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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Jared Sullinger Going To Warriors In SB Nation Projection

Jared Sullinger could go anywhere in the first front - from the middle of the round all the way to the top five. For more on the Ohio State Buckeyes, check out Land-Grant Holy Land.

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With the 2012 NBA Draft order now set, the mock drafts are coming in full force. Everybody has an opinion on just who is going to go immediately after Anthony Davis goes to the New Orleans Hornets. Important to the region and formerly important to the Ohio State Buckeyes is Jared Sullinger, who is hoping to be one of the top picks in the draft.

Sullinger has been drawing mixed reviews from scouts. His athleticism isn't on par with what teams like in the top picks, and he has some concerns about his transition to the NBA. Tom Ziller of SB Nation released his latest mock draft following the lottery though, and he has Sullinger going to the Golden State Warriors at No. 7.

Also known as "better David Lee." Sullinger would give the Warriors depth up front (a foreign concept to long-suffering Golden State fans) and would certainly make tanking the end of the season well worth it. Note: I see you, Andre Drummond. I see you and I'm not ignoring it. It's just ... you know ...

Sullinger has been mocked all over the place in the first round, going as high as just outside the top five in some, but in others he's falling to the middle of the first. It will be interesting to see where teams place him, but it's hard to argue with Ziller's reasoning in that Sullinger definitely is a good fit for the Warriors.

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