NBA Draft 2012: Perry Jones III and 8 Prospects Desperate Teams Must Gamble on

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NBA Draft 2012: Perry Jones III and 8 Prospects Desperate Teams Must Gamble on
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The NBA Draft is one of the best ways for a team to either add onto a very good core or begin the process of turning into a winner. If a team can hit on its draft picks, it can literally go from loser to contender in just a couple short years. But the draft is also a big risk. 

Just about every pick is a gamble, and every year a team loses a golden opportunity gambling on a player that doesn't pan out. 

Sure, there are the "can't miss" prospects, like Anthony Davis this year. All indications are, unless something unforeseen happens to him, Davis will be ready to make a big impact in the NBA from the minute he puts on a uniform. 

But there are only going to be a couple teams that are in position to select these "can't miss" players. For the rest of the league, the draft is about finding players who have the character, work ethic and talent to become good or great players in the future. 

Perry Jones III pretty much leads the way for players who could turn out to be great in the NBA, but they're not sure-fire prospects. The really great teams are the ones who hit on players like Jones, who has tremendous potential, but also the potential to flop. 

The upcoming draft is exceptionally deep with these players. These players weren't just role players on their college teams, like you'll often see in the second round of the draft. These players were stud college players who had big success at the NCAA level or in Europe. 

This is a list of 10 players in the upcoming draft who have the potential to be great for whatever team takes the gamble and selects them.

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