With the 2012-2013 NBA season less than two months away, the speculation grows over how the rookies selected in this year's draft will fare in their inaugural seasons.
Herein lies the crime of which every basketball fan is guilty: overhyping the new guys. We all do it, and if you haven't, chances are you will at some point or another. This is something that all fans do, and when their favorite rookies disappoint, it's as though there was a death in the family for the guilty fan.
Now, that isn't to say that all of the rookies who have bad first seasons will be horrible forever. In some cases, they won't be fully to blame.
For example, Phoenix Suns point guard Kendall Marshall isn't going to put up any impressive numbers this season, but he's also the third-string floor general behind veterans Goran Dragic and Sebastian Telfair. If certain rookies aren't getting any significant minutes, then who are we to call them disappointments after they spend most of their first year in the NBA riding the pine?
That being said, I have gone through the list of players drafted and picked five rookies who are sure to get plenty of playing time at the start of the season. Once the season is a couple of months old, however, chances are they will be sitting at the end of the bench.
That's because, in their rookie campaigns, these players will do anything but impress.