NBA Draft 2012: 7 Prospects with LeBron James/Kevin Durant Potential

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJune 25, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels walks off of the court after they lost 85-82 against the Florida State Seminoles during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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While the upcoming NBA draft is deep on talent, one thing it may lack up and down the board are franchise-changing players.

There may not be many LeBron James or Kevin Durant-type prospects overall in this draft, but there are some that bring certain LeBron or Durant qualities to potential NBA franchises.

With that being said, here's a look at a few NBA prospects with the type of potential as LBJ and Durant.


Harrison Barnes, North Carolina

Barnes doesn't do much but score, however, down the road, he could become the type of volume scorer whom both James and Durant are.

He averaged 17.1 points per game on the season at North Carolina and has the ability to become a legit No. 1 scoring option in the NBA.


Anthony Davis, Kentucky

Davis is the one true potential franchise-changer in the draft. With the way he can impact the game defensively, it wouldn't surprise me to see Davis have the type of impact a young LeBron had on the Cleveland Cavaliers or the way Durant has impacted the Thunder.


Bradley Beal, Florida

Beal is a guard who can do it all. He has the chance to be the best pure scorer in the draft, which naturally both LBJ and Durant are.

In addition to averaging 14.8 points per game, he's also an outstanding rebounder (6.7 RPG) and defender as well. I feel Beal will be an outstanding NBA player.


Quincy Miller, Baylor

Miller is nowhere near NBA ready but has as much pure talent as anyone in the draft.

He's 6'9" with a 7'4" wingspan, so he has great size for a small forward and is versatile and can score from anywhere on the floor as well.

He's still getting some of the explosiveness back he had in high school before tearing his ACL, but down the road, he has all the tools to be great.


Moe Harkless, St. John's

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06:  Moe Harkless #4 of the St. John's Red Storm in action against the Pittsburgh Panthers during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.  (Ph
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Harkless is a very gifted athlete who also needs time to develop, especially a perimeter shot, but he can score (15.5 PPG) and is an outstanding rebounder (8.6 RPG) as well.

He has nice size and the abilities to become a legit superstar down the road.


Perry Jones III, Baylor

There's no prospect in the draft who has the physical tools that resemble a guy like James or Durant than Baylor's Jones.

He runs like a deer and can jump through the gym, but somehow, someone needs to bring the production out consistently. His skill set says he should be a star. Becoming that type of player is another story altogether.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky

MKG doesn't bring the scoring ability that some of the other prospect bring, especially from the perimeter where he shot only 25 percent on the season in 2012.

What he does bring though is a motor that doesn't quit and true leadership qualities that could mirror a superstar such as LeBron of Durant.

Kidd-Gilchrist is all about winning, and if that means doing it on the defensive end of the floor, then that's how MKG will play the game.

Given his athleticism and work ethic, it wouldn't surprise me to see him become a very good NBA scorer and complete NBA player.