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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Bradley Beal Projected To Wizards

As we move close to the 2012 NBA Draft the field starts to become a bit more clear. Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal is projected by some as a Top 5 pick in the upcoming draft and potentially as early as the No. 2 overall pick. In a new mock draft unveiled by Chad Ford of ESPN, Beal is projected to the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards made the first big trade of the offseason, sending Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza. With the deal, the Wizards essentially upgraded their front court -- Okafor will likely be their starting 5, Nene their starting 4 and Ariza their starting 3.

With John Wall running the point, that leaves them with one big hole at the 2. I think this makes Bradley Beal a no-brainer for the Wizards, who are lacking a lights-out perimeter shooter. He's a perfect fit for this new roster.

Beal has had a visit with the Charlotte Bobcats, who hold the No. 2 overall pick, but if Beal falls past the Bobcats it sounds like he would be a perfect fit for the Wizards.

For more information on the NBA Draft, check out the SB Nation NBA Page.

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