In the NBA, there are rookies who impress and those who don't. And then there are the ones who outshine everyone else on their way to immediate glory.
You can't teach star power or general competency. Though there are plenty of incoming athletes who take time to progress and reach their potential, lofty ceilings are present from the beginning.
But some take their game to new heights right away—as early as training camp, in fact.
So, while most of that period is spent pining for the Association's regular season to begin, it is a low-key stage where the most NBA-ready rookies truly shine and indicate how valuable they will be to their team.
Which newcomers are we speaking of here? Which members of the 2012 rookie class are going to turn heads before the actual season even progresses? Who will we begin speaking of now and never look back?
I and seven of our newest friends are so very glad you asked.