As the ping-pong balls bounced around at the NBA lottery in late May, it was widely believed that the first overall pick in the draft would go to the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats. That is, until the New Orleans Hornets leapfrogged all the way to No. 1, all but guaranteeing that Kentucky star Anthony Davis would soon make his way to the Bayou.
A group with very little to celebrate during the regular season, the Hornets could very well have the most to gain of all the teams participating in the draft on Thursday night.
Also looking to hit the jackpot are the Portland Trail Blazers—yes, those same Blazers who took Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan and Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. Despite their past struggles, the Blazers should be able to significantly improve their current squad with two early first-round selections.
Then, you have the veteran Boston Celtics, who were oh-so-close to making the 2012 NBA Finals but fell at the hands of the eventual champion Miami Heat. With two picks coming late in the first round, the C's must add some young talent as Father Time rears his ugly head.
Find out what these teams have to gain, as NBA contributors Will Leivenberg and Rollin Herold break down the 2012 NBA draft.
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