Can you smell that? It's the scent of a freshly picked batch of NBA rookies less than two months away from attempting to distinguish themselves from the rest of a deeply talented 2012 draft class.
Though we have yet to see what any of the rookies can do in meaningful action, the summer league—and in Anthony Davis' case, the Olympics—has helped us get a feel for which budding young athletes are destined to shine right out of the gate.
They'll be the ones who make the transition from college to the pros appear seamless. They'll be the players who avoid the dreaded rookie wall. They'll be the athletes who lay down a blueprint for their team's future success without delay.
And most importantly, they'll be the ones contending for the highly coveted honor that comes with being named the Association's Rookie of the Year.