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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Veterans Who Will Lose Their Starting Jobs to a Lottery Pick

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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Veterans Who Will Lose Their Starting Jobs to a Lottery Pick
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The 2012 NBA Draft will infuse rosters with new blood, beginning one player's career while altering, diminishing or even finishing another's.

The basketball circle of life is about to begin spinning again.

This year's lottery has enough depth to ensure nearly all selections at that level get major minutes and/or a tangible role.

Yet, not every rookie can gain early traction. Even fewer can immediately mesh the needed physical AND mental development to their undeniable talent.

In many ways, getting drafted is the easy part. Veteran players know what's at stake. After all, they took somebody else's job to get where they are too.

Most are not about to give up their earnings so easily.

This article isn't about those newbies who will get a starting gig simply for lack of a better option. Rather, these are the lottery-bound rookies whose talent is overwhelming, whose drive will be undeniable or whose competition is weak enough.

They're going to eat the dog. 

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