NBA Draft 2012: Ranking Potential Rookie of the Year Candidates

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NBA Draft 2012: Ranking Potential Rookie of the Year Candidates
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The upcoming 2012 NBA class is loaded with potential Rookie of the Year candidates. 

After Ricky Rubio's injury, Kyrie Irving all but wrapped up his Rookie of the Year award.

While there are a surprisingly decent amount of solid rookies in the 2011 class, none are close to the talent of Rubio or Irving. 

Looking toward next year's crop of rookies, believed to be one of the best in years, there are a handful of players that could rise to the occasion and become staple players for a struggling franchise.

Here is a list of five players who could potentially win next year's Rookie of the Year award:

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