NBA Draft 2012: 5 Maverick GMs Who Will Shock the NBA on Thursday

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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Maverick GMs Who Will Shock the NBA on Thursday
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For NBA general managers, the draft is easily one of the most stressful and scrutinized parts of their jobs. For the entire season, the GM takes a back seat to the coach and the team, but once the draft rolls around, all eyes shift to the front office.

While most are content to make the logical picks and to go about their business, there are always a few GMs who are willing to defy expectations and make bold moves for the sake of advancing their franchise. Knowing that the initial reaction may not be positive, they are willing to ignore what may be the obvious or easy decision in order to try and make a significant upgrade to their team.

There are a few of these every year, and the 2012 draft should be no exception. Teams, ranging from those with a pair of lottery picks to those with none in the first round, will be looking to make radical moves in order to improve their ball clubs.

Let's take a look at a few GMs who may be making some surprising moves come draft night.

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