NBA Draft 2012: 10 Prospects That NBA GMs Must Roll the Dice on

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2012

NBA Draft 2012: 10 Prospects That NBA GMs Must Roll the Dice on

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    The NBA Draft is filled with high-profile college basketball players.

    This year's draft is one of the deepest there has ever been, and with all the talk surrounding Anthony Davis, some people have forgotten about other prospects who have the ability to make a team relevant once again.

    There are those who feel some picks are guaranteed to succeed, while other teams stay away from those considered risky.

    Sometimes it can be tough adjusting from the college game to the pros, but here are 10 players who will make G.M.'s look very good if they decide to draft them.

Dion Waiters

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    Even though he came off the bench at Syracuse, Dion Waiters still managed to put up over 12 points a game.

    Whatever team drafts him will be getting consistent scoring and quality play.

    Last season, Waiters had a nine-game streak of double digit scoring. Not bad for someone coming off the bench.

    His durability will be brought into question since he was never a starter at Syracuse, but perhaps he will be best used as a sixth man when he's drafted.

    Either way, he's worth it.

Damian Lillard

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    Damian Lillard is expected to go as high as No. 6 in the draft to Portland. That's a surprisingly high pick for a kid that dominated a weak Big Sky Conference.

    Strength of schedule aside, Lillard absolutely crushed his competition last year.

    His lowest point total in any game was 14, and he scored at least 30 points eight times.

    Whoever drafts him will be getting a guy who knows how to put up a lot of points. Lillard finished second in the NCAA in scoring last season and shot an outstanding 40 percent from behind the arc.

    He is also deadly from the free throw line (88.7 percent), a stat that will intrigue G.M.'s.

Moe Harkless

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    Freshmen entering the draft are always hit-or-miss, simply for the fact they don't have much experience.

    Moe Harkless is a freshman that absolutely dominated the almighty Big East Conference last year averaging 15.3 PPG and 8.6 RPG.

    He consistently put up impressive numbers and was the only bright spot for St. John's in 2012.

    Its been said he may go as high as No. 16 to Houston, but it wouldn't be surprising if he ended up higher than that.

    If Steve Nash decides to leave the Suns, Harkless could be the young guy that keeps fans happy in Phoenix.

Kendall Marshall

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    Kendall Marshall is one of the most complete point guards in the NBA Draft in terms of skills and intuition.

    In his sophomore season at North Carolina, Marshall averaged nearly 10 assists per game and put up giant numbers against ACC powerhouses Duke and Florida St.

    A fractured wrist towards the end of the year prevented Marshall and the Tar Heels from winning the NCAA Tournament, and teams will be weary of how well he's recovered from it.

    He won the 2012 Bob Cousy Award for the nation's top point guard. Teams will definitely be paying attention to that.

Meyers Leonard

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    A seven-footer who can score and rebound. What team wouldn't want that?

    Meyers Leonard was third in the Big Ten in rebounds and and field goal percentage last season, while also leading the conference in blocks.

    Although he struggled at times against some of the higher quality teams in the Big Ten, Leonard made his presence known wherever he played.

    13.6 PPG and 8.2 RPG will impress any team looking for a big man.

    Chances are he'll be taken by Milwaukee at No. 12 or Houston at No. 14.

Terrence Jones

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    Even though he only made the Second All-SEC team, Terrence Jones put up a solid 12.3 points and 7.2 boards per game.

    Jones, who was the 2012 SEC Preseason Player of the Year, also averaged nearly two block a game and his 6'9'', 252 pound frame will create havoc for anyone who tries to drive on him.

    He's only a sophomore, but he's played on college basketball's biggest stage, and has a national championship to his name.

    Jones averaged 15 PPG in the SEC Tournament and was a pivotal part of Kentucky's national championship run.

Tyler Zeller

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    UNC's Tyler Zeller may be the most experienced center in this year's draft.

    He won a national championship with the Tar Heels in 2009 and has been their dominant force in the post for the last three seasons.

    Zeller averaged 16.5 PPG and 9.3 RPG in his senior season at UNC and had only two bad games all season.

    He finished final season as the ACC Player of the Year and was an Academic All-American.

    His free throw percentage, just over 80 percent his senior year, also makes him a hot commodity for any team looking to draft a center.

    Zeller's 7', 245-pound frame gives him great NBA size and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him taken in the top 10.

Arnett Moultrie

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    With a 6'11'' 235-pound frame, Arnett Moultrie has the size and the quickness to hang with the best big men in this year's draft.

    He's also a big man with a deadly shot.

    Moultrie averaged 55 percent from the floor last season and what may be even more impressive was his 44.4 percent from behind the arc.

    He also led the SEC in rebounding.

    That's right, Moultrie's 10.5 RPG was even better than Anthony David.

    He also averaged 36 minutes per game, making him one of the most durable big men on the board.

Austin Rivers

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    Austin Rivers comes equipped with the skills and knowledge of the NBA. As the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, the pressure will mount on him to see if he can succeed in the pros.

    Rivers got the nation's attention during his freshman season at Duke by averaging 15.4 PPG and winning ACC Rookie of the Year.

    Although he has a problem with turning the ball over, he still has the potential to become a great point guard in the NBA.

    If the Hornets take Anthony Davis at No. 1 as expected, Rivers would be a nice fit for them if he's still available at No. 10.

Fab Melo

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    Anyone that averages nearly three blocks a game has to be on every team's radar.

    Fab Melo is no exception.

    The Syracuse big man didn't have the most impressive stats in terms of scoring and rebounding, but his ability to block the ball and play shut down defense will appeal to any team looking to draft him.

    Melo had 11 games with at least four blocks, including his 10 block night against Seton Hall.

    He has room to improve offensively, but teams can still fall back on his ability to keep the other team from scoring.