2012 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Sees Milwaukee Nabbing Meyers Leonard

The Milwaukee Bucks are projected to draft Illinois center Meyers Leonard with the 12th overall pick in Chad Ford's latest mock draft for ESPN. This isn't the first time that Leonard has been tied to Milwaukee in a mock draft from a major publication, so there may be some legitimate steam behind Leonard's reportedly improving stock.

Here's what Ford wrote:

The Bucks gambled a few years ago on Brandon Jennings and it paid off big time. At this point in the draft, Leonard is risky but could have huge upside. The Bucks really need a center after trading Andrew Bogut to the Warriors at the trade deadline. Leonard is a work in progress, but has the size and athletic ability to be a dominant big man down the road.

For now, the Bucks are a team that's clearly built around Jennings and Monta Ellis, the player Milwaukee acquired for Bogut. They're both guards, though, so it's highly likely that the Bucks go for a big man with their first round pick this year. Given that Leonard has reportedly impressed in workouts, he could go surprisingly high.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of Illini basketball, head over to Hail to the Orange. And for more from around the world of college hoops, check out SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub. For additional news, notes and analysis from around the NBA, visit SB Nation's NBA news hub.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Chicago

You must be a member of SB Nation Chicago to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Chicago. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.