6 NBA Rookies Who Will Absolutely Defy Expectations

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6 NBA Rookies Who Will Absolutely Defy Expectations
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For all the money that is spent on scouting and other talent evaluation services, the NBA Draft is still basically a crapshoot

While it's clear that Anthony Davis will have a stellar career (barring injury), a team doesn't necessarily need the No. 1 overall pick to select someone who will have a major impact on the next level.

The 2012 draft is proof of this: There may not be many franchise players in the bunch to be sure, but several of them will defy the expectations that many have placed upon them entering the season.

Just as the All-Rookie teams won't be comprised of players drafted entirely in the lottery, expect several first-year players to star. Who knows—they may possibly even establish themselves as one of the best young talents at their respective positions. For some, namely Portland's Damian Lillard and Washington's Bradley Beal, that process has already begun.

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