Kyrie Irving didn't have any problems living up to the expectations accompanying his selection as the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft.
The 20-year-old averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds en route to the Rookie of the Year honors that he unquestionably deserved. In the process, he made the Cleveland Cavaliers look awfully good for showing faith in him despite the fact that he played in just 11 games during his freshman (and only) year at Duke.
Second-overall pick Derrick Williams, however, didn't have the same luck.
He struggled to earn a consistent role with the Minnesota Timberwolves and wound up playing just 21.5 minutes a contest while struggling from the field.
Suffice it to say, there are no guarantees in this league, especially when it comes to young talent.
But that doesn't alleviate the pressure on young players to perform. Whether they're actually ready to do so, the teams with the most elite rookie talent are typically the ones who need it most. Sometimes those teams hit the jackpot, and sometimes they're left wanting.
If they can afford to wait, that is. Here are a few rookies who will be asked to step in right away and make their front offices proud.