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9 2012-13 NBA Rookies Who Need More Playing Time Right Now
Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

The whole point of the NBA draft is for teams to select young players they hope will play a role in the future of the franchise. Some players go on to become immediate stars, but others aren't so lucky. For some reason or another, be it a star in front of them or needing to learn the ins and outs of the NBA game, these young men wind up on the bench and only receive limited minutes.

While it is important that their transition to the NBA be smooth, rookies that ride the pine aren't doing their team any favors by not playing. They were selected for a reason, and the best way for most of them to improve their respective games is to actually play. Unfortunately, not many coaches share the same opinion.

That isn't to say that some rookies this season haven't produced in limited minutes. Andre Drummond (pictured) plays tough defense no matter how long he's on the court, and his future is looking brighter with each passing day.

His fellow rookies, however, could soon either be phased out of the league or unfairly labeled as busts if they don't start producing soon. It's time for them to get some more playing time, and not a moment too soon.

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