NBA Mock Draft 2012: Kings Select Florida's Bradley Beal

Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick has released his latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft, and has the Sacramento Kings selecting one of the most coveted guards in this year's draft by taking shooting guard Bradley Beal out of the University of Florida.

Below in Amick's complete take on Beal and how he fits within the Kings' scheme:

PICK TEAM POSITION PLAYER CLASS HEIGHT WEIGHT
5 SG
Bradley Beal
Florida
Fr. 6-5 202
This space was initially reserved for North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, in part because he's the kind of proven, reliable talent that the Kings appear to be homing in on but also because I have reason to believe they like him quite a bit as a possible frontcourt partner to franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins. But the Beal appeal was ultimately too strong. Passing on him could wind up being the sort of move that haunts any executive -- in this case Sacramento president Geoff Petrie -- for years to come. But if this is how it shakes out, it will be complicated. As I mentioned, Beal has no current interest in working out for Sacramento and thus might not want to be there. What's more, the Kings have plenty of perimeter scorers -- Marcus Thornton, Tyreke Evans, John Salmons, Jimmer Fredette -- and drafting Beal would likely force them to shuffle the deck in other ways. Other possibilities here, with looming workouts expected to play a part: Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones, Baylor power forward Perry Jones, North Carolina power forward John Henson, Connecticut center Andre Drummond and Weber State point guard Damian Lillard.

You can view the rest of Amick's 2012 NBA Mock Draft right here.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Sacramento Kings, head on over to the best blog anywhere, Sactown Royalty. For more on the NBA Draft in general, make sure that you check out SB Nation's NBA hub.

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