NBA Draft Lottery 2012: Breakdown of Teams Needing to Make a Great Pick
The 2012 NBA Draft Lottery has been announced, and now that we know who is picking where, we're free to begin to analyze who they will and need to pick. Some of these teams desperately need a good draft pick to secure their immediate futures.
While many teams will just be happy to get another player to build around, other teams really, really need to make a good draft pick to either keep a star player, fan base or coach happy. They may also need to simply because they are that bad.
Here are the teams in this draft that desperately need to make an awesome pick.
2. Charlotte Bobcats
It seemed like a forgone conclusion that Anthony Davis would be a Charlotte Bobcat, since they were by far the worst team in the league last season. Now that we know they will probably not have a shot to get him, they need to actually do some research and make a good pick.
Last year's picks of Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo underwhelmed in their first season, and the team didn't have any draft picks in 2010. Those facts only further elevate the pressure on the Bobcats front office.
If GM Rich Cho wants to keep his job and owner Michael Jordan wants to stop being a joke, they both need to pull off a great draft and make this team significantly better moving forward.
5. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings have had lottery picks in every draft since the Chris Webber days.
Well, maybe not, but it certainly seems that way. And have all those lottery picks resulted in more wins? Nope.
DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans and company are teeming with young talent that can't play together and can't play any defense. This team needs to pick a player who can pull the squad together and play some D. If they don't, this team will keep sucking.
8. Toronto Raptors
Despite what you haven't heard, the Toronto Raptors have steadily improved over the last season, especially on the defensive end of the floor. So why, then, do they need to make a great pick?
For the same reason that most fans have no idea that this team improved. No one talks about them!
A great pick would make a big splash for this franchise and possibly even a star. While that will help on the basketball floor, it will also help off of it and get this team some much-needed press.
10. New Orleans
Wait, why would the New Orleans Hornets be here now? Don't they have the first overall pick?
Yes, however, that pick is clearly going to be Anthony Davis, and given how clearly obvious he is as the best choice, there really is no room for a mistake by New Orleans in that pick.
However, the No. 10 pick is completely different.
New Orleans is trying to recover from the Chris Paul departure and the vetoed NBA trade with the Lakers. The team is bad right now, and though Davis is clearly the best in the draft, this pick might make or break the franchise for the next decade.
13. Phoenix Suns
Steve Nash is a great, Hall-of-Fame point guard. He was clearly the biggest reason why Phoenix nearly made the playoffs this past season. And now he's a free agent and may be leaving town.
If Phoenix can draft Nash a really good young player to play with, would he stay? Maybe.
Nash makes everyone around him better, but he can't do it alone. Having someone else to rely on would help the aging star win more.
One thing that is sure, though, is that a bad draft pick will almost guarantee that Nash leaves town. The Suns can't afford that, as it will affect the product on the court and the ticket sales off of it.