Rookies who are picked early in the NBA draft have high expectations. Sometimes it’s tough for these players, being so young, to meet these expectations
Last year, No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving proved himself up to the challenge. He wasn’t a player that brought the Cleveland Cavaliers to the playoffs, but he still averaged 18.5 points per game.
Other rookies like Enes Kanter, Jan Vesely and Jimmer Fredette did not play well in their first year.
Whether or not a rookie breaks out could depend on what team they are playing for. If they are second on the depth chart to an about-average veteran, then chances are they won’t make an impact right away.
It also may depend on the first-year player’s role. For example, Irving needed to make an immediate impact for the Cavaliers, who had almost nothing offensively after the departure of Lebron James.
The 2012 draft class has some great players in it, but not all of them are fully developed.
Here’s a list of players that need time to develop and will not break out like Irving did last season.