Ranking Very Best of NBA's Sophomore Class

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Ranking Very Best of NBA's Sophomore Class
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If there is such a thing as a sophomore slump, no one bothered to explain that to this group of players.

Second-year guard Kyrie Irving returned from an 11-game absence (fractured finger) to lead his Cleveland Cavaliers to a 100-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on December 11. Irving poured in 28 points and rounded out his stat line with 11 assists and six rebounds.

One night later, fellow sophomore Klay Thompson erupted for 27 points (including five threes) as the Golden State Warriors edged the Miami Heat, 97-95. Thanks to his hot shooting, Heat defenders over-committed to Thompson leaving a wide-open Draymond Green to hit the game-winning shot.

But these have been just a few of the strong performances put forth by the 2011 draft class.

It may have lacked for star-power, but it's already looked much deeper than scouts predicted it would.

All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 12/12/2012.

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