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2012 Raptors Republic Mock Draft: Fan Edition - 7th Overall Pick

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    With the 7th Pick in the 2012 Raptors Republic Mock Draft, the Golden State Warriors select.....


    2011-12 NCAA Statistics

    PPG: 14.0
    RPG: 7.7
    FG%: 50.0

    •Versatile forward can do it all
    •Great size, length, athleticism
    •Elite leaping ability
    •Runs the floor like a deer
    •Can score from anywhere on the floor
    •Good rebounder

    •Plays hard but can be passive
    •Doesn't dominate the way his talent suggests
    •Very uneven in his performance

    Analysis, as per ESPN scouts

    Jones is going to look terrific in individual workouts. There are very few players in this or any draft who can do the things he does at his size. A team could easily fall in love with his potential and make him a top-5 pick. George fell all the way to No. 10 on draft night and virtually every team that passed on him now regrets it. If we were to do over the 2010 draft today, he'd be the second or third player off the board.

    What is less clear is whether a position change will improve Jones' motor and overall mental toughness. He disappeared for long stretches during Baylor's season and shied away from contact. Was Jones just unhappy with his role at Baylor and therefore not as engaged as he could've been? Or is there something deeper in his personality that saps the competitive edge out of him?

    In many ways he reminded me of another unusually big wing -- Paul George. George measured 6-foot-10 in Indiana Pacers training camp and played the 2 and 3 all season for Indiana. Both are excellent athletes who are comfortable putting the ball on the floor and pulling up for jumpers. Both players were accused of not dominating the game during their two seasons in college. George didn't even make first-team All-WAC as a sophomore.