NBA Draft 2012: How Many All-Stars Will Come from This Draft Class?
The 2012 NBA draft is considered one that's very deep on talent and is one of the rare drafts where first-round talent will be falling into the second round.
Yet, while there are a lot of potentially good players in this draft class, how many realistic All-Stars will this class ultimately produce.
Realistically some of the guys picked higher up in the draft won't live up to potential and some late-round picks will become some very productive NBA players.
Not everyone can make the All-Star team every year, so projecting exactly how many future All-Stars we will see becomes a very difficult task. With that being said, here's an early look at how I had projected this draft class to pan out.
In my opinion, there are three can't-miss guys who have future All-Star written all over them, and that's Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Then I have a long list of players who I like a lot that I could see becoming All-Stars in the future if everything goes right for them.
How many All-Stars will the 2012 draft class produce?
That list includes: Thomas Robinson, Jeremy Lamb, Harrison Barnes, Austin Rivers, Terrence Ross, Perry Jones, Damian Lillard and Kendall Marshall. Let's say half of these guys pan out and reach their potential, and that gives us four more future All-Stars.
Then you have the guys that aren't quite NBA-ready but have a ton of potential and upside. That list includes: Tony Wroten, Moe Harkless, Andre Drummond, Andrew Nicholson, Dion Waiters, Arnett Moultrie, Quincy Miller and Royce White.
These guys usually become good NBA players or busts. But let's say one of them becomes a star. That gives us another All-Star in the making and a total of eight so far.
Next you have a group of guys that include: Terrence Jones, Jared Sullinger John Henson, Tyler Zeller and others that may have steady NBA careers and put together that one very good year that gets them voted into the All-Star Game.
That's bound to happen to one of these guys, so that makes it nine total so far.
Finally, there's usually a guy drafted in the second round that ends up having a great NBA career, making a few All-Star games in the process. Anyone is really a candidate here, but Kevin Jones, Drew Gordon and Will Barton are potential second-round picks that could end up having All-Star caliber careers.
That gives us 10 future All-Stars from the Class of 2012.
That may seem like a very high number, but this is a very talented draft class and could produce some excellent future NBA players.
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