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If You're Hardcore: Lottery picks carving out roles

Updated: November 6, 2008, 3:23 PM ET
By Adam Madison | Special to ESPN.com

A trio of lottery picks are already carving out roles for themselves, and while they were fantasy afterthoughts in most drafts, in the coming weeks they could be key pickups. Russell Westbrook, Brook Lopez and Jason Thompson currently come off the bench for their respective teams, but they are already being groomed as long-term starters on rebuilding teams. Their progression during the first half of the season will be key, as their production could force a change in the lineup.

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