There are few times in an NBA season where more focus is on a team's general manager than the draft.
Normally, the GM sits in the background, quietly pulling strings and making deals while most fans focus on the actual product on the court. However, with the season over and most players resting, rehabbing or simply getting away from basketball, all eyes turn to the men in the front office.
From a talent standpoint, the 2012 draft class is one of the best to come around in a long time. There are a slew of extremely gifted players available both in the lottery and in the later first round, but drafting is so often about more than just snagging the best player available. A quality GM will be considering how a player fits within their team's system, whether they have a high ceiling and can continue to grow and even if they simply fill a need on the roster.
Without further ado, let's take a look at how the first round of the draft might shake out if every general manager could get their ideal pick...