2012 NBA Draft Order: Which Teams Must Trade Up to Salvage the Future?

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJune 28, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL -  NOVEMBER 11:  Guard Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators listens to coach Billy Donovan during play against the Jackson State Tigers November 11, 2011 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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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.

Boston Celtics

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.

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.

Houston Rockets

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

DENVER, CO - MAY 06:  Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers battle for rebounding position in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 6, 2012 in Denve
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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.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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

First round

1. New Orleans

2. Charlotte

3. Washington

4. Cleveland

5. Sacramento

6. Portland (from Brooklyn)

7. Golden State

8. Toronto

9. Detroit

10. New Orleans (from Minnesota via LA Clippers)

11. Portland

12. Houston (via Milwaukee)

13. Phoenix

14. Milwaukee (via Houston)

15. Philadelphia

16. Houston (from New York)

17. Dallas

18. Houston (from Minnesota via Utah)

19. Orlando

20. Denver

21. Boston

22. Boston (from LA Clippers via Oklahoma City)

23. Atlanta

24. Cleveland (from LA Lakers)

25. Memphis

26. Indiana

27. Miami

28. Oklahoma City

29. Chicago

30. Golden State (from San Antonio)

Second round

31. Charlotte

32. Washington

33. Cleveland

34. Cleveland (from New Orleans via Miami)

35. Golden State (from Brooklyn)

36. Sacramento

37. Toronto

38. Denver (from Golden State via New York)

39. Detroit

40. Portland (from Minnesota via Houston)

41. Portland

42. Milwaukee

43. Atlanta (from Phoenix)

44. Detroit (from Houston)

45. Philadelphia

46. New Orleans

(from Washington via Dallas)

47. Utah

48. New York

49. Orlando

50. Denver

51. Boston

52. Golden State

(from Atlanta)

53. LA Clippers

54. Philadelphia

(from Memphis)

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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