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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Cavaliers Pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist In SB Nation Mock

Harrison Barnes and Bradley Beal have been the two soups of the day for the Cleveland Cavaliers in mock drafts for the past few weeks, but a third party has been emerging recently in Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In SB Nation's latest NBA Mock Draft, they had all of the network's team blogs make the picks and Fear The Sword went with MKG instead of Barnes or Beal.

Beal was already off the board after the Wizards took him at pick No. 3, and they let Barnes fall while saying that the Barnes interest was 'overblown':

Much has been said about the Cavaliers' interest in Harrison Barnes, but that is somewhat overblown. In this case, the Cavs will happily take Michael-Kidd Gilchrist with the fourth pick. We weren't really expecting MKG to fall this far as many consider him the 2nd best player in the draft. With MKG, the Cavs get a tough, competitive player to fill one of their biggest holes. MKG adds much needed defense, athleticism, and should help turn Cleveland into a winning culture. His ability to attack the rim and finish in transition is exactly what Kyrie Irving needs. Did we mention that MKG and Kyrie played high school basketball together? This seems like a no-brainer.

Of course, with rumors starting to emerge that the Cavs might be looking to trade with the Bobcats to get the second overall pick, the three way name group that this pick encompasses already may just keep getting bigger.

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