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Players Who Represent the New Guard of the NBA
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Every draft is thought to be a "weak draft" until a few years later.

In the case of 2012, the class is already paying dividends.

Two of our up-and-coming players hail from the most recent draft, and really, we could have stretched it to three. This is a strong rookie year, and it will be a disappointment if we don't see multiple eventual All-Stars come from the 2012 draft.

Beyond that, the NBA is going through a talent dearth at the wing spots. The positions that yielded LeBron James, Kevin Durant and James Harden look to be a little thin going forward. The new talent is at the biggest and smallest spots.

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