NBA Rookies 2011: Top 10 Rookie Impact Players

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NBA Rookies 2011: Top 10 Rookie Impact Players
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Irving is the top rookie right now!

1. Kyrie Irving: Cleveland Caveliers

In just over 25 minutes a game, the Cavalier rookie is looking steady and primed to shine brightly for years to come.

His 15 points and five assists with no real training camp is a sign that Irving might have plenty in store for opposing guards. He finishes extremely well around the basket with either hand and rarely looks rattled on the hardwood.  

What separates him from last year's No. 1 pick John Wall is that Irving plays a steadier brand of basketball, and he is a more accomplished shooter whereas Wall is the better athlete. 

Once he figures out how his game and skill set can succeed in the NBA, his numbers should see a nice boost.

He's not a lock for Rookie of The Year but if his numbers rise to 18 points and seven assists, it will be hard to deny the former Duke star his first award in the league.

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