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NBA Mock Draft 2012: Meyers Leonard A Lottery Pick In SB Nation Mock

The 2012 NBA Draft is still a few weeks away, so the battle between North Carolina center Tyler Zeller and Illinois center Meyers Leonard for who earns the higher selection still has plenty of time to play out. Zeller is two years older that Leonard and isn't as athletic, but there are a few late-lottery teams that could be looking for more polish than upside.

SB Nation's Tom Ziller put out his latest 2012 NBA Mock Draft, and in it both Zeller and Leonard are lottery picks. The premium on quality big men certainly has something to do with it, and in this iteration Zeller edges Leonard as the more coveted player. The Milwaukee Bucks swipe the UNC product at No. 12, while the Houston Rockets take Leonard with the No. 14 pick overall.

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Both big men get off the board before Terrence Jones (No. 15), Terrence Ross (No. 17), Austin Rivers (No. 18) and Dion Waiters (No. 20).

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