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NBA Rookies 2012: Most Impressive Rookies of Young Season

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NBA Rookies 2012: Most Impressive Rookies of Young Season
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It's still early in the 2012-2013 NBA season, but it's never too early to take a look at how the year's crop of rookies look.

We've seen some top draft picks perform as expected, but we've also seen a second-rounder shoot the lights out in limited action.

Here's a look at my top five rookies of the season so far.

 

5. Kyle Singler, SF, Detroit Pistons

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Kyle Singler has gotten 16 shots through three games and he's hit 10 of them. That includes going 4-for-7 from downtown.

On Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, Singler posted 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes of action.

He has a PER of 12.05 so far.

 

4. Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons

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Andre Drummond has not only gone 5-for-10 from the floor so far, he's posted four blocks and 15 rebounds in his past two games, despite averaging 20 minutes in those two games.

Drummond has exhibited the athleticism that had NBA general managers drooling at the NBA draft. If he can mature as a player (he's still a bit raw), he could be a big-time player for the Pistons.

 

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Charlotte Bobcats

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Many thought that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could become a do-it-all player in the NBA at draft time.

While MKG struggled from the field in his professional debut, he bounced back on Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks, posting 13 points, five rebounds, two assists, five steals and one block in 27 minutes.

The 19-year-old has a 13.35 PER so far this season and his outburst against the Mavericks may be a sign of things to come.

 

2. Anthony Davis, PF, New Orleans Hornets

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Anthony Davis is currently out with a concussion, but what he's done in just 43 minutes of action so far this season has people raising their eyebrows.

In 29 minutes against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs in his professional debut, Davis posted 21 points, seven rebounds, one block and one steal while shooting 5-for-10 from the floor.

In 14 minutes against the Utah Jazz, he registered eight points, six rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

I have a feeling Davis is going to be a good one, folks.

 

1. Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers

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Damian Lillard had a rough game against the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, but overall he's been stellar.

Through his first three games, Lillard averaged 21.3 points, 9.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 47 percent from the floor and 38 percent from downtown. 

The 22-year-old had already posted a PER of 19.34 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

Make no mistake about it, Lillard's a gamer and he's already shown he can impact games in a big way.

 

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