The 2012-13 NBA season is just three weeks away and with that means the exciting debuts of one of the strongest rookie classes in recent years.
Before the start of the season, it's easy to say certain NBA teams will improve because they added a lottery pick to their roster. Often times it doesn't work out that way, because there's no way of telling if a rookie is going to be good until we see him play in a regular season game. Dominating the summer league and the preseason doesn't mean anything and we shouldn't use it as a measuring stick either.
This year's crop of NBA rookies is filled with guys who were impressive in their pre-draft workouts or summer leagues. Since players usually stay in college for just their freshman year, it can be extremely difficultly to predict how their game will translate to the NBA. That's why when players return to college for an extra year, their draft stock often plummets.
Regardless of which rookies will be successful or unsuccessful, there are 10 who come to mind in terms of excitement for their debuts. How will rookie X react to this cruddy, small-market situation? Or how will rookie Z respond to falling in the draft? These are all story lines that fuel the excitement of the approaching 2012-13 NBA season.