5 Real-Deal Candidates for 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year

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5 Real-Deal Candidates for 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year
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While there are a handful of good rookies in the 2011 NBA Draft class, there are only a few who actually have a shot at winning NBA Rookie of the Year.

It's been interesting to see how many quality players have come from last year's draft. The 2011 NBA draft was supposed to be weak. There were no LeBron James'. No Derrick Rose's. Not even a LaMarcus Aldridge. One of the most exciting players in the draft was Jimmer Fredette, the 2011 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year, who played at BYU in the small West Coast Conference. Not necessarily a NBA talent factory.

The lockout shortened season looked like it would be a recipe for disaster for the young players coming into the league. With no offseason and barely any training camp, the 2011 rookies had to adjust to NBA life on the fly.

Even with the difficulty of the compressed season, some rookies have flourished and taken advantage of their opportunities. Here is a list of five players who have a legitimate shot at winning the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

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