The 2012 NBA draft is inching closer and closer, and it’s easily the most exciting time of the offseason for basketball fans.
A fresh crop of elite talent is about to enter the league, and every team with a selection is hoping to turn it into a superstar-caliber player.
Let’s take a look at when and where you can watch this epic event, and point out some of the big-name prospects you must know about.
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
When: Thursday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Davis is the best player in this draft class, and it would be an absolute shocker if he did not go No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Hornets.
He led the Kentucky Wildcats to a national championship, proved he plays the best defense of any prospect in the nation and has a ton of raw athleticism to develop into an offensive game.
This young man is going to be a future superstar in the league and is the definition of a sure thing.
Will Drummond be a serviceable NBA player?
On the other end of the sure-thing spectrum is Andre Drummond. This big UConn product is projected to go in lottery, but that is simply because of his massive size—the one thing an NBA coach cannot teach.
It’ll be interesting to see if Drummond can ever harness his immense body size and raw talent to become a force in the league. He showed little ability during his sole season with the Huskies and has to get better if he does not want the bust label.
Teams have fallen in love with the Florida Gator SG. He’s got the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, the size to repeatedly slash to the rim and the moves to create his own shot.
Beal is going to be a great backcourt mate for one of a number of lottery teams that have solid point guards. He looks like a 20-plus PPG scorer in the NBA and a potential Rookie of the Year candidate.