5 Rookies to Watch in the 2012 NBA Playoffs

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5 Rookies to Watch in the 2012 NBA Playoffs
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Some of the league's top rookies—Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Ricky Rubio—will not be making their first playoff appearances in 2012.

However, there are a handful of rooks who will take center stage in the 2012 playoffs. And not only will they take center stage, but they also have the opportunity to play pivotal roles for their respective clubs.

Some of these rookies could even become the "X-factors" that spark their teams to deep playoff runs, and perhaps even a championship.

Here are the top rookies to watch throughout the 2012 playoffs.

(Note: New York guard Iman Shumpert would've surely been on this list, but he will no longer be a factor. He tore his ACL in Game 1 against the Miami Heat.)

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