With the NBA Finals set to begin between Miami and Dallas, the other 28 teams are looking towards the future. The only problem is, the future is by no means set in stone the way it normally is in the NBA.
The lockout is looking like it could delay the start of the season, if not eliminate it altogether. So, instead of focusing on the negative, the one event that's guaranteed to take place after the Finals is the NBA Draft in late June.
It's no secret that this draft has one of the weaker talent pools in recent memory. With so many top prospects electing to return to school, and so few separating themselves from the pack, this class is filled with only a couple elite players.
After that, it's a bunch of guys with some potential, but big "IF"s, along with a good number of international prospects, who let's be honest, are never easy to project.
With such little separation, it's not easy to project how pieces will fall, but yours truly is going to give it a shot. Before I begin, you should know that because of the lack of top talent, my picks are based more on team need than anything else.