Usually when your favorite college basketball players get drafted in the top 20, they're stuck on cellar dwellers and seemingly fall off the face of the earth.
That isn't so much the case for Tar Heel fans in 2012.
North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson and Tyler Zeller were all taken before the 18th pick of the NBA draft. And their respective teams are now the Warriors, Suns, Bucks and the Cavaliers. Those four teams averaged a 27-39 record in 2011-12.
Looking at their records, one would think their situations are much like early draftees of the past. But as we dig deeper, you will see that these teams aren't so bad off—and neither are the former Tar Heels that were picked by these teams.
Is it a perfect situation for all? Hardly.
Phoenix is rebuilding, but it appears they may be picking up quality parts in the offseason to make the franchise a future contender. Milwaukee is looking less like Milwaukee, but they still leave me perplexed.
Barnes and Zeller appear to be with the best teams of the four, but we will see when the season rolls around. Golden State could flop with injuries, as they did last year. Cleveland has a potential Big 3, but I must put emphasis on the word potential.
The only thing that is a lock is Zeller starting for Cleveland. That's it.
But I will give you a deep look into their teams and how the latest Tar Heel draftees fit. I considered all of the latest offseason moves for these teams, but there will surely be more. Signings don't even start until July 11.