Now that the 2012 NBA draft order is finally set in stone, all that has to take place now is the NBA draft itself. However, there are many teams that were blessed by the draft lottery this year and will be guaranteed to cash in on their good fortune.
The draft is very important to NBA teams, especially the ones in the lottery. Although being a lottery team does not guarantee that a team will pick the next best player since Michael Jordan, it certainly does not hurt a lottery team's chances in picking a quality player.
So, now that the NBA draft is almost here, read on to find out teams that are guaranteed to cash in on their good fortune.
The Portland Trail Blazers will have two picks in just the first 11 picks of the draft.
With the No. 6 pick overall, Portland can really add a great player to its team. Then just a couple of picks later, the Trail Blazers can add another quality player.
With such a talented draft class, Portland will be completely improving its team with these two picks.
Portland will most likely go with a forward with the No. 6 pick. Expect Portland to pick Harrison Barnes, if he is still available at that point in the draft, which he should be.
Then with the No. 11 overall pick, the Trail Blazers could really go with the best available player, whether that be a center or a point guard.
Surprise, surprise. The New Orleans Hornets are the winners of the 2012 NBA lottery. The prize? How about Anthony Davis.
Davis is the best player going into the draft, and he is the type of player that can turn a team around, no matter how bad it is.
Davis alone would be a very successful draft for any team, but the Hornets also have the No. 10 overall pick.
With this pick, New Orleans could pick up the best passer in the draft in Kendall Marshall, but at this point, they really can't go wrong no matter who they pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have dropped a spot in the NBA draft, but No. 4 isn't bad, especially when a player like Bradley Beal will still likely be available.
Just imagine Beal and Kyrie Irving playing together. These two young guns would most likely make up one of the best backcourts in the entire NBA.
As you may know, Irving kind of won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, and Beal is being compared to players like Ray Allen. With a shot like that, though, who wouldn't be saying that.
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