ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11: Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives against Terrance Henry #1 of the Ole Miss Rebels during the quarterfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at Georgia Dome on March 11, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
A post-lottery 2012 NBA mock draft has the Philadelphia 76ers taking Kentucky's Terrance Jones in the first round.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be looking for help in the 2012 NBA Draft to add reinforcements for another playoff run in the 2012-2013 season. A mock draft out Thursday from Draft Express, following Wednesday night's lottery, predicts a little help for the Sixers from a member of the NCAA national champion Kentucky Wildcats.
With the 15th pick in the first round, the Sixers select forward Terrance Jones in this mock draft. Jones is 6'9" 249 pounds. He averaged more than 12 points a game for the Wildcats last season along with 7.2 rebounds. Draft Express describes Jones thusly:
In projecting where Jones may fit best at the next level, it is worth noting that last season he appeared to be more stuck between the forward positions than he does now. The Oregon native is a versatile scorer with the ability to shoot the ball (inconsistently) from the perimeter, put the ball on the floor and attack the basket off the dribble, earn some easy looks running in transition, make plays in the post, and finish explosively at the rack. Considering his array of talents and defensive tools, Jones could surely spend some time at the small forward position in the NBA.
Despite that, he may be better equipped to operate as a face-up power forward early on at the next level, where he'd be far more of a mismatch.
Jones was predicted as the Sixers pick in a pre-lottery mock draft as well.