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Predicting Who Will Be the Biggest NBA Rookie Surprises of 2012-13
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As the gap between the haves and the have-nots of today's NBA widens, the importance of the NBA draft may be at an all-time high.

Drafting and successfully predicting future potential is far from an exact science, which leaves us with so many draft surprises each year.

Truth be told, there's a great chance that many of the first-round picks will fail to make an impact in the 2012-13 season, and some will fail to ever impact their clubs in a positive manner.

But history tells us that some of these teams got it right on June 28, 2012. And history also tells us that some of those teams found talent outside of the top 10, or even outside of the first round.

Some draft-day war rooms were frantically searching for a franchise player. Other clubs had specific areas they were hoping to shore up. Some organizations simply targeted the best player to add depth to their already strong rosters.

Luckily for all of these teams, the 2012 NBA draft had a little of everything.

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