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article imageKentucky Derby: Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist go 1-2 at NBA draft

By David Stern     Jun 29, 2012 in Sports
Newark - On a day where the NBA should be making headlines, it was the NCAA champion Kentucky Wildcats stealing the show at the 2012 NBA draft.
It came as no surprise that college standout Anthony Davis was taken by the New Orleans Hornets with the number one pick in the draft. Following the former Kentucky Wildcat center, was college teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who was taken by the Charlotte Bobcats 2nd overall.
The Wildcats became the first school to have the top two picks taken first and second overall, while tying a record for having six players drafted Thursday night. Other Wildcat's drafted included, Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets), Marquis Teague (Chicago Bulls), Doron Lamb (Milwaukee Bucks), and Darius Miller (New Orleans Hornets). Kentucky Coach, John Calipari was beaming after the draft saying, Somebody told me they are going to call it the Blue Room instead of the Green Room.
Unlike previous drafts, this one appeared to be short of surprises with most players landing in positions where they were slotted to go. Notable draft picks included, 3rd overall pick Bradley Beal to the Washington Wizards, 4th overall pick Dion Waiters to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 5th overall pick Thomas Robinson to the Sacramento Kings and 7th pick Harrison Barnes to the Golden State Warriors.
Other than the Wildcats, the biggest winner of the draft seems to be the New Orleans Hornets. Not only did they snag top prospect Anthony Davis, but they were also able to get star guard from Duke, Austin Rivers with the 10th pick. After trading Chris Paul back in December, the Hornets have now built a solid core of young players with Davis and Rivers joining former Clipper Eric Gordon.
The few surprises in the draft included the Toronto Raptors selection of Terrence Ross with the 8th pick and Baylor's top forward Perry Jones III falling all the way down to the Oklahoma City Thunder at the pick number 28.
Not too many trades went down, however the NBA champion Miami Heat made a move with the Philadelphia 76ers trading their 27th overall selection Arnett Moultrie for the rights to LSU center Justin Hamilton and a future first round pick.
The focus now turns to free agency on July 1st, as teams look to shore up the missing pieces on their teams that they failed to address in this years draft.
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