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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Which First-Rounders Could Be Huge Busts?

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Which First-Rounders Could Be Huge Busts?
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The NBA draft is just over two weeks away, and the one thing every team wants to avoid is wasting its pick on a player who can’t cut it in the NBA. For every Kyrie Irving who justifies a No. 1 selection with a stellar rookie season, there’s a Hasheem Thabeet—a former No. 2 overall draftee who still hasn’t totaled as many minutes in three seasons as Irving played last year.

One of the biggest question marks in this year's lottery is Weber State star Damian Lillard. There’s no denying Lillard’s college dominance, but the jump from playing against Sacramento State and Northern Colorado to facing the Thunder or the Bulls is a challenge even he might not be equipped to handle.

Herein, a look at how the entire first round’s worth of picks might shake out on June 28th, with some special attention paid to the players who run the biggest risk of imploding at the next level.

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