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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.

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