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2012 NBA Lottery Results: Top Players Doomed to Star for Terrible Teams

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 09:  Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators looks to pass the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide during their quarterfinal game in the 2012 SEC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2012

While the New Orleans Hornets are beyond lucky to be selecting No. 1 overall in the 2012 NBA draft, Anthony Davis, the expected No. 1 pick, is lucky to be heading there.

It's true that the Hornets were decimated by the Chris Paul trade, but they do have two Top 10 picks to build on, as well as a potential superstar in Eric Gordon.

As bad as things were last season, this team should be able to retool quickly. They should not wallow at the bottom of the league for too long.

The same cannot be said for the likes of the Charlotte Bobcats, who couldn't shoot their way out of a paper bag. Nor for the Washington Wizards, who continually struggle to surround John Wall with talent.

This year's draft class has a number of potential superstars, but a few of them will be doomed to a career with terrible teams.


Bradley Beal, Florida

There is a slight chance that Beal falls out of the top three, but he's more than likely going to come off the board at No. 2 or No. 3 to the Bobcats or Wizards.

Charlotte easily sports the worst starting lineup in all of basketball. They have very little to build with as well.

Last year's first-round lottery duo of Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker has turned out only one starter thus far—Bismack—and that is because they simply don't have anyone worth playing down low.

The Bobcats are expected to look at three players with the second pick in Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes.

MKG has superstar potential, but the Bobcats truly need someone that can score the basketball at will. Scoring is the Kentucky forward's weakness.

Beal and Barnes, on the other hand, are proven scorers with range superstar potential.

The UNC connection between owner Michael Jordan and Barnes is undeniable, but Beal is the better overall prospect.

If the Bobcats do pass on Beal, he falls into the laps of the Wizards who are looking for a running mate alongside John Wall. MKG fits their system better, but Beal is a much better player off the ball. He gives Wall someone he can trust.

Unfortunately for Beal, neither team is ready to make big strides this season or in the coming seasons. For at least the duration of his rookie contract, Beal is more than likely doomed  to star for a bad team.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

Plain and simple, if MKG doesn't go No. 2 overall he'll go No. 3 overall.

MKG would be a fantastic running mate for Wall as the Kentucky freshman loves to get out and run. While he'd help this team tremendously, they still have a ton of work to do before being considered relevant.

As for the Bobcats, that would just be a mistake and a tough draw for MKG.


Thomas Robinson, Kansas

The older Jayhawk could come off the board at No. 2 or No. 3, but he's likely going to slip through to the Sacramento Kings at No. 5.

Cleveland, at No. 4, is not in the market for his position this year.

We already know plenty about the struggles of the Bobcats and Wizards, should he go at No. 2 or No. 3, but the Kings aren't in a great place either.

The club has struggled to find the right combination of players and have let their star, Tyreke Evans, play out of position for far too long. Their second-round pick from last year, Isaiah Thomas, is starting over their first-round pick from last year at point guard.

Jason Thompson's numbers have declined in each of the past three seasons since he entered the league. DeMarcus Cousins is DeMarcus Cousins—he's developing but it is a struggle from time to time.

This team has talent, but they simply don't know what to do with it. If Robinson lands here it will be trouble for him early on.


1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn)

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota)

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Sun

14. Houston Rockets

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