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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Harrison Barnes Lands With Cavs, In SB Nation Mock

One week removed fro the NBA Lottery, the silly season of rumors is kicking into full swing. The top of the Draft is fairly settled around six top prospects, and the Cavaliers will have their choice of a several top talents. With Anthony Davis going No. 1 overall, it's unlikely the Cavs go outside the trio of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, or Harrison Barnes. There have been reports linking the Cavaliers' interest to all three at the fourth overall, with the obvious reality that not all of them will be available.


NBA Draft Rumors: Cavs Targeting Harrison Barnes


Tom Ziller of SB Nation projects that MKG and Beal will go second and third overall, leaving the Cavs with Barnes. Andre Drummond, Thomas, Robinson, and even Jeremy Lamb (according to Chad Ford) could be potential other options, but it's likely Chris Grant does not let Barnes get past four:

The Robinson situation is interesting because both the Wizards and Cavaliers invested top-6 picks in power forwards in 2011. If Charlotte passes on him, he could slip right down to No. 5. Cleveland most assuredly would prefer MKG or Beal here, but Barnes is the next best non-PF and -- more importantly -- is not Andre Drummond, who like 2011 pick Tristan Thompson is a project.

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