, LAC
13.8 Andre Drummond, C, DET
14.5 Shelvin Mack, PG, WAS
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Chris Paul, PG, LAC
2.8 Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL
3.5 Marc Gasol, C, MEM
4.8 Jrue Holiday, PG, PHI
5.5 Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
6.8 Kris Humphries, PF, BKN
7.5 Nene, C, WAS
8.8 Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
9.5 Gerald Henderson, SG, CHA
10.8 Luke Ridnour, PG, MIN
11.5 Jason Kidd, PG, NY
12.8 Tayshaun Prince, SF, DET
13.5 Trevor Ariza, SF, WAS
14.8 Shannon Brown, PG, PHO
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
2.4 Steve Nash, PG, LAL
3.9 Paul Millsap, PF, UTA
4.4 Roy Hibbert, C, IND
5.9 Andrea Bargnani, C, TOR
6.4 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA
7.9 Damian Lillard, PG, POR
8.4 Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN
9.9 Devin Harris, PG, ATL
10.4 Kevin Martin, SG, HOU
11.9 Austin Rivers, SG, NO
12.4 George Hill, PG, IND
13.9 Omer Asik, PF, HOU
14.4 Thomas Robinson, PF, SAC
Nando DiFino
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 LeBron James, SF, MIA
2.12 Tony Parker, PG, SA
3.1 Rudy Gay, SF, MEM
4.12 Joakim Noah, C, CHI
5.1 Jeremy Lin, PG, HOU
6.12 Evan Turner, SG, PHI
7.1 Elton Brand, PF, DAL
8.12 Jose Calderon, PG, TOR
9.1 Samuel Dalembert, C, MIL
10.12 Andrei Kirilenko, SF, MIN
11.1 Jared Dudley, SG, PHO
12.12 Jordan Crawford, SG, WAS
13.1 Bismack Biyombo, PF, CHA
14.12 Tiago Splitter, C, SA
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
2.9 Al Jefferson, C, UTA
3.4 John Wall, PG, WAS
4.9 Kevin Garnett, C, BOS
5.4 Luis Scola, PF, PHO
6.9 Zach Randolph, PF, MEM
7.4 David West, PF, IND
8.9 Manu Ginobili, SG, SA
9.4 Jason Terry, SG, BOS
10.9 Hedo Turkoglu, SF, ORL
11.4 Kirk Hinrich, PG, CHI
12.9 Courtney Lee, SG, BOS
13.4 Jose Juan Barea, PG, MIN
14.9 Eric Bledsoe, PG, LAC
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Kevin Love, PF, MIN
2.10 Pau Gasol, PF, LAL
3.3 Monta Ellis, SG, MIL
4.10 Tyreke Evans, PG, SAC
5.3 Goran Dragic, PG, PHO
6.10 Klay Thompson, SG, GS
7.3 Raymond Felton, PG, NY
8.10 J.J. Hickson, PF, POR
9.3 Isaiah Thomas, PG, SAC
10.10 Greivis Vasquez, PG, NO
11.3 Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
12.10 Brandon Roy, SG, MIN
13.3 Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
14.10 Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
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