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NBA Draft 2012: 6 Players Who Will Be Surprise Lottery Picks
Washington shooting guard Terrence Ross

We know the "big names" of the 2012 NBA Draft.

It's safe to say that Anthony Davis will go to New Orleans as the top pick, and it won't be much longer after that before Thomas Robinson, Brad Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes come off the board.

However, once ten or so picks have been made, the name recognition among most fans will begin to diminish.

The NBA Draft Lottery took place on Wednesday night, in which the order of the first 14 picks was revealed.

Some well-known players will be drafted higher than most expect, while several "surprise" names will likely sneak into the lottery.

Although many of the NBA's star players were drafted in the top five, there's always a handful of players selected a little later that make an immediate impact as rookies.

In last year's draft, Denver got more than they could have hoped for when they used the 22nd pick on Morehead State, big man Kenneth Faried. Faried started 39 of 46 games as a rookie and averaged a double-double in the Nuggets' seven game series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Prior to Faried coming off the board, Kawhi Leonard was selected 15th overall, one pick after the "lottery" had ended.

Leonard has proven to be a perfect fit with the selfless, team-first San Antonio Spurs.

Who could be the "hidden gems" of this year's Draft? Let's take a look.

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