LEXINGTON KY - NOVEMBER 12: Terrence Jones #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates during the game against East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Rupp Arena on November 12 2010 in Lexington Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The 2012 NBA Draft is less than a month away, as hard as that is to believe. I'm not used to starting the off-season this late, as a Sixers fan.
We've talked about draft prospects a bit throughout the season – all the posts can be found here – but everything reminas up in the air until the draft lottery (tonight) and combine are completed. That said, it's never too early to look at a mock draft.
Draft Express updated their mock yesterday, with the Sixers selecting Terrence Jones from Kentucky.
Jones is supremely talented, and has elite physical tools, but his production has never matched his potential. He was incredibly inconsistent at Kentucky and has issues with effort and mental breakdowns at times. Another problem with Jones is that he lacks a true position in the NBA – he's neither a prototypical three nor four.
Selecting Jones would undoubtably provide the Sixers with some much-needed talent, but pairing him with Thaddeus Young is redundant. Notable players behind Jones in DX's mock include: Terrence Ross, Quincy Miller, Dion Waiters, Meyers Leonard, Tony Wroten, Arnett Moultrie, Royce White and Andrew Nicholson.
We'll dive more into the individual prospects in the coming weeks, but the takeaway from the early mocks is – as I've been saying for a while – the Sixers are going to have a talented crop of players to select from with the 15th pick. They need to make a decision on Andre Iguodala before then.