NBA Mock Draft 2012: Meyers Leonard Goes No. 12 In Chad Ford's Mock 8.0 At ESPN

The Milwaukee Bucks have been linked to Illinois big man Meyers Leonard plenty of times over the past few weeks, and as the 2012 NBA Draft approaches the connections are only getting stronger. A vast network of mock drafts from around the internet have tied Leonard to the Bucks at No. 12, and at ESPN the prediction has been perpetuated in Chad Ford's NBA Mock Draft 8.0. He projected the Bucks to take the 20-year-old center in his version 7.0 as well, and he sticks with the pick in version 8.0 because Leonard has size and athletic ability to become a dominant big man.


Related: 2012 NBA Mock Draft Meta-Analysis, Vol. 2

Tyler Zeller, the other center Leonard has been competing with to land in the lottery, is headed to the Houston Rockets at No. 14, while Syracuse big man Fab Melo jumped up to No. 18 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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