Re-Grading Every Pick from the 2012 NBA Draft

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Re-Grading Every Pick from the 2012 NBA Draft
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One year is never enough time to properly judge an NBA draft class. Some guys are instant studs and duds, while others take time to either develop into the productive players they eventually become or decay from surprises into eventual busts.

But the 2013 draft is just around the corner (and the crop of players doesn't look so hot), so why not take some time to reflect on those that recently complete their rookie seasons? At the very least, we can slap on our hindsight shades and consider the use of the selections themselves with 20/20 vision.

Which is to say, we can judge the value each team derived from its pick rather than simply evaluate the player chosen. That is, if a team trades out of a particular slot on or after draft day, what sort of return did it get from making that move?

How did the Dallas Mavericks make out in swapping the 17th pick (Tyler Zeller) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for three other rookies? Did the Sacramento Kings get a worthwhile return on their investment in Thomas Robinson with the No. 5 pick or did Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey fleece them when he acquired T-Rob at the 2013 trade deadline?

Get the idea? Good. Read on to see how each of the top 30 picks looks nearly a year removed from Draft Day 2012.

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