NBA: Top Rookies Bound to Struggle in Debut Seasons

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NBA: Top Rookies Bound to Struggle in Debut Seasons
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For some NBA rookies, the transition to the NBA appears seamless, as every year a select group of first-year players electrify the league, producing at a high level and giving ailing fan bases a reason to cheer. Players like Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are heralded as stars from day one, and through their success, they gain the confidence needed to excel at the NBA level. 

However, the jump to the NBA is not so smooth for all rookies. For every Griffin there is a Jordan Hill, for every Irving a Jimmer Fredette. It is inevitable that, each year, some rookies will adapt faster to the NBA game than others.

And so, we take a look at some of this year's top draft picks who are bound to trip, slip and stumble their way through their inaugural season. 

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