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NBA Draft 2012: 8 Players the New Jersey Nets Must Have Eyes on This March

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NBA Draft 2012: 8 Players the New Jersey Nets Must Have Eyes on This March
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If the New Jersey Nets do not acquire Dwight Howard at the trade deadline, they should go into tank mode.

With a record of 14-29, they are the sixth-worst team in the league. They're unlikely to make a playoff run but are likely to have a chance at this year's No. 1 overall pick.

While their most pressing need is at small forward, they will draft Kentucky star Anthony Davis with the top pick if they get it. Then, find a way to fit him in their starting five with or without Howard and/or Brook Lopez.

Anthony Davis is not the only star player in the upcoming draft, as there are a few other options at small forward for the Nets, but he's clearly the best player.

If no trade happens, not only will the Nets have their lottery pick, but they will also have the Houston Rockets' lottery protected pick should Houston make the playoffs. With the Minnesota Timberwolves being their main competition and with Ricky Rubio out for the season, it looks like the Rockets will sneak in.

Here is an elite eight of players that the Nets need to keep their eye on.

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