By the end of the day on Thursday, the Houston Rockets might hold every pick in the NBA draft, but until then, let's assume that there will still be at least a handful of teams welcoming tomorrow's superstars to the next level.
The day of reckoning for the 2012 prospects has finally arrived, and by about midnight tonight, we'll know the fates of this year's most highly-touted prospects. Here's all the information you need regarding where to find a live stream so you don't miss a single minute of this year's NBA draft action. If you do, you might miss the moment when Houston steals your team's pick, too.
When: Thursday, June 28 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, N.J.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Top Storylines on Draft Day
The Rockets Are Trading for Everything
By the time 7 p.m. arrives, the Rockets may have no actual players and an abundance of draft picks.
That's an overstatement, but the Rockets do have their fingers crossed that if they hoard enough picks, it might be enough to compel the Magic to deal them Dwight Howard.
Houston began with the 14th and 16th selections in this year's draft, and this week, they traded up for the Bucks' No. 12 selection, sacrificing Shaun Livingston, Jon Leur and Jon Brockman to the cause. On top of that, they traded Chase Budinger for Minnesota's 18th overall selection.
Now, they have three picks in between 10-20 in the draft order, and according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, they're stockpiling in the hopes of getting the Magic to pull the trigger on Superman.
It might not work out with the Magic, but maybe the three draft picks will be enough to get Pau Gasol, whom the Rockets tried to acquire back in December.
The Bobcats Are Still Listening
The latest report out of Charlotte is that the Bobcats—who were understandably devastated when they lost the lottery to New Orleans—are planning to hold on to their second overall selection, but they're still listening in case anyone wants to throw a massive offer at them.
On Thursday, GM Rich Cho told the Associated Press it would take "something enticing" to get him to part ways with that second pick. Though the Bobcats brass insisted that they're excited by whatever player they plan to take at No. 2—probably Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson—they want the world to know that they're still open for business.
Waiting till the last second is smart. Who knows which teams will be panicking as the draft creeps closer? The Bobcats just might find themselves the beneficiaries of some other team's panic move.
This week, the Bobcats have already made one move, trading Corey Maggette to Detroit in exchange for Ben Gordon and a future first-round selection.
Still No Takers on Pau Gasol
On Wednesday afternoon, Chad Ford and Marc Stein reported that the Lakers were shopping Pau Gasol in exchange for a top-10 pick. And … crickets.
Is it all that surprising that teams don't want to sacrifice their opportunities to obtain future superstars in exchange for a soon-to-be 32-year-old? Not entirely. It also won't be surprising if someone bites the bullet before the draft begins on Thursday. Gasol gets a bad rap sometimes, but he averages a double-double, he can pass and he's proven that he has what it takes to win a championship.
He could work out for some teams better than, say, Andre Drummond.
Projected Top 10 Selections in 2012 NBA Draft
- New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky
- Charlotte Bobcats: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas
- Washington Wizards: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky
- Cleveland Cavaliers: Bradley Beal, G, Florida
- Sacramento Kings: Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina
- Portland Trail Blazers: Andre Drummond, C, UConn
- Golden State Warriors: Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State
- Toronto Raptors: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State
- Detroit Pistons: Perry Jones III, PF, Baylor
- New Orleans Hornets: Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina