2012 NBA Mock Draft: Wizards to Take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, According to Chad Ford

With the No. 3 overall pick, the Washington Wizards will have a lot of options. Presumably, they'll be picking from a full pool of players -- except for Anthony Davis and whoever the Charlotte Bobcats take with the No. 2 pick.

In Chad Ford's latest mock draft for ESPN, he has the Bobcats taking Thomas Robinson, the power forward out of Kansas, with the second pick. With two big men off the board -- Davis the other -- Ford sees the Wizards going with Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist:

The Wizards are happy at the No. 3 spot and I continue to hear it will come down to Kidd-Gilchrist or Beal. In this mock, both players are still on the board, so the choice is difficult.

Kidd-Gilchrist would give the Wizards some much-needed toughness and defense at the 3, albeit with a less advanced offensive game. Meanwhile, Beal would give them a dominant 2-guard, who can shoot the basketball, to pair with John Wall. I'm still not sure which way they'll go, but either player would be a very good addition to their roster.

As Ford mentions, Florida's Bradley Beal seems to be the other realistic possibility for Washington.

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