2012 NBA Mock Draft: Final Picks and Predictions for Draft Day

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Final Picks and Predictions for Draft Day
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As the draft is now just hours away, the intrigue is through the roof and the rumors are plentiful.

"This guy could be headed there for that pick," and "this veteran could be on the move, which would shake up the whole draft."

With the number of early trades that normally occur in the NBA draft, it's nearly impossible to accurately project how the top of the board plays out.

One thing is for sure, it won't be long before a team slated to pick in the lottery trades out of its spot and shakes up the layout of the draft.

Although there are an abundance of rumors regarding veteran players and teams trying to move up in the draft, it's important to remember not all speculation should be taken seriously. In the NBA draft, where there's smoke, there's ... usually just smoke.

There will in all likelihood be several trades involving veteran players and draft picks. The Houston Rockets, armed with picks 12, 16 and 18, seem to be in the best position to make a blockbuster trade on draft night.

We'll soon see if the Rockets can put together a package to jettison themselves into the top five, and if they do, how that will shake up the entire layout of the 2012 NBA Draft.

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