Austin Rivers was one of several players whose names caused fans to get excited when they were announced by David Stern on Thursday during the 2012 NBA draft. Rivers is one spectacular scorer. That trait will make a huge difference for the offensively challenged New Orleans Hornets.
Rivers is one of many players teams will be counting upon to be difference makers right away. Lottery teams will be looking to players they drafted in the first round to help turn things around. Some will be expected to make an all-around impact, while others will be expected to bump the team up in specific areas.
Following are the players who will help their teams out the most as rookies.