The pressure and expectations that come with being a first-round NBA draft pick are the envy of no man. These young basketball players will be expected to impact their teams immediately, however not all will be up for the challenge.
The adjustment from college or international basketball to the NBA is a tough one to make. The speed, style and strength of the American professional game is unparalleled in the world today. It is certainly not an easy league to play in, especially for a 20-year-old male who is more than likely living on his own for the first time.
Not all first-round rookies have great expectations, but most are expected to at least be solid contributors fairly soon into their careers. The really high draft picks, though, are expected to be game-changers from the beginning. Predicting which players will respond positively to the pressure is anything but a science.