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2012 NBA Draft Schedule

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It is hard to argue that the NBA Draft isn't the most important draft in major North American professional sports. Unlike the NFL, MLB or the NHL, professional basketball is a game that is thoroughly dominated by superstars. One great player can make the difference between a 41-41 season and an NBA title.

Need proof? Look no further than this year's NBA Finals. The Miami Heat, led by the best player in the game (LeBron James), went head to head against the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by the best scorer in the game (Kevin Durant).

So who will be the superstars in this year's crop of NBA rookies? Kentucky's Anthony Davis looks poised for NBA greatness and looks to be the clear choice for the number 1 overall pick. Other players to keep an eye on early in the first round include Bradley Beal (Florida), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky), Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and Harrison Barnes (North Carolina).

Here is the information you need to know for the 2012 NBA Draft:

Event: 2012 NBA Draft

Where: Newark, New Jersey

Date: June 28

Time: 7:00 p.m. ET


Rounds: Two Rounds

Draft Order (First Round):

1. New Orleans Hornets

2. Charlotte Bobcats

3. Washington Wizards

4. Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Sacramento Kings

6. Portland Trail Blazers (from Nets)

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Toronto Raptors

9. Detroit Pistons

10. New Orleans Hornets (from Wolves)

11. Portland Trail Blazers

12. Milwaukee Bucks

13. Phoenix Suns

14. Houston Rockets

15. Philadelphia 76ers

16. Houston Rockets (from Knicks)

17. Dallas Mavericks

18. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Jazz)

19. Orlando Magic

20. Denver Nuggets

21. Boston Celtics

22. Boston Celtics (from Clippers)

23. Atlanta Hawks

24. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Lakers)

25. Memphis Grizzlies

26. Indiana Pacers

27. Miami Heat

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

29. Chicago Bulls

30. Golden State Warriors (from Spurs)

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