NBA Draft 2012: 7 Non-Lottery Picks Who Can Be This Year's Kawhi Leonard

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NBA Draft 2012: 7 Non-Lottery Picks Who Can Be This Year's Kawhi Leonard
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Kawhi Leonard had a huge impact on a serious contender in his rookie season.

The rosters of NBA teams are littered with players who attended college at schools like UCLA, North Carolina, Kentucky and Connecticut. 

The big schools get the big recruits who go on to become the big stars of the NBA. 

Not always though. Sometimes a player comes from a lesser-known college program and outshines his big-name school peers. 

When Kawhi Leonard was chosen 15th overall in the 2011 NBA draft, expectations were only so high for the star of upstart San Diego State. 

Yet as the conference finals near their conclusion, only one other member of the 2011 draft class is getting any sort of playing time: Norris Cole of the Heat, who is averaging nine minutes a game during the playoffs. 

Kawhi Leonard? He's averaging nearly three times that amount. A whopping 26 minutes per game for the San Antonio Spurs. 

Leonard also was part of the NBA's All-Rookie first team. 

Are there some Kawhi Leonard types of players lurking on the outskirts of the lottery in the 2012 NBA draft? 

There might be. 

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