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NBA: 5 Sleepers with a Shot at Winning Rookie of the Year
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Could we see a surprise for NBA Rookie of the Year? The 2012 Draft had a large pool of promising talent, probably one of the deepest in the past 10 years.  This class of rookies has incredible athleticism, maturity and confidence for their age, which will contribute to an easy transition to the next level.

Although Anthony Davis and Damien Lillard have been receiving the most buzz of late out of all the rookies, there are a plethora of young studs who could very well win Rookie of the Year.  As of now, Davis and Lillard are the front-runners because of their outstanding efforts and transition to the pro game.  However, many rookies have yet to receive a real chance at contributing to their organization.  Once those players earn some larger roles, the Rookie of the Year race will be tight instead of a two-man battle.

Whether it's a top-five pick who was a dominant force at Kansas or an extremely versatile second-round selection from Marquette, there's some incredible first-year talent around the league that should not be overlooked.  After about two more weeks of the NBA season, you can expect to see some rookies playing major roles for both struggling and successful organizations.

Yes, rookies Anthony Davis and Damien Lillard are complete studs.  But do not be surprised if one of the following young players earns Rookie of the Year honors at the end of this season.

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