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NBA Draft 2012: Which Rookies Will Adjust Quickest to NBA Game?

CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 08:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels and Austin Rivers #0 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 8, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2012

Now that the NBA draft is in the books, it's time to take a look at what rookies will have the most immediate impact at the next level.

Some rookies adjust to the NBA game fairly quickly and some take a while to adjust to the game on its highest level.

With that being said, here's a look at a handful of rookies that will adjust to the NBA the quickest.


Thomas Robinson, Sacramento Kings

Robinson is ready to produce in the NBA after a season at Kansas in which he recorded 27 double-doubles.

He's a tenacious rebounder and has a good offensive package. Paired with DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento frontcourt is suddenly very good and Robinson should reap the benefits.


Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets

Davis will be a game-changer as a rookie. He will have a huge impact on the defensive end just blocking shots and rebounding.

His offensive game is better than people give him credit for, but his instincts on the defensive end are well beyond his years.


Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Lillard is lightning quick, but he can flat out shoot the rock and that's why the NBA game won't be much different for him.

He's a guy that shot 46.7 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent from behind the arc and 88.7 percent from the free-throw line. He's proved he's mature by staying in college for four years and his shooting abilities will translate nicely to the NBA.


Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

The Wizards have improved enough that Beal is suddenly in a spot where he doesn't have to be a savior. He just has to add production from the 2-guard spot and he's certainly capable of doing that.

He could be the best pure scorer in the draft and that will be his main job as a rookie on the Wizards.


Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

This could be a bit of a surprise, but I think Zeller is ready for the NBA.

He stayed in school for four years and got better in each one of them. He won't be an All-Star by any stretch of the imagination, but he's athletic, has great leaping skills, is outstanding fundamentally and has a nice touch around the rim.

The ACC Player of the Year could be a sleeper, but I think he can be surprisingly productive as a rookie.


Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

Perhaps no rookie walks into a better situation than Barnes. 

He fills a need for the Warriors, but won't have a great deal of pressure on him with a lineup that also includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut.

Barnes averaged 17.1 points per game on the season at North Carolina and in this Golden State lineup, Barnes will be asked to be a scorer and that's something he can do very well.

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