7 High-Profile NBA Rookies Who Are Not Ready To Start

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7 High-Profile NBA Rookies Who Are Not Ready To Start
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The 2012 NBA draft class was long said to be one of the deepest, most talented pools of players in league history.

Not surprisingly, the stock of the class faltered along the way, but it still appears to be a group loaded with productive players, even if it will apparently lack for superstar potential.

Some late first-round picks and even some second-round selections entered their first NBA training camp with realistic hopes to crack their respective starting lineups.

Some of the lottery picks, though, appear destined for reserve roles, at least for their first year of professional basketball.

Opportunity and fit play such a big role in determining a player's instant contribution to his new team, but timing also plays a factor.

Of the 14 players selected in the 2011 NBA draft lottery, only three (Kyrie Irving, Bismack Biyombo and Brandon Knight) started more than half of their team's games. Three other lottery picks (Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Marcus Morris) have yet to make their first NBA start.

For the upcoming high-profile rookies, several factors are already working against their chances of cracking their starting lineups.

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