The 82-game season encountered by NBA rookies is unlike anything they have experienced in their young basketball careers.
It's countless hours of travel, nerve-wracking stretches of four games in five days and the always daunting road back-to-back sets.
Of course, it's also their best opportunity to rebound from a slow start.
With the season stretching over seven months, there's ample time for these young stars in the making to redefine their NBA prospects. A bad game here or even a bad month there can be rectified by a strong closing stretch.
The NBA draft isn't remotely close to being an exact science, but there's a reason that 60 players are selected to join basketball's most exclusive club each year. Whether oozing with raw, untapped potential or simply offering an NBA-ready set of skills, these players have all forced their way onto the sport's biggest stage.
When Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal can sink the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder with a 22-point outburst and the game's winning shot with 0.3 seconds remaining, this is truly a league where anything can happen.
So let's hold off on those boom-or-bust predictions for now. The 2012 rookie class is just getting started carving out their place in the NBA landscape.
*All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 1/6/2013.