In the NBA, youth is important. Very important.
Whether it's a franchise in flux searching for a leader who can provide some direction, a fringe-playoff team looking for some prolific depth or a contender hoping to inject some impact-ready exuberance into their rotation—incoming rookies are anything but irrelevant.
That said, how relevant each newcomer is depends on a number of factors.
How prominent a role will they be expected to assume? What current state is their organization in? How does their potential impact shape their team's foreseeable future?
As important as developing strong young talent is, the fact of the matter is, certain franchises are more reliant, more dependent upon their rookies than others.
Numerous neophytes are expected to play bit roles, to be present for insurance purposes. Others will be integral cogs in a direction-specific machine.
The remaining ones, though? They'll be a team's end-all; they'll serve as an escape from the past and represent hope for the present and belief in the future.