Ranking the Best Sophomore Starts of the NBA Season

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Ranking the Best Sophomore Starts of the NBA Season
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There's a common misconception that athletes go through a sort of dip in their second season in whatever league they're in. Most people know it as the "sophomore slump."

Whether it be in college or at the pro level, in baseball, basketball and football, people seem to talk about the sophomore slump like it's an unavoidable nuisance in a player's career, but really it just sounds good.

Sure, there are guys who go through a slump in their second year in the league, but an equal number of guys stand out in their freshman follow-up. Hell, some don't slump until their third or fourth year, and for others it never happens.

So let's honor the guys going through their natural progression, becoming great young players and completely ignoring everything that relates to a slump in their second season.

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