2012 NBA Lottery Results: Ranking Teams That Need to Trade into Top 5

Haddon AndersonAnalyst IMay 31, 2012

2012 NBA Lottery Results: Ranking Teams That Need to Trade into Top 5

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    Certain teams are disgruntled about where they fell in the lottery and desire to be higher. Other teams may simply have their eye on a specific player and are willing to pay a steep price to get him.

    Whatever the case, there are a handful of teams who should strongly consider trading into the top five to land their most touted prospect. One player can change the face of a franchise, and this slideshow analyzes which teams should be willing to pay the price to nab one of the draft's premier players.

    Here are rankings for which teams should trade into the top five. These teams would be foolish to not explore potential deals that would situate them in the opening stage of the 2012 Draft.

5. Milwaukee Bucks

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    The Milwaukee Bucks have the 12th pick in this year's draft, but they would be wise to consider trade scenarios to move into the top five.

    Why?

    They are in need of frontcourt help and Thomas Robinson or Andre Drummond would be ideal fits. However, such a blockbuster deal could cost them either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings.

    But are Ellis and Jennings even a good match? Two trigger happy guards doesn't necessarily equal victories. It could be wise for them to send Jennings in a deal to a team like Sacramento, who could package the fifth pick and potentially a contributor such as Isaiah Thomas. 

    If the Bucks could land this pick and nab Robinson or Drummond, their front line would be greatly bolstered and their team would become much more well-balanced.

4. Toronto Raptors

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    The Raptors have the eighth pick, but it's in their best interest to at least explore moving into the top five. 

    They, like the Bucks, could be greatly bolstered by the addition of either Robinson or Drummond, who should both be off the board by the No. 8 pick.

    The Raptors have experimented with different big men next to offensively skilled Andrea Bargnani, but none have shown substantial promise.

    Robinson or Drummond would help solidify their frontcourt and create plenty of hype for the future.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

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    The 76ers are an interesting team to include on this list. They are a team on the rise who already has some quality pieces. However, they need much more help if they're ever going to become a title contender.

    They could particularly use help in their frontcourt, as the futures of both Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes are uncertain.

    If they are willing to part ways with Andre Iguodala, they could potentially sneak into the top five and add Robinson or Drummond. 

    But they'll likely have to outbid other teams who are vying to move up for one of these promising bigs.

2. Utah Jazz

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    The Utah Jazz do not possess a first round pick, but if they're willing to part ways with Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap, they could find themselves in the top five.

    They should specifically target Florida guard Bradley Beal, who has loads of upside and would fill a major void in Utah's backcourt.

    If the Jazz could land Beal, they would boast one of the better young cores in the league. Even if they lost Jefferson, they still have a couple quality young big men on the bench, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, who appear ready to fill any such void.

1. Portland Trail Blazers

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    The Blazers have two picks within the lottery (No. 6, No. 11), enabling them some leverage to survey potential trades.

    What if they packaged both of their picks to Washington for the No. 3 overall pick (as well as another contributor), where they would select Bradley Beal?

    Landing Beal would give them a potential superstar guard to team next to All-Star big man LaMarcus Aldridge. The Blazers are very much in need of versatility in their backcourt, and they aren't going to find anyone nearly as skilled as Beal at the number No. 6 and 11 picks.

    The Blazers, more than anyone, could improve their squad immensely by moving up, and they have the trade bait to get such a deal done.