NBA Free Agents 2012: 10 Restricted Free Agents Who Will Make Impact Next Season

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NBA Free Agents 2012: 10 Restricted Free Agents Who Will Make Impact Next Season
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Many members of the deep 2008 draft class are hitting restricted free agency this summer.

Looking back at the 2008 NBA draft four years later, it's amazing to go through the list of draft picks and see just how deep this draft class has turned out to be. 

It's not so much that it's top-heavy with All-Stars like the '03 or '98 drafts. Rather, it's the overall depth of the entire class that's eye-catching. 

Most players drafted in '08 play significant roles on their respective teams. Eight guys taken outside the lottery even started playoff games for their squads this postseason.

That said, there is top-shelf talent headlining this class. Three of the top five picks—Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love—have made an All-NBA first or second team already, and of course, No. 1 overall pick Rose already has an MVP award to his name. Not surprisingly, those three players signed huge contract extensions last offseason.

However, the vast majority of the '08 draft class are about to enter restricted free agency after completing their fourth seasons in the NBA. Although only one of them has been named an All-Star—Roy Hibbert was selected as the requisite representative for a starless Pacers team that finished third in the Eastern Conference—there are plenty of All-Star caliber players and solid starters looking for a substantial pay raise this summer.

Here are 10 restricted free agents who can change a franchise's fortunes next year, beginning with some honorable mentions.

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