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The Best Realistic Comparison for Every Top 10 2012-13 NBA Rookie
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In the relative world of sports, there is no greater method of determining a player’s worth, or potential worth, than making a comparison to another athlete.

Tom Brady is no Joe Montana.

LeBron James can’t touch Michael Jordan.

Derek Jeter will never be Mickey Mantle.

But before a player has come into his own, when the world of professional sports is still just one big fuzzy blanket of glory without a single turnover or nagging injury, hopefulness and potential stream together with beautiful optimism.

Then reality hits.

The next Hakeem Olajuwon becomes today’s Greg Oden. The promising hope of Hasheem Thabeet becomes a career 2.2-point and 2.7-rebound journeyman. And...Michael Olowokandi.

Usually, it's the hopes of superstardom resulting in simple mediocrity.

When dealing with NBA rookies, it’s important to let realistic expectations do the navigating. Here’s a sensible list of realistic comparisons for the Top 10 picks of the 2012-13 NBA rookie draft class.

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