Not all NBA draft picks are created equal. For every Kyrie Irving, the favorite for Rookie of the Year after going No. 1 overall to the Cavs, there’s a Marcus Morris, who spends nearly as much time in the D-League as he does in Houston, despite arriving as a lottery selection himself.
One player who can count on being closer to Irving’s end of that spectrum is North Carolina SF Harrison Barnes. There may be questions about his defense, but Barnes’ scoring punch and superlative athleticism will make sure he doesn’t spend his rookie season rotting on anyone’s bench.
Read on for a closer look at Barnes and nine other players in the 2012 draft with the best chances to make a statement in their first season in the NBA.