NBA Preseason 2012: Rookies with Most Pressure on Their Shoulders

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NBA Preseason 2012: Rookies with Most Pressure on Their Shoulders
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The number one pick in this year's draft, there won't be much pressure to turn the woeful New Orleans Hornets around.

Being a lottery pick in the NBA is extremely exciting for young players. But when the games start, bearing the brunt of the expectations to carry a poor franchise by themselves can be overwhelming. 

Not all rookies are created equal, and not everyone can pull a LeBron James and single-handedly turn a consistently terrible team into a yearly contender.

Well, there actually is no one ever like LeBron James. 

The latest draft was not as superstar-studded as ones that included Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, but this one did hold a lot of depth for future budding stars. 

Using the word "pressure" would be reckless without including the team's expectations into that equation. 

For example, how much pressure was actually on Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist when they were drafted by the worst two teams in all of basketball?

Sure, it would be nice if they showed signs of stardom, but fans would be content if they finished ten wins better than last year. That would be 32 wins for the New Orleans Hornets and 17 for the Charlotte Bobcats. 

Not exactly pressure-filled expectations for either of the top two picks. 

Here are the five picks who will have to put the proverbial franchise on their backs. 

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