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NBA Draft 2012 Live Stream: How to Keep Up with Thursday's Excitement Online

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  Anthony Davis talks with the media during the news conference in which he announced he will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jessica MarieCorrespondent IIJune 27, 2012

As soon as the Hornets are off the clock on Thursday night, nobody knows what's going to happen. It could be mayhem, which means that if you miss a single second of this year's NBA draft action, you will be totally lost.

Fortunately, that's what live streams are for.

Not that there's anything else to watch except for a few baseball games, but in the event that your TV is tuned elsewhere at 7 p.m. ET on June 28, you can keep up with this year's draft proceedings using ESPN3's live stream.

For a less in-depth but still comprehensive overview of the proceedings, you can keep up using CBSSports.com's Draft Tracker

It's certainly no secret what New Orleans plans to do with its first pick, but after that, everything is up in the air. If Charlotte even holds on to its second overall pick—which it probably won't, according to the rumor mill—there are a handful of players the team is still considering, including Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

It's possible that the Bobcats—who haven't been particularly thrilled with any player except the one that got away to the Hornets—will consider trading down, possibly to acquire Cleveland's No. 4 and No. 24 selections, according to Hoopsworld's Steve Kyler.

That way, the Cavs get the player they desperately want—Bradley Beal—and the Bobcats will likely still be able to get Robinson, as long as Washington sticks with MKG. The Cavs could take a risk and hold on to their picks with the hopes that Beal will still be around at No. 4, but that might be a risk they're not willing to take.

On top of that, the Bobcats will have the opportunity to select another young star—maybe a pure shooter like Doron Lamb or Jeffery Taylor—further down in the first-round order.

It seems like a win-win for everyone, and it will certainly make Thursday's proceedings more exciting.

The Bobcats aren't likely to make a deal until right before the draft, because they want to make sure they've entertained all possible offers and options before deciding on one, which means the first couple of hours of the draft are going to be crazy, in the best possible way.

Just make sure you're on time, 7 p.m. sharp.  


Projected Top 10 in 2012 NBA Draft

  1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky
  2. Charlotte Bobcats: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
  3. Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, G, Florida
  5. Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
  6. Portland Trail Blazers: Andre Drummond, C, UConn
  7. Golden State Warriors: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
  8. Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
  9. Detroit Pistons: Perry Jones III, PF, Baylor
  10. New Orleans Hornets: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina

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