NBA Draft Lottery 2012: 10 Prospects with the Highest Bust Potential

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NBA Draft Lottery 2012: 10 Prospects with the Highest Bust Potential
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With the NBA draft lottery looming, every team is doing meticulous research, scouring video footage and watching for any apparent red flags as they try to figure out which available player will make the best addition to their ballclub.

There is nothing worse than drafting a player whom teams feel confident can develop into a superstar or at least a valuable starter, only to watch as they struggle to adjust to the league.

This draft class in particular seems to have a slew of players who are capable of floundering at the NBA level. Whether they do not possess the physical tools to be dominant, do not have the mindset nor work ethic to succeed or are simply not ready to be professional athletes, these college stars are certainly worth a thorough scouting job before a team makes a serious commitment to them.

Blowing a first-round draft pick on a bust can set a franchise back for years, and it is a serious possibility for several teams looking to rebuild through the draft.

Here, I've put together 10 players who have very high bust potential, both because of where they will likely be drafted and problems with their respective game. Though some of them could end up being the faces of the NBA's next generation, they could also end up as nothing more than role-players or benchwarmers when all is said and done.

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