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NBA Draft 2012: Needs for Eastern Conference Teams


I’m going pretty basic with my draft analysis on these teams. I’m looking at what type of player ideally the team would draft and what type of player would be the best fit for the team.  This is in order of how the Eastern Conference teams finished.

Chicago Bulls-  The Bulls might have to get a scorer who can fill in until Derrick Rose gets back.  That will be some huge shoes to fill, but grabbing some sort of guard would fit this team’s need at the moment.

Miami Heat-  The Heat need to add some size to their team in case Chris Bosh can’t go like he wasn’t able to in the playoffs.  Getting a big men who has some athletic ability would be a nice fit with Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.

Indiana Pacers-  The Pacers can go a couple of ways with their draft pick.  I would love for the Pacers to know if Roy Hibbert is going to be back, but even if he will be, adding size to the bench would be ideal.  There’s still a need for another scorer off the bench as well, so options for that would be great.

Boston Celtics-  With the possibility Kevin Garnett being gone, adding size is where the Celtics should go with their pick.  Hard to find a true center, but the hybrid power forward/center should work in the East.

Atlanta Hawks-  I think the Hawks get rid of some pieces of their team, so whoever they draft might have to come in and play.  There’s athletic guys on the team, so how about adding some good defensive player who can lock down guys?

Orlando Magic-  I think the Magic would go the guard route and find some scoring guard to add to their team.

New York Knicks-  Probably hard to fill the small forward position, but that’s the position where the Knicks can use more help.

Philadelphia Sixers-  A big man would be a good addition to the Sixers team.  A big guy who plays tough defense and does the hustle plays.

Milwaukee Bucks-  Defense wins championship, so why not draft a lock down defender that can improve this team’s defense.

Detroit Pistons-  Finding a big man to compliment Greg Monroe would be great for this team.

Toronto Raptors-  Getting a play maker would be great for the Raptors.

Brooklyn Nets-  If Derron Williams is gone, this team needs a point guard, therefore, I think they should go that direction no matter what.

Cleveland Cavaliers- Finding a player who can compliment the skill set of Kyrie Irving would help the Cavs start their way back towards contending.

Washington Wizards-  How about shoring up the point guard position?

Charlotte Bobcats-  Can the Bobcats have three or four first round picks?

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