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NBA Draft 2012: Comparing Every First-Round Pick to an NBA Legend
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Will NCAA champion Anthony Davis be the next Hakeem Olajuwon, or the next Michael Olowokandi?

With the NCAA championship trophy back in Lexington, Ky., players and fans alike turn their eyes to the 2012 NBA Draft. With so much talent across the board, NBA executives should be excited about the potential stars they will be adding to their franchises.

But who will these players resemble?

With the NBA season still winding (or grinding, depending on who you are cheering for) down, and the unpredictable lottery selection process still ahead, the placement of each player is not the focal point of this list.

Rather, the focus is on the NBA legends that these projected first-round selections resemble—with some luck and a lot of hard work. Some are going to be busts, or perhaps marginal role players, but who is interested in talking about those comparisons?

Let's shoot for the All-Stars. Let the debate begin!

(NBA purists, forgive me.)

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