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Kyrie Irving and NBA's Top 15 Rookies from 2011-12
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Let me be the 13,000th person to tell you that the 2011 NBA draft produced a fairly weak class of rookies. Unless Jonas Valanciunas surprises us next year with the Raptors, I wouldn't be surprised to see only two players from this class ever play in an All-Star game.

But that doesn't mean there wasn't some depth to this group. Even if only two of them will ever be stars, it produced a number of players who will have meaningful careers. Fans usually only look for big names, but championship teams need to go at least nine deep, so rotation players play a critical role.

That's the theme of this year's rookie class. Most of these guys are really good at one thing. That's what allows them to play in the league and makes them valuable pieces to have. Here are the 15 top-performing rookies of the 2011-2012 season. 

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