NBA Rookies 2012: Freshman Stars We Can't Wait to See in Action

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  NBA Commissioner David Stern (C) poses with the 2012 Draft class prior to the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With another year of NBA basketball on the horizon, it’s time to look at the 2012 rookies and find out which NBA freshmen will be the most fun to watch from the very first game this season.

Despite every rookie having an intriguing story and variables to watch, there are a few stars that have already caught the eye of NBA scouts and fans alike.

All of the following players will be a huge part of their teams' plans moving forward, but their impact will be felt immediately.

The NBA better get ready for the next generation of superstars.


Jeremy Lamb, SG, Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets have made some exciting moves this offseason, but the most underrated move was drafting shooting guard Jeremy Lamb in the first round.

With Jeremy Lin taking over at the point and Kevin Martin starting at shooting guard, Lamb will be a great presence off the bench filling in at small forward and shooting guard.

Lamb averaged 20 points per game in the Vegas Summer League and will look to bring that offensive prowess to the Rockets every time he is on the floor.

While there is no question that Lamb is still very rough as a player—with turnovers and shooting consistency from deep still an issue—the Rockets found themselves a stellar player that could become an NBA star in the near future.


Anthony Davis, C, New Orleans Hornets

The No. 1 overall pick in 2012, Anthony Davis is coming to a New Orleans Hornets team in desperate need of a face to the franchise. Since Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers last year, the team has been looking for its megastar.

And Davis is the perfect man for the job.

Not only does he fill the Hornets' need for a marketable star, but New Orleans was also searching for a low-post presence, which is Davis’ specialty.

With a strong work ethic and defensive capabilities, Davis will be the fundamental center the young Hornets need.

After Davis spent the summer playing with the 2012 gold-medal winning Team USA in the Olympics, the hope from the Hornets is that the elite level of play helped prepare him for what to expect.


Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers

While many fans may not know much about the Portland Trail Blazers' first-round pick, Damian Lillard, they will soon enough. Not only has the rookie won the starting job already, but he has also looked amazing in the Vegas Summer League.

Averaging 26.5 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds through his four games in July, Lillard proved the Trail Blazers made the right choice selecting him.

Now he has to translate that success to the real NBA.

With stars like Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge taking pressure off the young man, as long as Lillard takes advantage of the teammates around him and doesn’t try to do too much, Portland will be a surprise playoff team from the West.


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