2012 NBA Mock Draft: Bradley Beal To Wizards In Latest SB Nation Projection

March 24, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal (23, right) shoots the ball against Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware (23, left) during the first half in the finals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Many recent NBA mock drafts have the Washington Wizards selecting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist over Bradley Beal with the No. 3 pick, but Tom Ziller's latest on SBNation.com is an exception. Ziller writes that the Wizards will end up with Beal and that Kidd-Gilchrist will slide down to No. 5.

SI.com's Sam Amick did a quick survey of front office types on the most popular prospect behind Davis, and Beal actually tied Robinson with six votes, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist falling behind. The Wizards' desperate need for shooting help -- the one thing that could make John Wall look better instantly -- and Beal's top-line promise should help make this choice for Washington.

It's important to note that Ziller's mock is a "best guess," whereas the mocks of several others top sites, while also guesses, rely more on sourced information. Given the misinformation campaigns that happen from teams this time of year, you could argue either approach is the more accurate one. Just something to keep in mind.

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