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2012 Top 60 Prospects Update

This ranking lists NBA Rookie Project’s top 60 players and breaks them down into seven tiers: Superstars, Very Good Starters, Starters, Key Role Players, Marginal Role Players, Fringe Roster Players, and Fringe NBA Players.

The reasoning behind breaking rankings down by tiers is that an organization will consider their team’s roster needs as long as the quality of players available is still relatively the same. The rule is that you never want to ‘reach’ for a player below the current tier during the draft and you want to capitalize whenever there is unexpectedly a player available from a higher tier.

Rank Player POS HT WT Prev. Team Year
First Tier: Superstar
1 Anthony Davis PF 6' 10" 222 Kentucky Fr.
Second Tier: Very Good Starter
2 Thomas Robinson PF 6' 9" 244 Kansas Jr.
3 Harrison Barnes SF 6' 8" 228 North Carolina So.
4 Bradley Beal SG 6' 5" 202 Florida Fr.
5 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist SF 6' 7" 233 Kentucky Fr.
6 Andre Drummond C 7' 0" 279 Connecticut Fr.
Third Tier: Starter
7 Jeremy Lamb SG 6' 5" 179 Connecticut So.
8 Damian Lillard PG 6' 3" 189 Weber State Jr.
9 Arnett Moultrie PF/ C 6' 11" 233 Mississippi St. Jr.
10 Dion Waiters SG 6' 4" 221 Syracuse So.
11 Terrence Ross SG/ SF 6' 7" 197 Washington So.
12 Andrew Nicholson PF 6' 9" 234 St. Bonaventure Sr.
13 Meyers Leonard C 7' 1" 250 Illinois So.
14 Austin Rivers SG 6' 5" 203 Duke Fr.
Fourth Tier: Key Role Player (6-8)
15 Tyler Zeller C 7' 0" 247 North Carolina Sr.
16 Jared Sullinger PF 6' 9" 268 Ohio State So.
17 Perry Jones PF 6' 11" 234 Baylor So.
18 Kendall Marshall PG 6' 4" 198 North Carolina So.
19 Terrence Jones PF 6' 9" 252 Kentucky So.
20 Moe Harkless SF 6' 9" 207 St. John's Fr.
21 Jeff Taylor SF 6' 7" 213 Vanderbilt Sr.
22 John Henson PF 6' 10" 216 North Carolina Jr.
Fifth Tier: Marginal Role Player (9-12)
23 Marquis Teague PG 6' 2" 180 Kentucky Fr.
24 Royce White PF 6' 8" 261 Iowa State So.
25 Fab Melo C 7' 0" 255 Syracuse So.
26 Quincy Miller SF/ PF 6' 10" 219 Baylor Fr.
27 Festus Ezeli C 6' 11" 264 Vanderbilt Sr.
28 Tony Wroten Jr. PG/ SG 6' 6" 203 Washington Fr.
Sixth Tier: Fringe Roster Players
29 Draymond Green PF 6' 7" 236 Michigan St. Sr.
30 John Jenkins SG 6' 4" 212 Vanderbilt Sr.
31 Tyshawn Taylor PG/ SG 6' 4" 177 Kansas Sr.
32 William Barton SG 6' 6" 174 Memphis So.
33 Evan Fournier SG/ SF 6' 7" 204 Poiters (France) 1992
34 Orlando Johnson SG 6' 5" 224 UC-Santa Barbara Sr.
35 Mike Scott PF 6' 9" 241 Virginia Sr.
36 Darius Miller SF 6' 7" 233 Kentucky Sr.
37 Doron Lamb SG 6' 5" 199 Kentucky So.
38 Darius Johnson-Odom PG/ SG 6' 3" 212 Marquette Sr.
Seventh Tier: Fringe NBA Players
39 Kevin Murphy SG/ SF 6' 6" 194 Tennesse Tech Sr.
40 Hollis Thompson SF 6' 8" 206 Georgetown Jr.
41 Kim English SG 6' 6" 192 Missouri Sr.
42 Kevin Jones PF 6' 8" 251 West Virginia Sr.
43 JaMychal Green PF 6' 9" 217 Alabama Sr.
44 Kostas Papanikolaou SF 6' 8" 230 Olympiacos (Greece) 1990
45 Tomas Satoransky PG/ SG 6' 7" 201 Cajasol (Spain) 1991
46 Jared Cunningham SG 6' 5" 188 Oregon State Jr.
47 Drew Gordon PF 6' 9" 239 New Mexico Sr.
48 Jae Crowder SF/ PF 6' 6" 241 Marquette Sr.
49 Furkan Aldemir PF 6' 9" 220 Galatasaray (Turkey) 1991
50 Tornike Shengelia SF/ PF 6' 9" 228 Spirou (Belgium) 1991
51 Bernard James C 6' 10" 230 Florida State Sr.
52 Alex Young SG/ SF 6' 6" 215 IUPUI Sr.
53 William Buford SG 6' 5" 215 Ohio State Sr.
54 John Shurna SF/ PF 6' 10" 212 Northwestern Sr.
55 Josep Franch PG 6' 3" 186 Murcia (Spain) 1991
56 Miles Plumlee C 7' 0" 252 Duke Sr.
57 Kyle O'Quinn PF/ C 6' 10" 241 Norfolk State Sr.
58 Kris Joseph SF 6' 7" 215 Syracuse Sr.
59 Henry Sims C 7' 0" 241 Georgetown Sr.
60 Khris Middleton SF 6' 8" 216 Texas A&M Jr.