NBA Draft 2012: Each First-Rounder's Biggest Competition for a Starting Spot

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NBA Draft 2012: Each First-Rounder's Biggest Competition for a Starting Spot
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In the "What have you done for me lately?" world of 24-hour sports media, the biggest question on each basketball fan's mind after Thursday's NBA draft is this: What will these players do next season?

What this draft class may lack in potential superstardom it more than compensates for with an abundance of potential pieces to fit each franchise's puzzle.

Expectations can be tempered by a player's "low ceiling" or enhanced by "NBA-readiness" (two of the more prominent terms in draft coverage).

But often times a player's future can hinge largely on how well he meshes with his new franchise.

Some teams seek talent to fit their systems (notably Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs).

Others don't have great pieces in place, so they adapt their systems to their new pieces (New Orleans Hornets).

The 30 first-round draftees—from Anthony Davis to Festus Ezeli—will face intense battles for their chances to either prove their values.

Here are the biggest impediments facing each first-round draft pick's attempt to be in an NBA starting five by the tipoff of the 2012-13 season.

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