As we enter the final stretch of the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the time for annual evaluations has begun. While leniency was granted to young players early, the rookies are now being held to the same standards as veterans.
The question is, which first-year players have actually exceeded expectations?
For some, merely starting a game is greater than what the basketball world had projected. For others, a slow start has led to a furious late-season rally.
In rare cases, we've even witnessed showings of brilliance all season long. Once again, we return to a fundamental question:
Which rookies are making our original scouting reports look silly?