2012 NBA Mock Draft: Which 1st-Round Picks Will Make an Immediate Impact?

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Which 1st-Round Picks Will Make an Immediate Impact?
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With the 2012 NBA draft fast approaching, now is as good a time as any to start looking at which prospects are going to be the real deal in their rookie season. 

Obviously, there are a handful of guys who can transform a team the minute they step on the court, but there are also going to be some under-the-rader players who find ways to contribute.

The biggest thing we need to look at here is which skills translate best to the NBA. On the surface, great defenders, shot-blockers and rebounders excel immediately. The same could be said for natural athletes and the speedsters. Some prospects, however, have other talents that take longer to develop.

In this updated mock draft, we will explore how soon the projected first-round picks will actually be able to contribute to the teams that drafts them, and how exactly they will accomplish this. 

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