How NBA Draft Lottery Prospects Match Up Against Superstars at Their Positions

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How NBA Draft Lottery Prospects Match Up Against Superstars at Their Positions
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Adjusting to the rigors of the pro game is just one of a litany of challenges facing this year's crop of college basketball stars slated for big paydays at Thursday's NBA Draft.

As is the case with all high-profile rookies, the cream of the crop in the class of 2012 will spend their inaugural seasons fighting through growing pains (especially those, like Anthony Davis, who might actually still be growing), figuring out how to survive the grind of playing 82 games against fully-formed men and, from time to time, measuring themselves against the best in the sport.

In all likelihood, the top newcomers would have as rough a go as any opposite MVPs, All-NBA performers and future Hall-of-Famers. But who knows? Maybe the latest superstars-in-the-making will hold their own against the league's elite.

Or not.

In any case, here are my predictions of how the best prospects at each position would match up against their preeminent pro counterparts.

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