NBA Draft 2012: Which Projected First-Round Picks Will Flame Out?

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NBA Draft 2012: Which Projected First-Round Picks Will Flame Out?
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NBA franchises that draft well in the first round tend to be the ones that are more successful in the long run.

Just look at the San Antonio Spurs, their four leading scorers were all acquired via the draft. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard were all chosen in the first round, while Manu Ginobili was taken with the 28th pick in the second round. 

It is no surprise that the Spurs had an excellent season, they consistently draft players that fit their system and teach their draftees how to play Spurs basketball.  For the most part, they  avoided picking players that flamed out, which contributed to their continued success.

The Spurs also found success late in the first round, as Parker was chosen with the 28th pick in 2001 and Leonard with the 15th pick in last year's draft. 

Unfortunately, not every first round selection makes it in the NBA. Sometimes it seems like specific teams wind up drafting more busts than others. 

Becoming a consistent performer as an NBA player is very difficult, and much of a player's success is determined by the situation and system that they are put into. 

Players on this list could go on to have very good NBA careers, but if they are not drafted into a favorable situation then all bets are off. 

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