The final third of the 2012 NBA Draft wound up being a lot more interesting than any of us anticipated it would be.
With the No. 21 and No. 22 picks, the Boston Celtics were supposed to address two of their many, many holes. One big man and one wing player, maybe. What did they end up doing? They took two bigs – Jared Sullinger (physically challenged) and Fab Melo (offensively challenged).
At No. 23 the Atlanta opted for Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins, and at No. 24 the Dallas Mavericks selected Jared Cunningham. The Memphis Grizzlies then selected Tony Wroten at No. 25.
The Indiana Pacers, who most people figured would take best player available, wound up with Miles Plumlee at No. 26. (Who wasn’t the best player available.) The Miami Heat traded their No. 27 pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, who in turn promptly selected Arnett Moultrie. At No. 28, the Oklahoma City Thunder got an absolute steal in Perry Jones III out of Baylor.
The Chicago Bulls, at No. 29, filled their hole at point guard with Marquis Teague out of Kentucky. And at No. 30, with the final pick of the first round, the Golden State Warriors selected Festus Ezeli out of Vanderbilt.
21. Boston Celtics: Jared Sullinger
22. Boston Celtics: Fab Melo
23. Atlanta Hawks: John Jenkins
24. Dallas Mavericks: Jared Cunningham
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten
26. Indiana Pacers: Miles Plumlee
27. Philadelphia 76ers via Miami Heat: Arnett Moultrie
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones III
29. Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague
30. Golden State Warriors: Festus Ezeli