The 2012 NBA draft is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable in league history. With arguably one of the weakest drafts in the past decade, and the growing desperation from teams across the league seeking to attain playoff contention, it is unclear where most of these players will end up. Talks of trade are rumoring across the league, and analysts across the country are left scratching their heads as they try to decipher an accurate mock draft. Despite the universal confusion across the league, one thing is clear for Syracuse fans:
Michael Carter-Williams will be drafted, and will be drafted in the first round.
Carter-Williams will be paralleled against Michigan??s Trey Burke in this year??s draft, and there are plenty of teams in need of a solid point guard to help orchestrate their offense. Burke was named the Naismith Player of the Year last season, and finished the year averaging 18.6 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and 6.7 assists per game. He proves to be the more allusive scorer when compared to Carter-Williams?? 11.2 points per game, however the Syracuse star averaged 4.9 rebounds per game and 7.3 assists per game. Carter-Williams is no doubt the more gifted passer of the two, and also has six inches on his rival, Trey Burke. It will be interesting to see which of these two phenoms will be selected first.
So now the question remains, where will Michael Carter-Williams call his home for the 2012-2014 NBA season? The general consensus, assuming there will be no trades up to this point, is that Carter-Williams will be drafted as the 7th or 8th overall pick by either the Sacramento Kings, or the Detroit Pistons. There is no question that both teams are in need of a dominate point guard, however there are some mock drafts that have Carter-Williams being drafted as late as the 13th overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks. Sports Illustrated projects the Syracuse point guard to be drafted a pick ahead of Trey Burke by the Sacremento Kings as the 7th overall pick. He would indeed give the franchise a much more polished offensive game, and would be paired nicely with former BYU star Jimmer Fredette.
Regardless of the outcome of this draft, Michael Carter-Williams is expected to have a long and successful season in the NBA. He possesses great potential, but does need to work on certain facets of his game. "Generally speaking in the NBA, they feel that a shooter like Michael will get better," Boeheim said. "That's what their general thought is. And it happens. Guys get better."