2012 NBA Draft Order: Which Teams Must Trade Up to Salvage the Future?
With the NBA draft only a mere hours away, there are certain players on the board that could be franchise-changers for certain teams.
However, there is next to no chance of getting them where teams are drafting.
That's why it is almost a must for certain teams to salvage some of their future to get the right guy.
With the clock ticking away, here's a look at four teams that need to take a gamble and move up in the draft.
If the Celtics want to avoid taking a step or two in the wrong direction, Danny Ainge must try and package the No. 21 and 22 picks to move up.
Who needs to move up the most?
With those two picks, it's possible the Celtics could get a couple of players who could become good NBA players in time. But they could add an impact front-line player by moving up in the draft.
Age is not on the Celtics' side, so if they want to take advantage of the core they have now, they need to add someone who can help them now.
Potentially parting with three first-round picks and point guard Kyle Lowry could be on the table for the Rockets, and it's something they should do even if they don't come away with Dwight Howard.
ESPN's Chad Ford reported that the No. 5 (Sacramento) and No. 8 picks (Toronto) could be in play for Houston.
With that, they could target a much-needed big man like Andre Drummond and a play-making guard like Dion Waiters, Damian Lillard or Austin Rivers.
This has the potential to be a good draft for the Rockets, but they need to stay aggressive and continue to move up.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers need to get younger and more athletic, and they can do that by getting into the top 10 of the draft. Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico reports that the Lakers are trying to move into the first round, and they need to do so.
Getting a player and a pick that they can turn into an impact player is a must if they were to deal Pau Gasol.
That might be easier said than done, though.
The Cavs sit at No. 4 and have four picks total. While they will get a good player with the No. 4 pick, it is important they move up to No. 2 and get Bradley Beal.
A future backcourt featuring Kyrie Irving and Beal could be outstanding.
There's no deal on the table as of now, but Beal is the guy the Cavs need to land.
Here is the order of the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft
1. New Orleans
6. Portland (from Brooklyn)
7. Golden State
10. New Orleans (from Minnesota via LA Clippers)
12. Houston (via Milwaukee)
14. Milwaukee (via Houston)
16. Houston (from New York)
18. Houston (from Minnesota via Utah)
22. Boston (from LA Clippers via Oklahoma City)
24. Cleveland (from LA Lakers)
28. Oklahoma City
30. Golden State (from San Antonio)
34. Cleveland (from New Orleans via Miami)
35. Golden State (from Brooklyn)
38. Denver (from Golden State via New York)
40. Portland (from Minnesota via Houston)
43. Atlanta (from Phoenix)
44. Detroit (from Houston)
46. New Orleans
(from Washington via Dallas)
48. New York
52. Golden State
53. LA Clippers
55. Dallas (from LA Lakers)
56. Toronto (from Indiana)
57. Brooklyn (from Miami)
58. Minnesota (from Oklahoma City)
59. San Antonio
60. LA Lakers (from Chicago via Milwaukee and Brooklyn)
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