NBA Draft 2012: Teams That Must Nail 1st-Round Pick

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NBA Draft 2012: Teams That Must Nail 1st-Round Pick
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NBA franchises drafting with lottery picks need players like Anthony Davis to become stars, or they will always be looking up at the top teams in the league.

Every team in the NBA draft wants to avoid picking a bust, but teams drafting in the lottery need to cash in a winning ticket.

Failing to select a stud in the first round of the NBA draft means more mediocrity for the league's bottom feeders.

Save parity for the NFL. The NBA is a star-driven league run by dynasties.

The NBA draft is the only shot for teams outside the elite to acquire that star power necessary to compete. There's a reason LeBron James didn't assemble his "Big 3" in Charlotte and took his talents to South Beach instead. Don't expect any other big-ticket free agents to set up camp on a losing squad, either.

Jeremy Lin proved to everyone that not all impact players are drafted at all, much less in the first round. But the lottery is still where most franchise fish swim. Here are seven NBA teams that must land a big one to have any hope of reversing their recent lack of fortune.

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