When a rookie is selected during the NBA draft, fans and analysts instantly create expectations for their career and first year in the league, respectively. From an evaluation of their upside to a breakdown of their current abilities, the world attempts to gauge their impact before it transpires.
The following NBA rookies have radically redefined the expectations set for them.
From those who have made something out of limited playing time to the rising stars, it appears as if every rookie has surprised us in some way. The players on this list, however, have exceeded and altered our expectations.
So, which first year players did we underrate entering 2012-13?