The 2012 NBA Draft is light on top-tier point guards, yet Damian Lillard is someone nearly every draft expert feels good about at this point in the process. The NBA Draft Combine in Chicago could change how teams feel about some late-lottery prospects and tweeners, but Lillard is a top-10 pick on most sites thanks to a solid knack for scoring and superb averages of 24.5 points per game on 47 percent shooting and 41 percent from three-point range in 2012 for Weber State.
ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb recently rated Lillard as the eighth-best prospect in the class, but SB Nation's Tom Ziller has the intriguing PG coming off the board even earlier in his latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft.
After Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes and Thomas Robinson come off the board (in that exact order), the Portland Trail Blazers are projected to snatch up Lillard with the No. 6 overall pick. That probably marks the best-case-scenario for the Weber St. product, as fellow PG prospect Kendall Marshall is lurking behind him at No. 8 in Ziller's projections.